Ibanez srx good or bad

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by _DOM_P_, Aug 1, 2009.

  1. currently i own a Ibanez sr300 but am thinking of buying a srx but do th passive pickups let the bass down??? I play in a thrash metal type band and reli need a tonethat cus through.

    What areyour thughts on this bass?:D
  2. I own an SRX 400.... Discontinued :(

    In my opinion for metal its a great bass just because its a very loud cutting sound, but that many be due to it being active. Just go to a GC and play with some. Thats how I found out that I really really like the Warwick streamer tone.
  3. I play in a thrash metal band. Out of the 4 basses i own, my Ibanez SRX390 is PERFECT for it.

    It's like it was MADE for this kinda thing!
  4. eligos36


    Jan 6, 2009
    The pickups are fantastic. The mid-upper models, the SRX595 specifically, have basswood bodies. Not fantastic. Make sure if you get one that it has an ash body. They cut very well.
  5. DanGouge


    May 25, 2000
    It tends to be a popular choice for heavier styles (i.e.: metal and its various subgenres and derivatives). If you have the money you might like Spectors or Warwicks but the SRX is a comparative bargain.
  6. klk999


    Apr 6, 2007
    Charlotte, NC
    I have a SRX 700. Killer bass at a bargain price used. It was made for hard rock and metal, but cleans up nicely for mellow music.

    If that is your thing.:cool:
  7. I've got an SRX650 and the tone is thick heavy and punchy. Cuts through so well. The bass is designed and built towards metal and heavier music so i dont think you can go wrong.

    You said passive. Do these come with passive electronics? Mines definately active with a 2 band.
  8. Both SRX and SR's have passive pickups with an active EQ.
    I used to own a SRX300, but found it quite limited.. it's great for metal and heavier styles, but just doesnt have that warm round bass tone that i wanted.
    I bought an SR300 and found that to be exactly what i wanted, perfect tone with a lot of variation.

    I'd suggest you try the SRX out, because it's a great bass, but it just wasn't what i was after.
  9. Crystalman85


    Nov 30, 2008
    Chicago, Il.
    If you ask me, the ibanez srx basses are excellent choices for playing hard rock and heavy metal music. If you're thinking about buying one, I'd say go for it. and considering that you play thrash metal, I think you'll have no regrets buying an ibanez srx bass.
  10. THand


    Jun 9, 2008
    I have an SRX590. My only complaint is the position markers are hard to see on this particular model. It plays and cuts through fine, and they can be tamed down with TI Flats and a piece of foam or felt...that works for Carol Kaye. ;)
  11. I ALMOST bought a SRX 370 -IIRC- was a superb bass for the $$$ -well for almost any price range really. Had twin Humbuckers & was just made beautifully & had all the sound options-& ALL of them sounded GREAT!!! VERY underated basses IMO!
  12. lug

    lug Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2005
    League City, Tx
    I have the SRX505, very aggressive pups. I prefer them to the SR series. Really depends on what you are looking for. The SRX's are more aggresive/less refined sounding to my ears. I don't particularly like the preamp so I tend to leave the bass at the middle detents and adjust frequencies at the amp's EQ section.
  13. taygunov

    taygunov Guest

    May 8, 2008
    Coming from the previous owner of an srx500, you can't go wrong if your playing heavy stuff. Otherwise I would look for something else
  14. Blenin


    Jun 24, 2009
    I mainly play an SRX2EX1 - Slow heavy rock - and it does the job great.
  15. You can get a mellow tone p bass tone out of the bass if you EQ it right. Cut the treble,boost the bass a little,solo the neck pickup. It's not as versital as say a jazz bass but if you know how to tweak and play it just right you can get a good amount of tones.