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Ibanez SR505 5-String Electric Bass Guitar

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A bolt-on neck joint on the Ibanez SR505 5-string bass guitar allows superb access to the upper frets of its five-piece jatoba/bubinga neck. Only 4/5" thick at the first fret, the 34" scale neck provi... Click To Read More About This Product

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A bolt-on neck joint on the Ibanez SR505 5-string bass guitar allows superb access to the upper frets of its five-piece jatoba/bubinga neck. Only 4/5" thick at the first fret, the 34" scale neck provides more comfortable playing than standard 5-string necks.

Bartolini MK1 pickups and 3-band EQ deliver world-class tone, while the mahogany body provides naturally warm lows and sweet sustain. Rosewood fretboard offers a strong, bright sound and an attractive appearance with a long grain. Ultradurable Accu-Cast B25 bridge offers quick and easy string changes. Single-screw saddle height adjustment gives you better stability than standard double-screw designs.

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  • 5-piece jatoba/bubinga neck
  • Mahogany body
  • 24 medium frets
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • Accu-Cast B25 bridge
  • Bartolini MK1-5 neck pickup
  • Bartolini MK1-5 bridge pickup
  • Abalone oval inlay
  • Bartolini MK1 3-Band EQ
  • Case sold separately
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IbanezSR505 5-String Electric Bass Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 54 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Solid electronics (5)
  • Fun to play (4)
  • Good feel (4)
  • Good pick up (4)
  • Good tone (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Recording (5)
  • Jamming (4)
  • Rock concerts (4)
  • Practicing (3)
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    • Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Can Penetrate The Earth's Core

The Ibanez sr505 is my favorite bass on the face of the earth. From the moment I picked it up, it is everything I have ever wanted in a bass. Everything about it...Read complete review

The Ibanez sr505 is my favorite bass on the face of the earth. From the moment I picked it up, it is everything I have ever wanted in a bass. Everything about it is flawless, finish, set up, action, workmanship. Ibanez got it right on this one, it's so comfortable to play, the bartolini pickups & eq, are incredible, the tone is incredible, so responsive, you can get incredible crisp clear highs while getting deep penetrating lows. I play through a gallien-krueger 1001rbii head and 2 410sbx cabs. You can get so low on this bass that you can cause an earthquake. You would have to kill me and pry it out of my cold dead hands to get this bass away from me.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Nice sound, bad neck

I've owned a couple soundgears in the past and I loved the necks, the action and the fact that they stayed in tune while taking a beating. I was looking to add a new...Read complete review

I've owned a couple soundgears in the past and I loved the necks, the action and the fact that they stayed in tune while taking a beating. I was looking to add a new 5-string to my arsenal due to odd tuning in my new band. The bass off the rack was set up by someone with zero knowledge. The bridge was maxed out on height, the intonation was a joke and the neck had a slight bow in it. All easily adjustable so I took it home anyway. The sound is amazing, the action much better now, but I really don't like the neck. It leaves an oily feeling on my fingers. I would much rather have a glossy neck (for speed). The body dings with the slightest contact. The bass is too fragile to not have a hard shell case thrown in,I would rather pay more and have a hard shell case thrown in. I'm concerned about the longevity of the bass.

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(51 of 53 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Can Penetrate The Earth's Core

By LA7

from Parma Heights,Ohio

Comments about Ibanez SR505 5-String Electric Bass Guitar:

The Ibanez sr505 is my favorite bass on the face of the earth. From the moment I picked it up, it is everything I have ever wanted in a bass. Everything about it is flawless, finish, set up, action, workmanship. Ibanez got it right on this one, it's so comfortable to play, the bartolini pickups & eq, are incredible, the tone is incredible, so responsive, you can get incredible crisp clear highs while getting deep penetrating lows. I play through a gallien-krueger 1001rbii head and 2 410sbx cabs. You can get so low on this bass that you can cause an earthquake. You would have to kill me and pry it out of my cold dead hands to get this bass away from me.

(30 of 32 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Sweet Bass

By TigerTimmy

from Upstate, NY

Comments about Ibanez SR505 5-String Electric Bass Guitar:

I've owned this bass for about 6 months now, and I couldn't be happier. I'm fairly new to playing bass, but I've played guitar for almost 20 years. Therefore, I was instantly impressed with the nice low action this bass had. Also weight wise, it feels like a guitar. But the thing that got me most was how narrow the neck is for a 5 string. I picked up a Fender 5 string, and I could barely get to the B string in the upper frets, where with this one I could do it with ease. I'm starting to get into slapping and popping, and I'm finding this bass makes it easy. Not to mention, the active pickups have the ability to shape the sound any way you want it.

(28 of 29 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Beautiful Versatile Bass

By Rob

from Fort Collins, CO

Comments about Ibanez SR505 5-String Electric Bass Guitar:

I purchased this bass (Ibanez SR505) 3 years ago and have never looked back. While to me it seems best suited to "heavy" type music, the versatile EQ section lets you tweak the bass to any beautiful sound you need. I have used this bass in college and professional level Jazz bands for classical and contemporary jazz only because it is so versatile. I also play in several "harder" bands, and this bass is a perfect fit. Everything from deep mind blowing bass and soaring highs to a crafted jazz sound, this bass has it. The neck is thin and smooth. Only "problem" is that the strings are very close together, sometimes good sometimes not. Sometimes it is a little hard to get it to really "growl" the way some passive pickups do, even through an Ampeg SVT4Pro. The body is thin and light, A+ to me. The bass is beautiful looking.

(20 of 21 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

So... I walk into Guitar ...

By Dee$4rmGodsend

from Rialto, CA

Comments about Ibanez SR505 5-String Electric Bass Guitar:

So... I walk into Guitar Center with my mind made up to buy a Music Man Sterling HH. I start looking around and I begin to mess with the Ibanez SR505. The sound quality was AMAZING! It has an awesome pop to it along with a great clean and clear sound. I played this bass right after playing the Pedulla and I seriously couldn't tell the difference. The Ibanez deffinitely held its own against the big brands. I'm a girl and the fact that the Ibanez is light was a HUGE plus for me. It's thin and very comfortable to play. Being a fan of the Warwick and Musicman I was definitely impressed that this bass is just as good for a way better price. I recomend it 100%!!

(16 of 21 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

A Fantastic Instrument

By DeathDaemon

from Frederick, MD

Comments about Ibanez SR505 5-String Electric Bass Guitar:

I bought this Bass after I decided that I needed a 5 String for my Band. After trying many basses from many companies I fell in love with this one. It plays beautifully and maintains its tuning and Tone even now after some rough handling.

(13 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

a bass players 1 choice,best choice, and only choice

By kyle k.

from seffener, florida

Comments about Ibanez SR505 5-String Electric Bass Guitar:

I�ۡ���ve been playing bass for three years now and my friend mike sold me this one and I thought I was already impressed by Ibanez with the Ibanez IJXB190 4-String Electric Bass but I was way off it just blew me away how great the sound quality was. I thought that it was too good to be true. I�ۡ���ve been to five different guitar centers trying to find a better bass but with absolutely no luck this bass is perfect for anyone who plays bass or wants to play bass this is truly a bass players one and only choice. So if you�ۡ���re looking to buy a bass go no further and go buy one it is well worth the cost

(12 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Old Dog, New Tricks

By K Gormley

from Southern New Jersey

Comments about Ibanez SR505 5-String Electric Bass Guitar:

Over the last twenty five years, I've owned Fender, G&L, Yamaha, and Peavey. I have a father and brother who both own an Ibanez bass. I purchased the SR505 with reservations. Once plugged in, I immediately fell in love with it. Action is the best "off the rack" without pro set ups. The Bartolini's are a gift to a well made bass. If you're a five string player, buy this bass. It's neck at the nut is smaller and it doesn't get too much wider at the 12th fret. It's a must for fast finger runs. Harmonics are dead on. Wide range of tone from slapping, heavy, and melow. It's B string has a sound you'll want to take a bath in.

(10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great bass

By Fuocoso

from Austin, Tx

Comments about Ibanez SR505 5-String Electric Bass Guitar:

I used to have a rule that I would never buy an ibanez after some lousy experiences in bands with ibanez guitars always losing tune/tone and active wiring shorting out. But I decided I needed a new bass and I was going to try to be as un-bias as possible. I picked this bass up after searching 5 different guitar dealers and it played perfectly. Its got great action for a 5-stringer. The pickups alone are worth the price of the bass. But the pickups arn't the only great thing on it: the body is beautiful and gives a great sound and the bass feels very well constructed even though its very light. It sits well on the body when standing and is just as easy to play sitting down. Great tone, as well.

(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Get up on nis!!!

By Bassmon

from Grand Rapids, Michigan

Comments about Ibanez SR505 5-String Electric Bass Guitar:

I currently own two Peavey basses a four and a five string. I was in the market for a six string bass and was thinking about buying another Peavey until I stopped in the local music store and played the SR506 six string from Ibanez. This bass plays like a dream. Whether I'm playing Funk, Gospel, or Jazz this bass has done well for me. I was never an Ibanez fan, but I am now!! This is a great bass. Plays just as good as the more expensive basses. In the future though I suggest Ibanez think about a tougher finish on this bass; You can scratch it easy otherwise I have no complaints. Good job Ibenaz!

(10 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Nice sound, bad neck

By 6stringfrenzy

from New London, Ct.

Comments about Ibanez SR505 5-String Electric Bass Guitar:

I've owned a couple soundgears in the past and I loved the necks, the action and the fact that they stayed in tune while taking a beating. I was looking to add a new 5-string to my arsenal due to odd tuning in my new band. The bass off the rack was set up by someone with zero knowledge. The bridge was maxed out on height, the intonation was a joke and the neck had a slight bow in it. All easily adjustable so I took it home anyway. The sound is amazing, the action much better now, but I really don't like the neck. It leaves an oily feeling on my fingers. I would much rather have a glossy neck (for speed). The body dings with the slightest contact. The bass is too fragile to not have a hard shell case thrown in,I would rather pay more and have a hard shell case thrown in. I'm concerned about the longevity of the bass.

(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Ibanez is the stuff

By Garnsey

from Deposit,NY

Comments about Ibanez SR505 5-String Electric Bass Guitar:

I've been playing bass for about 2 and a half years. I've always used Ibanez and i wanted to get a new bass. I tried out some other basses like Fenders,Trabens,etc. I picked up this bass and i was sold.The Bartolonis are very well balanced and i play rock and slap usually. This is the stuff. The EQ is just astonishing and i can get any sound i want without and pedal. Ibanez has done it again.

(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The best $579.00 I've ever spent!

By Scott Johnson

from Jamaica, NY

Comments about Ibanez SR505 5-String Electric Bass Guitar:

I currently own one and am going to be in the market for a second one soon ... Honestly speaking, I don't know how she works in a live setting but for recording she sings like a bird! Just a touch of parametric EQ and she's good to go! I've been playing since '76 and have played ALOT of different basses and this one DELIVERS!! :D

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

great bass, great quality, wallet saving price.

By chuck d.

from las vegas nv.

Comments about Ibanez SR505 5-String Electric Bass Guitar:

I'm a 25 year veteren guitarist who started playing bass in '03. I started using shecter and specter basses, then i went to ibanez. This is my second sr505 and this upgraded model has a feature i absolutely love!.....the mid switch. I unfortunately haven't quite developed my finger technique for fast precision metal that I play, so i use pick and finger techniques. the mid switch allows me to change my midrange to accomodate my tone nicely when i switch from fingers, to a pick...all without having to adjusting my mid knob. I played my sr505 through an ampeg svt classic and an ampeg 810. needless to day to all of you ampeg fans, i can get that "low mid biting growl" i look for with my style of finger play. I then plugged into a small mark bass 112 combo. (i also love and respect markbass for a fine quality line of amplifiers as well). I had to crank the mids on my sr505 a bit, but I STILL found my low mid "biting growl" i like for my style of finger play. I have had absolutely NO problem finding that "high end piano type tone" on ANY amp wit my sr505 when i switch to using a pick. (thanks in part to the mid range switch now featured on the newer lines of ibanez sr's and btb's.) Many things have been said about the mk1 and it's pre amp. No it's not a higher end type of pickup and pre amp, but i'm here to tell you, the mk1 pickups AND pre amp does NORE than what I need, more than adequately, recording wise and live. I would love to own a lakland, mtd, warwick, or any fender american.....but i just can't afford them on my budget.....ibanez to the rescue! I'll play my sr505 anywhere, anytime, in any size venue, and in any situation...live, recording, amped or direct...my ibanez sr 505 gets the job done. I get more than enough tone, sexy sleek looks, and extreme playability (seeing as i'm very active on stage). oh yeah...and as a guitarist, i play the rg and s series guitars as well. ibanez, you the only one for me. period. eveyone has different tastes and needs for there particular sound and style. for me and what i do, the sr505 is plenty. but don't take my word for it..... check it out for yourself...you won't be sorry.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing bass, how sweet the sound.

By Samantha

from Carson City, NV

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Good Feel
  • Good looking
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Lightweight
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

  • Temperature Sensitive

Best Uses

  • Performance
  • Recording
  • Rock Concerts

Comments about Ibanez SR505 5-String Electric Bass Guitar:

I had owned an Ibanez BTB 5 string and started getting pain in my my shoulder due to the weight and the long gigs. So I went on a quest to find something just like it, but lighter. After trying out several other brands and models I finally strapped on the SR505. Not only did it feel like I had nothing hanging off my shoulder, but the fretboard was so easy to play! Plugging it in to a MarkBass amp at GC I was blown away by the sound quality. Given, I was playing through a MarkBass, but then I plugged it in to other amps and was still able to get the high sound quality I was used to from my BTB. It had it now for about a year and I think I could not have found a better bass. A couple of things that I have had to adjust to: 1- the narrow fretboard, as the strings are closer together slapping requires some adjustment. You have to be more precise with your thumb or you'll hit the wrong string. 2-Temperature sensitivity. By BTB would stay in tune, no matter what, rarely did I have to touch a tuning peg. The SR505 will tune up or down depending on the temperature, so if you start playing a gig and the instrument has not been acclimated to the hall's temperature, you better be checking the tuning every so often to make sure you're not off. Other than that, the instrument is amazing, easy to play, and has the best sound you can get out of any bass!

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

...so I was wrong about Ibanez...

By Dr. GRUV

from Greensboro, NC

Comments about Ibanez SR505 5-String Electric Bass Guitar:

I used to own an Ibanez SR406 6-string with a soft maple body, maple neck, and bright tone. It was... ok, at best. Based on that bass, I really didn't think a lot of Ibanez, and didn't give them much of a chance. Then, I played this bass at my local Guitar Center in Greensboro, NC. I have to say that I am SO impressed with this guitar. The mahogany body, wenge/bubinga neck, and Bartolini pickups and electronics give an outstanding, full tone with miles of sustain. Good slap tone, great fingerstyle tone, good pick tone. This is a really diverse bass with a wide variety of tones to choose from. Being a fan of the "Warwick growl," I didn't know what to think when this bass reproduced it almost identically! The high's sing, the lows roar, and the mids articulate clearly. I have to say that I am now an Ibanez fan once again, and I will probably get the 6-string version of this bass to replace the SR406 that I got rid of years ago... With love, THE dr. GRUV...

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

There is no better bass in this price range

By Anthony Sailer

from Las Vegas, NV

Comments about Ibanez SR505 5-String Electric Bass Guitar:

I have had this bass for over 7 years now and it has never failed to impress me in in any way. It has an incredibly fast neck, the electronics provide a (seemingly) endless variety of sounds and the body is so comfortable for long performances. The fit and finish on this bass was immaculate off the shelf and has required very little adjustment over the years. The finish on the mahogany body is so easy to care for (though you do need to use a little caution to avoid bumps and buises), just a few coats of good guality oil each year. I have Spector, Conklin, Steinbeger, Fender, Musicman....the list realy goes on but...I alway find myself falling back to this bass. Trust me....you will not regret buying this bass.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Perfect really

By John Bennett

from Chicago, IL

Comments about Ibanez SR505 5-String Electric Bass Guitar:

The pros: *Light weight. *Pretty, and looks good in any setting. *Very fast neck. *Quality wood. *Quality electronics. Especially the pickups. *Quality components. *Easy string swaps with the slotted bridge. I go back and forth between rounds to flats every so often, without much hassle or needing to get new strings. I just swap them in and out. *Lots and lots of tonal options. Using the 3 band eq + parametric switch (that switch causes the mid knob to either boost/cut your high mids (switch down) or low mids (switch up)) and the pickup blend knob this can do any tone I need from growly and aggressive, to deep and thumpy, to scooped mids for a nice slap sound. You can really play anything on this bass, it's very versatile. The cons: Purely subjective: The Elixirs that come stock on this bass take away from its character. If it sounds good to you in the store, it'll sound even better with regular rounds or flats on it. If it sounds a bit bland, its the Elixirs, the bass itself sounds amazing.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

DREAM COME TRUE!!!

By Blair

from Washington, DC

Comments about Ibanez SR505 5-String Electric Bass Guitar:

I've owned 13 high-end bass guitars. I have a back issue and need a light-weight bass with a heavy-weight sound. This is the answer. The neck is superbly fast and the Bartolini's sound almost as good as active EMG 40dc's WITH A LITTLE TONE TWEAKING. I needed to raise up the boost and the bass knobs on my GK MB210 combo amp and I also put the bottom guitar knob in the middle position with every other knob cranked. I get the active EMG natural growl especially with Dean Markley Blue Steels I use. The only issue with this beauty is the fragile outside paint job that chips very easily. I play metal music in a band using a pick so I don't rub the top layer too much, but I've seen others played hard with fingers creating a discoloration in spots. Man, I wish they made this bass in black.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

some issues

By COREY SCHNEIDER _

from Saginaw, Michigan

Comments about Ibanez SR505 5-String Electric Bass Guitar:

I bought this bass brand new and just fell in love with how it played. Very lightweight and the neck is very player friendly, Great action and smooth playability. However, I wore the finish right off and even some of the wood too, where I place my thumb and palm (I play with my fingers exclusively). After visiting my local Guitar Center I noticed 2 other used basses (same model) that had the same wear marks. Most recently it has developed some very annoying high end "buzz" when I turn up the high knob, Guitar Center repair tech says that he could re-solder it but that it was probably a manufacturers defect. Overall I'm satisfied with how it plays but will not use it in a live show situation.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great bass

By Ariana (Scarlet)

from Kansas City, MO

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Fret Buzz

Best Uses

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

Comments about Ibanez SR505 5-String Electric Bass Guitar:

I did my research regarding on what type of bass did I want. Currently I am a music school student and this is my 5th instrument. I've played bass for a while and am currently in a growing local punk/post-hardcore band called Heart of Flesh as the bassist and second vocals. I settled on this bass, after all my research and trying out different basses and borrowing from my friends. This one felt right and had the tone and look I was after, as well as being a 5 string which was super important to me. When I received it, all was well. I changed the tuning (which I know is odd to do for a 5 string) but to accommodate it I got lighter strings and took it to a luthier to get the neck adjusted accordingly to accommodate the new setup. There has also been some random fret buzzing at certain spots so I also had the frets adjusted to line up properly. To those who those statements may have scared off. It is normal for there to be a need to slightly readjust your neck tension on a new guitar as well as getting your frets leveled properly. It is extremely rare for you to be able to take an instrument out of a box and just tune it up and jam out. All in all I really love this bass and think it was well worth the money.

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