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The world's first hybrid fretted/fretless bass guitar.
The world’s first fretted/fretless hybrid bass guitar.
Most bassists like the sure and true notes of fretted basses, while others prefer the fluid and expressive tone of the fretless. Ibanez decided to give bass players a little of both-----------all in one bass. The SR2010ASC Ashula is the world’s first fret/fretless hybrid bass guitar. Four fretted strings are tuned normal E-A-D-G, to cover cool bass lines, while the two fretless strings are tuned to the same D and G as the fretted strings, for more fluid and dramatic fretless solo work. Ashula features a light ash body with 5-piece jatoba/bubinga neck, with onboard Ashula EQ. The special humbucking Sonic Arch pickups are double coiled in a single-coil housing. Get the best of both bass worlds and go hybrid with the SR2010ASC Ashula bass, only from Ibanez.
Neck material: 5-piece jatoba/bubinga
Neck type: Ashula 6
Body: light ash body
Frets: fretless/fretted hybrid
Bridge: Mono-Rail IV bridge
Neck pickup: Sonic Arch
Bridge pickup: Sonic Arch Mini
EQ: Ashula EQ
Width at nut: 2-1/16"
Width at last fret: 3-1/3"
Thickness at 1st fret: 3/4"
Thickness at 12th fret: 4/5"
This fretted/fretless hybrid bass guitarfeature a light ash body, 5-pc jatoba/bubinga “Ashula 6” neck, Sonic Arch humbucker pickups for fretted strings, Sonic Arch mini humbucker pickup for fretless strings, Ashula EQ with bass and treble boost/cut controls, and separate active tone and volume controls for fretless strings.
It's an innovation that makes real sense. Order the Ashula and get two basses in one.
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i will start with what i have played in the past, 4s 5s 6s & even an 8 uncoursed. i fell at home on a 4 string so this is just what i needed. i love fretless but missed what could be done with a freted, mainly sound wise. perfect bass for me! watch how wilg you get with the g string fretted because you can fall off the frets when bending back & forth, very minor. 1 other thing not mentioned is the ashula has 21 frets hich is fine but bears being noted. the e string does sound a little darker as if on a 6 string bass because it basically is but that also gives the ashula a tone of its own. all in all this is my first ibanez & will be my last bass i think i will need. could not be happier with the ashula & with the promethean 1X10 combo it is a force to be heard.
i will talk about the seperate eqs for the fretted bass & treble boost/cut work great very responsive & gives you a very nice range. the active tone for the fretless is tasteful you can make your tone from bright to round just with a roll of the knob. it gives you 2 different tones or you can get fairly close to 1 another.
solid build with 5 bolt neck. finish is beautiful. frets are smooth on the sides.
this bass is great straight out of the box. tuned her up & away i went. it is like having 2 basses under your finger tips. that's pretty tough to do for the price. 1 big surprise was the hardshell case the ashula arrived in since there was no mention of a case being included.