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Ibanez SR500 Soundgear 4-String Bass   

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The Ibanez SR500 Bass is an incredibly well-crafted and equipped bass for its price. It features a slim, fast SR4 5-piece jatoba and bubinga neck on ...Read More

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Sleek, sexy, and sonically versatile”the SR500 Bass is at home in the studio and on any stage.

The Ibanez SR500 Bass is an incredibly well-crafted and equipped bass for its price. It features a slim, fast SR4 5-piece jatoba and bubinga neck on a sculpted mahogany body. The rosewood fretboard is fitted with medium frets and has oval abalone markers, while the maple fretboard version boasts black dot inlays. The Accu-Cast B20 bridge offers easier string changes, single-screw saddle and height adjustment, and improved stability. For pickups it sports two Bartonlini MK1s which integrate perfectly with its active Bartolini MK1 3-band EQ. It's a bass that will excel in any style of music.

Case sold separately.

FEATURES
  • Thin, fast, 5-piece SR4 neck crafted of jatoba and bubinga
  • Sculpted mahogany body
  • Rosewood fretboard with oval abalone markers or maple fretboard with black dot inlays
  • 24 medium frets
  • Accu-Cast B20 bridge
  • Bartolini MK1-4 neck pickup
  • Bartolini MK1-4 bridge pickup
  • Black chrome hardware with black pickups
  • Bartonini MK1 active 3-band EQ
  • Case sold separately
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IbanezSR500 Soundgear 4-String Bass
 
4.8

(based on 68 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (57)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good pick up (9)
  • Good feel (8)
  • Good tone (8)
  • Fun to play (7)
  • Solid electronics (7)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (9)
  • Recording (8)
  • Jamming (7)
  • Small venues (6)
  • Rock concerts (5)
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    • Experienced (8)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great Bass

Overall, SR500 is a beautiful looking, well sounding bass. There are no big issue with it's sound quality and the pickup on it is excellent. But for it's price, I think it...Read complete review

Overall, SR500 is a beautiful looking, well sounding bass. There are no big issue with it's sound quality and the pickup on it is excellent. But for it's price, I think it should have came with the case.
Bartolini MK1 pickups are very good and are suitable for many different genre. It definately has the punch and power thats for sure. And it is definately an upgrade compared to the pickups found in SR4xx and below. The two mid EQ, which can be toggled using the switch, is centered around 200Hz and 800Hz, I really wished that it had 3-toggle switch with 400Hz mid but I guess I'll just have to compensate it using the amp.
One major complaint about this bass is that the strings have uneven volume. This is because the E and G strings are closer to the pickup than A and D strings. I've fixed mine with equal pickup-string distance but the neck radius is curved so as my fingers climb up the frets, E and G string gets pressed deeper than A and D strings which can still result in uneven volume but not as noticeable as before.
Battery compartment is very compact which is good, it prevents the battery from rattling the bass.
The bridge on this bass is good too I guess this is due to my dislike of fender style bridges of any type.
The neck is also very comfortable, it is thin enough for me to wrap my hand around it, which is how I like it.
Built well for a bass that is made in Indonesia, even in a fairly low action, each fret made a note without a buzz. However, I really wished that the frets are shaved a bit more on the side because it can really cut someone if they are not careful.
One more thing I want to add is that the bass has a dead note at G string 7th fret, but this is understandable since all bass guitar has this.
My big fuss about Ibanez is that they don't come with a guitar/bass case. This is my second Ibanez I've bought and again the case didn't come with a purchase.

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Not worth the price!!!

First of all I bought this bass looking for a lighter alternative to my main gear which is a German made passive Warwick Corvette 4 string. I also have had experiences in owning and...Read complete review

First of all I bought this bass looking for a lighter alternative to my main gear which is a German made passive Warwick Corvette 4 string. I also have had experiences in owning and playing American and Mexican Fenders, Korean Schecters, Yamahas, Washburn, Peavey ... just to name a few. The most I spent on any bass was $1200 for a used Warwick Thumb active 4 string which I ended up selling since it was neck heavy.

Anyways, the Ibanez SR500 at first glance is a beauty. The weight compared to my Warwick is about half lighter which is a back saver for me. Unfortunately, the light weight also made it feel cheap and took away from the sustain I was accustomed to from the Warwick. The neck is slim which would be great for small hands like mine but the curve seemed too flat. Bridge was hefty and saddles adjust smoothly. Nothing special about the nut especially when it looks like a cheap piece of plastic that wasn't even polished after it was cut. The frets were the worst I've seen in a bass especially at this price point. Frets from 7 onwards were not even dressed! Sharp edges all over and the last frets were even lifted a bit off the fretboard. Medium frets don't even cut it. As for the electronics and sound the only problem I had was a scratchy blend control. Otherwise all the pots worked nicely especially the even volume control adjustment. If I could swap the electronics on this bass and slap it on my Warwick then I should have one awesome bass.

This bass overall has great tone but really bad quality (assembly)...even an old Rogue bass I started out with 20 yrs ago had better build IMO. Very disappointing.

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5.0

Perfect!

By Bud

from Northern Il

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing
    • Rock Concerts
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Ibanez SR500 Soundgear 4-String Bass:

    I have more than 30 basses this one is the best bass I've ever played! If stolen I would have to replace it!

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    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Versatile, solid, great sounding bass

    By Mark

    from undisclosed

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Ibanez SR500 Soundgear 4-String Bass:

      I've been playing since early 80's and have owned many basses. While not the best, it is right there at the top.
      The hardware is solid. I've not had issues with anything.
      The sounds is quite versatile. With the active eq., you can make it sound thick, like a Warwick, or ring like P-bass.
      The feel is very lite, but also solid...from good quality. Everything about it is tight and solid. The sustain is surprisingly good despite the lite weight.
      Playing this bass is possibly the best I've played. It is easy and smooth. The satin finished neck is fast and comfortable. The controls are smooth and easy to reach. The 3 tone controls each provide good range.
      Overall this is a very good bass that does about everything very well.
      It is much better that P/J basses I've had...not as good as my P.K. Factor.

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      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      SR 500

      By Ed

      from South Carolina

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Ibanez SR500 Soundgear 4-String Bass:

        Very happy with everything except the battery adapter. Wires were too short to remove the battery. Fixed it in five minutes by removing the elctronics cover and moving the wires. Changed the strigs right away as the exlirs were too rough for me. Installed fender 9050 flatwounds and lovin it. Very nice bass for the price and a great neck.

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        So Much Lighter (in weight) Than Others

        By chicomarley

        from Los Angeles, CA

        About Me Novice

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Prone To Get Scratched

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Ibanez SR500 Soundgear 4-String Bass:

        Just a solid great bass with great sound and a profile (something like 10 pounds) which makes it easier to jam on than most other bass guitars out there that can weigh up to 15 pounds. Simply nice!

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Ibanez SR500 4-string Bass

        By Alex

        from Zachary, LA

        About Me Experienced

        Ask me a question

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Nice Look Design
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

        • Small Neck Design

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording

        Comments about Ibanez SR500 Soundgear 4-String Bass:

        Beautiful body & electronic design. The wood used have very nice visual appeal.

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        (4 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Not worth the price!!!

        By Jonnie

        from Vallejo, CA

        About Me Experienced

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        Pros

        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Hefty Bridgesaddles
        • Light Weight
        • Lots of Tone Options
        • Thin Neck

        Cons

        • Cheap Plastic Feel
        • Fret Buzz
        • Lacks sustain
        • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording

        Comments about Ibanez SR500 Soundgear 4-String Bass:

        First of all I bought this bass looking for a lighter alternative to my main gear which is a German made passive Warwick Corvette 4 string. I also have had experiences in owning and playing American and Mexican Fenders, Korean Schecters, Yamahas, Washburn, Peavey ... just to name a few. The most I spent on any bass was $1200 for a used Warwick Thumb active 4 string which I ended up selling since it was neck heavy.

        Anyways, the Ibanez SR500 at first glance is a beauty. The weight compared to my Warwick is about half lighter which is a back saver for me. Unfortunately, the light weight also made it feel cheap and took away from the sustain I was accustomed to from the Warwick. The neck is slim which would be great for small hands like mine but the curve seemed too flat. Bridge was hefty and saddles adjust smoothly. Nothing special about the nut especially when it looks like a cheap piece of plastic that wasn't even polished after it was cut. The frets were the worst I've seen in a bass especially at this price point. Frets from 7 onwards were not even dressed! Sharp edges all over and the last frets were even lifted a bit off the fretboard. Medium frets don't even cut it. As for the electronics and sound the only problem I had was a scratchy blend control. Otherwise all the pots worked nicely especially the even volume control adjustment. If I could swap the electronics on this bass and slap it on my Warwick then I should have one awesome bass.

        This bass overall has great tone but really bad quality (assembly)...even an old Rogue bass I started out with 20 yrs ago had better build IMO. Very disappointing.

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        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        My favorite bass

        By Prophet925

        from Pittsburgh, PA

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Deep Fretboard
        • Fast neck
        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Light Weight
        • Sleek
        • Solid Electronics
        • Versatility
        • Versitile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts
          • School Bands
          • Slapping Not Bad At All
          • Small Venues
          • Solos

          Comments about Ibanez SR500 Soundgear 4-String Bass:

          This is, without doubt, the most versatile bass I've ever played for under 1,000$. You can get literally any sound you want out of it without a problem. The action is perfect, the string spacing is perfect, and 24 frets allows a ton of options for solos. I play blues, funk, thrash metal, and some hard rock, and this is a top 3 I've ever used for EVERY STYLE. The sound is unrivaled, and the slim neck is great for speed if you want to get some complex grooves going. All around, the perfect bass for under 1,000$.

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          (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great Bass!

          By Simba

          from Fair Lawn, NJ

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Ibanez SR500 Soundgear 4-String Bass:

            This bass sounds great, plays great, and feels great. Out of the box, the bass was perfect, so kudos to Musicans Friend for that. The G string was a little sharp out of the box, but that was literally the only thing I needed to adjust. I`ve had the bass for a little over a week, and it still is perfect. All in all, I`d say this is pretty much the best bass you can buy for under a grand, and it easily keeps up with my Geddy Lee Jazz Bass.

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            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Quick delivery/Quality product

            By Double Dinky C

            from Hawaii

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Comments about Ibanez SR500 Soundgear 4-String Bass:

            Very happy with the quality, ease of ordering, and speedy delivery.

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            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Excellent Bass

            By Geddy fan

            from Columbia SC

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • None

            Best Uses

            • All Types Of Music
            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording

            Comments about Ibanez SR500 Soundgear 4-String Bass:

            This bass is fast and really fun to play. I have had it a while and have not had issues with the finish wearing off as some were commenting about. This bass is not physically heavy either. I have 4 basses and all have thief pros and cons, but this one is all pros. I don't like to put down other products because each instrument has its own selling and it's up to the buyer to decide. If you have small hands and want a lightweight fast bass , try this one. Also you can dial in any tone you with there pick-ups.
            I play gospel and Christian Contemporary in a praise/worship band. I also jam to some hard rock. I have recorded with this bass. It sounds sick.

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