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Ibanez SR900 or Schecter Stiletto Studio 4

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Sako, Dec 5, 2005.


  1. Sako

    Sako

    Nov 4, 2004
    Charlotte, NC
    Hey folks, I'd love to get some feed back here. I currently have a Fender Jazz that I love, but I really want the versatility of an onboard 3-band eq, and a bit more modern tone. I feel that a Mid control is very important. I fell in love with the SR900 when I tried it at a shop -- the feel, speed of the neck, the sound. So I searched for something sort of similar with a 3 band eq, and found the Stiletto Studio. I haven't tried one yet, but played a Stiletto Custom (?) a while back and was impressed.

    I've never had active electronics or neck thru basses, so this is a new step for me. Any thoughts on these two, or others that are comparable in the price range, is appreciated.
     
  2. FeelTheGroove

    FeelTheGroove

    Dec 2, 2005
    Id go with the RD900 for the Duncans...Schecter uses EMG HZ's which im not a big fan of, too sterile sounding. Try to test out both of them if you can.
     
  3. Sako

    Sako

    Nov 4, 2004
    Charlotte, NC
    RD900? That's with a Jazz and MM type of pups and a 2-band eq, right?

    I've heard some else say that about the EMGs. Hopefully one of the local shops will have one in stock soon.
     
  4. FeelTheGroove

    FeelTheGroove

    Dec 2, 2005
    Sorry, I incorrectly thought it said RD900 in your original post.
    Not sure if its 2 or 3 band eq, but yea they are Seymour Duncan Basslines, jazz in the neck/middle position and MM style humbucker in the bridge. Its a pretty safe bet that you would be able to get almost any tone youd ever need from that setup. I havent really had experiance with an SR900 so I cant comment on those...but they do have Bartolini's so id imagine it sounds nice.

    Ive played a bunch of schecters with EMG's, I was pretty close to buying one awhile back. They played and looked great but I just couldnt dig the tone. I dunno if it was the pickups, or the preamp, or whatever but there wasnt much 'warmth' to the tone, in my opinion. Which would work well for stuff like metal or heavy rock I suppose, but not other styles if you asked me. Ill admit they did have a very crisp, modern slap tone however.
     
  5. Honestly, I say save up a little more cash and spring for the Ibby SR1000. The Schecter is just trash in comparison, IMO.

    -ryan-
     
  6. SR900 definately gets my vote, hands down.
     
  7. Sako

    Sako

    Nov 4, 2004
    Charlotte, NC
    The SR1000 looks incredible -- varible Mid control and custom Barts. Sadly, it is out of my price range. The SR900 is just out of range, but I'm trying to swing it.

    Anyone else compare the Stiletto Studio 4 and the SR900?
     
  8. SteveC

    SteveC Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2004
    North Dakota
    I think Schecter makes a nice bass. I played an exotic at the store and it was pretty nice. It wasn't the warmest tone, but it played and looked great. The neck was fast.

    I've never been a big Ibanez fan.
     
  9. Yeah, I'm with you when you say the Ibby SR1000 is outta your range, but it's an amazing bass, better than a Corvette IMHO.

    Okay, still, I would take the SR900 over anything Schecter could whip out anyday. The way the bass sounds, feels, and balances just blows me away compared to a Schecter. However, I don't think I could ever justify buying the SR900, I mean, it's what, just a neck-through and a maple top above an SR500, which is like $300(usd) less? Correct me if I'm wrong, I'm just too lazy to look up spec sheets right now, should be doing school work, but bass is so much more interesting than my class right now, lol.

    -ryan-
     
  10. rdnzl@comcast.n

    rdnzl@comcast.n

    Oct 30, 2005
    WA
    The Ibanez SRX700 is a lot of bass for the money. Lots of bass for the money with great tones. The huge Alnico pickups are very good and the neck is sweet. Always stays in tune. I opted for one instead of the 1000, which I didn't think was worth the money. The only "downside" is maybe the color, which I like, but a lot of people don't.
     
  11. Sako

    Sako

    Nov 4, 2004
    Charlotte, NC
    If I remember correctly, the SR500 is about $525 and the SR900 is $775. So there's a $250 difference for the neck thru and string thru bridge. Also, the finish is nicer on the SR900, IMHO. But hey, I am naturally cheap, so I should consider the 500. Is the $250 worth it for neck and string thru?

    I'm going to try out the RD900 too as a comparison.
     
  12. If I were you I'd go with the Ibanez SR 900. I have the Ibanez SR 500 which is pretty much the same thing with a bolt-on neck and different woods. It has a really nice sound. Pretty modern. From what I've heard Schecters aren't that great in quality. I especially like the bridge on the Ibanez. It makes it hella easy to switch strings. Very nice.

    P.S.: Get the antique violin flat finish. The black finishes look kinda pale :(.
     
  13. bville

    bville

    Aug 25, 2005
    SR 900 would be your best bet. I've owned both Ibanez and Schecters and Ibanez are just better, all-around basses. Construction is better and they take one heck of a beating. :bassist:
     
  14. I own a '99 Jazz deluxe and a Schekter Stilleto custom-5

    two bass, two world... The stilleto is fat, in fact, it's a little bit too much for me. I'm looking to trade it, I'm more of a jazz+funk player. But I can appreciate the quality of this bass. A good neck and a reliable instrument. It's a pretty bass, as i choose the natural finish.

    I've always hate humbucker, and I'd buy it anyway. My fault :rollno: Can't wait to come back to j-bass pickups on a 5-strings. I don't have find one that fill my need, I had bad comment about the fender jazz V :meh:

    Ibanez is not even on my "good bass" list, but that is personnal :rolleyes: :meh:
     
  15. Sutton

    Sutton

    Mar 3, 2005
    Plainwell, MI
    Two months ago, I would have said the Studio 4 hands down. I love that bass. But since then, I've put my hands on the SR900 (it was actually the 905, but same thing....except with the B). The thing plays incredible. The neck is fast as hell, and those barts.....ohhh those barts

    SR900 hands down.
     
  16. Sako

    Sako

    Nov 4, 2004
    Charlotte, NC
    Well, I still haven't got my hands on the Stiletto Studio 4 yet, but I'm diggin the SR900 more and more, every time I play it. I did try some of the other Ibanez models you guys mentioned, which were very nice, but I couldn't quickly dial in a midrangy-bridge pickup, finger pick at the bridge sound very quickly (on the 2-band models). I guess this was my concern with a 2-band EQ vs. a 3. The sound i'm talking about is a cross between Tommy Shannon on Tight Rope and classic Jaco (but more towards Tommy). I know they both play Jazzes, but somewhere in that ballpark.
     
  17. Thornton Davis

    Thornton Davis Supporting Member

    Dec 11, 1999
    Toronto
    I never thought that i'd ever be saying this being a good old vintage boy, but I bought a new SR905 recently and i'm blown away by it.

    I checked out many makes of 5-string basses. After 9 mths of checking most of them out, the Ibanez SR905 was clearly the winner in every dept. Seeing that I don't live in the US, I paid more than $750.00 bucks for my bass.

    You can't go wrong with the SR. ;)

    TD
     
  18. Sako

    Sako

    Nov 4, 2004
    Charlotte, NC
    Thanks Thornton, I guess my big internal dilemna was leaving my Jazz for an active, modern bass. After looking at your profile, your endorsement of the Ibanez speaks volumes. And thanks to everyone else that responded -- Talkbass is a good bass counselor to have. Besides, I'll always have my old school Peavey T-40.
     
  19. Thornton Davis

    Thornton Davis Supporting Member

    Dec 11, 1999
    Toronto

    Thanks Sako. I've been meaning to update my profile for a while, but kept on forgetting to do it. Done.

    TD
    :)
     
  20. DAcat

    DAcat

    Jun 14, 2005
    Iowa
    I may be speaking to the choir at this point-but I personally much prefer the Ibanez SR900...it is worth the difference over the SR700 or SR500 IMHO because of the Bartolini pups and the on board EQ just deliver fantastic tonal possibilities. This is a beautiful and extremly nice playing bass and you may be able to find one for less than $775 if you keep looking on the internet stores-I got mine for 150$ less which included case(and don't be afraid to barter with your local music store-he'd rather get your business than let it go out of town-tell him to make you an offer that you can't refuse :ninja: )...of course you should really play lots of basses and through your own(or very similar) equipment, then you'll know eventually which bass to get without asking...but I think you are considering a really fine bass...:)