The 5-string version of the SR300, this Ibanez bass guitar from the SR Series is inexpensive enough for anyone who wants to get into playing bass, but doesn't want an axe that sounds like a cheap star... Read More
The 5-string version of the SR300, this Ibanez bass guitar from the SR Series is inexpensive enough for anyone who wants to get into playing bass, but doesn't want an axe that sounds like a cheap starter instrument. First, the SR305 bass has a 5-piece SR5 maple/rosewood neck; light, agathis body with smooth rounded edges; and an extreme, lower cutaway for easier access to the bottom frets. The EXF-4 pickups and an upgraded 3-band Style Sweeper EQ give you a great overall sound no matter what style you're into.
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Reviewed by 27 customers
I have played them ALL and I would put this bass up against any bass out there. I know, I hear "You havent played a feder P, jass, Tobias, warwick, alembec, ect!" And YES, I have and own most of the noted basses as I am a "collector". (Just ask my wife...) However yes, p bass, m tobais, warwick all are nice and play n feel amazing. BUT, for the price I LOVE my Ibanez 305 and 306 basses. They are light, GREAT sound, good balance when strapped on my shoulder, and I LOVE the neck on Ibanez basses. They are SOOOO smooth, play so fast, the fretboard is super quick and "small" enough to shift on the low B from 1 to 24 even on a 6 string. If your looking for a high-end playing bass with a great rep and leader in the industry on a budget; Ibanez IS THE bass to buy. I have owned 4 and have not been disapointed yet.
I bought this Bass a few weeks ago based in part on the reviews listed here. I am extremely pleased with the guitar. I am quite particular when choosing my instruments and have been away from the Bass for some time while focusing on expanding my skills on the electric and box guitars. When I played this Bass in the store I knew I would use it for years to come. The weight is awesome, the sound variations when hooked directly to the tube amp are much more than I expected and the action is fast, accurate and actually relaxing on the hand for a 5 string neck. I would recommend this Bass to anyone looking for a moderate priced unit, especially when purchasing from Guitar Center.
I've had this bass for around 3 years and it is still as perfect as the day I took it out of the packaging. Let me start by saying that this bass may have the thinnest neck I have ever played on. Perfect for any size hands. And the range of tones you can get on this thing is insane! From what I've found this bass plays perfectly in all settings (rock bass, slap bass, jazz etc.). One more thing I have to say is this may be the most durable bass I've seen. This thing can take a beating! Mine has been knocked over, stepped on, nearly run over, and about everything you can imagine and the only thing that breaks is the occasional string. I have tried many other basses that are double or even triple the price of this machine and I always return to my ibanez. This is a great bass and couldn't be better for the price.
I was going into my local guitar center to look at 5 strings for a few months. Out of all of them that I played this one had the best feel to it. I love how slim the neck is. For someone with smaller hands like my self it is great to have a neck that is the width of a 4 string, and where the strings are closer together. I have only owned mine for a few days but it is better then any Fender Bass I have ever played.
I purchased this bass in April 2012 and it's served me well ever since. It has a great tone and is good for any style be it slap, pick, or finger picking. It sounds good for any genre and the neck is thin which helps when shredding, it also is VERY lightweight and it has a killer look. My only complaint is when I purchased it the bass had a huge amount of fret buzz on the 5th string, but after a quick neck adjustment the problem was solved. If your starting out at bass and you want a good bass for a low price this will deliver and then some. 4 stars
This is a great base. It sounds great it feels great and looks great. My problem is with customer service. I went to the store to buy this base, the one they had had a short in it so I ordered one on line at the store. Not to big of a deal. When the base came it was in the box and looked great. I went to tune the base and one of the strings broke after turning the key a half turn. I went back to the store to see if they'd stand behind it they said that I had to buy new strings. I seems to me that of you buy something from a store one line or in the store they should stand behind it if it has a problem right out of the box. I'm sure that if the string broke I the shop right out of the box they would have replaced it and not tol me to bad you have to buy new strings.
What can I say I've had this 5-Sting since I was 14... and guess what... This thing is still pounding today. I'm not sure what else to say. This thing is a tank, and would be easy for any player at any level to find a good tone. Only thing I'm disappointed with is that now Ibanez bodies are slim, and they have an easy access 9-volt battery compartment, I just wish they would have thought of this back then, there would be nothing left to stop me in the wake of Thunder! Cheers!
i bought this bass yester day i wanted to get rid of my old gsr and i have to say its amazing i play lots of thrash and death metal it handles the low tunings perfectly its also extremely versatile my only complaints are the pick up coversa are bowed and doesnt give you alot to rest your thumb on and the amp cord input is a little dificult to put in
I've had this bass for the last 3 years, and it's by far the best bass I own. It's taken some beatings since i bought it, but it is still doin work on stage. Ibanez made this bass to be light weight and sturdy, and it lives up to those expectations. Being 6'7, the only problem I have with the bass, is its size. It's just too small for me. Especially with the neck length. But if you're wantin a bass that won't quit, then this one is right for you.
I have owned two fender jazz five strings. One regular, and one deluxe w active eq. I also own Two Ibanez basses. The SR305, and the SR405QM. I think that Both Ibanez basses blow the two fenders out of the water. The fender Jazz just does not have that rich and full tone that the Ibanez SR basses have, especially in the low end department.( and, afterall, thats what playing bass is all about!) The secret to their amazing rich, full sound is the EXF pickups. The soapbar pickups are nice while playing live shows, because if the strings happen brush up against the pickup, I dont get that loud unwanted POP i would regularly get with say a traditional uncovered pickup. I did own another Ibanez bass (SRA 305) that came stock with EMG pickups, and it didnt have the rich tone i was looking for. If you want a rich, full, thick sounding bass, be sure to get any of the Ibanez SR basses, but MAKE SURE it has the EXF pickups! You will not be dissapointed! These basses are also very lightwieght and easy to play, because of their thin neck. Its a Perfect all around bass. you cant go wrong!
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