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NBD! The most beautiful ibanez ive ever seen

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by The Wiz, Jan 24, 2014.

  1. The Wiz

    The Wiz Supporting Member

    Mar 27, 2013
    For the last few months there has been this ibanez sr505 at my local guitar center that has been hanging untouched at the very top row. I always saw it up there and always noticed how strikingly beautiful the burled poplar top was but i was always deterred by the fact that it was an ibanez. Ive always been driven away from ibanez basses just because they seemed like they were aimed at metal dudes which although i dabble, has never really been my thing. So a couple of days ago I was in guitar center and couldnt find a single bass that really stood out to me. I got bored and was about to leave when i thought, "hmm this ibanez has been in here for months and ive never so much as touched it. I should give it a chance." So i had an employee get it down for me and as soon as it was in my hands i new it was "the one". It felt like the neck was perfectly shaped to fit my hand. I plugged it in and was blown away by the bartolini mk-1's (no surprise there) and the tonal diversity of the bass. Not to mention, its the first bass ive ever seen at guitar center that was perfectly set up with low action. I put it on layaway and picked it up today and, im equally as blown away as when i played it the other day. The quality is what is most impressive to me, there isnt a single flaw. Plus it only cost $490 dollars which i think is a steal! And of course, heres a picture of my new baby :)
  2. oldcatfish


    Jan 8, 2011
    I'm not an Ibanez kind of guy....but that is one of the most stunning basses that I have seen. If it plays and sounds good, then you definitely got a steal.
  3. Good for you..nothing like finding ..the one...now go play the hell out of it and let us know how she does...
  4. Bread Knife

    Bread Knife

    Oct 8, 2010
    Seattle, WA
    That looks great! Congratulations!
  5. P. Aaron

    P. Aaron Supporting Member

  6. The Wiz

    The Wiz Supporting Member

    Mar 27, 2013
    Thanks everybody!
  7. swamp_bass

    swamp_bass I love it when a groove comes together Supporting Member

    Nov 20, 2013
    North Cackalacky
    Ohhhh, nice!
  8. drummer5359

    drummer5359 Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 10, 2011
    Pittsburgh PA USA
    Congrats, it is stunning!
  9. Turtle71

    Turtle71 Supporting Member

    Aug 11, 2009
    Madison, WI
    Wow, she's a beauty!

    I've had 2 SR505's (2008 & 2005) both of mine were the usual brown finish over mahogany, they played awesome!

    At $490 that is a steal! :bassist:
  10. HosMan

    HosMan Los! Zum dritten Mal denn!

    Aug 24, 2009
    Northern CA,USA
    Congrats on that gorgeous Ibanez,Wiz!

    You weren`t kidding when you described the burl. :eek: The finish,body shape and color just scream Expensive Custom Bass!!. Ueber-cool that she`s so perfect for you! The perfect set-up at a GC is a fluke though. lol

    I happen to be a fan of those "skinny" Ibanez necks(small hands).Used to have a ca 98/99 Ergodyne EDC-700(model #?) I won from a TB sponsored contest,btw.

    I recently snagged a lightly-used 92/93 Ibanez EXB404 online for under a C-note. Way to go!

  11. bassbenj


    Aug 11, 2009
    I AM an Ibanez kind of guy and I just WISH my plain old black paint SR506 looked like that! As the saying goes: If it plays good, sounds good and looks good it IS GOOD!!

    (In my case two out of three will have to do)

  12. georgestrings

    georgestrings Banned

    Nov 5, 2005
    It looks like the amber version of a 655 PB I used to have:


    - georgestrings
  13. I didn't know an SR505 came with that (burl?) top wood? It has the mid-freq switch so I'm pretty sure that makes it a 2010 or newer. Ibanez make some real nice basses.

    Excellent score OP - it's gorgeous!
  14. Bredian


    Apr 22, 2011
    Ibanez makes a wonderful instrument at many price points... I borrow my son's SR280 often to back up or in place of my Precision Lyte... its similar in weight, the neck is jazz narrow and the balance is a little better, bringing my left hand a little closer... which would make it easier to handle, like a shorter scale would do, but at 34".

    I just dropped off his SR500 at the tech shop for a set up, new nut, etc.... it sounds nicer with the Bartolini pups,

    You def made out with that finish... nice price
  15. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    Gorgeous congrats
  16. Nobody

    Nobody Banned

    Jul 14, 2004
    Nice score! Ibanez makes great easy on the hands basses.... I love 'em.
  17. mfbolton

    mfbolton Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 30, 2007
    St. Louis, MO
    Owner - MFB Enterprises, Craftsman - Notlob Basses
    Beautiful top, Congrats!
  18. georgestrings

    georgestrings Banned

    Nov 5, 2005
    +1... I don't own any Ibbys at the moment, but probably will again - I've owned atleast 20 of them, and they've never disappointed...

    - georgestrings
  19. Great bass at a great price!
  20. Reddog01


    Nov 3, 2013
    Georgetown, TX
    Hey Wiz - that wouldn't be the bass that was at the GC in Round Rock, Texas would it?