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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 ...Read More

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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
 
4.6

(based on 58 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (47)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

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    (2)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming (3)
    • Practicing (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Excellent budget-bass.

    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,...Read complete review

    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.

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    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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    (3 of 4 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.

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      (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.

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      (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Excellent budget-bass.

      By Lios

      from Youngsville, NC

      About Me Experienced

      Ask me a question

      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.

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      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Bass at an economical price

      By Reckless_1

      from vancouver, WA

      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.

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      (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.

      Comment on this review

      (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.

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      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      great bass, great price

      By Griffin Etchison

      from Illinois

      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.

      Comment on this review

      (9 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      A Techs Suggestion

      By Duke

      from Athens, Texas

      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 ???

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      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Nice Bass

      By Christina Gordon

      from Michigan

      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!!

      Comment on this review

      (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Mixed

      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.

      Comment on this review

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