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Sleek, sexy, and sonically versatile‚ÄĚthe 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 Electric Bass Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 68 reviews)

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  • 5 Stars

     

    (57)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

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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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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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(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Bass

By Daniel Lee

from AL

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Comments about Ibanez SR500 Soundgear 4-String Electric Bass Guitar:

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.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Truly Delivers

By Jeremy O'Mara

from NY

Comments about Ibanez SR500 Soundgear 4-String Electric Bass Guitar:

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.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Last bass I will every buy

By Tripp-ISJFa

from Richmond, VA

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Comments about Ibanez SR500 Soundgear 4-String Electric Bass Guitar:

The playability of this bass is excellent, fretboard is fast and the string spacing is perfect for bassist who also play guitar. The active bartoli pick ups really shine, with clear high's, crisp mids, and focused bass attack. The appearance is sleek and the mahagony body is light making long gigs not seem so long. The reason for not giving it a 5 is that the tuning pegs seem really delicate. Do yourself a favor and buy a hard shell case. This is my 4th bass,(fenders and epiphones) and I couldn't be more happy with my purchase.

(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 Electric Bass Guitar:

    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.

    (4 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Not worth the price!!!

    By Jonnie

    from Vallejo, CA

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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 Electric Bass Guitar:

    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.

    (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Bass!

    By Simba

    from Fair Lawn, NJ

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    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 Electric Bass Guitar:

      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.

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Excellent Bass

      By Geddy fan

      from Columbia SC

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      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 Electric Bass Guitar:

      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.

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Beware the Bridge

      By Tubatoothpaste

      from Central Illinois

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      Comments about Ibanez SR500 Soundgear 4-String Electric Bass Guitar:

      I've had one for five years now, and I love it. The reason I dinged it for quality (keep in mind this may have just been peculiar to mine) is that at first it kept breaking the A string. Found a burr in the bridge, had that repaired and it hasn't had a problem since. The finish is also worn off where I rest my thumb. HOWEVER, it plays great. Intonation is perfect all the way up the neck. Great sustain. Can almost play it without plucking; if you tap the fretboard hard enough the note will sound. The EQ for the Bartholdi pickups really allows you to dial in your sound. After buying this, I haven't wanted another bass.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      My favorite bass

      By Prophet925

      from Pittsburgh, PA

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      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 Electric Bass Guitar:

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

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        A Versatile Bass for Versatile Players

        By Ryan Wilder

        from Colorado

        Comments about Ibanez SR500 Soundgear 4-String Electric Bass Guitar:

        The Ibanez SR500 is an incredibly well put together bass at a decent price. The on-board EQ and active pickups provide a rig capable of tuning in a plethora of sounds and tones at the turn of a dial. As an active musician and as a person prone to musical ADD, the ability to switch from metal to funk to blues and all points in between is a virtue. The rosewood fretboard is like butter, and invites you to flex your musical chops with the smooth tones and warm soul the instrument provides. However, the body seems to be a little soft, accumulating minor scratches and dings at the drop of a lead hat. Overall, this is a must have in the arsenal of the rock-n-roll warrior on a budget.

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