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... Read More
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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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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I bought this bass a little over a month ago, I have already returned it. Since I had it I had nothing but problems, the bridge on the E string slipped down and...Read complete review
I bought this bass a little over a month ago, I have already returned it. Since I had it I had nothing but problems, the bridge on the E string slipped down and it would hardly make a sound, not even playing in some spots. I brought it in to get it fixed and the problem seemed to be fixed, and then I noticed a buzzing sound by the bridge when plucking the E string, and a lot of buzzing on the G string when playing certain spots of the fret. So I brought it in again to get it fixed, after the tech fixed it, I asked him what I could do to keep it from happening again, and he assured me it would be highly unlikely it would happen again. About a week later I was having the same problem so I just returned it, luckily they gave me a full refund even after the 30 day return period. When it was working fine it had very easy playability and a lot of versatility, I just must have gotten one of the few faulty ones.
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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.
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.
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.
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
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 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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
Unbelievable quality I have newly come to expect from Ibanez and the price made it all that easier to take home. Stopped in to buy my step daughter a sweatshirt ended up going home with this winner of a bass. Slender neck makes for a nice drive along the fret board. Practically nothing to adjust on the amp, once you tune it in and get the sound variant you want (a little tweaking out of the box was all it took). I put this next to my Ibanez acoustic and my Fender Jazz. I'm a bit of brand snob and have owned nothing but Fenders up until a year ago, gradually making a switch. I'm just impressed with the product that Ibanez puts out for the money. The orange stands out much better in the showroom than in pictures. Which brings me to another point the neck is beautifully handcrafted, a treat just to look at.
I walked into a guitar center the other day, picked this up and LOVED it. It is light and is extremely comfortable to play, and it sounds AMAZING. The orange looks fantastic in real life. I went back the next day after reading some reviews and bought it. Best $ I ever spent.
I have been playing my SR300 for three years. Originally I had purchased it just to get by a few shows, until I decided what I wanted. My much more expensive bass had been stolen. I liked it right away. It's light, very fast, It has a wide tone range, and the pickups are sensitive. Other musicians have picked it up, and just freaked out over how light and fast it is. Every few months I have the truss rod torqued and the intonation set. Good to go. I depend on my bass and gear for a very significant portion of my income. I'm going to use the best I can get. For me this is good enough. I always have my Fender Jazz in the band trailer in case something weird is going on with my SR300. So far I've never had to pull it out.
I bought the Iron Pewter version (to contrast with my pure white Ibanez RG 350 DX guitar that I also own,) and it played great in the store when I tried it out. It came set up perfectly. No buzzes or anything. Hardware looks good. The body shape is awesome and it is so light. The neck is awesome. Playable and straight. The frets are perfect. The finish is flawless! The active electronics are extremely useful in getting the thing sounding great live or in the studio. I love my Ibanez bass as much as I love my RG series six string. I am a through and through Ibanez convert and I believe for the money spent they are the best value guitars on the planet. I am not primarily known as a bass player but I play one in the studio, being a solo singer/songwriter. I wanted something that would get the job done in the studio and for the money, this bass had all others beat. Want to hear it in my hands? Go to YouTube and search for TANKAR1. Then listen to Burn One Down or Get Outside.
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