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Ibanez ATK305 5-String Bass Guitar
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The light ash body of this 5-string electric bass will give you a little more edge when digging deep for the bottom end. And, when you want to get to...Click To Read More About This Product
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The light ash body of this 5-string electric bass will give you a little more edge when digging deep for the bottom end. And, when you want to get to the upper frets for those higher notes, its deep cutaway design makes it possible. The ATK triple coil and ATK 5 bridge pickups provide superior output, and combined with the ATK 3-band EQ and tone character switch give you the opportunity go make wide-ranging tone changes in a flash.
- 5 string
- 3-piece ATK5 neck
- Light ash body
- Medium frets
- ATK 5 bridge pickup
- ATK triple coil pickup
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I read all the glowing reviews on this bass on the net so I made the purchase. Kinda forgot about the "sparkle" in the black sparkle finish when I ordered it, so it was pretty cool to see that when I opened the box. I bet it kicks arse under the stage lights! As with any bass I buy, first thing I do is set it up. I noticed a slight bow in the neck - nothing a few quick turns of the truss rod couldn't handle, right? The truss rod was already tightened as far as it would go. I could loosen it, but it wouldn't tighten any more past this point. OK, I 'll lower the strings a bit to my liking, tune it and finally see how she plays. The BEA strings lowered nicely but the DG strings had a lot of frett buzz when taken down anywhere near the other strings. Unbearable. So I raised them up to where they were prior to the change. I've played many heavy basses in my 20+ years of experience - this was the heaviest. It felt like an anchor on my shoulder. The fretboard seemed huge & uncomfortable. I currently play 2 other Schecter basses (studio 5 & 004) & a Steinberger copy and all play like butter. I couldn't get into this Ibanez at all. The sound changed greatly with just the 3-position switch (one of the selling points for me). From a fat, traditional tone to Music Man with the flip of a switch. Not bad. But if I'm not comfortable in the first place, the sound doesn't matter. I had 2 Ibanez basses back in the mid 90s and swore I'd never buy another one. I saw some of their latest models, very cool-looking at my price points, and decided to give them one more shot. This latest purchase (and return) does it for me. NO MORE IBANEZ.
i recently bought this bass off of instinct,this make number 3 for me,(ibanez btb 505,peavey grind and this one) and it was everything i could of hoped for! from the mid to the high's it's a great bass. especially if you like to soloand the slapping capabilities are wonderful for a cool price,the tone pitch sounds exactly like if not better than the musicman! for what you pay for it's definitely worth it!! o but it is definitely the heaviest bass i've played, so get your back ready!!!
Absolutely worth every penny. Some people complain about the weight, I welcome it. If you want good bottom end, you are gonna need a little extra weight. I do alot of root-V work so having the switch flipped forward works for that, but if i want to start doing some fills, i just flip the switch. I played an MM a week before and this is pretty close.
This bass is so much more than a cheap MusicMan rip-off. When I played this bass, I really liked the look, feel, and tone. It actually reminds me of a cross between a P-Bass and a MM with the tone because of the 3-way charactor switch. In the "traditional" setting: thick, fat tone, like that of a P-Bass. The "attack" setting yields a bright, crispy top end with a scooped-sounding mid. This is great for slap tone, and is reminiscent of MM slap sound. The "bright" setting is clear, punchy tone good for many applications. You get sounds like two of the best basses in the world in one convenient package! On top of the great tone that you get with the switch alone, the 3-band pre gives many more tonal options on top of that.PLAY IT BEFORE YOU BUY IT! I have been thinking about a MM lately, and playing this bass changed my mind! The tone is great, this bass is more versitile than a MM, and the price is a little less than 1/2 a MM. Kind of a no brainer for me, but don't take my word for it. Decide for yourself. :)
Bass plays and sounds great. The only complaint I have is there were about four screws on the tuning pegs that were not quite screwed in all the way and a couple of the heads are almost completely stripped. I don't understand how when I bought this bass it was clearance priced at $249.00 which quickly sold out , but now it's clearance priced at $549.00. I would rather pay $249.00. Other than that I think it's great considering what I paid for it.
I've read a few reviews that said this bass did not perform well and was too heavy. Well, I've played Warwicks that were much heavier and left the wallet much lighter and this bass sets up very well (that's what I do for a living though). The neck adjusted just fine. If one was to do the adjustment as recommended (loosen strings as needed to tighten truss rod, remove adjusting nut and lube if needed, etc) it adjusts out just fine. I personally like mine flat and the action low....easier for me to play. Easier to play = more control. This bass is VERY MUCH worth the coin! Buy one and you won't be disappointed. Let a pro do the adjustments for you if you seem to find it hard to do (ie the truss rod is "too hard" to tighten or adjust).