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Ibanez SR506 Soundgear 6-String Brown Mahogany Rosewood Fretboard

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Overview
  • Thin, fast, 5-piece SR6 neck crafted of jatoba and bubinga
  • Sculpted mahogany body
  • Rosewood fretboard with 24 medium frets and oval abalone markers
Description & Specs
  • MSRP:
    $933.32
  • Your Savings:
    - $233.33
  • Your Price:
    $69999

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Sleek, sexy, and sonically versatile—the SR506 Bass is at home in the studio and on any stage.

The Ibanez SR506 Bass is an incredibly well-crafted and equipped bass for its price. It features a slim, fast SR6 5-piece jatoba and bubinga neck on a sculpted mahogany body. The rosewood fretboard is fitted with medium frets and has oval abalone markers. Equipped with a B106 bridge 2 Bartonlini MK1-6 pickups that integrate perfectly with the active Bartolini MK1 3-band EQ. It's a bass that will excel in any style of music.

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Features
  • Thin, fast, 5-piece SR6 neck crafted of jatoba and bubinga
  • Sculpted mahogany body
  • Rosewood fretboard with 24 medium frets and oval abalone markers
  • B106 bridge
  • Bartolini MK1-6 neck pickup
  • Bartolini MK1-6 bridge pickup
  • Black chrome hardware with black pickups
  • Bartonini MK1 active 3-band EQ
  • Case sold separately

Happiness is playing such a fine bass. Order your Ibanez SR506 Soundgear bass today.

 
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IbanezSR506 Soundgear 6-String
 
4.7

(based on 47 reviews)

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    (37)

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    (5)

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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          • Professional musician (3)

        Most Liked Positive Review

         

        Best 6-string value for your money...

        After 28 years on bass I have owned and handled dozens of basses from most manufacturers, but the Ibanez SR506 is the best value I have yet encountered. The neck is slim and...Read complete review

        After 28 years on bass I have owned and handled dozens of basses from most manufacturers, but the Ibanez SR506 is the best value I have yet encountered. The neck is slim and fast, but stable. The body is no lightweight, but the weight is manageable and the instrument is well-balanced. The tone is bright and punchy with great depth, owing much to both the active electronics and the excellent Bartolini pickups. The basic tone is so balanced that I normally run the on-board tone controls flat. Fretwork is excellent, and overall fit and finish are what I would expect to find on a bass costing twice this.

        A few other reviews have pointed out that the finish on this bass is a bit thin - fair enough. I am personally rather fond of the feel of the wood grain under my fingers, and so long as you take an extra 30 seconds every few days to keep your fingernails trimmed up nicely you won't have any issues digging in while slapping/popping.

        I use this bass for a wide variety of styles, from country to rock and pop, and to things bordering on fusion, both live and in the studio. I play predominantly with my fingers but have also played it with a pick. I slap, pop, and double-thumb. I tap fairly often. This bass handles anything I throw at it with excellent tone and playability, low action and no fret buzz.

        I suppose the best endorsement I can give this bass is that if the need arose for me to start assembling a bass/rig for studio or touring use and I had to start back at square one, this exact bass would be the one I would choose.

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        Good Bass... But warning....

        Great bass on a lot of levels.....but the finish is so fragile it is actually painfull! I owned one for a day, and returned it. Great playability & some cool...Read complete review

        Great bass on a lot of levels.....but the finish is so fragile it is actually painfull! I owned one for a day, and returned it. Great playability & some cool tonal ranges for an Ibanez, BUT if you do any type of slap & pop technique you are in for a world of dissapointment. After 2 hours of playing, I had wood splinters buried under my popping fingers finger nail. I have been playing for almost 30 years and have never had this type of problem. Everything else about this bass I love, but using a needle to pry splinters out of your nails is not worth it. If you are strictly a finger or pick user you may be happy, but I havent been able to play the way I want to in days because of the way this instrument was finished.

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        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Best 6-string value for your money...

        By Britfunk

        from Central WV

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Live Performance
          • Recording

          Comments about Ibanez SR506 Soundgear 6-String:

          After 28 years on bass I have owned and handled dozens of basses from most manufacturers, but the Ibanez SR506 is the best value I have yet encountered. The neck is slim and fast, but stable. The body is no lightweight, but the weight is manageable and the instrument is well-balanced. The tone is bright and punchy with great depth, owing much to both the active electronics and the excellent Bartolini pickups. The basic tone is so balanced that I normally run the on-board tone controls flat. Fretwork is excellent, and overall fit and finish are what I would expect to find on a bass costing twice this.

          A few other reviews have pointed out that the finish on this bass is a bit thin - fair enough. I am personally rather fond of the feel of the wood grain under my fingers, and so long as you take an extra 30 seconds every few days to keep your fingernails trimmed up nicely you won't have any issues digging in while slapping/popping.

          I use this bass for a wide variety of styles, from country to rock and pop, and to things bordering on fusion, both live and in the studio. I play predominantly with my fingers but have also played it with a pick. I slap, pop, and double-thumb. I tap fairly often. This bass handles anything I throw at it with excellent tone and playability, low action and no fret buzz.

          I suppose the best endorsement I can give this bass is that if the need arose for me to start assembling a bass/rig for studio or touring use and I had to start back at square one, this exact bass would be the one I would choose.

          Comment on this review

          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          You get what you pay for.

          By Time keeper.

          from Chicago

          About Me Professional Musician

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          Pros

          • Fun To Play

          Cons

          • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

          Best Uses

          • Practicing

          Comments about Ibanez SR506 Soundgear 6-String:

          I've owned it for a few years. The bass is alright, considering the price. You get what you pay for. Can't expect a high quality "six string" for that kind of money. The stain on the front of the body where I rest my thumb started coming off right away. Extremely poor paint job. Never happened on any other basses I've owned. The tone is ok. Looks like the tuning pegs are of poor quality. By comparison to more expesive basses, it gets out of tune quickly. One thing I really don't like is the input jack location. It's really unpleasant unplugging my cord. I have to pull on it real hard. And sooner or later the cord will get damaged. Basically, it would be a good start-up 6-string or a display item. I wouldn't use it at a gig.

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          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Good Bass... But warning....

          By Dan

          from Ma

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Good Feel
          • Good Tone Playability

          Cons

          • Poor Quality Craftsmanship
          • The Finish

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Ibanez SR506 Soundgear 6-String:

          Great bass on a lot of levels.....but the finish is so fragile it is actually painfull! I owned one for a day, and returned it. Great playability & some cool tonal ranges for an Ibanez, BUT if you do any type of slap & pop technique you are in for a world of dissapointment. After 2 hours of playing, I had wood splinters buried under my popping fingers finger nail. I have been playing for almost 30 years and have never had this type of problem. Everything else about this bass I love, but using a needle to pry splinters out of your nails is not worth it. If you are strictly a finger or pick user you may be happy, but I havent been able to play the way I want to in days because of the way this instrument was finished.

          Comment on this review

          (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Wouldn't buy another one

          By Steve French

          from Saskatoon

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Very lightweight

          Cons

          • Cannot Intonate
          • Dark Pickups
          • Fret Buzz

          Best Uses

          • Firewood

          Comments about Ibanez SR506 Soundgear 6-String:

          I had the "pleasure" of owning an SR-506, I thought it was just a poor setup in store but no. After taking it to two professionals and eventually having to just set it up myself, the fretbuzz was horrendous. To top it off, you couldn't intonate the bass, and this problem wasn't restricted to mine either. This in combination with the cheap bartolini's (MK-1's) and the SR pre-amp which is super dark, you might like it but I like to be heard well in a mix. I would never recommend this bass to one of my students.

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          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          My baby.

          By Joe Everett

          from Undisclosed

          Comments about Ibanez SR506 Soundgear 6-String:

          This is my baby. If it got destroyed or stolen I'd start saving up for another immediately.
          EQ = perfect for my no mids, all treble and bass tone. Blend nob helps you with those harmonics.You almost don't need any tone controls on your amp with this bass.
          Pickups = Great dynamic control (I play in a rock band and for school show choir!,) good all over range.
          Finish = needs a little bit more. My thumb nail leaves some marks above the pickups, and if you slap and pop you'll leave some marks where your popping finger nails hit the body (the 4 string at my local guitar center is an eyesore)
          Tuners = keep in tune very well, but make it head heavy
          Strap buttons = your more likely to break off the whole horn than just this.
          Neck = Asymetrical gives great grip, I went from a 4 string to this and it only took a week or 2 to get comfortable.
          Bridge = does its job
          Battery casing = takes less than a minute to change your battery
          Amazing. Get the tone(s) you want. Head heaviness isn't too bad. This neck is like a guide to awesome playing. Asymetrical for grip and thin for quick fingers. I like the natural finish, if only it was tougher.
          I saved up from 8th grade to the first half of 9th grade, with some extra help from my parents. I don't think I'll be getting another bass for a long time. For the price this bass is the best I have seen. I can't even find a 6 string for around this price tag!

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          (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          good bass with unpredictable sound

          By Andi Dali

          from New York state

          Comments about Ibanez SR506 Soundgear 6-String:

          plays great, feels good, easy action. When band practice comes around, I wish I had a crappy 4 string p-bass because I could get more even volume levels with passive electronics. I'll have to get it re-wired or replace the pickups to get a sound that can work with my band.
          The active pickups (or electronics) work against me when I'm trying to get a reliable and constant volume level. They are set up to allow for dynamics that I don't want. This may be the pickups or it may be the electronics. I'm bringing it to a technician to help solve the issue.
          The bass plays great and feels good to play. I love playing it unplugged or into a practice amp by myself.
          6 string bass for like $600 is really cool. $100 per string is great. I bought it when money was flowing out of my ears and didn't care how much it cost. I wanted a 6 string bass and got it.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          An excellent Bass

          By Will Boyd

          from Mississippi

          Comments about Ibanez SR506 Soundgear 6-String:

          As a session bassist I have had the pleasure of playing many different instruments. This bass is without a doubt my favorite.
          This bass allows you to play ANY genre of music. I've used it for everything from soul to funk to jazz to rock. It is an amazing instrument. The pickups are true gems, as they can produce so many different tones.
          Ibanez has really made a good product this time around. It is of outstanding quality and has never failed me.
          Since I only paid $550 for the instrument new, I think it of great value.

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          (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Good bass!!

          By Barry Sawyer

          from Minnesota

          Comments about Ibanez SR506 Soundgear 6-String:

          Good bass i would recomend it to anyone, just be prepared for the differences and a few drawbacks. I love it but it's not the perfect and ideal bass but exelent for all styles and, virisile.
          The features on this bass are great!!! the 3way eq is amazing, you can get soo many different and good tones out of it!! also the fretboard is fast and easily assecable up to the 24th fret which i like a lot. the pickups sound great as well. the six string are all very accessible and the perfect distance apart. (bewarned that at first it feels weird, for me it took a month to get used to but now i find it perfectly comfortable!!) super light bass which sounds shocking but it is!! One thing i don't like is that the neck could be a little thinger in that there is a bit of gap between the outer neck and the outside strings (e and c) and sometimes it digs into my hand and hurts, but nothing maning up can't fix!!
          The instrument it's self is exelent quality the hardware however is a different story. the tunners, bridge and knobs seemed great at first but after time they have an almost oily appereance and feel very odd, i've tried everything and i've just had to accept that's the way it's going to stay. otherwise great!! Also on mine the bridge holder for the low B kept going down so i eventually had to scald it so it wouldn't drop down.
          I gave 8 has a value simply because it was good but not perfect and other issues listed above.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Worth every Dollar!

          Comments about Ibanez SR506 Soundgear 6-String:

          A very versatile bass for the buck, it can fit many styles as you can emulate many sounds out of this bass. It would make a great backup bass (or even a main bass) Lightweight body, easy neck, Ibanez got the formula down with this puppy! Good job Ibanez!
          I had owned this bass before but with rosewood fretboard and sold it. As soon as I saw there was a new model with Maple fretboard I got one. I was looking for a backup bass (I own a Warwick Thumb Bass Neck Through 5) so I wouldn't take my Warwick out so much. This bass is a winner, very comfortable neck, light body and so versatile. You can emulate pretty much the sound of any bass out there with the right EQ settings, Jazz Bass, P-Bass, Music Man.
          Great quality, great components, very easy to use and a great price.
          Like I said on the title "WORTH EVERY DOLLAR"

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          (6 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          I FELL IN LOVE,. You will too

          By David Arellano

          from town with small music scene

          Comments about Ibanez SR506 Soundgear 6-String:

          i play very fast and loud metal. Its very technical and not every average bass player can get off in a band like ours (I'm trying not to be cocky) but this bass cuts through with Ibanez's signature growl. We're about to record, so of course I'll be taking this baby into the studio. AND yes I do use all 6 strings in our songs don't underestimate me.
          I love the low, mid, and high knobs, I don't even have to go back to my head to get a different sound. I always use both pickups I leave the knob in the middle. I love that its an active bass. The neck is wide if you're not used to 6 strings but its the smoothest neck I have ever played, your hands get sweaty? no problem this bass has a dry but smooth and fast neck, make sense?
          Very sturdy, I've played around 30 shows all without any case or protection. The only downside to this VERY LIGHT bass is that the wood will dent easily, though I only have a ding or 2. You will be amazed at how thin the body is.
          This bass is a very good deal, it has a very reasonable price to ask. Ibanez can get away with more. The pictures that are up don't give this bass justice, in person it will blow you away. I get nonstop compliments, I didn't make it I just bought it but haha the compliments raise your confidence.

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