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Sleek, sexy, and sonically versatile.

A bolt-on neck joint on the Ibanez SR505 5-string bass guitar allows superb access to the upper frets of its five-piece jatoba/bubinga neck. Only 4/5" thick at the first fret, the 34" scale neck provides more comfortable playing than standard 5-string necks.

Bartolini MK1 pickups and 3-band EQ deliver world-class tone, while the mahogany body provides naturally warm lows and sweet sustain. Rosewood fretboard offers a strong, bright sound and an attractive appearance with a long grain. Ultradurable Accu-Cast B25 bridge offers quick and easy string changes. Single-screw saddle height adjustment gives you better stability than standard double-screw designs.

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FEATURES
  • 5-piece jatoba/bubinga neck
  • Mahogany body
  • 24 medium frets
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • Accu-Cast B25 bridge
  • Bartolini MK1-5 neck pickup
  • Bartolini MK1-5 bridge pickup
  • Abalone oval inlay
  • Bartolini MK1 3-Band EQ
  • Case sold separately

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IbanezSR505 5-String Electric Bass Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 103 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (89)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

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91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (10)
  • Fun to play (9)
  • Good feel (9)
  • Solid electronics (9)
  • Good pick up (8)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (8)
  • Practicing (8)
  • Recording (5)
  • Small venues (5)
  • Rock concerts (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (5), Professional musician (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Good Value - Sounds Great

Overall this is a great bass and has become in a short period of time one of my favorites, and I own 17 bass guitars. The neck is very thin and not quite as...Read complete review

Overall this is a great bass and has become in a short period of time one of my favorites, and I own 17 bass guitars. The neck is very thin and not quite as wide as other 5 strings which I like as I don't have gigantic hands. In fact, this was a major factor in my purchase.

This guitar is probably heavier than most would expect but it certainly feels great in your hands. And if you're not a heavy handed player, the action can be set incredibly low and still be playable with no buzz. Well, at least on mine and with no truss adjustment.

The pups are great and the active preamp permits highly dynamic control of the tone. This is just a great bass guitar to play, simple as that.

Downsides? Well, there were a few. The cutout at the G string side, when running my finger around it, I noticed a slight indent. Almost as if someone sanded it too hard in one spot. I found this odd as mass-produced guitar bodies are computer milled and should require very limited manual smoothing. Its not visible although I can feel it. But since I had no other real issues with the guitar, it was not enough for me to return it and wind up with a guitar that didn't play as well as this one.

Its also easy to scratch the finish as its only stain with a light protective coating, somewhat like a wooden table. So be careful with those giant trucker belt buckles! The jack input is also a little odd. I would have preferred an input on the bottom edge.

These downsides however were no big deal and I'm more than satisfied with it. If I wasn't aware of this bass and its price, if someone were to put it in my hands, I would have guessed its price as much higher.

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Nice sound, slap with caution

This bass has a great sound, but the wood is very delicate, even when using the slap technique can damage the wood with your fingers. I believe it depends on how you play...Read complete review

This bass has a great sound, but the wood is very delicate, even when using the slap technique can damage the wood with your fingers. I believe it depends on how you play the instrument, I changed mine after a week of use.
The seller told me it was the fifth bass returned.
I realy belive that this bass is not for hard slapping. Cheers

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(16 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Good Value - Sounds Great

By Sky Chief

from New Jersey

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Ibanez SR505 5-String Electric Bass Guitar:

      Overall this is a great bass and has become in a short period of time one of my favorites, and I own 17 bass guitars. The neck is very thin and not quite as wide as other 5 strings which I like as I don't have gigantic hands. In fact, this was a major factor in my purchase.

      This guitar is probably heavier than most would expect but it certainly feels great in your hands. And if you're not a heavy handed player, the action can be set incredibly low and still be playable with no buzz. Well, at least on mine and with no truss adjustment.

      The pups are great and the active preamp permits highly dynamic control of the tone. This is just a great bass guitar to play, simple as that.

      Downsides? Well, there were a few. The cutout at the G string side, when running my finger around it, I noticed a slight indent. Almost as if someone sanded it too hard in one spot. I found this odd as mass-produced guitar bodies are computer milled and should require very limited manual smoothing. Its not visible although I can feel it. But since I had no other real issues with the guitar, it was not enough for me to return it and wind up with a guitar that didn't play as well as this one.

      Its also easy to scratch the finish as its only stain with a light protective coating, somewhat like a wooden table. So be careful with those giant trucker belt buckles! The jack input is also a little odd. I would have preferred an input on the bottom edge.

      These downsides however were no big deal and I'm more than satisfied with it. If I wasn't aware of this bass and its price, if someone were to put it in my hands, I would have guessed its price as much higher.

      (10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Favourite Bass

      By ibanezcanadian

      from Toronto

      Comments about Ibanez SR505 5-String Electric Bass Guitar:

      After buying this bass, i felt compelled to write a good review; Ibanez definitely deserves some glory.I still find it hard to believe that I purchased this caliber of bass for such a reasonable price. From what i have seen, there is no other bass on the market that offers so many features, which would be considered as 'upgrades' on other basses.Even when comparing the sound and feel to my other bass (Warwick Thumb BO - 4 string, yes Warwick, not RockBass by Warwick), there is no comparison. The Ibanez is comfortable, light and feels custom-made. The tone is also VERY versatile. The Bartolini pickups and EQ have an extremely wide range, so you can find the sound that suits you.I have played many basses over throughout my life. From $400 - to $11,000 and everything in between.This was honestly my best music-related purchase of my life. No regrets, no complaints.

      (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      great bass! excellent quality, wallet saving price

      By crastad2007

      from las vegas

      Comments about Ibanez SR505 5-String Electric Bass Guitar:

      I'm a 25 year veteren guitarist that started playing bass in '03. I started with specter and schecter basses, then i went to ibanez. This is my second 505. this one has an added feature to it that i absolutely love....the mid switch. i unfortunately haven't quite developed my finger technique to play fast precision rock riffs so i use a pick and i use finger styled techniques. the mid switch helps when i switch techniques and allows me a mid adjustment to my tone when I switch that keeps me from even having to adjust my mid knob. i played through a svt classic and an ampeg 810. needless to say ampeg is the standard for amps and the 505 had that low midrange bite i look for in my particular style of finger play. I also played through a mark bass 112 combo. (obviously different from an ampeg but definately a kick ass brand of amp that i dig!). i had to crank the mids a bit on my 505 a bit, but i STILL found that low mid bite i like to hear in my tone when i use a finger style. with this bass, getting that "piano" high end tone i want, i have no problems on ANY amp finding that particular tone with my 505. I would love a lakland, mtd, warwick, or any fender american. but i just can't afford them.....ibanez to the rescue. i'll take this bass and play it anywhere, any style, any type and size venue. it works for me. there are many reviews about the pickups. for me and what i want for my tone and my projects, the mk 1's do more than what i need, more than adequately. and the price and the quality.....ibanez rules. period. (i also choose the ibanez rg and s series guitars when i'm playing guitar as well.) ibanez.....there is no other for me. i'm good with that.

      (6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Slim Ergonomic Bass with a Big Tone!

      By Mikecd1

      from New England, CT

      About Me Professional Musician

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      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Thin upper horn

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Ibanez SR505 5-String Electric Bass Guitar:

      I call this the nothing bass with the big tone. I played this bass a lot in the store when I would go in for quite a while then got a great deal on it. It plays so well right off the shelf I've had to do nothing to it. Punchy, bright, thick bass. It weighs a mere 7lbs 6oz the one I got so its easy on the back and has that great piano sound. The bass is really slim though and I'm not hot on the body style, but when I played it and with the slim neck and body it was very easy to play and get a good sound. It made cheesy amps sound great and great amps made it sound greater. For what it is, you get a LOT of bass for little money. I'm thinking about new strings, but why bother? Sounds so good just the way it is. I own Fenders, Steinbergers, Hofners and this is right up there. My new go-to bass. My first Ibanez and not the last I'm sure. The EQ is great and still getting the hang of the Mid switch. The Mid and Bass controls add a lot and just go easy with the treble. The MK1 pups sound great and being ceramic they have a lot of punch and definition. Super slim neck profile and I'm only a little concerned about my strap lock button which seems to tower over the end of the upper horn on the body. Finish had a rough spot, but rubbed out nice.

      (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Nice sound, slap with caution

      By Kevenit

      from Chile

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Lightweight
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

      • Delicate
      • Not for beginners

      Best Uses

        Comments about Ibanez SR505 5-String Electric Bass Guitar:

        This bass has a great sound, but the wood is very delicate, even when using the slap technique can damage the wood with your fingers. I believe it depends on how you play the instrument, I changed mine after a week of use.
        The seller told me it was the fifth bass returned.
        I realy belive that this bass is not for hard slapping. Cheers

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Bass cop

        By Basscop

        from Florence Alabama

        Comments about Ibanez SR505 5-String Electric Bass Guitar:

        I bought the first version of this when it was the RD905. The best Bass I've ever owned. I use it for every thing. A session player in Muscle Shoals liked mine so much, he got him one. The other bass he uses in a Fodera. I highly recomend this bass. Used it through Fender amps and Ampegs it is awsome.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Wow....what a great Bass!

        By Anonymous

        from Undisclosed

        Comments about Ibanez SR505 5-String Electric Bass Guitar:

        I have owned this bass for one year, and I have yet to have any kind of major problem with it. The play on it is so much better than any other bass I've played. I play at church and when I need to get the lows it comes through without any problem. When I need the highs, it's as bright as anyone could imagine. Ibanez really scored with this bass.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        this bass is the one!

        By Anonymous

        from Undisclosed

        Comments about Ibanez SR505 5-String Electric Bass Guitar:

        I was looking for a bass to replace my 5 string Jackson that was stolen. I shopped around and played a few but when I found this one and played it, I couldn't believe what I was getting for the price. A sweet sounding bass that delivers for whatever style you play. The Bartolini preamp/pickups really add to the value of this bass. The neck is one of the thinnest I have played on a 5. I highly recommend this bass. I have been playing for 30 years and own a few basses but I really enjoy playing this one the most.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Older SR505

        By Mad Mike

        from St. George Utah

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Pick Up

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing

          Comments about Ibanez SR505 5-String Electric Bass Guitar:

          I found this bass a few years ago. Its not like the one in the pictures but the back of my headstock does say SR505. Its a solid bass good for novice to experienced players its a bit on the heavy side but thats easily compensated for bu the fact that its really fun to play.

          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Just get it!

          By CMAC

          from Milledgeville, GA

          About Me Novice

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Gospel
            • Jamming
            • Jazz
            • Rb

            Comments about Ibanez SR505 5-String Electric Bass Guitar:

            Once you get it in your hands there will be no regrets!

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great Bass

            By Domino-o0F4F

            from Nacogdoches, TX

            Comments about Ibanez SR505 5-String Electric Bass Guitar:

            This bass is awesome. The tone is great and it is light to boot. It works great for Heavy Metal and for alternative rock. It's great for gigs and is my new favorite bass. It also looks good.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Everything You Need To Know About This Bass

            By Dakota-ey5Xc

            from Seattle, WA

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            Comments about Ibanez SR505 5-String Electric Bass Guitar:

            The Ibanez SR505 5-String is an excellent bass. It is worth every penny and the value is amazing. It does take a C battery in the back though. Since this bass doesn't have a pick guard, you'll probably scratch the body right under the G-string (even when using your fingers). The best thing about this bass is that it's range in tone, treble, and bass is AMAZING! You could sound like anyone from Flea to Claypool with this thing. It has a balance knob for the two pick-ups, so if you want the most treble possible on earth you got it. And if you want the BOOMIEST bass low end, no prob. Buy it, and you won't cry.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            a great bass

            By Sean-Xadle

            from adrian, mi

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            Comments about Ibanez SR505 5-String Electric Bass Guitar:

            This is most likely one of the best five-string basses out there. The only thing I would do to "improve" upon it would be to make a neck-through version of it, but aside from that, there is not one thing about this bass that I don't like. Beautiful styling and awesome sound. You can't beat the SR505, not in this price range, anyway.

            (1 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            This Bass Ruined my Life

            By This Bass Sux

            from Houston,TX.

            Comments about Ibanez SR505 5-String Electric Bass Guitar:

            The only cool thing about this bass is that it has the sound of a guitar. I can't even make a decent booming noise out of the thing and if I try to pull a nice bass move in the middle of a song, you can't even hear it because of how high piched it is. If my parents never made me keep it, I would get my money back and save up for a Warwick.IT IS NOT WORTH IT!!!!!!

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            A very happy bass player

            By Jason-c7kCZ

            from Chesapeake, VA

            Comments about Ibanez SR505 5-String Electric Bass Guitar:

            I bought this bass blind, having never played it. I am so glad I did. This bass is nothing short of amazing for what I paid for it. The Bartolini pickups sound awesome. It even has the little touches. Like having a separate two screw cover for the 9volt battery that makes changing it a snap. You don't have to take off the electronics cover. I have small hands and the extra thin neck and the closer spacing of the strings make this a breeze to play even in the upper frets of the low b string. It is very light. Easily half the weight of some of my other 5-strings. Makes it easy on the shoulder, neck and back. The elixir strings that come with it are great also.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Rockin' bass for a rockin' price

            By Brandon Sweitzer

            from Hunker, PA

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            Comments about Ibanez SR505 5-String Electric Bass Guitar:

            What can I say? A great bass. The EQs offer a plethora of sound options. The playability is excellent. For those with small hands, fear not. The neck on this bass rivals most 4-strings. And you can't complain about the price. I use this bass at my church and I take as a back-up for my Ibanez BTB when my band plays. I wouldn't have any other.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Review

            By The O.G.

            from Columbia, SC

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            Comments about Ibanez SR505 5-String Electric Bass Guitar:

            they have a 4-string version of this baby sitting in the local guitar shop and I have to tell you, Ibanez has really outdone themselves with this one. the body is sleek-very comfortable. the neck is nothing short of what I expected from Ibanez, blisteringly fast. The Bartolinis give it a great full sound and it's got a strong presence. Good lows, mids, and highs from this baby. It is slightly overpriced, as I've used Trabens that are much cheaper and sound just as good. All told, it's a great buy, the only thing to hold you back is your ability.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Excellent bass

            By Bass_Freak_89

            from Montreal

            Comments about Ibanez SR505 5-String Electric Bass Guitar:

            This is an excellent bass. I bought it a couple of weeks ago so I can't comment on the reliability, but surely with the Bartolini electronics, I won't have any problem with it. Got it out of the box and started playing it and it sounded very good. Very punchy, a lot of bass boost available... you will find the kind of sound you want with this bass. And the good thing is that it doesn't cost that much !Every body tells me that my bass sounds good so don't hesitate, go buy one.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            GrizzlyBearBass

            By Anonymous

            from Undisclosed

            Comments about Ibanez SR505 5-String Electric Bass Guitar:

            This bass is by far the best I've ever played. I've played Fenders (I can't stand them), ESP's, Jacksons, B.C. Riches, Epiphones, the works. The only thing that compares in my eyes is an Ernie Ball. I play a little of everything but mostly metal and this bass can do it all. From the active pick-ups to the tuners, this bass is a must have.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            A fine bass

            By Why go with anything else???

            from New Ulm, MN

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            Comments about Ibanez SR505 5-String Electric Bass Guitar:

            I'm an active musician in the TwinCities area. A lot of people around here are into the heavy metal, super screamer blah blah blah music. When I got this bass, I was moving up from a no name bass I bought at Pawn America. I had previously owned the 305 before, and a Yamaha before that. First and foremost, Ibanez makes great basses. I don't understand why people rag on them so much. It sucks that Korn uses them, but the truth is Ibanez is where its at. You can get so many different tones out of this. I'm in an experimental Punk/Rock band and I switch between the low roar and the more midrange tones. Flawless on both ends. I mix a lot of the treble out most of the time, otherwise it gets pretty clanky. The neck is fast and feels comfortable in the hands. It's easy to bust out a few chords now and again, especially in the frets 12-17 range. A fine bass, one I will not part with anytime soon...unless someone gives (and I mean GIVES me) a Gibson Thunderbird.

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