Ibanez SR405 and SR485...any feedback?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by mello_bedwetter, Apr 11, 2012.

  1. I've been playing the 4-string but am considering getting a 5-string. I would like to go with an Ibanez for it's slim neck or a brand similar. Does anyone have experience with the SR405 or the SR485. I use to have a SR500 4-stringer. Would either one of these models have a similar tone(other than the B)?
    I would most likely be using a 5er part-time or just practicing around the house. I guess what I'm looking for is a 5-string, slim neck that's has a good tone but not too pricey...I don't want to buy an expensive one and decide I don't like a 5.
    Btw...right now I use either a Fender Jazz or Precision.
    Thanks for any help.
    P.S....there is an Ibanez dealer here in town.
  2. tdub0199


    Mar 4, 2010
    Atlanta, Ga.
    The SR 500 series have Bart pickups & pre-amps, the 400 sereis has Ibanez EXF pickups so they will sound different, here's a link... The SRA series have passive EMG's HZ's with an actice EMG pre-amp... I don't think the SR485 is still in production so you would have to go used....

    Ibanez.com | Basses | SR
  3. Toastfuzz


    Jul 20, 2007
    Pittsburgh, PA
    I'd buy based on the pickups, and I have always been a fan of the Bartolini MK-1's in my SR506. I'd look for a used 5'er in the 500 or above line personally... if you get a deal on it used I bet you could sell it for the same price. My local Craigslist has at least 1 Ibanez 5'er pop up weekly, I'd hit that up.
  4. I do like the "Bart" pickups. I had the SR500 and SR700. I sold the SR500 and the 700's electronics were all screwed up. I got somewhat of a refund for the 700. I'll have to check on some prices on the 505. I saw some on Ebay also. Thanks.
  5. tdub0199


    Mar 4, 2010
    Atlanta, Ga.
    I wished I would have never sold my 505.... I miss that bass
  6. darkstorm

    darkstorm Guest

    Oct 13, 2009
    Id try them both. Chances are for me that Id pick the SR400 for sound over the 500. When I was looking to get a SR bass a few yrs ago picked the 300 over the 500 for sound pref.
  7. Nerk

    Nerk Guest

    Aug 26, 2010
    just would like say... i had a 405 once.. didnt like it.. my cousin bought a 705 it was decent... just picked up a 1205... man... if you have the spare coin... that's the one to go with... picked mine up for $820 new... although i will admit... I think this thing was wrongly priced... as it roughly goes for $1100 online so I had to pick it up! loving it... i played a yamaha 4 string for the last 16 years... what a difference...
  8. GregDunn


    Jan 8, 2009
    I have a 2000 SR405. It's by far the heaviest bass I own, about 9.5 pounds. I like it, and it plays just fine, but given the choice I will pick up my 2001 SR645 because it's about 1.5 pounds lighter! Definitely consider a used SR505, as it's probably the lightest and easiest to play SR 5-string. It will hold its resale value too!
  9. Toastfuzz


    Jul 20, 2007
    Pittsburgh, PA
    My only warning with the 500 series is that the finish paint is thin and not clear coated and is prone to wear. I dig it cuz my modern 2007 SR506 is already taking on traits of a natural relic instrument. Some people like keeping their hi-fi instruments looking like new, in which case I'd shoot for SR400 or SR700 with the clear coat.

    I originally had a GSR200, it was good but the tone/build was obviously beginner oriented. I have a SR400 PJ that I can't bear to get rid of cuz the tone is AWESOME, but the dang thing picks up AM radio stations and I'm a 6'5" antennae. The SR506 is noiseless and the pups pack a punch and are also very versatile tone-wise, but has the finish characteristic I mentioned that is good for some and bad for others. I hear the build quality between SR300 and 400 is a big jump, so I'd stay at 400 or above but thats from TB hearsay, not personal experience.

    If you can't tell, I really dig Ibanez SR's. I've been debating for months now selling off some of my midrange equipment and bumping up to a new Premium or Prestige SR with the Nordy Big Singles.... mmmmm single coils.......