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Ibanez SR505 5-String Electric Bass Guitar   

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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.

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 101 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (88)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (9)
  • Good feel (8)
  • Solid electronics (8)
  • Fun to play (7)
  • Good pick up (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (6)
  • Practicing (6)
  • Recording (4)
  • Small venues (4)
  • Rock concerts (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (4), 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

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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      (13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Good Value - Sounds Great

      By Sky Chief

      from New Jersey

      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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          (3 of 5 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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                  (5 of 7 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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                  (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.

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