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Ibanez SR500 Soundgear 4-String Bass Brown Mahogany Rosewood Fretboard

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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 wenge and bubinga neck on a...Read More

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      OVERVIEW

      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 wenge 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 2 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 wenge 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

      Happiness is playing a fine bass. Order your SR500 Soundgear bass today.

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      IbanezSR500 Soundgear 4-String Bass
       
      4.8

      (based on 66 reviews)

      Ratings Distribution

      • 5 Stars

         

        (55)

      • 4 Stars

         

        (8)

      • 3 Stars

         

        (2)

      • 2 Stars

         

        (1)

      • 1 Stars

         

        (0)

      88%

      of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

      Pros

      • Good pick up (7)
      • Good feel (6)
      • Good tone (6)
      • Fun to play (5)
      • Solid electronics (5)

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Practicing (7)
        • Recording (7)
        • Jamming (6)
        • Small venues (4)
        • Rock concerts (3)
          • Reviewer Profile:
          • Experienced (7)

        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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        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.

          Comment on this review

          (1 of 1 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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          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.

          Comment on this review

          (3 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          Not worth the price!!!

          By jondiego

          from Vallejo, CA

          About Me Experienced

          Ask me a question

          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.

          Comment on this review

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

            Comment on this review

            (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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              4.0

              Quick delivery/Quality product

              By Double Dinky C

              from Hawaii

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Ibanez SR500 Soundgear 4-String Bass:

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

                    Comment on this review

                    (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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                    (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Great Bass

                    Comments about Ibanez SR500 Soundgear 4-String 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 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.

                    Comment on this review

                    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Truly Delivers

                    Comments about Ibanez SR500 Soundgear 4-String Bass:

                    Its a truly solid bass for the money that offers alot more variety than your typical model. I personally had a little quality issue but Ibanez was fast to provide a replacement part for no cost under warranty. For those that like a light, slim body it fits perfectly and doesnt weigh you down like a precision or jazz can after a few hours of jammin. If your looking for a more modern sound with some edge to it, you've found your bass. It excells at metal, punk, ska and rock but those looking for a more mellow bluesy sound might not find what they're looking for.
                    I've owned this bass now for a little over a year, recieved it Dec 2010, and feel now is a fair time to give it an honest review. It's a real gem of a bass. For the price you get far more than you would expect and it's gorgous on the eyes. As for features, its pretty loaded. The active EQ offers a very nice range of styles, its light as a feather compared to a typical fender and has probably the slimmest most comofortable necks I've played nex to a Geddy lee sig. One thing that would have been nice would have been an active/passive switch for those dreadful times when your battery kicks the bucket, but to be honest in the year I've owned this bass I never once had to replace the battery, and I play at least an hour a day.
                    For a bass on the smaller side, it still feels very solid. The mahogany body is very nicely crafted and the neck is smooth and easy to navigate. Sadly my bass did have one quality control problem. The bridge pickup's magnets must have been defective since they barely picked up my A no matter how many times I changed sets or adjusted the setup. But no worry, because the one year warranty through Ibanez they simply sent to my local music shop a replacement pickup and with a quick soddering job my bass was playing at full power.
                    For the price, you really cant find a better bass with these kind of features. Fender mexican models aren't bad, I own a jazz myself, but it was just a tad more and doesnt nearly have the tone this baby cranks out. The Bartolini pickups come standard so its practically a steal.

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