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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by ifender, Oct 20, 2011.
Which one is better?
One has a Mahogany body, one has a maple body.
One is bolt-on, the other is neck-through.
One has an oval shaped body, the other has a "scooped back".
Otherwise, they're pretty similar.
I've only played an SR505, but I found the whole SR500 series to have extremely comfortable necks. I thought the bart MK1 pickups were a bit dull sounding, though versatile.
Cant comment on SR900 but I'm sure someone else can.
Which one has a mahogany body?
What exactly is better?
The SR500 has an oval shaped mahogany body and a bolt-on neck.
Why is sr 900 better?
Why is the 900 better? More sustain, better build, "scooped" back is comfortable as that blonde at the bar, looks amazing, sounds even better! the new ones with mahogany and emgs rock! Tour worthy! My bass is beat up but still looks beautiful. Only bested by way more expensive basses. ones that cost double. I know, I have one and only stopped playing it for a Spector. Here's a clip.
Indictment - YouTube
Though I play Spectors now, this bass hold a special place in my heart.
I have an SRT805DX. I believe the 900 is similiar, basically the same with different woods. All the SR's have basically the same neck but the neck through is worth the differense in sustain and I absoloutely love heel on the neck through. The scooped body shape is pretty comfy too.
I was just checking and the SR900 has an arched top with Barts. The SRT805 or SRT900 has the scooped body with EMG's. I was confusing the SRT and the SR series.
The SR500 is a great bass for the money.
The SR900 is an amazing bass for the money. As someone else said the curved back is comfy and the build quality is superb. I've had a SR1005 for several years (basically a 900 series with upgraded electronics and monorail bridge) It played great. After a fret job it is the best playing 5 string I've ever put my hands to. Seriously.
So the Sr500 is Roast Beef. Tasty and nothing wrong with it (unless you're a vegetarian)
The SR900 is Filet Mignon. Yeah I want some more.
I don't have any direct experience on the 500 vs 900 debate, but I have owned both the 505 and the 905, FWIW - and the differences between the two lines are likely the same...
They seem to share the same pups and preamp, typically - although the 905 seems to be slightly clearer sounding in a band mix, yet has a warmer sound to it - for lack of a better description... Being a neck-thru, the 905 offers both top loading and string-thru options - which *to me* aren't any big deal... but, neck-thru's also typically have better upper fret access - which holds true here, too...
The 905 has a poly finished neck, the 505 doesn't - which may make a difference to some... As noted, the 905 has a "dished out" body - which I didn't think I was going to like, but actually did - it's very comfortable... They both appear to have the same bridge and tuners...
I've owned the 405, 505, 535, 655, 755, 905, and 3005 - and out of all of them, have kept the 905 - if that tells you anything... I would've kept the 3005, but flipped it for a profit to partially fund the purchase of an SR5 HH - it was a really nice instrument, but the 905 still gets the job done, and gives me a light 5er with a different sound than my SR5 - for around $500 used...
In short, if they're both in the same condition, I would pay an extra $100-$200 to go with the 900 - if it were me...
Hope this helps,
Ok but is à sr 900. For $500,- à good deal.
I say go for the SR 1200 to get the included Nordstrand pickups. just played one at a GC by me and it was very nice.
SR900 for $500 is a decent deal I think. A brand new SR500 sells for $600 I believe.
In good condition, I'd say it's alot of bass for the money - you could certainly do worse... IIRC, I paid a little over $400 for my sr905, and it has alot of buckle rash on the back, but zero fretwear - which is a bit odd - and I'm glad to keep it...
When I'm shopping for basses, I take a look at what they're going for on GC's used gear pages and on ebay - that'll usually give you a pretty good guage of market value...
In good condition
Just like this
With THE Same guitar chest
And à 30watt amp :3
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