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The SR300 4-string electric bass is priced like a beginner's instrument, but it has features that make it anything but a cut-rate starter axe. First off, it has a 5-piece SR4 maple/rosewood neck and l... Click To Read More About This Product

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The SR300 4-string electric bass is priced like a beginner's instrument, but it has features that make it anything but a cut-rate starter axe. First off, it has a 5-piece SR4 maple/rosewood neck and light, agathis body with smooth rounded edges and a deep, lower cutaway for better access to the upper frets. The dual EXF-4 pickups and an upgraded 3-band Style Sweeper EQ deliver improved overall sound whether you're grooving on the low-end for some crunchy classic rock, or working the full fretboard for a more pop sound.

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Features
  • 4 string
  • 5-piece SR4 maple/rosewood neck
  • Agathis body
  • Medium frets
  • B100 bridge
  • EXF-4 neck pu
  • EXF-4 bridge pu
  • 3-band Style Sweeper EQ
  • Case sold separately
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IbanezSR300 Bass Guitar
 
4.6

(based on 103 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (85)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

75%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (4)
  • Good feel (4)
  • Good tone (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (4)
  • Jamming (3)
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    • Experienced (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Can't Beat It

I simply cannot figure out how Ibanez puts out a bass of this quality for such a low price. A little fiddling right out of the box got the action low and smooth. The...Read complete review

I simply cannot figure out how Ibanez puts out a bass of this quality for such a low price. A little fiddling right out of the box got the action low and smooth. The shape of the neck makes playing effortless. The 3 band onboard eq dials in almost any sound you need without having to go back and fiddle with the amp. The Roadster Orange finish is so much better in person than in the photos, the active pickups sound wonderful, and, a boon to all us gigging musicians, it's light. I started playing bass in High School. I'm 51 now, and have owned almost every type of bass at one point or another. P bass, couple of Jazz Basses, Yamahas, Peaveys, A Gibson, couple other Ibanez's, and this is the one I'm sticking with. For years the Jazz Bass was my main stage axe, and I used to carry a phony Hofner as a backup. I'd usually pick it up somewhere in the second set to give my shoulder a break. I am seriously considering buying another one of these for my backup and leaving everything else at home. For us working class players who simply can't afford a Ric 4003 or the Alembic of their dreams, this bass will fill the bill. At this price, you simply can't go wrong.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Mixed

Great tone and features; awful quality control. If you need something solid to play on but don't have the technical skills to correct this bass look elsewhere.
Active EQ, style sweeper, easy...Read complete review

Great tone and features; awful quality control. If you need something solid to play on but don't have the technical skills to correct this bass look elsewhere.
Active EQ, style sweeper, easy battery access. Can get almost any tone. Picked this over a mex-p-bass just on tone...
...which was a problem. The bridge on this has major issues. The screws don't fit (they're loose) and normal playing will cause the strings to lower pretty quickly. I replaced the saddles with graph-tech ones and had to grind the base plate down a little. Works nice now, but that was a lot of work and time invested. Also the pick-up blend knob doesn't work and will kick out the treble pickup. I'm going to replace this with a 3-way switch (as inbetween setting seem useless in a band setting. You either want one all the way on or both.) Lastly, as stated in other reviews, string ballance is difficult. The E and G don't hold up well, though the "A" booms like a cannon. Tweaking the amp settings can help but it's couterintuitive as you usually need to boost mids, not reduce them.
I wouldn't buy this particular bass again. Would go with a higher end version with different pickups/bridge. But, since I have it already and I've invested time I'll keep it around. Perhaps convert it to a crude fretless when I upgrade.

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(2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Poor Electronics

By Lavaxtris

from ohio

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel

Cons

  • Poor Pick Up

Best Uses

  • Practicing

Comments about Ibanez SR300 Bass Guitar:

I chose this bass for a birthday present a long time ago. I used it for a good while, and I loved how it looked. However, the body was just a little to streamlined for me. The pickups were absolutely awful.... low output and curved. Those of us who own jazz basses know curved pickups do ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to the balance of the volume, in fact in this case it hurt the design BIG TIME. I've tried several things but could never get the E and G strings to be as loud as the others. I eventually got rid of it because it was useless for recording, and really wasnt any better than my rusty old SR200. funny thing... a year down the road I saw this exact bass with flat pickups. Darn!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The Fault In Us

By Conner

from Tennessee

Comments about Ibanez SR300 Bass Guitar:

This is great for any genre of music. All of the stock stuff is great! I've been playing for a couple years. I'm not an expert or a novice. I play stuff like Muse, My Chemical Romance, Nirvana, and Asking Alexandria ( only Stand Up And Scream). If you want to tune to Drop C or lower, you'll need a bridge adjustment. So far its the only con. (If that's even a con...) No need to change the pickups unless you're an audiophile. I,using a Fender Bronco 40 Bass Amp cause, well, you know. Definitely see this as an option to everybody from Beginner to Expert.

(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome bass

By LeisureHippo

from IOWA

About Me Experienced

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • School Bands
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Ibanez SR300 Bass Guitar:

    I've owned 6 basses and I've had this one in orange since maybe 2007. I recently got another, more expensive bass, thinking to replace this one. But the more I compare them side by side, I find it harder and harder to let go. I think if I got rid of it I would miss it almost as much as I miss my old Peavey Fury. Its comfortable, has held up relatively well all this time (a couple moves, going back to forth to practices/performances in a gig bag, getting knocked over a couple times by a clumsy drummer). Had to replace the bass/treble pot (not cheap compared to other pots), but 25 clams in 7 years isn't bad. The only other issue is the smokey chromed finish on the bridge is getting "splotchy", I suppose from the sweat on my hand. Because of the unique color or the hardware it is difficult to find replacement parts (and things like strap locks) that match.
    As for sound, I like the tones I can get from it as much as anything else I have played. great variety. It seems nice and light, faster and easier to play than a fender/squire. The rounded shape of the pickups took a little getting used to as I was used to resting my thumb there and with these it isn't really possible.
    Overall, definitely worth the money for the upgrade from the SR200 series, and as good as anything else I've played in the entry/intermediate categories.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Best Money You Could Spend

    By BlackMetalBlues

    from Cleveland, Ohio

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Fret Buzz
    • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Ibanez SR300 Bass Guitar:

    This bass is just a tone machine. The three band EQ lets you dial in exactly the sound you want, and the blend knob for the pickups is amazing. The range of different sounds you can coax from this instrument is incredible.

    Fast neck, crazy low action, solid bridge, great tuners.

    The cons: the metallic finish looks great from normal viewing distance, but if you really inspect it, it's not necessarily so evenly applied. The neck joint on mine is solid, but just a bit unprofessional looking.

    I selected fret buzz as a con, but it really depends on what sound you're going for. I knew that I was getting that growly, active pickup, low-action bass sound that inherently falls victim to fret buzz. If you play hard, you'll probably need to raise the action a bit, but you'll still be riding lower than a Fender.

    The only thing I absolutely dislike about this bass is that the pickups sit really high, and I feel like I end up whacking them a lot when I'm slapping.

    However, all that said, for this price? Give me a break. There's no way you'll find a better bass than this. Despite it's small flaws, it's still a high quality instrument, people have recorded and toured with a lot worse. If they tightened up the fit and finish, it could easily sell for more.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great!

    By francis flynn

    from Chicago

    Comments about Ibanez SR300 Bass Guitar:

    OK I tried several in the series. I had the 405QM at home for a month. Other than woods and bridge the same. Well I switched out for the 300 because the 405QM had an imperfect neck. The SR300 I grabbed in metallic Grey has an almost perfect neck. While the SR405 has a "fancier" bridge, I would say once adjusted bridge does not really matter. SR's have very nice very easy playing neck. The feel is great. I am really a guitar player first. I have the action as low as I think anyone would/should or could take any bass. It does not buzz out. Like any brand or model there are better and worse. Make sure to check the neck for "trueness" and it will play as well as any costing any amount. If you order and any issue just exchange, it is hassle free. Sure I could find $1000+ basses that have a look or feel or subtle sound advantage from the electronics. But when fingers go to wood this with a good neck should never leave any player with excuses. It delivers the feel and playability that even the most advanced/successful player would have to concede does not hold them back. In closing this is an entry level professional instrument. It is not a toy and even though it would be great as I starter it is not a "student" level instrument. It has all the basic components and build to be professional class. Is it the best bass ever made? No and is not the most beautiful. It is a Corvette not the Ferrari but I will take that.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Good Bass for Starting in Active Pickups

    By Eddie Taylor

    from culpeper, VA

    Comments about Ibanez SR300 Bass Guitar:

    This was my second bass, after a Yamaha. I was shopping around for something with active pickups, and this kept coming up as the best option for my money. So far, I have enjoyed playing it, and it does an acceptable job for the praise & worship bands I play in. I have only had a couple real issues with the bass. First, if the battery gets below about half strength, the volume is really finicky and will swell and drop at random until you replace the battery. This can be annoying if it comes up in the middle of a service. Second, while the bass sounds great, the hardware tends to be a little flimsy. The volume and Pickup knobs fell off after about a year of use, and even gluing them back on with cyanoacrylate glue only fixes the problem for a couple of weeks. Also, there is a short in the treble EQ somewhere that developed after about a year, and adjusting the treble anywhere besides in the middle will cause the volume to change dramatically at random and make horrible crackling noises the entire time. So, great for starting out, but I don't recommend this for playing shows or recording.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Nice bass for the money

    By Mark Doby

    from Mocksville, NC

    Comments about Ibanez SR300 Bass Guitar:

    I bought this bass about a month ago at Guitar Center (Greensboro NC). Over all it's a great bass in this price range. I do not consider myself a pro musician , but I've been playing music for nearly 30 years . It did need some tweaking that's common for any new guitar/bass. The only problem I've had so far is the saddle screws vibrating loose.As with most bass guitars this is a common problem. I love the feel of the neck. It's very smooth and the action is great. The pick ups sound good. I like the colors offered in the SR300's . My favorite is the orange. If you are looking for a bass that won't break the bank this is the one to buy

    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    THIS IS CHEAP !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GREAT BASS

    By austin long

    from aurora co

    Comments about Ibanez SR300 Bass Guitar:

    This is a bass that you can fall in love with the moment you touch it i just bought one and its the sexiest beast out there ive played stingrays that dont sound this good !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Can't be beat

    By KC Mussolini

    from Hillsborough, NJ

    Comments about Ibanez SR300 Bass Guitar:

    First of all, I am now the proud owner of the NEW sr300. I owned the old sr300 pictured as of 1/12/13 with the stacked treble/bass pots(easiest way to identify the old model), and like several other reviewers, I noticed a profound lack in volume on the "G" string under all circuimstances. No amount of knob fiddling would remedy this, and the only thing that helped slightly was heavy, heavy compression. I never noticed any bridge/tuning issues with mine, but the volume difference was enough to get me back on the market for a new bass. After demoing the new and improved sr at GC(hooray for acronyms) I came to the conclusion that Ibanez had listened to the negative feedback, and brought the 300 back with all new pickups, a slightly heavier body(tone city) and what appears to be a redesigned bridge. So, I traded in my old sr and my fretless squier(epicly good sounding and playing guitar, but I found myself preferring frets 100% of the time). In my opinion, this beats 500-700 dollar bass guitars due to its comfort and playability alone, and now with the improved pickups, and fatter tone, I couldn't think of a better choice for the intermediate player, or the seasoned veteran with a wall full of axes. Well done Ibanez

    (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Excellent budget-bass.

    By Lios

    from Youngsville, NC

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Tone

    Cons

    • Weak Treble

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing

    Comments about Ibanez SR300 Bass Guitar:

    I got this bass for christmas a year ago, and I've completely fallen in love with it. It's a ton of fun to play, and it sounds pretty good (not recording good, but good nonetheless), so long as you keep in the bass end.

    It's kind of disappointing that the treble sound on this guitar is very lacking. Even with aggressive EQing, it's hard to get a snappy and sharp tone without it sounding out of place.

    The treble (bridge) pickup is incredibly weak, I found. The only purpose I ever found for it was for playing chords without blowing out the amp. Using the neck pickup is a ton of fun, though. It's very clear, very deep, and very rich.

    It seems that for some reason, the E and G strings just aren't as present as the A and D strings. Those two come out perfectly clear, while the E string is muddy and quiet (unless you seriously overdo the bass boosting, or throw in a decent overdrive), and the G string is rather weak sounding. It would practically vanish among any other sounds. No matter what setup I try, I can't seem to really get around this issue.

    Re-stringing is also an obnoxious issue. There's nothing to hold the strings into the saddle while you're winding them up aside from tension and forcing your hand down there to keep the string in (very frustrating work indeed). They'll constantly pop out if you're not keeping them in place.

    With all that said, it's still a superb instrument for the price. It plays very smoothly, it sounds good enough for anyone to enjoy it, and it's probably one of the best starter or low-budget bass guitars you can get.

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