Soundgear by Ibanez; what model is this?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by rollingminority, Jan 26, 2009.

  1. rollingminority


    Nov 25, 2007
    So, this is my first bass that I've been playing, and all I know is that it is an Soundgear made by Ibanez. Im guessing it's sort of like a Squier made by Fender type of deal? The pickups say AFR-P and AFR-J, most likely for precision and jazz...Well, anyway, I just don't know what model it is, It looks like an SR800, but im not If anyone could help me that would be great. Here are some pictures...Sorry about the crappy pictures, cell phone pics.
  2. dakpluto


    Oct 14, 2006
    Orlando, FL
    Looks a SR500 I believe.
  3. Kemet09


    Oct 29, 2004
    Endorsements: Sire Basses
    Im not authority on the SDGRs at all, but the one you have is made in Japan, which are the good ones, so I'd advise you to never let it leave your grasp! The newer ones are mostly Korean & other countries & are just not as well built. Even the so-called Prestige models are Korean now!

    These are NOT the Squire-like equivalents. These were Ibanez' main line axes for a while after the Roadstar II series, I beleive....

    Im more of an older IBBY dude... Blazer, Black Eagle, etc, but I've played some of these & have seen them with EMG's in them that sounded great! I actually had a lined fretless but it never sounded right to me fretless. The only reason I let it go was to get a Japanese Fender Jazz!
  4. mkrtu9

    mkrtu9 Supporting Member

    Mar 2, 2006
    can't you email ibanez with the serial number? I did this to ESP once and they told me everything they had on the guitar.
  5. rollingminority


    Nov 25, 2007
    I didn't even think about that...haha:meh: wow...thanks! I just emailed them.:smug:
  6. Silas Martinez

    Silas Martinez

    Jan 17, 2007
    Denver, CO
    Looks similar to my 80s MIJ SR800. Mine has the PJ pups with 'Low Impedance' written in red, though.

    Not a bad axe, but the neck is way to thin for me these days. Probably less than 1.5" at the nut.

    Oh, and as noted, these are NOT the low end line. Typically, the soundgear were (don't know about current line up) main production line Ibanez instruments.
  7. Swin


    May 25, 2008
    Ibanez Freakazoid
    Hi there. It is hard to tell exactly due to your photos (i cant really make out the finish) but it seems to be a SR 800 TT from 1995.

    The serial # reads out like the following:
    F - this means its from the fujigen factory in japan
    5 - this is the year (1995)

    21197 - the rest of the numbers is the build number for that year.

    Body: American maple
    Neck: 3 piece maple
    Neck Type: SR4
    Frets: 24/ medium
    Fingerboard: rosewood
    Inlay: abalone oval
    Bridge: AccuCast B-IV
    Hardware: Black
    Neck Pickup: Ibanez AFR- P with mid 3 band eq
    Bridge pickup: Ibanez AFR- J with mid 3 band eq

    the catalogue for your bass is here:
    its a good bass so enjoy!...hope this helps
  8. mkrtu9

    mkrtu9 Supporting Member

    Mar 2, 2006
    Let us know how it turns out. I'd like to know, never seen one quite like that.
  9. TheEmptyCell

    TheEmptyCell Bearded Dingwall Enthusiast Supporting Member

    Jul 16, 2005
    Belfast, UK
    Wow, I have the exact same bass, although I'm trying to get rid of mine... not an Ibanez neck fan.
  10. Yeah thats what I was going to say. Its the first thing I do when I pick up a new (to me) bass.

    Usually they can tell you what the bass is and where / when it was built / when it left the factory etc.
  11. Swin


    May 25, 2008
    Ibanez Freakazoid
    ummm...ibanez has already replied lol:D
  12. realbadgroove


    Apr 12, 2008
    It looks like a 90's SR500 I had one much like it once apon a time.
  13. Beta


    May 9, 2007
    Yeah, but they might be wrong.

    You bass is metallic green, isn't it? It looks that way from your pictures. If so, that means it's not Trans Turquoise.

    I think it's a 1996 SR800 in Jade Metallic (the bridge, pickups, EQ knobs and color all match, and JM wasn't offered in 1995). Ibanez sometimes has instruments with the serial number showing the year before they actually came out.

    Here's the catalog page.
  14. Swin


    May 25, 2008
    Ibanez Freakazoid
    it shouldn't matter really, the difference is only in the's still the same sdgr. Im sure the owner just wanted to know the specs of his bass and the approximate birthdate...but yeah a more accurate colour shot does make i.d easier iv'e had some shocking photos sent over for id's :meh:
  15. stryfox


    Jan 11, 2009
    near philly
    I have the same bass from 1996 japan
    I believe mine is an sr800 in black
  16. stryfox


    Jan 11, 2009
    near philly
    by the way how can you tell a 800 from a 500 from the mid 90's?
  17. Swin


    May 25, 2008
    Ibanez Freakazoid
    The bridges are different, the 800 uses the 'AccuCast' whereas the 500 used a more simple die cast bridge.
  18. Ephminus


    Nov 6, 2008
    It's definitely not an SR800.
    The SR800 has the Accucast bridge and if I remember correctly, the hi-lo regulated pickups, I swapped mine out for EMG's.
    It is my oldest and most favorite bass of all time.

    Anyone that owns one of these is lucky cuz it really stands out from all the other Ibanez basses I've ever played.

    Be proud of your got a good one there.
    and the bridge isn't a cheap bridge. It's actually a nice high mass bridge.
    The only difference between yours and the Accucast bridge is that the Accucast has more parts too allow for extremely fine adjustments.

    Here's my SR800

    Found it.
    It's the SR800EG
  19. Swin


    May 25, 2008
    Ibanez Freakazoid
    you cant see much of it....but this bass looks like it does have the accucast bridge. theres not much else it can be from around that year! its either the 800 in TT or JM unless the serial is wrong or fake which i very much doubt. ;)
  20. Rendog92


    Jan 2, 2009
    Put some new strings on it, get it set up, then you have yourself a great instrument. Its hard to let go of those quality Japanese builds. Thats a really good beginner bass.