Ibanez SR305E or Yamaha TRBX305?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Mardep, Jun 7, 2019.

  1. Mardep


    Jun 7, 2019
    Hi guys
    As a background about me i'm an electric guitar player and i wana buy my first guitar.
    After some research i limited my choice to these 2 basses. They are not locally available in my city so i can't try any of them.
    I usually play death metal and i shape my sound with helix lt.
    I would be glad to know your opinions on these two basses.
  2. Mardep


    Jun 7, 2019
    No one has any opinion?
  3. Solude


    Sep 16, 2017
    Pick or fingers?
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  4. Mardep


    Jun 7, 2019
    Well my plan is to mostly play with pick but being able to play with fingers is a nice option too
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  5. Killed_by_Death

    Killed_by_Death Snaggletooth Inactive

    This could have been an interesting poll.
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  6. Solude


    Sep 16, 2017
    In that case I'd go with the Ibanez. The tighter spacing makes it both a shorter throw and less real estate to mute.
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  7. I personally think that the Yamaha is the better bass between the two. The Ibanez is nice too - don't get me wrong. But having played both, I just felt like the Yamaha was nicer. It setup how I wanted it easier, the controls work in an intuitive manner, the hardware feels quality. It's hard to describe. I was underwhelmed by the Ibanez SR305E personally, and I play an Ibanez as my primary bass at the moment so I am not a hater by any means. Really though, you could just go with the one you thought looked cooler and you'd be good to go.
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  8. pcake

    pcake Supporting Member

    Sep 20, 2011
    Los Angeleez
    i like the ibanez, but honestly both are good basses, so i don't think you can go wrong with either.
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  9. Maxdusty


    Mar 9, 2012
    Michigan USA
    I've owned a TRBX304, TRBX305 on the Yamaha side, and I've owned quite a few Ibanez SR300s but not the newer versions with the Powertap pickups although I have tried a few of these at the store.

    They're both solid basses - both my TRBX304 and 305 had more lows but the sound itself is a little on the muddy side even with fiddling with the tone switch and EQ - there seems to be less variance in the tones. The Ibanez SR300 basses I've owned had more definition, more mid heavy, a little more tonal variety with the EQ compared to the Yamaha.
    Yamaha is on the heavier side in weight, pretty solidly built, you can probably whack a tank with it, good build quality. Ibanez is of good quality and solid build but maybe because of it's lighter weight, thinner neck one gets the perception that it feels a little more delicate or maybe a finesse kind of bass. I've never whacked a tank with it, so maybe that's all it is, perception.

    Easier for a newer bass player? Depends on your hands, if you like a narrower neck, go with the Ibanez.
    Can't really go wrong with either choice really.
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  10. wizard65


    Sep 1, 2014
    I’ve owned both. Quite similar basses with very slim necks.
    I preferred the Ibanez tone, sounded a little brighter and clearer.
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