Featured Ibanez Introduces Two New BTB Singlecut Basses

Discussion in 'News & PR' started by TalkBass, Jan 23, 2023.

  1. TalkBass

    TalkBass News Poster

    Mar 12, 2004
    Bensalem, PA – New for 2023, Ibanez has introduced two new additions to its singlecut BTB lineup. The BTB865SC and BTB866SC combine the unique, high-end aesthetics of a single cut bass with sleek and aggressive visuals. These instruments bring to bear many popular BTB features such as neck-thru construction, a mono-rail bridge, an Ibanez custom 3-band EQ, and a 35” scale length. What sets them apart is the unique combination of Ash capped body wings finished in a compelling Weathered Black Low Gloss. These design choices deliver an appearance the combines, quite effectively, the boutique attributes of natural wood tops, with the modern energy of solid finishes. Other notable features include a Rosewood fretboard, zero fret, detachable finger ramp, and medium stainless steel frets.


    Features

    BTB865SC
    • BTB5 5pc Maple/Walnut neck-through w/Graphite reinforcement rods
    • Zero fret
    • 889mm/35" scale
    • Ash top/Ash/Okoume wing body
    • Rosewood fretboard w/Abalone dot inlay
    • Medium Stainless Steel frets
    • Bartolini® BH2 neck pickup
    • Bartolini® BH2 bridge pickup
    • Ibanez Custom Electronics 3-band EQ
    • 3-way Mid frequency switch
    • MR5 bridge (19mm string spacing)
    • Black hardware
    • Detachable Finger ramp
    • Finish: Weathered Black Low Gloss



    LIST: $1,584.43

    ESTIMATED STREET PRICE: $1,149.99

    BTB866SC

    • BTB6 5pc Maple/Walnut neck-through w/Graphite reinforcement rods
    • Zero fret
    • 35" scale
    • Ash top/Ash/Okoume wing body
    • Rosewood fretboard w/Abalone dot inlay
    • Medium Stainless Steel frets
    • Bartolini® BH2 neck pickup
    • Bartolini® BH2 bridge pickup
    • Ibanez Custom Electronics 3-band EQ
    • 3-way Mid frequency switch
    • MR5 bridge (17mm string spacing)
    • Black hardware
    • Detachable Finger ramp
    • Finish: Weathered Black Low Gloss
    LIST: $1,653.32

    ESTIMATED STREET PRICE: $1,199.99

    BTB865SC_WKL_1P_02_H.jpg

    BTB865SC_WKL_1P_02_B.jpg BTB865SC_WKL_1P_02_F.jpg BTB865SC_WKL_1P_02_G.jpg BTB865SC_WKL_1P_02_H.jpg BTB865SC_WKL_1P_02_I.jpg BTB865SC_WKL_1P_02_C.jpg BTB865SC_WKL_1P_02_K.jpg BTB865SC_WKL_1P_02_J.jpg BTB865SC_WKL_1P_02_A.jpg BTB865SC_WKL_1P_02_D.jpg BTB865SC_WKL_1P_02_E.jpg
     
  2. klattman

    klattman

    Jan 8, 2008
    Anyone else think that the color on the back is better than the front?
     
    darkocuk, climber, Mojo34 and 21 others like this.
  3. Nashrakh

    Nashrakh

    Aug 16, 2008
    Hamburg, Germany
    Right up my alley. The combination of a zero fret, a ramp and the single cut already sold me on this one -- here's hoping I get to test drive one of these.
     
    son_of_mogh and BunchyMutt like this.
  4. RustfeatherBass

    RustfeatherBass Supporting Member

    Jan 19, 2022
    Haverhill, MA
    I love it.
     
  5. Not really. I like the cold, unforgiving, industrial look of low-gloss finishes over sand-blasted swamp ash. Sandberg used to be awesome with it!
     
  6. bongostealth

    bongostealth Supporting Member

    Jun 3, 2011
    Atlanta, GA
    35" scale, single cut, zero fret, and most importantly to me, stainless steel frets!! No worrying about my strings eating up my frets! That's a sharp looking bass!
     
    Blille, Levent, srayb and 2 others like this.
  7. Jason Bonilla

    Jason Bonilla Supporting Member

    Mar 15, 2021
    I actually really like BTBs, I started on an entry level SRs and liked it because it was all I knew, as i moved on to other basses though, every time I tried another SR even high end ones I just didn't gel with the feel or sound. BTBs are great though, I've played a mid level 5 and 6 string and they feel very nice and sound pretty good.
     
  8. wintremute

    wintremute mediocrity at its finest

    Oct 16, 2014
    Vegas
    Endorsing Artist: Langstrom Carrot Farms
    Not me. I just came in to post how gorgeous I think that bass is.

    I think the back is very nice, too, and would also make a cool bass. But that sandblasted front is awesome.
     
    bongostealth and RustfeatherBass like this.
  9. Five or Six

    Five or Six

    Jun 21, 2022
    Didn't see it in the specs. What's this thing weigh?
     
  10. I've always liked the way those BTB's looked, both the single cuts and the more modern double cuts.
    Love the zero fret! A while ago they even offered a 7 string. Seven strings, for Pete's sake:wideyed:
     
    bongostealth likes this.
  11. Stranger Danger

    Stranger Danger Feel Like A Stranger Supporting Member

    Jan 3, 2010
    Texas
    They're made of wood so they will all be different weights.
     
    slappahdabass and Killing Floor like this.
  12. I have had great luck the the BTB series - I have a 4, 5, and 6 string, love them all! This one might have to be next!!

    Regards,
     
    srayb likes this.
  13. I think they should do a high-gloss version next, something that really shines to showcase the beautiful woods they use. I know in the past some of them had oil rubbed finishes...
     
  14. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    Those look cool. I’ll be interested to try one.

    The locking jack can go straight into the landfill though.
     
  15. srayb

    srayb

    Oct 27, 2010
    Canada
    I wish the 6-string came in fretless... I've always loved the low-B on BTBs...
     
  16. Element Zero

    Element Zero Supporting Member

    Dec 14, 2016
    Fresno California
    Been almost a decade since I last played a BTB. I remember the neck being uncomfortable. Back then I was into the 16.5mm 5s, but I’m more used to a flat wide 19mm spacing 5 string now so maybe I’d feel differently…

    NOT a fan of the looks though.
     
  17. XLunacy

    XLunacy

    Nov 28, 2013
    France
    On paper, amazing features/price ratio.
     
  18. I sure wish they made them lefty.