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Ibanez SR500 Soundgear 4-String Electric Bass Guitar  

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The Ibanez SR500 Bass is an incredibly well-crafted and equipped bass for its price. It features a slim, fast SR4 5-piece jatoba and bubinga neck on a sculpted mahogany body. The rosewood fretboard is... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Ibanez SR500 Bass is an incredibly well-crafted and equipped bass for its price. It features a slim, fast SR4 5-piece jatoba and bubinga neck on a sculpted mahogany body. The rosewood fretboard is fitted with medium frets and has oval abalone markers, while the maple fretboard version boasts black dot inlays. The Accu-Cast B20 bridge offers easier string changes, single-screw saddle and height adjustment, and improved stability. For pickups it sports two Bartonlini MK1s which integrate perfectly with its active Bartolini MK1 3-band EQ. It's a bass that will excel in any style of music.

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Features
  • Thin, fast, 5-piece SR4 neck crafted of jatoba and bubinga
  • Sculpted mahogany body
  • Rosewood fretboard with oval abalone markers or maple fretboard with black dot inlays
  • 24 medium frets
  • Accu-Cast B20 bridge
  • Bartolini MK1-4 neck pickup
  • Bartolini MK1-4 bridge pickup
  • Black chrome hardware with black pickups
  • Bartonini MK1 active 3-band EQ
  • Case sold separately
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IbanezSR500 Soundgear 4-String Electric Bass Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 128 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (113)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (10)
  • Good pick up (9)
  • Good tone (9)
  • Fun to play (8)
  • Solid electronics (7)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (9)
  • Recording (9)
  • Jamming (8)
  • Small venues (7)
  • Rock concerts (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (10)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Awesome, comfortable bass, Flimsy finish.

This bass plays very nicely. It is easy on the fingers and speedy. Very nice design.
It holds its tune well, and has a responsive sound.

It has...Read complete review

This bass plays very nicely. It is easy on the fingers and speedy. Very nice design.
It holds its tune well, and has a responsive sound.

It has good sustain, and a tasteful amount of growl. Since there are active pickups, it has a slightly compressed sound that works great for metal, but its not so squashed that it can't be used for jazz and classic rock.
The built in EQ allows a lot of different sounds, but it does not need dialing in. It sounds great on default.

The finish is very delicate.
It has worn down where my thumb rests while I play finger style, and been scratched up where I play pick style.
The other day, the corner of an empty cardboard box fell onto the bass while it was on the stand, and left a visible mark on it.

I think scratches add character so I'd strongly recommend it if you don't care too much about aesthetics.
I've included a picture. For reference, I've been playing it for 3 years. (a few gigs and a lot of jams per year)

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Lasted 64 days and died.

I played this for hours before making a purchase decision at my local GC.

Took it to the studio a few times in the 64 days I had it.
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I played this for hours before making a purchase decision at my local GC.

Took it to the studio a few times in the 64 days I had it.

Thought it was the battery when it would not put out any sound other than a faded buzzing. Changed the battery and still no improvement. Changed to four different cords and same deal.

This is the second time that I have had an Ibanez bass go defective in 21 years. The first had similar issues with the output jack and was DESTROYED in shipping and replaced.

I gave this one back and went to a Fender.

Won't buy Ibanez again for bass products.

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5.0

sr500 4 string bass

By mary

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Ibanez SR500 Soundgear 4-String Electric Bass Guitar:

I bought this Bass for my son, and he loves it, he loves the solid wood, and the sound of the Bass.he loves everything about the bass.

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Lasted 64 days and died.

By BASSICS

from Bermuda Dunes CA

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Awesome Neck
  • Good Feel

Cons

  • Died within 64 days

Best Uses

    Comments about Ibanez SR500 Soundgear 4-String Electric Bass Guitar:

    I played this for hours before making a purchase decision at my local GC.

    Took it to the studio a few times in the 64 days I had it.

    Thought it was the battery when it would not put out any sound other than a faded buzzing. Changed the battery and still no improvement. Changed to four different cords and same deal.

    This is the second time that I have had an Ibanez bass go defective in 21 years. The first had similar issues with the output jack and was DESTROYED in shipping and replaced.

    I gave this one back and went to a Fender.

    Won't buy Ibanez again for bass products.

     
    5.0

    Perfect!

    By Bud

    from Northern Il

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Practicing
      • Rock Concerts
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Ibanez SR500 Soundgear 4-String Electric Bass Guitar:

      I have more than 30 basses this one is the best bass I've ever played! If stolen I would have to replace it!

      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Awesome, comfortable bass, Flimsy finish.

      By Matt

      from Manchester, NH

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Tone

      Cons

      • Delicate finish

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Ibanez SR500 Soundgear 4-String Electric Bass Guitar:

      This bass plays very nicely. It is easy on the fingers and speedy. Very nice design.
      It holds its tune well, and has a responsive sound.

      It has good sustain, and a tasteful amount of growl. Since there are active pickups, it has a slightly compressed sound that works great for metal, but its not so squashed that it can't be used for jazz and classic rock.
      The built in EQ allows a lot of different sounds, but it does not need dialing in. It sounds great on default.

      The finish is very delicate.
      It has worn down where my thumb rests while I play finger style, and been scratched up where I play pick style.
      The other day, the corner of an empty cardboard box fell onto the bass while it was on the stand, and left a visible mark on it.

      I think scratches add character so I'd strongly recommend it if you don't care too much about aesthetics.
      I've included a picture. For reference, I've been playing it for 3 years. (a few gigs and a lot of jams per year)

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Versatile, solid, great sounding bass

      By Zrider

      from Nashville, TN

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Ibanez SR500 Soundgear 4-String Electric Bass Guitar:

        I've been playing since early 80's and have owned many basses. While not the best, it is right there at the top.
        The hardware is solid. I've not had issues with anything.
        The sounds is quite versatile. With the active eq., you can make it sound thick, like a Warwick, or ring like P-bass.
        The feel is very lite, but also solid...from good quality. Everything about it is tight and solid. The sustain is surprisingly good despite the lite weight.
        Playing this bass is possibly the best I've played. It is easy and smooth. The satin finished neck is fast and comfortable. The controls are smooth and easy to reach. The 3 tone controls each provide good range.
        Overall this is a very good bass that does about everything very well.
        It is much better that P/J basses I've had...not as good as my P.K. Factor.

        (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Good touring bass

        By Richard

        from Amarillo, Texas

        Comments about Ibanez SR500 Soundgear 4-String Electric Bass Guitar:

        I've played this bass for two years. It's powerful, light, and the neck is very fast. The MK-1 EQ offers the very best bass tones. It also looks good. I have had many compliments on this instrument from some of the foremost bass players out there. I record with this bass as well. I would highly recommend it to any bass player seeking a high quality instrument.

        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        SR 500

        By Ed

        from South Carolina

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Ibanez SR500 Soundgear 4-String Electric Bass Guitar:

          Very happy with everything except the battery adapter. Wires were too short to remove the battery. Fixed it in five minutes by removing the elctronics cover and moving the wires. Changed the strigs right away as the exlirs were too rough for me. Installed fender 9050 flatwounds and lovin it. Very nice bass for the price and a great neck.

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Favorite Bass I've ever owned

          By jared couture

          from Manchester Ct

          Comments about Ibanez SR500 Soundgear 4-String Electric Bass Guitar:

          After not playing for 15 or so years I got back into playing a year ago. Since then I have gone through about 20 basses. May have a problem. Went through other ibanez, a bunch of fender and squier and sterling to name a few. I settled on fender jazz for a while till one day I was at guitar center bored. I picked up a cheap sra305 and fell in love! Stock elixir strings are awesome and the tone was amazing. Turns out the sra305 was a gateway to an ibanez obsession. Since then I now own an sr 505 and 2 sr 500's The quality that goes into these basses is amazing! The tone is so versatile. I can play faster with this bass than I was able to play on my jazz bass because the action can be set so much lower! This is my holy grail bass! Only problem I noticed on them is the frets sprout a little bit and need to be filed. Looks, weight, playability and tone are amazing! I'm afraid to try the more expensive models because I know I'll have to own at least 1 4 and one 5 string.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          So Much Lighter (in weight) Than Others

          By chicomarley

          from Los Angeles, CA

          About Me Novice

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Prone To Get Scratched

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Ibanez SR500 Soundgear 4-String Electric Bass Guitar:

          Just a solid great bass with great sound and a profile (something like 10 pounds) which makes it easier to jam on than most other bass guitars out there that can weigh up to 15 pounds. Simply nice!

          (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          a treasured possession

          By Joseph Knight

          from Oakland, CA

          Comments about Ibanez SR500 Soundgear 4-String Electric Bass Guitar:

          I'd been playing for 3 years before deciding to upgrade from my cheap introductory Squire - about 4 years ago. I'm not a "hardware guy" and I hate to shop, so I get uneasy just browsing through GC. Anyway, the SR500 attracted me immediately for its looks. Its light weight and thin neck sold me. With time and experience, I came to appreciate the sound and controls. I feel like I really lucked out finding this bass when I did. It became my sweet baby and favorite material object in the universe. But alas, my plucking style and sometimes forgetting to trim my nails, I soon started digging a crater by the E string. I hated it, but everyone else thought it made a cool battle scar. So I accepted it. But now I've noticed the neck is starting to break up at the top - the joint has shifted so that I'm starting to get splinters on my left thumb! I've put some tape over that spot, but I fear it's just a matter of time before it gives out. That's why I'm here, looking for my next bass! Would I be totally lame if I got the very same model? I'm tempted...

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