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Whats the diffrence in Ibanez Premium BTB and SR bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by campbems, Feb 5, 2014.

  1. campbems

    campbems Supporting Member

    Jun 20, 2013
    I love the electronics on both and the looks but was wondering what is the difference. Is one better than the other? I'm wanting the BTB bad but haven't plated one. I have played the SR premiums and was really impressed with the tone of those bass. Just wondering if anyone played both and what they thought?
  2. Webtroll

    Webtroll Rolling for initiative

    Apr 23, 2006
    Austin, TX
    I love the look of the BTB when painted black, but their necks feel chunkier than the SRs to me. I haven't measured and I'm too lazy to look them up, but that was my initial impression when trying them out.
  3. 4StringsEnough


    Mar 9, 2008
    From memory the BTB's are neck through while the SR's are bolt-on.
  4. klaus486


    Jun 27, 2009
    portland or
    sales geek Portland Music co.
    I believe most BTB are 35 inch scale length, neck through construction and have much closer to Fender string spacing rather than the narrow necks of the SR line. BTBs are BIG basses. Both are great just different.
  5. Bobster


    Mar 27, 2006
    Austin, TX
    Klaus486 is on it. BTB's are 35" scale and have wider necks, as well as larger bodies.

    Two different lines to appeal to two different types of player.

    All the best,

  6. Webtroll

    Webtroll Rolling for initiative

    Apr 23, 2006
    Austin, TX
    Love the style, hate the necks :( Do they make a BTB model with a thinner neck?
  7. chuck norriss

    chuck norriss Banned

    Jan 20, 2011
    BTB is a big bass it feels big the 35" scale makes a difference. Both fine instruments.
  8. chuck norriss

    chuck norriss Banned

    Jan 20, 2011
    Both have both NT and bolt.
  9. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather

    Specifically, the SR Premium is a bolt on. The BTB Premium is a NT. The BTB 5 strings are 35" scale and the string spacing is 19mm. The SR's are all 34" scale and the string spacing is really tight. 16.5mm-17mm for the 5 strings.