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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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Gear returned in mint condition. If you're looking for a virtually new instrument in possibly less-than-perfect packaging, this is a great value.
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Gear returned in great condition, with only minor signs of use, such as slight scuffs or pick marks. It looks and plays like new and may be considered an equivalent to display units found in retail stores.
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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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  • 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 51 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (46)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

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    (2)

80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (5)
  • Fun to play (4)
  • Good tone (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (4)
  • Recording (3)
  • Rock concerts (3)
  • Small venues (3)
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    • Experienced (5)

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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(23 of 23 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Not Typical ->

By SurferJoe

from Anza, CA

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

I sat in the GC Murrietta for a few hours, trying a bunch of basses. I drove the salesman (Jason) crazy with what I wanted, but he finally steered me the right way. I knew it was time to upgrade from the P-Bass. I played CW and Surf for years, and am old-school, so I don't want or need 'pop-slap' and want a clean yet powerful lower end. The SR500 has 'way more than this - it ranks right there with what I wanted - only better! I never had an active system b4, but this is so much better than anything I've ever played. I also bought an Acoustic B450 amp to go with it and the package is 'small-yield nuclear thunder'. Once I got this into my hands I never put it back on the shelf. This bass plays like a US-made Mosrite - it's so easy with fast finger action and no fret buzz. It makes a player sound like they have many years of experience and ability. After reading the other reviews I'm concerned about the ruggedness of the finish, but if it gets bad I'll just paint it Porsche Red and be done with it. Another good point is that for an old guy like me, this bass won't ruin your back with it's weight. The neck is a little longer that my P-Bass, but the thinness makes it feel smaller and it's obviously faster. Where the Fender is top head heavy, this Ibanez is better balanced, and doesn't make the neck strap slide forward all the time. Great electrics keep the side noises down while you can pump whatever freq range(s) you want without stealing from the other areas. All I think I need now is a good compressor and I can do anything! After years of having to tinker with set-ups for necks and bridges, the fact that the SR500 is so good and sweet right from the Japanese factory is very refreshing. Good work Ibanez and for the foresight of not letting this get made in China. I pulled that plastic cheat-sheet from between the knobs as I find the positions and purposes for them are pretty intuitive and make good sense to anyone who plays an instrument anyway.

(21 of 21 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I Love This Bass

By Matt

from Denver, CO

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

Like many reviewers, I am an intermediate bass player with about 2 years of experience (although I suspect that at 42, I am older than some of the reviewers). I went to GC with the intent of getting a MIM Fender to upgrade from the entry level Yamaha that I had. My band mate and I agreed that this mahogany beauty blew the Fender out of the water in terms of tone, versatility and looks. I let another bass player (who is in a "real" band) check it out and he was floored by how great this bass sounded. I love this bass and look forward to years of playing it until I hand it down to m future 8 year old bassist!

(16 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

real nice bass

By T-Waste

from Festus, MO

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

I left my house sold on getting a Fender P-bass or jazz but I came home with the SR500. It feels better, plays better, and sounds better. You can get down deep and nasty, low and warm, and hit the highs and mids. I really like the finish. I know the mahogany may be hard to care for but I'm easy on my equipment so I think it will be fine. I am trying to find the right strings for it though. Right now I have EB's medium on it. I would recommend this bass to others, from beginners on up. I play a variety of music and this bass sounds good on all.

(15 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Good Bass

By CANT GET RIGHT

from TEXAS

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

I bought this guitar in the store i played 10 differnt guitars and this one had me hooked. it had every sound i wanted it to make on it. it just sounds sweet! if your a newbie are oldbie good buy for this price and Good quality better than some of the other guitars i have played. If your having problems picking a bass just pick a Ibanez.

(11 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best bass I've ever had!!

By Tetsuo

from Baltimore, MD

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

Thanks, reviewers!! I just bought this bass 2 days ago and now I am very happy with this. I had 3 basses including a Fender Jazz Bass. But I think this is the best bass I've ever had! This is a good looking light bass and easy to play, plus has very nice sound (clear but not too light). I also highly recommend it.

(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.

(8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A Total Tone Monster!

By F_Clef Dude

from Allentown, PA

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

If you are looking for a new bass, your search has ended. The Ibanez SR500 is a wonderful blend of visual grace and dominating, pulse-quickening bass. This bass features a very nice pre-amp so you can really concentrate on a "signature" sound. The SR500 is a nice lightweight instrument that offers superb playability. I have played other, more expensive basses and the SR500 meets or exceeds their sound and features at half the price. You really cannot go wrong if you choose an Ibanez.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Found the best bass!

By Bass Duck

from Tacoma, WA

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

I've been playing my P-Bass for two years, but wanted to move into something that fit my jazz and blues grooves as well as the rock sounds that I love. After two months of trying out dozens of makes and models, I fell in love with the Ibanez SR500 and bought it. It's the best bass! Why? Not only does it look great, it sounds great too. The Bartolini humbucker pickups are the best. And, the active 3-band equalizer allows me to get the perfect sound for Blues (turn down the mid and treb), Jazz (turn the bass up, mid to center, and treb almost to zero), or rock (all three centered). This plays as well as basses three times as expensive. I also added a Behringer BXL3000 amp with 300W for only $300. The combo is terrific! I've played my SR500 it so much the past few days that my fingers are getting sore!

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

What An Awesome Bass!

By Raj Mangipudi

from Redford, MI

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

This bass is truely a work of art! I bought this along with a Markbass 2x10 combo and I can't believe the tone variations possible! The bass booms everywhere on the neck like the original Steinberger polycarbonate bass. The only drawback is the satin chrome bridge and knobs tend to tarnish from the oils on your hand. Ibanez won't warranty the tarnish effect..they say its just like that. I reaplced the hardware with chrome from an older ibanez bass I have and it really stands out under the lights now! This is really a nice bass and not too heavy at all. It's well worth the price minus the tarnish effect.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Bass

By nick wolfenbarger

from Knoxville, TN

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

This is just about the best bass you can get for the money. First off, it sounds amazing. It has an extremely wide range of tones and controls. It's also very light. The action is very easy to adjust. As opposed to most guitars and basses, it only has one Allen Screw on each saddle, and they adjust very easily. The action can go quite low on this bass without any buzz, but you can also put it down a bit lower for a perfect popping tone. I play everything from heavy metal to jazz, and this bass covers all the bases. The Active Bartolini pickups have a very nice tone. Beautiful Mahogany body. Very sturdy, and scratches are virtually invisible due to the natural wood finish. Sliding slot to get to the truss rod, so no need to unscrew anything. Overall, this is a great bass and I am very glad I made the purchase.

(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)

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Really like this bass

By oldblue

from West Bloomfield, MI

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

I have the PB version of this bass. It really looks and sounds great. The tonal varieties I get with the Bartolinis and on board EQ are everything I could ask for. But what sold me on the Ibanez was the feel of the neck. I played US Fender, Music Man, Schecter, and Warwick and this is the only one that did not feel like a log in my hand. Nice action right out of the box. Without going to the custom shop there was nothing I liked better.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Bass Guitar

By AJCOLE

from Meridian,ID

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

This is a great bass, it looks so clean, and plays just as well. It makes your skill multiply because it does the playing for you. Very clean, with plenty of pick ups. A little bit annoying though having to change the battery, but thats not really specific to this bass. Due to all basses with active pick ups require you to change a bettery once a month or so. Great bass at a great price. I highly recommend it!

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best bang for the buck!

By veriloquent

from everett, wa

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

When I went shopping for a bass, the first criteria I had was it had to not give me a back-ache for a 4-hour gig. The next criteria was the neck. It just had to feel right. I wasn't too interested in tone because amps, pickups, pedals and strings can pretty much fix things the way you want them. I tried a lot of basses and chose this one based on price, weight and neck. The biggest surprise was the amount of tone I got out of the Bartolinis. Amazing. I tune down half a step and the growl that comes out of this 4 string is very impressive. Recommended for anyone gigging regularly. The whole package from weight to finish to tone is great.

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Beautiful Bass: Appearance and Playing

By Emmitt Wright

from St. Peters, MO

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

I have been playing bass for about two and a half years, and a few months ago i decided to get myself a second, better bass from my squier P-Bass. So when i went to guitar center to look at basses, I first passed this bass assuming it was way out of my range. After about an hour and a half of playing i tryed it out and was instatly hooked, and was even more surprised when i saw the price tag! The neck plays beautifully, and the Bartolini pickups work great. The bass is incredibly light, and it hardly feels like you're holding anything at all. It's also a stunning bass visually, and you'll soon be the envy of all your peers. Check it out today!

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

First Bass

By John T

from Auburn, WA

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

This is my first bass guitar after being a casual acoustic guitar player for 30 years. Although I don't have previous bass guitar experience to compare to, I must say this is a fine instrument. The weight is light compare to others I tried out and it has great balance and playability. The fretboard is comparatively narrow and fast and plays well. The sound is comparable to more expensive basses I tried out. The natural finish looks great and the hardware used complements it well. It would have looked better without the Soundgear lettering on the headstock. Overall, this is a wonderful instrument and I'm really enjoying my first foray into playing the bass guitar. Kudos to Ibanez on a fine instrument. I highly recommend it to new and experienced players.

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

everything I wanted in a bass

By jacksonandnewsr500fan

from springville utah

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

I originally bought the ibanez sr300m on guitarcenter.com hoping the reviews were accurate for what seemed like a great price for a good bass. I am a guitarist and i am in the process of building my home studio and tracking my original songs as a one man band. When i received the sr300m i was immediately turned off that it had serious paint finish and fretboard flaws as well as broken knobs. On top of that the sr300 didnt feel right. I liked the size and neck but it just felt like a sub par version of what it could be. I guess i have spoiled myself with all the nice guitars i am use to using. I needed just one bass that i could use to track the bass lines for my tunes.. a jack of all trades workhorse that looked right, felt right, and played right... so i looked further into the sr series cuz i knew i wanted an sr cuz i am a guitarist 1st and foremost and i know sr's are the way to go if u want familiarity between bass and guitar... so i did more research and looked into this sr500.. i felt it might be the bass i was looking for... so i went into guitar center and they had one left... i fell in love. Plays like a dream, looks amazing, and is of high quality. I have had 1500 dollar guitars that arent as nice as this sr500... what an amazing bargain this is.... buy one... buy one now... dont hesitate... there is no way there is a better bass under 1000 dollars out there... and mad props to guitarcenter.com and my local guitarcenter for being professional and easily allowing me to return my online purchase and exchanging for in store... a++++++++++++ service i now have a bass i know ill never have to replace... and if i did have to replace, i would get another sr500..... AMAZING

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Impressive upgrade

By Kingman55

from Dallas Texas

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

I have just purchased this bass and am falling in love with it.As a professional I would recommend this bass as a great all around instument.Having played Fender basses for years and then trying out this bass, I was floored by the remarkable action and tonal responce.I would have to say, I am a happy camper. Billy King

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best bass ive ever played

By Logan Langsdale

from union, KY

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

the ibanez sr series is fantastic!! ive been playing on them for about 5 years now and love the shape and shape and headstock. the neck is something ive especially liked. it gets thinner at the top which makes it 10 times easier to shred. it is also a lot lighter than most basses.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awsome upgrade

By Matt

from jewett city, CT

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

Traded in my 4 string Schecter Damian for the sr500, and i couldn't be more happy. The sr500 blows the shecter away in every aspect. The smaller body and thinner neck made it way more comfy to play, and the bartaloni pick ups absolutly rumble with my gk700rc-ii/gk neo4x10. This bass is worth every penny! Even puts my gibson thunderbird to shame at way less than half the cost. Highly recomended to bassists of all skill levels.

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