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Ibanez SR530 Bass Guitar   

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A millimeter may not seem like a lot in many situations, but in the case of the neck of a bass guitar, it can make a world of difference as far as pl...Read More

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Thinner neck for easier fretwork.

A millimeter may not seem like a lot in many situations, but in the case of the neck of a bass guitar, it can make a world of difference as far as playability. The 2008 model of the Ibanez SR530 is a millimeter thinner than the 2007 version, giving those with smaller hands a chance at working the frets that much easier. It also features Bartolini MK1-4 neck and bridge pickups for capturing the smooth, warm tones resonating off the mahogany body. The electric bass guitar also includes a Bartolini MK1 3-band EQ for altering your sound to your own tastes, and a Accu-Cast B20 bridge to keep your strings in line no matter how hard you attack them.

FEATURES
  • 4-string
  • 5-piece SR4 maple/rosewood neck
  • Mahogany body
  • Medium frets
  • Accu-Cast B20 bridge
  • Bartolini MK1-4 neck pickup
  • Bartolini MK1-4 bridge pickup
  • Bartolini MK1 3-band EQ
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By GingerSamBassist

from Wales, UK

I didn't actually play the SR530, but rather the SR520, which is exactly the same except is has silver hardware instead of gold. I must say, this is an amazingly versatile bass... I tried on in the shop through an Ashdown After 8 combo, and the tone was perfect; crisp and even, no wierd volume changes and no snapping or anything. The 3-band EQ is amazingly easy to work out; it has a middle click so you know when your flat and you can adjust everything from there. With the amazing Bartolini Pickups mated to the 3-Band EQ you can nail anything from thumpy P-Bass to burpy Jaco J-bass with very little effort. The body is perfect, comfy when sitting and standing, and is amazingly light. Balance is spot-on, no neck diving or shooting up. My favourite thing tho, is the neck. It's nearly perfect. I play a Fender J-bass usually, and the neck is thinner on the Ibanez than on my Fender. IT?S SOO FAST. It's more of a D than the Fender style C shape, so you can rip over all 24 frets no problemo. My only gripe is the finish on the back of the neck. It's like making the perfect cake then using mustard as a filling. It?s killing the potential of the neck! Your thumb sticks to it like a mouse stuck in a "Humane Sticky Trap". It's not too bad in everyday situations, but if you suddenly decide you want to slide down the neck for that last solo, you'll feel the anchor around your thumb slowing you down.I really liked this bass, and the price was unbelievable. I thought they'd made a mistake with the sticker but I stand corrected. I played everything from funk/slap to speed metal and it sounded amazing. I was so tempted to buy it but the neck put me off big time. I'm more interested in the SR700 now, largely because the neck has doesn't have a finish slowing it down! The Ibanez SR520/530: A truly beautiful looking bass with amazing tones and versatility, beautiful playing too, just the sticky-finish neck scores it down a mark.

 
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insane!

By bassman121995

from Undisclosed

I've had this bass for about 6 or 7 months and I love every aspect of it. I especially like the neck. Its a millimeter thinner than other basses which makes it really easy to get around. The tones I get are pretty sick and not to mention that the bass is just all around sexy. A great buy for any bass player.

 
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Sweet Bass

By Kirby McBass

from Tuscaloosa, AL

I started playing bass about a year ago and I bought this beautiful gal about 5 months ago. She's sick. great fat sounds, as well a good treble balance. I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for an awesome all around bass. I bought this over a Fender J-Bass. It has all the tones I need and more. I run it through a boss overdrive pedal from time to time and she still sounds so sweet

 
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4 String Heaven

By You sing, I'll play!

from Tampa, Florida

In 1975 I picked up a cheap Fender Precision knock-off in a pawnshop, and practically every day for the nearly 33 years that have followed I have strapped on a 4 string. I tried every bass I came across, many of which I liked and bought , but it was as if I was on a quest to find my perfect match, and now I have actually finally found it. I no longer play professionally, but I still play quite a bit, and ever since I picked up the Ibanez SR530 I am playing even more. I took to the longer scale and narrower necks for the versatility of being able to play with equalized vibration on a single string during stand out lead ins and breaks and the Ibanez SR530 is designed for rapid neck travel, no matter what size hands you have. It is evenly balanced, light weight, and is very easy to get comfortable with. I have pushed it through a couple of Ampeg 410s, 2 Gallien-Krueger RBX 410s, 2 of the Nemesis 410RSs, and a pair of the SWR Goliath 4s. (Yes I have a thing for 410s, okay!) I am going to run out of room if I go into the heads, but suffice it to say the Bartolini pickups and onboard 3-band EQ will take you anywhere you want to go and most of it you can dial in right on the guitar. The Accu-Cast B20 Bridge has only one height adjustment screw per saddle, and the battery door is a flip open, no screw driver required. The gold hardware really sets off the Iron Pewter, and my wife wants to know why I keep the SR530 in the family room instead of in the music room with the rest of my gear. ?Because it is so sweet to look at, just like you honey!?

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