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Looking at getting an Ibanez BTB676, thoughts/opinions?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by holycrapoctopus, Jun 13, 2012.

  1. holycrapoctopus


    Jun 11, 2012
    It looks like I'm going to get a crazygood deal on a new BTB676. I was wondering if anyone here owns/has played one before? I've never owned a six-string but have played them many times and I'm excited to start mastering this new instrument!

    I usually play a combination of slap and regular plucking styles; is this bass good for those or mroe oriented towards heavier styles? Also, does anyone prefer the maple fretboard to the regular rosewood? I can get the 676M (exact same specs, just different coloration and wood on the fretboard) for the same price, but I don't know if I've ever played a bass with a maple fretboard before so I'd like to get some opinions on those.
  2. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism

    I own one, it is a spectacular instrument. I have the rosewood, it has 18mm (maybe 17.5mm) string spacing so it is plenty wide enough for slap. The Bartolini MK-2's are pretty good, not nearly as dark as the SR series bart's I've heard, 3 band EQ can dial in a pretty solid tone. You can also blend back to the neck and get a pretty good Jaco growl. Neck thru stays true and doesn't require a setup all the time, I live in a very extreme climate. It is a dual truss rod though so you need to know how to work it without warping. I had purchased an SR-506 initially, tried to play it for a month, then returned it on my last day because it was a raging hunk of garbage, you couldn't intonate it or get it set up without clickty-clankiting all over the place. I returned it for credit on the BTB 676, which when I bought them they were still at the $1200 price point, not the $900 they are now. 35" scale the B string is pretty good up the neck, it is like most other B's though, sloppy and loose, I have only enjoyed Carvin and Dingwall B's, they are the proper tension and feel as the other strings.

    I am currently in the process of selling my BTB 676 because it weighs a TON, seriously, a 3 hour night becomes very long and very painful on the shoulder. My other major complaint came to light when I set it up for sale recently, the frets are total spit, mine are all busted to hell and some are starting to crack, yes mine has seen a lot of play time but it hasn't seen as much as my Fender, it is also 5 years newer than the Fender, the Fender frets look 10x better, it is a Mexican Fender as well.

    I like a maple fretboard, the Carvin LB76 I replaced the Ibanez with is a flamed maple board, as with my other two most recent basses, a EBMM StingRay Classic and my Dingwall ABZ, but the latter two I bought used so I didn't have a choice in it. I haven't played a maple BTB 676 and actually only found out about them recently.

    I hope that helps.
  3. ThatLowEnd

    ThatLowEnd Dirt, Trucks, BBQ, Whiskey

    Apr 14, 2012
    Down In The Delta
    Has been/Never was
    I have a BTB1206 which I absolutely love. String spacing seems to be good for slap/pop though I personally do not play that style. Great basses for a great price! :bassist:
  4. speedbot


    Jul 1, 2012
    Seriously guys!. I bought the BTB 676M couple days ago, still trying to EQ it, can;t get that special tone i want, i;m this close to return it, I played the 506 at the store, sounds growly and bassy like i want it... The btb sounds hollow... Appreciate the Help u can give me!!!

    PS:My equipment is the BTB 676 and an TNT 115 Peavy... Be advised , i have a KSD Proto J-5 and sounds aweesome in that amp, so... let me know...

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