Before I acquired my own Ibanez I had done a lot of research to see what peoples opinions were and about their specs. Now I've been aware of Ibanez's and their basses since the 80's, have owned an SR5005 (that I didn't like), and had a bass player pal who's been using a neck-thru SR1205 for years that sounds amazing (he bought his in '94). Based on my own experiences, and going off of what I've read about Ibanez's quality, it seems to be hit or miss thing, them letting some things slide on a batch of basses, but the majority of their output seems to be pretty spot on. So, in 2016 I bought an SR305E and it turned out to be an amazing bass (the sound was perfect, it looked awesome, felt good to play, ect.). Recently I decided I wanted another one, so, I found an older used one with a maple fingerboard (a white 2009 SR305M). I lucked out in that I got it cheap with a case included, it was setup pretty nicely, it sounded pretty good through headphones (anxious to hear it through my amp in a few weeks), and it does "look sexy". I wasn't sure I would like the narrower string spacing inherent to the SR series, but I discovered it forced my left fretting hand to move easily across the strings as well as keep my hand from having to do any crazy stretches to reach notes (no cramping up). To sum it all up: I think Ibanez's SR series look, feel, and sound pretty damn good!! Other than a few mistakes I feel Ibanez has made in the past (and from what I've seen and read, they have addressed - with hardware and electronics) their SR basses are great across all their different levels/models (a cheaper model feels and sounds just as good as one of their pricier models). The thing that gets me is why some have trashed them so harshly before in other forums or reviews. So, with that said, if any of you have an opinion, I'd love to hear about your opinions and experiences with Ibanez's SR basses (and keep it civil, folks; this is just for information and fun)......GO!!