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Should I get an Ibanez SR506?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by cpach, Apr 8, 2006.

  1. Ibanez SR506

    5 vote(s)
  2. Ibanez BTB1206

    4 vote(s)
  3. Ibanez BTB556

    3 vote(s)
  4. Lakland 55-01

    12 vote(s)
  5. Other (explain)

    0 vote(s)
  1. cpach


    Feb 28, 2006
    Santa Cruz, CA
    So, recently I've been shopping around for a new fretted bass. I'm pretty happy with my fretless (a Yamaha BB404F), but am overall less thrilled with my fretted (an Ibanez SRX400). Trying out bunches of basses, I've decided a six would be pretty cool, and I think I could make musical use of the extra range.

    So, I've been pretty impressed with the SR506 I played. They sound really good, are very well built, and are a little over $600 new, less used. My problem is that I find the narrow string spacing a little weird. I can play fingerstyle and slap OK, but it feels a bit tight. Also, I actually prefer, slightly, the feel of a larger body (like the Ibanez BTB series).

    Also, while I really like the sound of this bass, I also liked a Lakland 55-01 (although it's only a 5) and an Ibanez BTB1205 I played (and they make 1206s). A part of me thinks better, especially the Lakland, but it might just be that the tone is different. I have no doubt that the wider string spacing feels more comfortable to me now. While I don't really like the Yamaha TRBs especially much (not to dis, just personal tone preferences), the 6 string neck feels perfectly comfortable to me, so reasonably wide string spacing in a 6 string isn't a problem for my left hand, it seems.

    So, is the thin neck and body something I can get used to? I can afford a SR506 now, but not a BTB1206. I could also probably swing a Lakland 55-01 right now if I wanted to give up on 6 strings. Another option I need to try out is the Ibanez BTB556, which is just a bit more expensive than the SR506, has the same pickups as the SR506 (and Lakland 55-01, for that matter), and a bolt-on neck, rather than the thru-neck of the BTB1206.

    Basses in question:

    Thanks for any opinions on this matter!
  2. phreddy


    Mar 14, 2006
    colorado springs
    i dont have any advice but i would like to know why you dont like your SRX400 i was in gc today and almoast baught it but it diddent come w/ a case and i am kinda scptical of ibanez quality
  3. cpach


    Feb 28, 2006
    Santa Cruz, CA
    There's nothing really wrong with SRX400, quality wise. If you like the way it sounds then it's a good instrument. Some other Ibanez instruments (like the ones I'm considering) blow me out of the water with the quality they provide at their price point. Hell, the SRX400 is pretty cheap, and pretty good considering the price range. I also have an Ibanez guitar (SZ320), which is pretty cheap, and kicks total ass for its price range.

    When I first got it, I liked it because it had more low end and low mids than other instruments I was looking at. Now, I don't know, I can't get a fingerstyle tone out of it I really like, no matter how much I futz with EQ at my amp. I like an articulate tone, not so much a boomy tone.

    I also think that the onboard EQ is stupid. Why just a bass/low mid boost? Seems odd to me.

    I'm not sure if this is just an electronics problem. Acoustically, it's not as loud, punchy, or zingy as some other basses I've played.

    It does get a pretty good heavy rock tone, especially with a pick, and a so-so P-bass-lke "holding down the bottom" sort of tone.

    Tone is hard to explain.
  4. JBass1


    Dec 6, 2005
    SR 506 is amazing..it was my second bass and i fell in love with it. i never thought the string spacing was a problem but i guess you can get used to it...the thing is extremely versatile...the B is nice and tight giving off a very piano-esque low sound...very easy and fast nack..just an all around good bass


    solo done on the SR 506 strung with elixer nanowebs

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