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The SR500SM 4-String electric bass guitar from Ibanez is a solid acquisition and addition to any bass player's arsenal. Standard SR basses offer a wide line-up, from beginner to working pros. From higher-end Bartolini pickups to Ibanez EXF pickups, they are versatile enough to play any kind of music, while SR's signature "Slim & Fast" neck gives you great playability. The 5pc Jatoba/Bubinga neck and rosewood fingerboard are comfortable and smooth allowing quick movement along the neck. The mahogany body with spalted maple top provide both style and function. Mahogany is the ideal wood for basses because it's rigid and dense, creating outstanding lows and low mids. Its Bartolni MK-1 pickups and EQB-IIIS 3-band EQ w/ mid frequency switch give you complete control over your sound so you can dial it in just right.
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Comments about Ibanez SR500SM 4-String Electric Bass Guitar:
Man, this thing blew me away when I played it at a local music store. I mean seriously, how does Ibanez do it?
First of all, this bass (and the others with less-fancy body finishes) is lightweight. And I don't mean a pound or two difference; I mean 4 or so pounds. The body is thin-as-can-be, but doesn't feel flimsy at the same time. This bass would be great for players with a bad back.
As far as the play-ability goes, this thing is a beast. The action gets nice and low without resorting to the much-dreaded buzzing that many basses in this price point suffer from before hitting a comfortable action. Ibanez did it right here. The bridge, in addition, is solid as a rock. Very impressed.
The tone is what really threw me over the edge for sr500 line. The Bartolini MK. 1 pickups sounded amazing through everything from Markbass amps to Ampeg to less-expensive Peavey amps to Gallien Krueger. I can tune into whatever sound I need to with this versatile instrument. Whether I'm looking for a dark, deep tone or a bright, snappy tone, this thing can get them perfect, as well as everything in-between. When compared side-by-side (same amps/settings) with the (twice as expensive) Ibanez SR1400 premium, this sounded so similar that I could never see parting with more than what this bass is worth. Obviously, the SR1400 is electronically better, but this bass comes really, really close. Not many instruments can say that they come close to being as great sounding and playing as this one compared to an instrument made by the same company that costs twice as much.
Overall, this thing is awesome. I don't own one, but I will. Soon. Pick one up before everyone else does! Once you play it, you won't be able to put it down.