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Ibanez SR300 Bass Guitar Roadster Orange Metallic

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The SR300 4-string electric bass is priced like a beginner's instrument, but it has features that make it anything but a cut-rate starter axe. First ...Click To Read More About This Product

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Pro features for a starter price.

The SR300 4-string electric bass is priced like a beginner's instrument, but it has features that make it anything but a cut-rate starter axe. First off, it has a 5-piece SR4 maple/rosewood neck and light, agathis body with smooth rounded edges and a deep, lower cutaway for better access to the upper frets. The dual EXF-4 pickups and an upgraded 3-band Style Sweeper EQ deliver improved overall sound whether you're grooving on the low-end for some crunchy classic rock, or working the full fretboard for a more pop sound.

Case sold separately.

FEATURES
  • 4 string
  • 5-piece SR4 maple/rosewood neck
  • Agathis body
  • Medium frets
  • B100 bridge
  • EXF-4 neck pu
  • EXF-4 bridge pu
  • 3-band Style Sweeper EQ
  • Case sold separately

Introduce yourself to the renowned world of Ibanez basses with this affordable axe.

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IbanezSR300 Bass Guitar
 
4.5

(based on 59 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (47)

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    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

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  • 2 Stars

     

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    (2)

75%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

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

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (4)
  • Jamming (3)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Awesome bass

I've owned 6 basses and I've had this one in orange since maybe 2007. I recently got another, more expensive bass, thinking to replace this one. But the more I compare them side...Read complete review

I've owned 6 basses and I've had this one in orange since maybe 2007. I recently got another, more expensive bass, thinking to replace this one. But the more I compare them side by side, I find it harder and harder to let go. I think if I got rid of it I would miss it almost as much as I miss my old Peavey Fury. Its comfortable, has held up relatively well all this time (a couple moves, going back to forth to practices/performances in a gig bag, getting knocked over a couple times by a clumsy drummer). Had to replace the bass/treble pot (not cheap compared to other pots), but 25 clams in 7 years isn't bad. The only other issue is the smokey chromed finish on the bridge is getting "splotchy", I suppose from the sweat on my hand. Because of the unique color or the hardware it is difficult to find replacement parts (and things like strap locks) that match.
As for sound, I like the tones I can get from it as much as anything else I have played. great variety. It seems nice and light, faster and easier to play than a fender/squire. The rounded shape of the pickups took a little getting used to as I was used to resting my thumb there and with these it isn't really possible.
Overall, definitely worth the money for the upgrade from the SR200 series, and as good as anything else I've played in the entry/intermediate categories.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Mixed

Great tone and features; awful quality control. If you need something solid to play on but don't have the technical skills to correct this bass look elsewhere.
Active EQ, style sweeper, easy...Read complete review

Great tone and features; awful quality control. If you need something solid to play on but don't have the technical skills to correct this bass look elsewhere.
Active EQ, style sweeper, easy battery access. Can get almost any tone. Picked this over a mex-p-bass just on tone...
...which was a problem. The bridge on this has major issues. The screws don't fit (they're loose) and normal playing will cause the strings to lower pretty quickly. I replaced the saddles with graph-tech ones and had to grind the base plate down a little. Works nice now, but that was a lot of work and time invested. Also the pick-up blend knob doesn't work and will kick out the treble pickup. I'm going to replace this with a 3-way switch (as inbetween setting seem useless in a band setting. You either want one all the way on or both.) Lastly, as stated in other reviews, string ballance is difficult. The E and G don't hold up well, though the "A" booms like a cannon. Tweaking the amp settings can help but it's couterintuitive as you usually need to boost mids, not reduce them.
I wouldn't buy this particular bass again. Would go with a higher end version with different pickups/bridge. But, since I have it already and I've invested time I'll keep it around. Perhaps convert it to a crude fretless when I upgrade.

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(9 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

A Techs Suggestion

By Duke

from Athens, Texas

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Comments about Ibanez SR300 Bass Guitar:

It works. It really does !!!
For those of you that have a problem with the saddle screws working their way out try using a clear fingernail polish to lock them in place.
First thing is to set the saddles to the height you want and then proceed.
Use a toothpick to drizzle the nail polish on top of the screw and you'll be good to go in a few minutes.
Just a drop is all you need since it is thin enough to work it's way into the threads and when it comes time to adjust the saddles the screws will break loose easily.
I've been using this little trick since the 70's and it really works. The only precaution I suggest is to put some rags around the body to avoid getting a drop of polish on the finish.
It's fingernail polish !!! What Quality ???

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

great bass, great price

By Griffin Etchison

from Illinois

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Comments about Ibanez SR300 Bass Guitar:

Coolest bass i've ever played. Its versitile and light. Its looks amazing with the pewter finis I got it in.
If your starting out or just want a great bass buy it now.
I love the range of tone you can get from this. you can go from a dark slap tone to a bright almost acoustic tone in seconds.
Aside from some minor fret buzz and a loose knob when I got it this is an amazingly sturdy and reliable bass
Awesome, this blows the Fender Jazz basses i've played out of the water its great.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Bass at an economical price

By Reckless_1

from vancouver, WA

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Comments about Ibanez SR300 Bass Guitar:

I am 37 years old and have been playing since I was 13. I have owned and played a variety of basses from the P Bass, to a Ric and this can hold its own just fine. Do not expect a top end axe for the price but I was surpised to how slim and fast the neck was, not to leave out the ranges of tones you can pull. Out of the box, it was playable although I played around setting the bridge to my liking. It took me about 5 minutes with my amp to get the sound where I liked it and I was off and running. I love the active EQ on the SR-300. I wish my Ibanez SR-205 had the same thing. It is trully a versitile bass as mentioned by other reviews here. I am looking forward to playing this for many years to come.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Nice Bass

By Christina Gordon

from Michigan

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Comments about Ibanez SR300 Bass Guitar:

Very nice bass, light, durable, with a good sound. I have the orange one and the picture does NOT do justice, it is so much brighter and noticable than this picture shows. I like where the plug-in is, you don't have your cord sticking out the bottom and bothering you. It does a pretty good job staying in tune, I only tune it every couple days, and it's usually hardly out at all. I'd say, great bang for your bucks!!

(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome bass

By LeisureHippo

from IOWA

About Me Experienced

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • School Bands
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Ibanez SR300 Bass Guitar:

    I've owned 6 basses and I've had this one in orange since maybe 2007. I recently got another, more expensive bass, thinking to replace this one. But the more I compare them side by side, I find it harder and harder to let go. I think if I got rid of it I would miss it almost as much as I miss my old Peavey Fury. Its comfortable, has held up relatively well all this time (a couple moves, going back to forth to practices/performances in a gig bag, getting knocked over a couple times by a clumsy drummer). Had to replace the bass/treble pot (not cheap compared to other pots), but 25 clams in 7 years isn't bad. The only other issue is the smokey chromed finish on the bridge is getting "splotchy", I suppose from the sweat on my hand. Because of the unique color or the hardware it is difficult to find replacement parts (and things like strap locks) that match.
    As for sound, I like the tones I can get from it as much as anything else I have played. great variety. It seems nice and light, faster and easier to play than a fender/squire. The rounded shape of the pickups took a little getting used to as I was used to resting my thumb there and with these it isn't really possible.
    Overall, definitely worth the money for the upgrade from the SR200 series, and as good as anything else I've played in the entry/intermediate categories.

    (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Fantastic!

    By Max Fort

    from New Mexico

    Comments about Ibanez SR300 Bass Guitar:

    A fantastic intrument I would undoubtedly buy it again.
    This is the first bass I have owned but I grew up around my siblings who both played bass and I have played my sister's $8,000 instrument and I like the sound of mine better. It has a very clean sound but it still manages to be powerfull and deep. The body itself is lightweight which is nice cause I usually walk places. Another thing that's really great is that you can play this bass every day for a month without having to tune it.

    (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Excellent budget-bass.

    By Lios

    from Youngsville, NC

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    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Tone

    Cons

    • Weak Treble

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing

    Comments about Ibanez SR300 Bass Guitar:

    I got this bass for christmas a year ago, and I've completely fallen in love with it. It's a ton of fun to play, and it sounds pretty good (not recording good, but good nonetheless), so long as you keep in the bass end.

    It's kind of disappointing that the treble sound on this guitar is very lacking. Even with aggressive EQing, it's hard to get a snappy and sharp tone without it sounding out of place.

    The treble (bridge) pickup is incredibly weak, I found. The only purpose I ever found for it was for playing chords without blowing out the amp. Using the neck pickup is a ton of fun, though. It's very clear, very deep, and very rich.

    It seems that for some reason, the E and G strings just aren't as present as the A and D strings. Those two come out perfectly clear, while the E string is muddy and quiet (unless you seriously overdo the bass boosting, or throw in a decent overdrive), and the G string is rather weak sounding. It would practically vanish among any other sounds. No matter what setup I try, I can't seem to really get around this issue.

    Re-stringing is also an obnoxious issue. There's nothing to hold the strings into the saddle while you're winding them up aside from tension and forcing your hand down there to keep the string in (very frustrating work indeed). They'll constantly pop out if you're not keeping them in place.

    With all that said, it's still a superb instrument for the price. It plays very smoothly, it sounds good enough for anyone to enjoy it, and it's probably one of the best starter or low-budget bass guitars you can get.

    (4 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Ibanez SR300

    By Heard the bass

    from WNY

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    Comments about Ibanez SR300 Bass Guitar:

    The bass plays well, is easy on the back, but terrible in sound value. I was able to get either a wall of low end, or a thin high end with no bottom. Attempting to get a usable sound was a waste of time on the gig because as soon as you get a decent tone on the lower strings, the G string would dissapear. I had to put the bass down and pick up one of my trusted other basses. Very dissapointing!

    Very poor bridge design as changing strings is a challenge due to the string wanting to fall out as your winding to pitch.

    If the issues can't be remedied, this bass will stay home and never be used.
    Fairly nice design as the bass is light weight and a very slim neck profile. The bridge needs serious consideration of a re- design.
    Ok, Here's where the trouble begins... very poor across the strings volume. The D and A strings stand out, a little shy on the E string, and the G was so weak it couldn't defend itself!
    I put very little value on something that cannot be used for its intended purpose. I suppose it could be used to practice with at home, in a quiet room, with no other instruments playing....

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    great bass

    By welkers

    from colorado

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    Comments about Ibanez SR300 Bass Guitar:

    highly recommended for all skill levels. One would have to pay 4x's the amount to close to this bass.
    amazing amount of tonal variations. Great active electronics.
    very comfortable. Light weight. Plays great.
    I played quite a few basses from a variety of prices and this series of Ibanez basses easily smoked all of the competition.

    (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Mixed

    By Randy Meuse

    from Cali

    Comments about Ibanez SR300 Bass Guitar:

    Great tone and features; awful quality control. If you need something solid to play on but don't have the technical skills to correct this bass look elsewhere.
    Active EQ, style sweeper, easy battery access. Can get almost any tone. Picked this over a mex-p-bass just on tone...
    ...which was a problem. The bridge on this has major issues. The screws don't fit (they're loose) and normal playing will cause the strings to lower pretty quickly. I replaced the saddles with graph-tech ones and had to grind the base plate down a little. Works nice now, but that was a lot of work and time invested. Also the pick-up blend knob doesn't work and will kick out the treble pickup. I'm going to replace this with a 3-way switch (as inbetween setting seem useless in a band setting. You either want one all the way on or both.) Lastly, as stated in other reviews, string ballance is difficult. The E and G don't hold up well, though the "A" booms like a cannon. Tweaking the amp settings can help but it's couterintuitive as you usually need to boost mids, not reduce them.
    I wouldn't buy this particular bass again. Would go with a higher end version with different pickups/bridge. But, since I have it already and I've invested time I'll keep it around. Perhaps convert it to a crude fretless when I upgrade.

    (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Poor Electronics

    By Lava

    from Stow

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    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel

    Cons

    • Poor Pick Up

    Best Uses

    • Practicing

    Comments about Ibanez SR300 Bass Guitar:

    I chose this bass for a birthday present a long time ago. I used it for a good while, and I loved how it looked. However, the body was just a little to streamlined for me. The pickups were absolutely awful.... low output and curved. Those of us who own jazz basses know curved pickups do ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to the balance of the volume, in fact in this case it hurt the design BIG TIME. I've tried several things but could never get the E and G strings to be as loud as the others. I eventually got rid of it because it was useless for recording, and really wasnt any better than my rusty old SR200. funny thing... a year down the road I saw this exact bass with flat pickups. Darn!

    (2 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Sr300

    By Greg Blevins

    from New Mexico

    Comments about Ibanez SR300 Bass Guitar:

    Seems to be a good product.

    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    SR300 bass view

    By Kyle Louie

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Ibanez SR300 Bass Guitar:

    You will not find a better buy for your $300. exellent all around. BUY THIS BASS YOU WILL NOT BE DISSAPOINTED.
    Great buy for your money. stacked bass and treble knobs give you excellent and easy control while playing onstage. Pickups sound excellent and a wide variet of tones can be achieved from the simple interface.
    gloss finish is excellent. I picked up the roadster orange and the pictures online do not do it justice. It is more of a flakey copper.. Hardware is a black silver finish. extremely attractive. Bass is lightweight, yet feels solid. 5-piece neck (in my opinion) is slim, yet substantial enough to stand up to agressive playing. the only complaint I have is the cable jack is tight on mine.. This may be unique to my instrument, it is difficult to get the cable out one you manage to plug in.
    $1000 sound for a fraction of the price. blows away all fenders, hands down. Sounds similar to the higher end ibanez instruments.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Best Money You Could Spend

    By BlackMetalBlues

    from Cleveland, Ohio

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Fret Buzz
    • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Ibanez SR300 Bass Guitar:

    This bass is just a tone machine. The three band EQ lets you dial in exactly the sound you want, and the blend knob for the pickups is amazing. The range of different sounds you can coax from this instrument is incredible.

    Fast neck, crazy low action, solid bridge, great tuners.

    The cons: the metallic finish looks great from normal viewing distance, but if you really inspect it, it's not necessarily so evenly applied. The neck joint on mine is solid, but just a bit unprofessional looking.

    I selected fret buzz as a con, but it really depends on what sound you're going for. I knew that I was getting that growly, active pickup, low-action bass sound that inherently falls victim to fret buzz. If you play hard, you'll probably need to raise the action a bit, but you'll still be riding lower than a Fender.

    The only thing I absolutely dislike about this bass is that the pickups sit really high, and I feel like I end up whacking them a lot when I'm slapping.

    However, all that said, for this price? Give me a break. There's no way you'll find a better bass than this. Despite it's small flaws, it's still a high quality instrument, people have recorded and toured with a lot worse. If they tightened up the fit and finish, it could easily sell for more.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great little bass.

    By Michele

    from Philly area.

    Comments about Ibanez SR300 Bass Guitar:

    I have been playing consistently for over 25 years and I am simply amazed at this little bass especially considering the price. It's now my favorite of my five basses. Consider that I have two American made fenders, one of which is a 25 year old Precision P-Bass, the other a fretless jazz bass clone of Jaco's. Two great basses but this little and super light bass plays as well or better. The neck is super thin and fast. The bass is ridiculously easy to play. Out of the box the setup was nice. An average setup that most people will be comfortable playing. I had to do a little tweaking of my own to set it up the way I like to play. First and foremost my favorite strings: D'Addario flatwound strings. A little bridge and pickup height adjustment and then some very slight truss rod adjustment. Which I should add, this bass does indeed have a truss rod and it is adjustable unlike another reviewer commented on. The adjustment is just under a little cover plate, that's all. If you are not experienced setting up a bass, then leave it alone, like I said, out of the box it's fine for just about anyone. At this price, the bass cannot be beat. Now to see if they make one fretless because that will be my next bass for sure.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Nice!

    By WuhanForTheWin

    from Newfoundland, Canada

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    Comments about Ibanez SR300 Bass Guitar:

    Played one of these today, really nice! Plays like a dream, and the single bass/treble knob is great! Really easy to dial in a tone, I was able to get pretty much whatever sound I wanted after just a few minutes of playing. This would be a great primary bass for someone new to playing, or a seasoned player with a tight budget. I'll likely be picking one up as a backup. Excellent bass, especially for this price, don't miss it! Note, one negative thing, which isn't even that big of a deal, is the weird input jack placement. The jack holds your cord very securely, there's no way the cord will slip out, but the cord comes off the bass at a funny angle (see pictures).

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Amazing Bass!

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Ibanez SR300 Bass Guitar:

    I have been playing bass for a few years, but have never played a bas this good. I've used many basses, cheap and expensive, but this on trumps them all. Mine has a slight rattle in the lower part of the head, but it only affect playing it without an amp, and it is most likely just a small scrap of metal that snuck in. I would recomend buying this bass as a beginner or expierienced bassist, allthough one of the high priced one on the same line may be slightly better. Amazing Bass!

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Full worth for your money

    By Cadaverous Nino'

    from Dhaka, Bangladesh

    Comments about Ibanez SR300 Bass Guitar:

    It was my 2nd bass. Though I sold it a few months back & bought a Yamaha BBN4III, it was a damn good bass considering the cheap price. Tapping, slap n pop everything came out well whenever I played. Strings were a bit high from the fretboard. But after allignment the bass worked very well for me. My advice would be that if you play heavy, thrash or death stuffs & have a low budget then don't think too much & buy this bass asap.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    WHOA BUY IT NOW

    By incircles172

    from south carolina

    Comments about Ibanez SR300 Bass Guitar:

    This guitar has to be one of th emost amazing things made. The hand of God has touched it honestly. I played this in a shop today and will be ordering it soon. I was very impressed :] buy buy buy buy!

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Amazing Product

    By TDWP-Rulez-dOOd

    from Undisclosed

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    Comments about Ibanez SR300 Bass Guitar:

    I just got this bass for christmas and i was struck on how well everything was set up for me, I had to barey make any adjustments, only raise the bridge a bit. The finger and slap knob is pretty cool and the weight is fitted. Amazing guitar if your looking for a great bass and awsome on the money

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