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Ibanez BTB686SC Terra Firma 6-String Electric Bass Natural Flat Finish 

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It's difficult to imagine increasing the amount of sustain the Ibanez BTB has to offer, but with the added mass and stability afforded by this unique...Read More

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Ibanez delivers tons of sustain and plenty of low end.

It's difficult to imagine increasing the amount of sustain the Ibanez BTB has to offer, but with the added mass and stability afforded by this unique single cutaway reworking, the BTB Terra Firma gives you just that. Capitalizing on the shortened distance from the body to headstock, string vibration is optimized beyond anything Ibanez has ever achieved before.

Upper Horn
This extended Upper Horn creates constant contact with the Maple/Bubinga neck from the 12th to the 24th fret, providing maximum stability and increased sustain.

Contoured Neck Scoop
The back of the neck is sculpted for comfort and easy access to the very highest notes on the C string. The smooth, graceful contour allows the palm of the left hand to move quickly and easily as it transitions up the neck, into the underside of the bass's Ash body.

5pc BTB-6 Maple/Bubinga 35" Scale Thru-Neck
The Maple/Bubinga combination creates one of the strongest Thru-Necks available. The density of the Bubinga, combined with the strength of the Maple, increases stability and sustain through the entire body of the bass. The 35" scale provides a bit more tension for the low B and improves definition in the lower range.

Mono-Rail II bridge
The Mono-Rail bridge delivers the ultimate in string-to-string isolation, allowing each string to vibrate optimally without being affected by the others. The Terra Firma's string spacing is 17mm, offering more freedom on the fretboard and easy access for finger picking and slapping.

Bartolini® BH1-6 Pickups
Balancing clarity with warmth is the hallmark of the Bartolini® BH1-6 pickup. Coils with lower resonant frequency provide tighter bottom end and a fuller midrange. The dual-coil style configuration maximizes articulation and a long blade pole piece widens the magnetic field, providing balanced string-to-string pickup response.

EBQ-IIIS 3-Band EQ With Mid Frequency Switch
The active 3-band EQ features fully independent bass, treble and mid controls with a wide boost/cut range. The preamp system is equipped with a mid-frequency select switch, enabling you to instantly select 250Hz or 600Hz, the heart of the mid zone, for a more dynamic and ideal tone.

FEATURES
  • Neck type: BTB6 5pc Maple/Bubinga neck-thru
  • Body: Rosewood top/Ash wing body
  • Fretboard: Rosewood fretboard w/Abalone dot inlay
  • Fret: Medium frets
  • Number of frets: 24
  • Bridge: Mono-rail II bridge
  • Neck pu: Bartolini® BH1 neck pu (Passive)
  • Bridge pu: Bartolini® BH1 bridge pu (Passive)
  • Equaliser: EQB-IIIS 3-band eq w/Mid frequency switch
  • Nut: BLACK TUSQ XL® nut

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IbanezBTB686SC Terra Firma 6-String Electric Bass
 
4.8

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (4)
  • Good feel (4)
  • Good tone (3)
  • Solid electronics (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Recording (3)
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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Top quality stage stealer

    By soultrain1969

    from Perth Western Australia

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    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Massive Street Cred
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

    • Tone Restrictive

    Best Uses

      Comments about Ibanez BTB686SC Terra Firma 6-String Electric Bass:

      Fantastic build quality. Really exceptional actually. Everyone comments on the neck profile and I definitely look better with it strapped on! Electronics are excellent. Massive street cred with this instrument. I have only one issue with the bass, and this is a big one for me, and it probably will be for some of you also.
      The neck pickup is 15mm closer to the bridge than on my Yamaha TRB6, which sounds utterly massive through our PA,(I gig several nights a week and I know what works). The rearward proximity of the pickups gives the bass a mid-range finger style tone that cannot be dialed out (think Musicman). There is nothing I can do to alter it. The controls offer many variations of the finger style sound but that's about it so far.
      Having said that, I still think the bass is awesome. I do. It's just perhaps not as flexible as the Yamaha seems to be.
      In other words, I haven't found my sound yet! It took me several months to really understand my Yamaha and this bass will be the same. I'll update when I get there.
      I changed the strings to Elixer superlights as too many gigs has left me prone to some minor forearm issues. It is a really easy six to get around on though, easiest ever! I'm looking forward to understanding the bass better. I have no real doubts about this bass; it's a keeper for sure. But it's a different beast to master. Buy one.

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      5.0

      Incredible instrument, great value

      By Jim

      from Fairfield, CA

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Ibanez BTB686SC Terra Firma 6-String Electric Bass:

        The Ibanez Terra Firma has everything I was looking for and more. The B string can rattle the windows, if you want to, and has a clear sound. The C string is absolutely crystal clear. Both add so much more to the arsenal of capabilities over a 4-string. Sustain goes on seemingly forever. Wider neck is still easy to cover and, although the instrument is heavy, it's very comfortable standing or sitting. An intelligently designed instrument all the way around. Great sound, great playability and total flexibility for different playing styles. I'll keep this bass forever.

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        5.0

        Money well spent

        By Live4Him

        from Fraser, MI

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • No Case

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts
        • School Bands
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Ibanez BTB686SC Terra Firma 6-String Electric Bass:

        Excellent Bass, fun to play right out of the box. Great design and craftsmanship. Great sound and low B string. Crazy sustain, B string rang out for 30 seconds. Players with all hand sizes can comfortably play this bass. Chose this bass over the new Carvin PB5.

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        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Top notch quality

        By Wardy

        from Albuquerque, NM

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Tone

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Recording

          Comments about Ibanez BTB686SC Terra Firma 6-String Electric Bass:

          I can't say enough about this bass. All of the premium features you'd find in a small shop custom bass are found here. My other BTB model has a mahogany body, and the 686 is noticeably brighter and sustains for days. The single cut doesn't hinder access to the upper frets at all. Harmonics can be found anywhere, so I've had to tighten up my technique to avoid unintentional noise that my other basses don't pick up. It's heavy, but at 135 lbs, I'm not bothered by it. Money couldn't have been spent any better.

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