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Ibanez SR506 Soundgear 6-String  Brown Mahogany Rosewood Fretboard

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Sleek, sexy, and sonically versatile‚ÄĚthe 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
 
4.6

(based on 50 reviews)

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    (38)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

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71%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (4)
  • Good pick up (4)
  • Fun to play (3)
  • Good tone (3)
  • Solid electronics (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (4)
  • Recording (4)
  • Jamming (3)
  • Small venues (3)
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    • Professional musician (5)

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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(7 of 13 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.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best 6-string value for your money...

By Britfunk

from Central WV

About Me Professional Musician

See all my reviews

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.

    (5 of 10 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.

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Best deal you will find for your money

    By Jimget6

    from Logan,Ohio

    Comments about Ibanez SR506 Soundgear 6-String:

    I have owned several BASSES over the last 35 years from custom built to factory built.The Ibanez SR 506 is hands down the best BASS I have ever owned.I have played Roscoe custom built 6-strings at A very high dollar amount,Tobias,Rickenbacker,Yamaha and the list goes on.And have owned most of these.I have been a Studio Musician for years have several C.D.s of my own out plus played on many others.SAID all that to say this, the SR 506-6string is my favorite.Very studio friendly can get any sound you want out of it.Especially with the mid.switch great for solo riffs and fast.Then can go right back to that fat low down that we hold down.You owe it to yourself to try 1 then make your own decision.

    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A great bass with a great tone...

    By Badbassist19

    from New York City, Bronx

    Comments about Ibanez SR506 Soundgear 6-String:

    This bass I tested it out in guitar center. The Neck is so crazy....but the pick ups are so Dangerous lol. This bass is sick and has a good quality sound(depends on what amp you use.) This bass is like a sound mixer to play with. If you keep learning about the tones and play with them you won;t have to be switching bass to bass or amp to amp.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great bass

    By Ken Butcher

    from Canada

    See all my reviews

    Comments about Ibanez SR506 Soundgear 6-String:

    I'm really impressed with the sound over all. It has a really ballanced slap and finger tone. So far, every time I've played it I fall more in love with the sound. It's kind of like my Warwick, you just can't get enough and at this price you can't complain!
    I no longer buy basses with out a 3 band EQs, but even with the EQ flat I get a really good sound out of it, my amp being a (GK Fussion550 also flat). This is my first time using a 6 string, but it's really playable, just the way it's set up you feel like your fingers are accustomed to it already. I'm not a huge fan of the output jack either. All of my other basses have them on the bottom so I have a right angle plug. The problem for me is that I have to change up cables if I switch to this bass.

    (2 of 4 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.

    (2 of 2 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.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Pretty good

    By Griff

    from Toronto, ON

    Comments about Ibanez SR506 Soundgear 6-String:

    I love this bass. I've had it since may, played a lot with it, the only issues I've had is how soft the wood on the body is and that the smallest of things leave big dents, and that the screws holding the parts of the bridge that hold the strings up (sorry I'm not good with my terminology) tend to slip so I have to put it all back up every now and again. And, as per usual with Ibanez, it comes with really low action.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    NO JOKE!

    By steve edmonds

    from east coast

    Comments about Ibanez SR506 Soundgear 6-String:

    buy it before they raise the price!!! get two!!!
    Been playing bass for over 40 years. Top Shelf only. Went to guitar center with a friend i hadn't play with in over 20 years. he was looking for some audio equipment. I said lets jam out for a minute. give us a strat deluxe and a six string bass. i was playing guitar first and we switch up. It was unbelievable. Freaked me out!! bad boy is not joke. could not put it down MAN!!!I took it home with me. Put my Ken Smith to the side for a minute.
    light weight, fast neck, incrediable sound, tons of variations on the active eq.
    i've play basses that cost 3 times as much and they were crappy! this boy is no joke.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A Great Sounding Bass For Reasonable Money!

    By The Buckster

    from Lynchburg, Virginia

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    Comments about Ibanez SR506 Soundgear 6-String:

    I am a 54 year old active musician playing with a popular band that specializes in all music. I have played bass guitar for over 40 years and have played/owned just about every major high end bass that has ever been on the market through some of the best bass amplifiers. I currently own several Ampeg and SWR amps and have owned/played through other top line amps. My wife bought this as a back up for one of my tobias basses. Make a lone story short, my main tobias and other basses I own are now all backups. To each his/her own desire in what they expect of sound, this is my main bass and has been for 2 years now and the guys on the band love the sound. Several of my band members are bassists and they constantly talk about the sweet sound it produces. As for all the negative comments about this bass by some commentors, I wonder what they are actually looking for in an instrument. I know lots of accomplished musicians form all genres of music that adore the sweetness this bass produces. I suggest that you play one before you buy it and then you will know what you are getting!

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Just a Beginner

    By Keith Moreland

    from South Carolina

    Comments about Ibanez SR506 Soundgear 6-String:

    I will never plan to get another guitar. This one is a keeper!
    I am a new bass player. In my 50's and always wanted to learn. I traded my keyboard for the bass and hard shell case. This is a really nice bass. The finish is impeccable. The dials are easy to move and they have a halfway notch for easy setting. The sound is rich and I am so impressed. I left the originial strings on there for now, despite what some others have said. I have no problems with them. This is easy to play, and I would highly recommend this to anyone wanting a 6 string guitar.
    High quality, and nice finish. Friends love the look!
    You get what you pay for. Sure, there are other guitars out there a lot cheaper. But this one is the last one you will need.

    (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.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A great bass at a great price!

    By bass_man86

    from Virginia Beach, VA

    See all my reviews

    Comments about Ibanez SR506 Soundgear 6-String:

    The SR-506 is truly a great bass, at any price, but for sheer bang for the dollar, it is indeed hard to beat. It is true that looks wise it is a bit on the plain side, but speaking for myself the sound an playability of the instrument have always been the greatest consideration. My only real down check with this bass is the string spacing; it is tight. I came of age playing a Rickenbacker 4001, and playing Fenders, and if you used to that kind of string spacing, you may want to consider a BTB, however that still does not take away from the overall quality of the 506. It is indeed a wonderful bass if you want to see what an extended range bass is all about without having to spend too much money and probably a bass that you will want to hold onto for a long time.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Affordable monster!

    By Charlie Tahoe

    from Lake Tahoe, NV

    About Me Professional Musician

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Ibanez SR506 Soundgear 6-String:

      The SR 506 is a really nice six string bass that doesn't break the bank. Everything is of very good design and quality. The neck is really a pleasure to play, it's asemetrical and feels real fast. Pickups and preamp work very well together for a variety of good tones. My only negative comment is the finish is probably not too durable. If you are careful, that shouldn't be a problem. The 16MM string spacing is super easy to play, but if you like to dig in hard, finger style it is close, for sure. For slap style it makes it a little harder too. These things are very personal for every player though. It is a very good bass for the money.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      SR 506

      By Grace Asylum

      from Tennessee

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Ibanez SR506 Soundgear 6-String:

          The Ibanez SR 506 is a very solid bass with exceptional crafstmanship and electronics. The pros are that it is crystal clear, punchy and has a devastating bottom end. It is very balanced and easy to play. The cons are --- There are none. If you do not own one of these--- shame on you.

          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          My baby.

          By Joe Everett

          from Undisclosed

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          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!

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Amazing

          By Anonymous

          from Undisclosed

          Comments about Ibanez SR506 Soundgear 6-String:

          I honestly can't say enough good things about this bass. The tone is amazing. Better than the Warwicks and high end Fenders that I was compairing it to. The strings it came with weren't my thing, but they're Elixers, so it isn't like they're cheap. I just don't like coated strings. As for the review that is posted about it being neck-heavy... does anybody acctually expect a six string not to be? Now the tone, as I said before, is great. I play through a crappy fender and it still sound good. Now, I suggest playing one before you buy it, because six strings can get confusing. But it is a great bass. A steal for the price.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          The perfect bass for me

          By Oldie Moldie

          from NW Georgia

          See all my reviews

          Comments about Ibanez SR506 Soundgear 6-String:

          I've played 36 years, and have owned Fenders, Yamahas, Ibanez, and Modulus. I recently traded for this Ibanez because I love my old SR-1000 4-string Ibanez and was ready to move on from my Modulus 6. This bass came at an unbeatable price, and I grabbed it.The sound is as good as or better than the Modulus. The neck is much easier to manage and doesn't tire me out. Sustain is wonderful, and the variability of tone is amazing. The neck is thin, narrow, and easy. I'm used to handling the typical Ibanez fret buzz caused by the extremely low action, so this is no problem for me on this bass. Combining this with a new MarkBass amp, I can get any sound I want, play as long as I want without tiring, and not be distracted by playing stress. For the money, this bass is unbeatable; it's the best inexpensive 6-string I've found.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Good, But has flaws

          By Scotty-PhCDy

          from Lambertville

          See all my reviews

          Comments about Ibanez SR506 Soundgear 6-String:

          I have owned this bass for just about a year now. The bass has a great sound, and I mean honestly one of the best I've herd. Twice as good as any Modulus or Warwick. However, the biggest issue with this bass, is that the neck is slightly flawed, causing some frets to buzz depending on string height. My 12 fret on C buzzes, and my 17th on D buzzes worse. Despite that problem, its great for tapping, slapping, rings every harmonic, and feels light and easy to play.

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