Ibanez multiscale basses

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  1. Quin Harris

    Quin Harris

    Sep 27, 2020
    I have been looking for a good 5 string multiscale bass to play mainly prog metal and heavier stuff, and came across the Ibanez EHB and SRMS basses. I had seen them before, but prior to about a month ago I would have no use for one. Opinions on them?
  2. Koshchei


    Mar 17, 2019
    Peterborough, ON
    They're excellent. Also check out Kiesel.

    Multiscale instruments are less of a big deal than they look... they take about 10 minutes to adapt to, and play more or less exactly the same as a simple scale, as long as the neutral fret is in a sensible place (usually 7-9th fret). Just a tad more comfortable.
  3. Yahboy


    May 21, 2008
    For me,

    SRMS 805 = More lively Tone compare to EHB1005MS even both use smae BH2 pup , limited bass string choice, panga panga fretboard get dent easier, beautiful body wood, traditional SR body shape.

    EHB1005MS = Awsome roasted neck , SS fret wire, light weight , accept most standard length bass string, Dark-Blancketist tone.

    If you compare both bass side by side, the SRMS 805 look 1K expensive than EHB1005MS . (except EHB1505MS)
  4. Standalone


    Jan 17, 2005
    New Haven
    Played one again yesterday. I'm an Ibanez fan in general. My second encounter with a 1005 left me with a better impression than my first. The tone through the Mesa Carbine in the local shop was snappy and fat. I either hate or like active pickups; this one is in the like category. It was musical at wide ranges of its settings, even the extremes. (Maybe not the high treble).

    As for the multi scale discussion; I find that it's maybe not for me. I play with a heavier touch and sometimes very close to the bridge; it's the RH that is more difficult for me to adjust to. Not the left.
  5. dirkhh


    Jan 24, 2021
    Portland, OR
    Minor complaint... so if only people who have played them should vote, and only once you have voted you can see the result... hmmm... :rollno:
  6. Dvbssman

    Dvbssman Supporting Member

    Mar 11, 2019
    Tulsa, OK
    I have owned a EHB1005MS for about 5 months and I am absolutely spoiled. I love everything about it! The roasted maple neck is the best feeling neck I have ever played. I love the light weight. The slanted contoured back makes it very balanced and lays nicely against my body for a great playing angle. The tuners are very precise and much easier to adjust that I originally thought. I now prefer the bridge position tuning as opposed the headstock type. It also seems to stay in tune better than my other basses. I am not sure if that is because of the roasted maple neck or the independent bridge tuners. It is easier to change strings too. Just remember to pull the strings through the eyelets at the end of the neck, use a black marker to mark the strings, pull out to cut, slide the string back through the eyelets, and then tighten with the provided Allen wrench. A great benefit of headless basses is that the body can be a lighter weight wood and still not have neck dive. Also nice is not having to worry about bumping the headstock and knocking it out of tune.
  7. Aidil


    Dec 4, 2014
    Jkt, IDN
    Got two: SRFF806 in Feb 2016 and EHB1005MS in Feb 2020.

    The SRFF806 is the lightest 6 string (long scale) bass I've ever played (exclude the Bass VI type, but this isn't comparable due to being a short scale). It's only 3.8kg, so it feels comfortable for more than an hour standing gig. While the EHB1005MS is also on the lightweight side at 3.4kg, although it isn't my lightest 5 strings. Sadly, it hasn't gotten any gig due to the pandemic thing.
  8. LordHar


    Mar 31, 2003
    The EHB1005MS-SFM has been with me for over 6 months now and became my favorite the moment I strapped it on. I definitely see more of the EHB line in my future.

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