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New Ibanez SR500!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by SlavaF, Apr 16, 2004.

  1. SlavaF


    Jul 31, 2002
    Edmonton AB
    I made a thread a while ago when I was still deciding with which bass to buy, and I settled on an Ibanez SR500! I've had this thing for about 2 weeks, and I love it! Every time I see it I want to play! I love the "new bass" time when you're so eager to practise. It's extremely light, which is mostly why I bought a bass before a new amp.

    Anyway, I've worn down the strings a bit, and this thing sounds so smooth. I don't like the flat sound much, but if I boost the bass and mids and drop the treble a bit, this thing sounds amazing! Part of me disliking the flat sound is my amp of course :rolleyes: which I'll upgrade next! Because of the natural middy tone, I cut through even with my POS amp, which is a nice surprise.

    It's really nice to play standing up too, because it's so light. You may have heard me bitching how heavy my BTB405 is (and apparently I've developed some pretty bad back and shoulder problems :meh: ) and so I'm really glad I have a bass that sounds quite good and is this light!

    Since my pics are ginormous, I'll just put up links and spare the loading time! :cool:






    hope those work...

  2. Matthew Bryson

    Matthew Bryson Guest

    Jul 30, 2001
    You've got yourself a couple of beautiful looking Ibanie there - congrats!
  3. rusty


    Mar 29, 2004
    Nice :D I've got an SR too! Except that it's 8 years old and it's been discontinued to make way for the new SR prestige line...
    Congrats again! Hope you love it :D
  4. tplyons


    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    Didn't they make the SR500 a couple years ago then change it to the SR400? I started on an SR400, and now it looks like it's the 500 again. The SR400 now seems to be some kind of archtop beast.
  5. Mongeaux


    Apr 14, 2004
    Here is a link to the SR400

    SR400 specs
    SR4 neck
    3pc. Maple Neck Material
    Soft Maple Body
    24/Medium frets
    Rosewood Finger Board
    Accu-Cast B20 bridge
    IBZ DXP Neck PU *Pbass style*
    IBZ DXJ Bridge PU *Jbass style*
    Pearl Dot Inlay
    CK : Hardware Color
    SR500 link
    SR500 specs
    SR4 neck
    5pc Wenge/ Bubinga Neck Material
    Mahogany Body
    24/Medium frets
    Rosewood Finger Board
    Accu-Cast B20 bridge
    Bartolini MK1-4 Neck PU
    Bartolini MK1-4 Bridge PU
    Abalone Oval Inlay
    CK : Hardware Color
    Bartolin MK1 3-Band

    Btw how much did you pay for the SR500? I know the SR400 can be had for $299-399 on Musician's Friend.

    I have been wracking my brain trying to decide which model of Ibanez to get. I have played fenders for years but after playing on a friends Ibanez I was blown away by the way Ibanez basses play. And no back pain either!

    I play Jazz and Blues gigs. Any suggestions for which model would work best in that setting? Heck on the Carol Kaye message boards there are a number of people that swear by the SRX series for playing Jazz, and thats supposed to be a metal bass! Its all so confusing. To bad my local music store does not carry one of every model. All they have is the SR400 and that, one pickup short scale Ibanez.
  6. stoneroses


    Feb 29, 2004
    tried both SRxs at the shop today.
    bartolinis just don't give me the sound I want
    I was however entralled by the slap sound of the BTB which you also own.
    went to the shop thinking of getting the peavey grind but didn't like the sound so picked up the BTB in the hope of hearing something I like.
    the good things which i've read about the btb were not exaggerations.
    looks like I have something to dream about while i save up in the coming months.
    top notch.
  7. HMZ

    HMZ Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2003
    I bought a Ibanez sr 500 and I love it. I usually play a Fender jazz or a EB music man sterling but I love the necks on the Ibanez basses. The bass is light and compact and the mahogany finish is really cool. The barts sound good they looks like the same Korean made barts they put in the Lakland 5501. The price is good too $529.00 at Sam Ash.
  8. SlavaF


    Jul 31, 2002
    Edmonton AB
    I'm really loving this bass! It sounds so good in a band setting, it has really strong mids, and it sounds so smooth! The bass, before GST, cost $670 Canadian, then I traded my Boss OC-2, and I ended up paying about $650 after GST. Not a bad deal at all considering everything this bass has! It's such a welcome change from my BTB405 - which I don't play that much anymore!

    HMZ: Congrats on the purchase, glad you're enjoying it!

    SMASH: no new clips yet, I've been slacking off with that... but hey I'll try to do something now.
  9. Sonorous


    Oct 1, 2003
    Denton, TX
    I have an SR505, but its different than the model on the Ibanez site. The knobs are different, mine has 4... master volume, pickup blend, bass, and treble. I'm going to guess that the one on the site has just added a mid. The neck pickup is also a little closer to the bridge than on mine. I don't know why this is, mine is probably old or something.
  10. rusty


    Mar 29, 2004
    I've just found out that mine's a SR990 - its got deep, smooth and has beautiful mids as well :) I'm glad you're enjoying yours :D
  11. Flatwound

    Flatwound Supporting Member

    Sep 9, 2000
    San Diego
    Yo Slav- I really like the new SR500 and 900. The Bart electronics sound pretty cool. I don't have any Ibanezes, but I've usually been favorably impressed by them.
  12. SlavaF


    Jul 31, 2002
    Edmonton AB
    MZ: Ibanez used to make another SR500/5/6 series not too long ago - they were kinda like the modern day SR400/5/6, but I played an SR506BK once, and it had sweepable mids! I wish my SR had that... although my BTB does! :smug:

    Flatwound: I'm really glad the new SR's have Barts as well - Ibanez pickups don't sound as good IMO. I wish I'll get a chance to play an SR900 one day, it looks amazing!

    I recorded another solo song with my new SR500, check it out here. http://www.cartoonsafari.com/slava/At The Gates.mp3 All the bass tracks are recorded, but I don't know how to make the MIDI drums play when I export the song to an mp3. Because of that, I recorded the freaking drums with a crappy mic and that's why there's so much hum. As soon as I figure out how I can use the actual MIDI drums, I'll fix it and it'll sound a LOT better! BTW, first part is mostly picked, second part is all finger.

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