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    The perfect melding of advanced sound technology and breathtaking looks.

    Made for the heavy rock player, the SRX500 features strong-output PFR (passive full-range) pickups with 2-band EQ. Its low-profile, flat-surface, Accu-Cast bridge makes for easy playing and easy string install. Basswood body with flamed maple top. 3-piece maple neck with rosewood fretboard, medium frets, and pearl dot markers.

    Features

    • High-output PFR passive full-range pickups
    • 2-band EQ
    • Accu-Cast bridge
    • Basswood body with flamed maple top
    • 3-piece maple neck
    • Rosewood fretboard
    • Medium frets
    • Pearl dot markers

    You'll like the way it sounds and feels. Order today.

     
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    4.5

    (based on 45 reviews)

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    A real review!

    I got this bass mostly to use as a back-up. But, after a ton of messing with this bass I've grown fond of it. It looks pretty good. A little more metal looking...Read complete review

    I got this bass mostly to use as a back-up. But, after a ton of messing with this bass I've grown fond of it. It looks pretty good. A little more metal looking than I would like but,... As far as tone, with the 2 humbuckers I can get any thing from a decent impression of a music man to just a good thick pocket filler. It does lack some in the low end punch dept. but, it can be overcome with the amp EQ. I will also have to say that it took alot of messing with the EQ on the bass to find this basses limits. It was at very first a disappointment. Then I continued to mess with the EQ and started to find out what makes it tick. You really need to get into the pick-up blending along with the boost/cutting adjustments to achieve all it can. After figuring it out I am real pleased. The two humbuckers will do what other basses do with the same set-up. Again be prepared to learn what makes it tick. That sai I'd buy it again. Wish they had more finish options and the neck is a little more c-shaped than the normal SR's, but if your willing it shouldn't disappoint if a bass without coiltaps and two humbuckers is what you are looking for. Also, you can blend down to single pick-ups neck or bridge. Wish it had just a switch or independent volumes.

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    Very Disappointed

    I was really looking forward to getting my hands on this bass because I have always had great experiences with Ibanez basses. I am sorry to say that this particular bass was a huge...Read complete review

    I was really looking forward to getting my hands on this bass because I have always had great experiences with Ibanez basses. I am sorry to say that this particular bass was a huge letdown. The bridge on this thing looks very solid at first glance, but you soon realize that it's pretty weak. The saddles have only one screw to hold them up...so the side without the screw would constantly bend (yes...I said bend) from the pressure of the string tension leaving the saddles tilted. It also tarnishes very easily. The pickups also look like they would blow you away but are rather generic. And before you wonder what kind of amp I use...I have a Mesa Bass 400+ with an Aguilar cab, so that is not the problem. I don't have any major gripes aside from the issues with the bridge and the cheap pickups, but these are issues that greatly affect the playability of an instrument. The finish is actually decent and it has a great, fast-playing neck. However, with a cheap bridge that doesn't hold up and weak-sounding pickups it is difficult to really enjoy playing this bass. I would stay away.

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    5.0

    A real review!

    I got this bass mostly to use as a back-up. But, after a ton of messing with this bass I've grown fond of it. It looks pretty good. A little more metal looking than I would like but,... As far as tone, with the 2 humbuckers I can get any thing from a decent impression of a music man to just a good thick pocket filler. It does lack some in the low end punch dept. but, it can be overcome with the amp EQ. I will also have to say that it took alot of messing with the EQ on the bass to find this basses limits. It was at very first a disappointment. Then I continued to mess with the EQ and started to find out what makes it tick. You really need to get into the pick-up blending along with the boost/cutting adjustments to achieve all it can. After figuring it out I am real pleased. The two humbuckers will do what other basses do with the same set-up. Again be prepared to learn what makes it tick. That sai I'd buy it again. Wish they had more finish options and the neck is a little more c-shaped than the normal SR's, but if your willing it shouldn't disappoint if a bass without coiltaps and two humbuckers is what you are looking for. Also, you can blend down to single pick-ups neck or bridge. Wish it had just a switch or independent volumes.

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    5.0

    Excellent value.

    By Snac

    from Casper, WY

    I am also primarily a guitarist wanting to round off with the bass. Excellent purchase. Pickups sound great, excellent sustain. Great sound overall. Runs through a Pod X3 Live, can't beat this bass for the price.

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    5.0

    great surprise

    I bought this bass as a kick around since it was so inexpensive, now I find I'm picking it up more often than my rick, jazz or p-bass. Excellent purchase.

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    2.0

    Cheap

    By Fred-1ZNfP

    from Los Angeles

    I returned mine. I thought maybe I'd get a second bass, I don't know why strayed from my fender jazz. As for slippery strings, or a small neck, the fender jazz c neck is by far the best, and why on earth would you play a bass with stock strings ? As for versatility, this bass seems to be all or nothing. needs more adjust ability with an EQ, although, I imagine for heavy metal, it would work.

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    5.0

    IT'S WORTH THE COST

    By George -4Dv7w

    from Ponchatoula, LA

    I am an advanced guitarist and wanted to learn bass to add to my music knowledge. Although I do not know everything about bass or any advanced technique, I think this bass has every thing you need. I wanted a bass that was well priced, at least intermediate, and would not fall apart. The SRX500 met all of my requirements. I think this bass is awesome and it will be the only bass I need unless I get as serious as I am on guitar. The only problems I had was a loose pickup blend knob and a very small crack on the flamed maple top near the bridge(which is fine, as long as it doesn't spread). These defects are probably only on the bass I got. Even as a teenager, I find this a very affordable bass.

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    4.0

    you can get better for cheaper

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Well, I play this bass for school Jazz band. It is fairly good looking, and the tone isn't terrible, but my own Mexican Jazz Bass sounds much better. Because it's an active bass, I thought it would be good, but it's really not. It sounds a little tinny, never really punchy, even when the "punch" button on the amp is depressed. Also when I was slapping the E-string it somehow imprinted the grooves from the string on the top fret. last of all, even in jazz, you don't really need 24 frets, and the top two are almost worthless because they are so thinly spaced. Go for a passive Fender of the same value. It is a much better instrument.

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    5.0

    A Truly Outstanding Bass

    By J-Walker

    from Middletown, MD

    I saw this at my local music store and knew I had to try it out simply because of the looks. The dual humbuckers not only look, but sound awesome. Also, believe it or not, it can produce a good slap sound, too. It has a surprisingly fast neck, and the tone/volume controls are pretty effective. The only thing I would consider changing is the stock strings. They are a little rough and poorly made. Other than that, it is the best bass in its price range. If you are sitting on the fence, don't even consider another bass. BUY IT!

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    5.0

    It's an Ibanez

    By Derick

    from Louisville, KY

    This is an amazing bass guitar. I have always loved the sound Ibanez basses give. This bass has so much low-end its incredible. I tried out a lot of basses before I found this, but as soon as I played it I knew it was the one. The neck is smaller and makes for great playability espically since I have small hands. Overall I am very happy with this bass and I'm sure anyone else who tries it out will feel the same way.

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    1.0

    A mediocre bass...

    By MusicmanDan0303

    from Kobe, Japan

    Look, when I got this I was so chuffed- I had seen a lot of good rock acts playing this bass such as the guy from Killswitch Engage.Unfortunately, once I played in the neck it developed some nasty fret buzz. I messed around with the action on the truss rod and bridge again and again, and still there was fret buzz. Now, I have to have the bass set up like an upright almost, to preserve the tone.The 2 band eq is not versatile enough to use properly, and I tend to just leave it flat, or with treble on full and bass set halfway. The bass gives a hollow sound because you can't control the mids. They seem a bit... scooped. Theres no punch to this bass despite the highly touted PFR pickups. The battery is hard to change and to string up the guitar through the bridge is a nightmare.Either go for the SR500 which is the same price but much better, or just stay away from ibanez completely and go for a fender or yamaha.I'm saving up for a Yamaha BB615 now. Remember sound is key, not the features. Quality is key.

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    5.0

    best bass I've ever owned

    By Nick-e3xIm

    from Belvidere, Illinois

    I have owned 3 different basses total but have played many, this one is by far the best I have ever played. I own a peavey millenium ac-bxp plus and it doesn't amount to this one at all. The strings are really soft and slippery, makes it easy to play. I really suggest this for a new or experienced user.

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