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Ibanez ATK805E Premium 5-String Bass Guitar Walnut Flat 

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  • Neck Material: 3pc Maple
  • Neck Type: ATK5
  • Body: Ash body
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A 5-string for those who desire a classic look with the legendary Ibanez tone and craftsmanship you've come to expect.

For the working bassist who prefers a bass in the classic style, here's the Premium ATK. But classic style simply served as a starting point for the bass designers at Ibanez. After a long, intense period of R&D —much of it focused on pick up combinations—Ibanez arrived at a version of the ATK that is markedly versatile. As they like to say: "Every song, every set, every night." Add to that the Ibanez Premium level of quality, on which touring and studio musicians can rely.

ATK Premium features the great combination of the original Ibanez “Sonic Arch” front pickup and a double humbucker rear pickup, providing an extraordinary tonal palette. Output balance of both pickups is maintained, string-to-string, by the design of the matching arched pickup cover and coil inside pickup unit. With a CAP Double Humbucker bridge pickup and a Ibanez proprietary CAP Sonic Arch neck pickup, in combination with the specially made ATK-N3 3-band EQ, the ATK Premium delivers true versatility. Jazz, Gospel, Classic Rock, Metal… there's no form of music outside the comfort zone of the ATK Premium.

Here's why Ibanez calls it "The Premium Treatment" — the fret edges of these ATKs are a result of their luthiers’ supreme attention and takes slow, demanding process. As the result, the neck offers a smooth, comfortable fret-hand feel.

Includes gig bag.


  • Neck Material: 3pc Maple
  • Neck Type: ATK5
  • Body: Ash body
  • Frets: Medium frets
  • Fingerboard: Maple
  • Inlay: Black dot inlay
  • Bridge: ATK 5 bridge
  • Neck Pickup: CAP Sonic Arch 5
  • Bridge Pickup: CAP Double Humbucker 5
  • EQ: ATK N3
  • HW Color: Chrome
  • Includes gig bag

Experience the classic vibe today.


ATK805E Premium 5-String Bass Guitar Specifications:

  • Scale/Length: 864mm/34"
  • Width at Nut: 45mm
  • Width Last Fret: 68mm
  • Thickness 1st Fret: 21mm
  • Thickness 12th Fret: 24mm
  • Radius: 240mm
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Versatile & Outrstanding Value

By Tayeman

from Redlands, CA

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  • 18mm String Spacing
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Good value
  • Solid Electronics


  • Ugly Color

Best Uses

  • It Works For Anything

Comments about Ibanez ATK805E Premium 5-String Bass Guitar:

Excellent versatile bass for any style of music. The ATK 805 is a big improvement over the single pick up ATK 305 that it replaced (which I also still own) I like the 305 and I gigged it along with my Fender Jazz Basses. The 805 has a better electronics package. The additional single coil is a great improvement and makes this bass far more versatile. So versatile that I could gig this bass alone as it can cop the Jazz Tone.

I would have liked to have a coil tap switch that includes the single coil(like a Music Man Sterling) instead of the blend knob but this is a budget minded bass so it's a compromise I can live with.

The other big improvement is the 18mm string spacing. The 305 had a 16mm string spacing and it always bugged me. The 805 is closer to my Fenders and it's easier to transition from my Fender Jazz V to the ATK. The 805 is lighter then the older 305 and lighter my Fenders which also makes it nice.

Over all you can't go wrong for the money. This thing does almost everything my Fender American Deluxe Jazz V does for Just over half the cost of my Fender (I sprung for the hard case too so it was little more money out the door). The build quality and electronics are very good for the price.

My only real complaint is the color. I own this bass. I like playing it and I gig this thing but... I hate the color. I don't even like the wood pick guard. I think the Walnit Flat color is (IMHO) Ugly. I over look that becasue the bass is quite good. I don't think it would ad too much to the production cost if Ibanez would at least stain it a better color or at least give us the three tone Tobacco Burst that the old 305 had. How about it Ibanez??? Maybe a couple more color options??? But something normal. Not those goofy sparkle finishes...

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I would buy this product again and again

By Kaz44

from East Coast, USA

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  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics


    Best Uses

    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Ibanez ATK805E Premium 5-String Bass Guitar:

    Beautiful Looking!

    Plays like butter; I always play hard so this means I can now forego the cramps from hear on out.
    This is an amazing bass -- how can Ibanez sell it this cheap!

    Love this Bass!!!!

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