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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.

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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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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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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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Great sound, poor quality

This bass has great features. The sound from it is amazing and the overall playability is above average. The one thing that brings down the marks for this bass is after a little under...Read complete review

This bass has great features. The sound from it is amazing and the overall playability is above average. The one thing that brings down the marks for this bass is after a little under 4 weeks of playing a very large chip came out of the body by the pickups. It happened from playing with a pick but it should not have chipped like it did. I would avoid this bass in favor of a little higher quality one with a gloss finish.

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(10 of 11 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 16 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.

        (3 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        I need this.

        By Lee Jackowsky

        from Fortress of Solitude, North Pole

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

        Let me start by saying I do not own this bass. I have 12 other basses from varying companies but not this one. Dumb right? If money were not part of the equation I would have this already instead I pay taxes.

        My preference is towards lighter weight, smoother, cleaner & faster basses. I love the speed of a jazz neck and something that doesn't have the weight of a Fatty Fender. The SR500 Soundgear
        definitely meets these requirements all like Kakow!

        This Ibanez has amazing sound. From finger playing to picking and with slap in between it hits clean, clear and with balls. The Bartolini MK1-4 pickups give this bass an amazing sound as is well complimented by the SR neck which is unmatched by any bass [in my opinion] besides ESP. Also in regards to the neck, if you are looking for a slim, speed driven neck with a great feel this is definitely the bass for you.

        As I stated I do not like heavy bases. The body of this bass has a slimness and lightness not achieved by many other bases with the sound and durability it has. Although unpainted, I have seen this bass go through a lot of "customization" and last..

        I do not own this bass at the current time but I am in the market. In comparison the ESP F-204, which I do own, is a perfect substitute. Light, fast, loud and with a great range of sound as well makes these basses two brothers from two different mothers. Play both and make your decision for yourself.
        This thing has features out it's wazoo.
        Shazam! Blows my effing mind.
        The value of this is aight. I mean I would prefer if it was cheaper over all but when you got rump kicking electronics and hardware it tends to kick your wallet in the jewels a little more.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Great Value

        By Bass_Reviewer

        from Victoria, BC

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

        Overall, this bass is great. I love the bartolini EQ and pickups. The tonal variety is massive, this bass growls. Other reviewers have said that this is strictly a rock/metal bass, but I disagree. You can get terrific mellow jazz and punchy slap tones out of this bass alongside the aggressive ones. The hardware is terrific quality, and keeps the bass in tune for weeks. My only gripes are about the finish of the body and hardware. The black hardware finish wears off and discolours after a while. I've had this bass for about 2 years now, and the finish has nearly completely worn off from the control knobs and bridge. It's not a major problem, just simply cosmetic.The finish on the body is beautiful, but extremely soft and fragile. You can dent it with your fingernail. Be wary if you ever drop the bass, it will dent and chip easily. I had to install a custom pick guard to protect the finish from slapping and popping (the top coat was completely gone under the d and g strings).Other than cosmetic issues, this bass is awesome. I would reccomend it to anyone who would handle it with the care it deserves.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        So Much Lighter (in weight) Than Others

        By chicomarley

        from Los Angeles, CA

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        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 Electric Bass Guitar:

        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!

        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        SR 500

        By Ed

        from South Carolina

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        Pros

        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Small Venues

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

          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.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Ibanez SR500 4-string Bass

          By Alex

          from Zachary, LA

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          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 Electric Bass Guitar:

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

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Awesome bass.

          By skiltrip

          from New City, NY

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

          Here's what I love: The finish is awesome, the oil stained mahogany is gorgeous. Love the Bartolini pickups. The 3-band EQ rules. I cannot say enough good things about the electronics on this bass. They really did it right. And the knobs/pots are quiet. Love the feel of the neck, the access all the way up to the 24th fret. I love the playability. Real fast neck, with a non-sticky finish on the back of it. You'll be flying up and down this neck. The inlays are a nice touch with the oval abalone. The bridge is real nice looking, and adjustments are super easy. Overall awesome.What I don't like, which is not much, but to be fair...I wish the volume and blend knobs were further down the body away from the strings. You can't freely pick closer to the bridge because it gets tight with those knobs there. Also, though I love the pickups, the size of them, and the spacing sort of crowd the areas, sometimes forcing you to pick where you wouldn't normally, depending on the size of your hand. In a nutshell the knobs and pickup spacing can leave you cramped at times depending on your picking style and hand size. For me, it's a little confining.The connector for the 9v battery is really really short. It was sort of tough for me to get a new battery plugged in. I had to sort of pull gently to get the connector out enough to snap the connector on to the battery. My hands are on the small side too, so it's not a case of me having big hands.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          I have a '93 SR500 since '93 Alltime favorite

          By Cadillac Jack

          from St Louis, MO

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

          I have a 1993 Ibanez SR500 Bass, and they were different back then. They had the P J config, and were made of light Americian Maple. Made in Korea tho. I have to say, thats my favorite alltime Bass. I've owned probally 100 Basses over the years and the Ibanez SR500 from 93 beats them all hands down. Love the Tone, playibility, look (mine is transparent Turquoise) I hope this new one is as good as my old one. My ONLY complaints are the Barrel Jack system and the fact that when the Battery goes dead you have to take out a zillion screws to replace it, and meanwhile have nothing. In other words, wont play passivly with a dead battery. I have played it so much it needs a fret job, and it needs it's second Barrel Jack. I recommend the Bass for Anyone, pro or beginneer alike.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          A Great, Versatile Bass Guitar

          By Ty-f49GN

          from Seattle, WA

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

          All I have to say is WOW! This bass guitar is an amazing deal. The pictures can not show how beautiful this bass guitar is. I have used a previous Soundgear bass but this one just blows it out of the water. As soon as I laid eyes on this bass I knew I had to have it. The neck is quick, the craftsmanship is amazing and the pickups really bring out any note on this bass. I have played MusicMan Stingrays and subs but I liked the tone of this bass more. This bass delivers on all fronts with an affordable price tag. Overall, this bass guitar is a great deal for anyone looking for an affordable bass that doesn't cut any corners.

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          5.0

          A great bass value

          By 44 basses

          from Dallas, Texas

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

          I was looking for something fast, light, and with a great active tone, and I stumbled onto this bass. Wow. Incredible tone with some great bite to it. The neck is nice - the bubinga/wenge combination is a lot better than the neck that was on the old mid 90's SR800 I owned briefly. The Bartolinis were what sold me on this bass. I tried several basses before I settled on this one - including some very nice looking Schecters. The Bartolinis on the SR500 definitely are a step or two above the EMG-HZ's on the Schecters....I've been playing bass since 1990 and I'm amazed at what is available for the money these days. I recently sold off my 1990's Warwick and Fender Jazz Bass Plus because I was tired of them (the Warwick was great but quite heavy). If you want a light, fast, and with a great sound, you can't go wrong with the SR500. The looks are a little odd - some look reddish, some look brown. Mine looks almost maroon in color. But I like the subdued looks - I'm in my mid 30's and I don't want the "look at me" style of bass that I may have wanted earlier in life....

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          4.0

          Good for beginners

          By Anonymous

          from Undisclosed

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

          This is a good bass for beginners. The neck is very fast. I've played many thousand dollar basses in my life, and although many of them sound way better than this, none felt better than this.This bass is very light, a bit over 6lbs. The body is very thin, and very tiny. Neck is round and fast. Action is med/low.One thing I did not like about this bass, in particular, the pickups and preamp, is that the mids are too dominant. This bass gives a mids heavy tone, very solid and fat, but when I want a thinner tone for slapping and thumping, this bass FAILED.7 Stars is what I gave, and I think it deserves it. An overall decent bass.

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