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Ibanez SR505 5-String Electric Bass Guitar  Brown Mahogany Rosewood Fretboard

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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...Read More

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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 102 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (88)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (9)
  • Fun to play (8)
  • Good feel (8)
  • Solid electronics (8)
  • Good pick up (7)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (7)
  • Practicing (7)
  • Recording (4)
  • Small venues (4)
  • 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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

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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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.

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    4.0

    I would buy this product again.

    By Mike B............

    from Binghamton, NY

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

    • After neck truss rod adjustment bass plays fine
    • Fret Buzz

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Ibanez SR505 5-String Electric Bass Guitar:

    rehearsal, small venue gigs

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    4.0

    What I Expected

    By NissBass

    from Pennsylvania

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Tone

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Ibanez SR505 5-String Electric Bass Guitar:

      I've been playing Bass for the better part of 15 years. I've played a good number of good basses but never invested too much in one of my own. I decided it was time to spend a bit more on a nicer bass. I play in my church praise band every week and that's about it anymore so I didn't see a reason to spend over 1000 on a bass. This bass for the bill. It has good electronics and great feel. I've played it through a few amps and it sounds great with minimal adjustments. The different sounds I can get out of this one bass make me excited to try new things. I would recommend this bass to anyone who wants a good playing and sounding bass but doesn't want to spend a ton of money on it. You'll be happy with it.

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      5.0

      Great bass for the price!

      By Chris

      from Tomball, Tx

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording

        Comments about Ibanez SR505 5-String Electric Bass Guitar:

        I bought this bass as a long time guitar player really mostly to record some ideas. It needed a little bit of trust rod adjustment out of the box but otherwise was ready to go. Variety of tones was fantastic; smaller scale made it easy to play. I love the look of it. My bass player came over and jammed on it and said it was a great great buy. Little tight for thumping but I have big hands. Super bass for the price.

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        (14 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Good Value - Sounds Great

        By Sky Chief

        from NJ

        About Me Experienced

        Ask me a question

        Verified Buyer

        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.

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            (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

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              (1 of 1 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!

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                5.0

                Underpriced and exceptional

                By Tom

                from Houston

                About Me Professional Musician

                Ask me a question

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Practicing
                  • Recording
                  • Rock Concerts

                  Comments about Ibanez SR505 5-String Electric Bass Guitar:

                  This is easily my favorite bass, better than some multi-thousand-coin basses I have owned. It has exceptional tone, incredible pickups, and amazing sustain. Only one complaint...if you want that "thud" sound of an old P-bass? Not happening. For that I just use my Sans Amp. Problem solved.

                  You will not find this one in a pawn shop somewhere...

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                  5.0

                  just wow!!!

                  By PRjrs

                  from Puerto Rico

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Jamming
                    • Practicing
                    • Recording
                    • Rock Concerts
                    • School Bands
                    • Small Venues

                    Comments about Ibanez SR505 5-String Electric Bass Guitar:

                    This is my third Ibanez bass and first 5 string. Right out of the box it has great tone and feel to it !! Im a reggae player and with the eq i just get the perfect sound for my style !!! I just found my dream bass...

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                    (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

                    Ask me a question

                    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.

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