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

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Overview

  • 5-piece jatoba/bubinga neck
  • Mahogany body
  • 24 medium frets
Description & Specs
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    $866.65
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    - $216.66
  • Your Price:
    $64999
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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.

Case sold separately.


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 98 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (87)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (6)
  • Solid electronics (6)
  • Fun to play (5)
  • Good feel (5)
  • Good pick up (5)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming (3)
    • Practicing (3)
    • Recording (3)
    • Rock concerts (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (3)

    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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    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Good Value - Sounds Great

    By Sky Chief

    from New Jersey

    About Me Experienced

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    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.

        Comment on this review

        (2 of 2 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

          Comment on this review

          (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!

            Comment on this review

             
            5.0

            Underpriced and exceptional

            By Tom

            from Houston, TX

            About Me Professional Musician

            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...

                Comment on this review

                (4 of 6 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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                (6 of 6 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.

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                (6 of 6 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.

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                (2 of 2 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.

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                (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.

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