The New Ibanez SR870 and SR875 are Awesome Basses!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by bottomzone, Mar 16, 2018.

  1. bottomzone

    bottomzone Supporting Member

    Oct 21, 2005
    I'm really liking the new Ibanez SR875! Killer tone, features, and looks!

    This dude talks way too much but does a good demo when he gets around to it:

    I might have to get one of these!
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  2. Bananaman1983


    Aug 16, 2018
    Hi There. I'm writing this because I purchased this bass (the SR870) recently. There wasn't a lot of online feedback about it from either pros or users, so I'm chipping in my two cents in case other people are thinking of buying it.

    I'm a hybrid beginner / intermediate player. I played a lot of guitar when I was younger and messed around in a "band" for 6 months playing bass (borrowed from someone), some years ago. This is my first bass.

    Overall I really like this bass. I think I've made a good purchase.
    - It's really beautiful in both sound and looks.
    - The bridge and neck pickups have their own unique tone, blended together they sound pretty muddy and flat, but not in a bad way. I find myself using the bridge pickup the most.
    - The active EQ is powerful and lets you dial in heaps of different tone options. The Bridge pickup with heaps of mid & treble gain gives you a bit of a J bass sound. The Neck pickup with a mid & treble cut gives you a P bass sound.
    - The action is low, it's a treat to play and sounds terrific.
    - Sustain is good, particularly on the lower frets.
    - The neck is nice and narrow and is great if you're coming from guitar.
    - I can't comment on slap performance, because I'm terrible at that.

    Like all things, it's not perfect.
    - It's pricey. At AU$1400 it was a real treat to myself and I had to make some compromises on the amp, but I mostly play with headphones at the moment so thats ok.
    - It's heavy, but I think most basses I tried were heavy.
    - The treble pickup when in the heavy + settings, inputs a shrill noise into the amp. It's not a big deal for me. At flat and - settings, you can't hear it. But if you want a super bright sounding bass, with heaps of treble, maybe check this before buying.
    - I'm getting a tiny bit of fret buzz on the top string but that's probably because it's new and needs a bit of an adjustment.
    - The strings when I got them were super "zingy" and the pickups, being active, would heavily amplify my fingers moving around the strings, sounded a bit acoustic guitar-like. But since playing it over the last fortnight, that has tapered off slightly. Maybe it's just a new string sound. Or maybe my technique is improving.

    Again, overall, I really like it. I'm glad it got it. I find myself losing heaps of time on this, and really the thing about a good bass is you just love playing it. 9.5 / 10.
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