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Ibanez BTB575FM 5-String Bass Guitar

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The BTB575FM 5-string bass guitar has the kind of curves that would make Boticelli proud. An apple bottom with a long, thin upper horn and deep cutaw...Click To Read More About This Product

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Mighty in both sound and appearance.

The BTB575FM 5-string bass guitar has the kind of curves that would make Boticelli proud. An apple bottom with a long, thin upper horn and deep cutaways on both sides of the fret, it's an electric bass that will stand out in any situation on visuals alone. Where the fretboard and body meet, the BTB575FM's finish is angled downward crossways adding to its allure. The 5-piece maple/bubinga thru-neck and figured maple top complete with the optical stimulus. Soundwise, the mahogany body gives off plenty of smooth tones given some oomph by the dual MK2-5 pickups.

  • 5 string
  • 5-piece BTB5 maple/bubinga thru-neck
  • Mahogany body
  • Figured Maple top
  • Medium frets
  • Mono-Rail II bridge
  • Bartolini MK2-5 neck pickup
  • Bartolini MK2-5 bridge pickup
  • Bartolini MK2 3-band EQ

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Amazing Bass!

By Michael Hylands

from Colorado Springs, CO

This is the fourth bass guitar I have actually owned, but one of the many that I have played. To tell the truth, I was not very impressed with the BTB455QM, so when I had the chance to check this bass out, I was not thinking highly to begin with. However, the instant I saw it out of the box, I fell in love with it. The flamed top made my mouth drop, and this is probably the first neck-thru instrument that I honestly loved the look of. The woods blended beautifully, and the coloring from the gray (possibly green tint) to the dark woody color was beautiful, and overall, I thought it was the most beautiful bass I had ever seen with the woods, the controls, the design, everything. If that wasn't enough, I plugged it in and found out that the Bartolini MK-2 pickups did nothing but blow my mind! They were unbelievably amazing! They picked up every note, and even gave the low-end growl, and I was able to go tap happy. I'm used to the Soundgear series, so the weight was new for me, but it was enjoyable because I felt it was more solid and would have greater sustain, but don't get me wrong, it's not a pain-in-the-back heavy. I also got a kick out of the input-lock, which allows so that when I step on the cable, it doesn't pop out of the bass. Overall, amazing bass. It plays wonderfully, looks beautiful, and it has many subtle details and features which will continue to amaze.


Nice bass, but not what I need

By Fear_The_Ruins-bassist

from Chicago, IL

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To start out, this is a Very good playing bass. The cons:The action is low, almost too low. It makes it kind of tricky to get a good slap out of it. For a bass at this price, it sounds slightly "muddy" on the "B" string, just enought to throw me off though. It had some fret buzz on the 12th, 15th, and 19th fret on the B,D, and the G string. Its heavy, the BTB575FM is a TANK.The Pros.The low action made it very easy to play. With it being a neck thru bass, it sounded good, not like I had Hoped but still very good. The 3 way EQ and active electronics are phenominal so many different tones you can get out of this beast!! 24 frets are a nice touch, the color had a very cool green tint to it.All in all, great bass, i played the display model so it was kind of beat up but if it had been in better shape I'd be playing it right now. Good investment for rock, metal, jazz, and with an action adjustment, funk.


Amazing job

By Mitch-LubuN

from Sarasota, FL

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I own an earlier BTB, and i got to say, Ibanez has made some intense improvements. The first is it being a neck-thru, it has REAL Bartolini pickups( only real ones have the name on it), and an amazing paint job! It feels real great for being my first 5-string and has amazing tone. Worth every penny!!!




from Payson, Az

this is the fist 5-string bass i have ever bought. Its plays so well and it just feels right in your hands. The string spacing is pretty big, so u can slap on this bass easily. I LOVE THIS BASS!


Enough Said!!!

By BJ of

from Mt. Vernon, KY

This bass is nothing short of amazing. The playability is absolutely flawless, the sound is beautiful, and the looks are stunning. This bass is great for any style of music, ranging from country to death metal. All that I can say is BUY THIS BASS!!!



By Bottom Feeder

from S.I., New York

In a Nutshell worth the money, I played the trans gray version (for a couple of hrs. at a local music store) which had a real nice finish, except the Flame Maple top does not look like it does in the picture shown. Picture looks a lot better, but that has nothing to do with the sound. This Bass has a real nice tone with all EQ knobs set flat, so if you move them around I'm sure you can get the sound your looking for. Great for all styles, nice string spacing for both finger style & Slap. Good Feel, neck is very comfortable. Put a set of your favorite strings on and this baby will rock (factory installed strings are OK, not my cup of tea. I like GHS Boomers 45-130 or Ernie Ball Hybrids they Rock)


a nice upgrade from older BTBs

By That Guy From That Place

from Pingree Grove

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I've owned an Ibanez BTB455 for about 6 years now, and had the chance to play this newer model just the other day. First impression: this is definitely a posh upgrade from the older models. The neck-through design feels solid and provides a great base for the strings to ring against. The finish is beautiful, pale grays and purples really give it a unique lustre, and the Bartolinis in particular provide a great throaty tone that my older BTB lacks.Absolutely worth checking out if you have the opportunity to play it in a store (I gave it a 4.0 only because I wasn't able to play it longer).

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