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Ibanez ATK700 Electric Bass Guitar
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Combining beauty with the beast, the ATK700 electric bass is named for it's powerful attack. A gorgeous quilted maple top on a light ash body. The Ib...Click To Read More About This Product
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Combining beauty with the beast, the ATK700 electric bass is named for it's powerful attack. A gorgeous quilted maple top on a light ash body. The Ibanez bass guitar has a massive 5-piece maple/walnut neck with maple fretboard and the unbelievably powerful and versatile ATK 3-coil pickup works with the ATK character switch for rapid changes in tone!
- Birdseye maple fretboard
- Special round edge treatment
- Light ash body
- Quilted maple top
- Ibanez ATK triple coil pickup
Reviewed by 13 customers
When I played this model bass before, it was the natural finish, which I really liked a lot. The blue finish in the picture is not what you get on the bass. Personally, I'm glad; the blue in the picture is a little bright for my taste. The actual blue on the bass is kind of like "heather-blue," darker blue with grayish undertones. This is a BEAUTIFUL finish, and the chrome hardware really sets off the finish, not the other way around. When the light hits the dark blue dye, the figuring in the wood POPS!It is heavy, as mentioned in other reviews, but the weight is part of what gives the good tone. I've found light wood to give "blah" tone. As I mentioned before, the only improvement that I can suggest for this bass is to install a single-coil at the neck position for some added warmth and a bit more versitility. This is a very versitle bass with versitile tone, but a J-style at the neck would put the tone over the top! I'm very impressed that Ibanez seems to be thinking outside of their quintessential "rock and metal" mindset and exploring new tonal options, body styles, and pickup configurations. This will not be my main bass, but for funky, slappy, or pick-driven gigs, this will be what I play.
Couple of points: Contrary to the description, these do NOT have birdseye maple fingerboards, but rather ones of normal straight-grain maple. These are also EXTREMELY heavy basses, mine being a little over eleven pounds.Other than that, they are OK. The selector switch (which looks very vulnerable) doesn't have much effect on the sound, but the other active controls do. Two people I know have received these with DOA electronics.Finish is pretty good and frets are adequate. For the sale price this is an excellent value, but only for those with strong backs.
I had never mail ordered a guitar before. When I stumbled on this listing a few days ago, I couldn't pass it up. The reviews were spectacular and the price is irresistible. I've been playing a borrowed Fender American Jazz Bass so this Ibanez had a lot to live up to. All I can say is wow! I plug straight into the board in my band (planning on picking up a sansamp). This axe shines.It plays just like the Jazz Bass. The action is low, the neck is fast and comfortable, not too thin. The sound is very melodic. It has a solid low thump but is very musical and brilliant. The selector switch brings significant sound variation on top of the triple tone knobs. As an all around bass, this instrument is exceptional. For the clearance price, its practically criminal.I'm very pleased with my purchase
Tried one in '96 and fell in love. Could'nt afford it at the time as I was in college. Years later, and a stable of Fenders, I saw THE deal. Tone, workmanship, and quality control are far superior to anything I've put my hands on in years! All I had to do was throw a quick tune on it, and replace the original dead generic 9V (serial indicates it was built in '06) and away I went. Can't wait to take her out on the town!!! I'll keep the Fenders, but I'll probably retire a few. BUY ONE!!!!
I own 3 of these already. Two fours and a five string. These are super durable with excellent tone and great playability. I use them in my metal band, my church praise band, and as a hired gun. I never need to adjust the EQ, I just leave the knobs at 12:00, and the tone always works! They can cut through Mesa and Marshall tone easily and fit just as well into quieter music. I would recommend these to anybody.
No, I don't mean this bass will bore you to sleep. What I mean is that this bass is probably one of the most versitile basses one could buy, and most people wouldn't acknowledge it because Ibanez is a rock and metal bass... You'll pick it up out of curiousity, plug it in, and BAM!!, you'll be hooked!This bass' tone is well voiced and articulate. The swamp ash body and maple neck/fingerboard are classic formula for bright, cutting tone, but this bass doesn't just cut through. It can slice like a katana sword, or shimmer like a glass. I found it interesting to experiment and get different sounds from different basses out of this guitar! Imagine having a configuration of P-bass pickup at the neck and MM at the bridge; mixing them together or having both pickups on via a 3-way switch... You can get thick P-bass tone in the "traditional" setting of the 3-way toggle switch (fat and groovy), sizzling-trebly MusicMan tone in the "attack" setting (great for slap), and a nice mix of the two in the middle "bright" setting (reminds me of a full sounding P+J configuration with the "tone" knob wide open). The ATK's sound fantastic and work for many different styles of music. I have not had an opportunity to record with this bass, so I don't know exactly how noisy the pickups and electronics are. This 3-coil pickup is designed to be hum-cancelling, so it should be pretty quiet. I would have like to see a J-style pickup at the neck position, like on the koa topped one of these, on the entire series of ATK basses to give a little added warmth to the tone if you wanted to dial it in. That is really the only modification that I would invest in (and will invest in) after buying this bass. The one I played was quiet through the amp, with only ambient amp noise in the background when not playing. If you're playing this bass, and you're not wearing your rocker hat, it's ok. :)PLAY IT BEFORE YOU BUY IT, just like any gear you consider buying. I'm a session guy and need versitile equipment that can perform in many genres and sound good. I don't want to pay an arm and a leg for it either. Let's just say that I'm going to get one of these puppies!
First let me say that Ibanez is the type of company that others can learn from. Offer high quality instruments at real world prices and you'll get a loyal following of musicians be they beginner or pro. For the life of me, though, I can't quite understand why the ATK was never really marketed at the level of other Ibanez models. There are very few bassists that I know who have even heard of the ATK much less played one which is a shame it's such a solid, great sounding, well finished and unique offering in a market of cookie-cutter copies of traditional icons or the typical "boutique" look bass with sinewy and garishly curved bodies. This ATK has a pleasantly shaped body that may look traditional but certainly doesn't share the same profile as a j-bass, p-bass or even a MusicMan. Although it has only one pickup the bass is very versatile and offers a range of different voices by way of a unique pickup and character switch. Some users have commented that the switch isn't really effective and doesn't really change the bass' voice much but trust me, it does. Run through a good rig at gigging volumes the differences in sound are very noticable, single coil bark with highs cut or left in the mix or in humbucker mode the lows and highs are more pronounced than mids for serious slap-happy funk. The finish work on my 700 is better than the majority of basses costing twice as much and the higher asking price of the 700 over the 300 is worth paying for in light of the differences in aesthetics and construction regarding wood selection.Although I own quite a few basses, my ATK is the one I play +98% of the time because it's such a treat to play, hear and look at.
As an avid fan and user of Warwick basses, I must say the tone of this Ibanez in the studio rivaled some of the best basses I have heard. I little too "buzzy" when plugges in. I have wanted one ever since they stopped making them, and was thrilled they brought them back. THEY NEED A CASE SPECIFIC FOR THIS BASS - unless I am too stupid to find it. Regardless, a pretty good bass. Not sure why the price is so much higher from the 300-700 series.
ITS AMAZING. I looked at it and I was like another P bass look alike.....its not =). Its a true blue (litearly) IBANEZ. To me Ibanez met metal...now it means possibilities! The necks great, its light enough for me, it has incredible sustain and since I slap 80% of the time I tested that as well. ITS SLAPPING GOD. Try it and youll know what I mean. Im saving for one right now!!
this bass is outstanding, and i am by no means an ibanez guy. it has a nice big, retro feel to it and it has the sound of a musicman stingray, it is a steal for the price. I always concidered ibanez to be for metal, but man, they've stepped up thier game. it's great for oldschool chili peppers