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The Ibanez SR506 Bass is an incredibly well-crafted and equipped bass for its price. It features a slim, fast SR6 5-piece jatoba and bubinga neck on a sculpted mahogany body. The rosewood fretboard is... Read More

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The Ibanez SR506 Bass is an incredibly well-crafted and equipped bass for its price. It features a slim, fast SR6 5-piece jatoba and bubinga neck on a sculpted mahogany body. The rosewood fretboard is fitted with medium frets and has oval abalone markers. Equipped with a B106 bridge 2 Bartonlini MK1-6 pickups that integrate perfectly with the 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 SR6 neck crafted of jatoba and bubinga
  • Sculpted mahogany body
  • Rosewood fretboard with 24 medium frets and oval abalone markers
  • B106 bridge
  • Bartolini MK1-6 neck pickup
  • Bartolini MK1-6 bridge pickup
  • Black chrome hardware with black pickups
  • Bartonini MK1 active 3-band EQ
  • Case sold separately
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4.4

(based on 21 reviews)

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Big, big bang for the bucks

I recently traded an extremely expensive high-end 6-string for this model Ibanez. I'd had long experience with their pencil-neck 4 strings and had loved them. This bass had a more consistent tone than...Read complete review

I recently traded an extremely expensive high-end 6-string for this model Ibanez. I'd had long experience with their pencil-neck 4 strings and had loved them. This bass had a more consistent tone than my other 6-string, had a thinner, easier neck, and is almost 5 pounds lighter. I played a gig the night I bought it and was wowed by the purity and clarity of the sound in a real environment. The tone was extremely easy to vary and control. I could get crystal-clear pops, a fat dub sound, and anything I wanted in between. My hands weren't tired at the end of the night, and I made fewer mistakes because of the increase in playing comfort. I wish I'd bought this bass years ago. It's not a pretty instrument, but it's a very, very functional instrument. One warning, though: if you're not comfortable with tight string spacing, this is not the bass for you.

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Ibanez SR506

Normally, a Bass in this price range one would expect good to great playability and craftsmanship right off the back. in this case, no. Compared to a similar lower priced GSR206 bass,...Read complete review

Normally, a Bass in this price range one would expect good to great playability and craftsmanship right off the back. in this case, no. Compared to a similar lower priced GSR206 bass, the GSR206 had a lower action setup with very little buzz. I also have a Ibanez SR405 bass with superb low action. With the mass production of these basses, I figured this SR506 seemed to slip through the cracks. The SR506 could have been factory setup a lot better. The neck had a LOT of relief. Neck bow string height around 3-4mm with strings depressed at 1st and last fret. I'm pretty confident to adjust the dual truss rods--and after 4 days of slight adjustments to give it time to set in, it's now at that point where I may give it 4 stars :). I almost went ahead and got the GSR206. However, the Bartolini Pickups and Active EQ sounded very good as compared to my SR405 loaded with EMG active pickups and active EQ. The SR506's low end appeared muddy, but with active EQ, I was able to dial in my preference of sound. I did mention I may give it 4 stars. However, the craftsmanship that I didnt notice when I was at the store revealed its ugly head. The active EQ toggle switch lock washer was installed backwards. The washer has a angled pin that anchors into the wood to prevent the washer from spinning. This washer anchor pin was facing up. Yes easily fixed, but when trying to remove the back electronics cover plate to fix it, the plate was forced-wedged into its spot, making it very difficult to remove. I had to use a miniature screwdriver to pry off the back plate. Further examination of the plate revealed it was just cut, and its edges were very rough. All my other cover plate edges were sanded smooth - and this too, along with the washer, was easily fixed. Like I said before, this may have slipped through the quality control checks before shipping. Finally, to top off the craftsmanship, the forward strap pin screw could not tighten down. This was fixed using a different strap lock and screw. Do I still like this bass? yes. Very good looking Bass. The neck (after adjustment) is one of the best feeling necks I have played. I love the thinness of Ibanez necks ( I also play a RG570 guitar with a wizard II neck). For a 6-string bass, this is very light. Thats a plus when you're jumping around on stage :)

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5.0

Great Instrument, Awesome tone.

By Victor Trejo

from Los Angeles

Got this six string Ibanez about a month ago. I was really surprised at the quality of the default tone. Personally the only adjustment I make is to push the mids slightly. With a three band eq, it's easy to dial in the tone I want every time. Note that the switch it has is not a pick up switch, but a mid frequency switch. The switch chooses from 250hz or 400hz. The other knob is a pickup balance. It is a big instrument, it does have 24 frets with the strings somewhat closely spaced. There's a little more than 1cm between the 6th and 5th string and exactly 1cm between the 1st and 2nd string. It's also really attractive, with a natural wood finish. I really liked this bass, and i recommend it.

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3.0

Not worth the money

By Mark Wolfheimer

from Plymouth Meeting, PA

This bass looks/sounds great. It is very hard to play at first. The main issue I had with this bass is that the bridge broke twice. I ended up trading it in for a fender. great move.

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5.0

Off to a great start

By Jim Rasp

from Elkhart, Indiana

I've had this SR500 four string for about a month. I've played every Sunday in my praise band, and been visited by friends who play bass. Everyone who plays it loves this bass. Everyone who sees it complements its appearance. Full range of sounds. Deep lows to snappy highs-the sounds are all there. I put Fender flatwound strings on and although flatwounds often soften the highs, this bass still has plenty of highs. All in all, off to an ideal start. We'll see in a year, but my Ibanez guitar was great for six years and then traded off to get this ax, so I expect it to be equally great. Active Bartolini pickups and preamp are awesome.

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3.0

Neck is a little Jagged (no, alot jagged)

By Tim Risser

from Lancaster, PA

I think that overall this is a great starter 6 string bass. String spacing and not being able to afford what I wanted (Lakland 5) aside, this bass has a lot of upside. So here comes the downside: the biggest issue is the awkward neck and terrible overhanging frets. The metal often cuts into your hand as you move about the neck and it is almost completely unplayable (not good- I do gig out once in a while). This could be just my bass, but I doubt it considering the mass production going on with Ibanez; who knows. At this point I just guess I'll sell or trade it and get half of what I paid for it. Yea

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3.0

Ibanez SR506

By Richard Delacalzada

from Los Angeles, CA

Normally, a Bass in this price range one would expect good to great playability and craftsmanship right off the back. in this case, no. Compared to a similar lower priced GSR206 bass, the GSR206 had a lower action setup with very little buzz. I also have a Ibanez SR405 bass with superb low action. With the mass production of these basses, I figured this SR506 seemed to slip through the cracks. The SR506 could have been factory setup a lot better. The neck had a LOT of relief. Neck bow string height around 3-4mm with strings depressed at 1st and last fret. I'm pretty confident to adjust the dual truss rods--and after 4 days of slight adjustments to give it time to set in, it's now at that point where I may give it 4 stars :). I almost went ahead and got the GSR206. However, the Bartolini Pickups and Active EQ sounded very good as compared to my SR405 loaded with EMG active pickups and active EQ. The SR506's low end appeared muddy, but with active EQ, I was able to dial in my preference of sound. I did mention I may give it 4 stars. However, the craftsmanship that I didnt notice when I was at the store revealed its ugly head. The active EQ toggle switch lock washer was installed backwards. The washer has a angled pin that anchors into the wood to prevent the washer from spinning. This washer anchor pin was facing up. Yes easily fixed, but when trying to remove the back electronics cover plate to fix it, the plate was forced-wedged into its spot, making it very difficult to remove. I had to use a miniature screwdriver to pry off the back plate. Further examination of the plate revealed it was just cut, and its edges were very rough. All my other cover plate edges were sanded smooth - and this too, along with the washer, was easily fixed. Like I said before, this may have slipped through the quality control checks before shipping. Finally, to top off the craftsmanship, the forward strap pin screw could not tighten down. This was fixed using a different strap lock and screw. Do I still like this bass? yes. Very good looking Bass. The neck (after adjustment) is one of the best feeling necks I have played. I love the thinness of Ibanez necks ( I also play a RG570 guitar with a wizard II neck). For a 6-string bass, this is very light. Thats a plus when you're jumping around on stage :)

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(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Get what you pay for

By dominique hall

from portland, OR

I've played this bass at EVERY Guitar Center i go to. it Always has a problem with it such as: loose saddles, broken jacks, fret buzz, and this last visit, the neck was unevenly placed. For a beginner yes, SOUNDGEAR ibanez are great, Cheap,have great sound, light,have thin fast necks, and what I love, tight string spacing. But again, you get what you pay for, a poorly made bass. poor hardware makes you pay the price for an expensive bass. just save up those extra months and upgrade if it says sounds gear. its Ibenhad

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5.0

Why buy boutique, when this does it all

By Gregory Cobb

from Athens, Alabama

Awesome and beautiful instrument for the six string bassist. For around two months, I tried every six string I could get my hands on. I liked many of the extra-expensive boutique six strings but always came back to the SR506. The wood and finish are beautiful. The balance on the instrument is superb, no neck dropping here. I find myself just looking at it on the stand, amazed that this great of an instrument can be had at this price. I primarily play jazz/fusion and progressive rock, but this bass can do it all. The EQ system is one of the best I have ever used, very easy and intuitive. This instrument will be in my arsenal for a very long time. PS. The customer service at the new Huntsville, AL Guitar Center was great and helpful. I actually had a salesman tied up for over an hour while trying out over ten instruments. He was very helpful in assisting me and never pushy. Thanks

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5.0

Best bass for the extended range & price range

By Ellert

from Boca Raton, FL

This bass is simply astonishing. It came set-up just perfect for my needs and wants. No fret buzz at all. The strings that came on it were pretty decent as well that I kept them on for a while till I afforded a Rotosound set of 4, replacing the 4 inner and keeping the b & c strings that came with it. The tone of this beast is incredible. From slapping, to rock, to thumb, to metal; it does it all. I use this for an indie band in standard & a progressive metal outfit in C# standard and the super fast & slim neck holds up to the rapid position shifts and remain comfortable for the songs that just require a single position on the neck. The knobs all perform fully & are definitely not just there for looks. The pickups are hot as hell as well! I rarely ever need to go beyond 10% on my volume knob before I start bringing the walls down. The natural wood finish on this is just the cherry on the top as well. It�ۡ���s replaced my Fender J-bass completely and I�ۡ���ve yet to look back. Also, the battery lasts forever which is great! The weight of this beaut is nothing compared the slab-weight of fender style basses. Overall I love this bass & wouldn�ۡ���t trade it for the world. It�ۡ���s replaced my Fender J-bass completely and I�ۡ���ve yet to look back. Also, the battery lasts forever which is great! Overall this bass is a fantastic, very musical instrument that has yet to fail me & I�ۡ���ve yet to outgrow it in my years of playing.

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5.0

Fantastic Instrument

By Steve Bradfield

from Salt Lake City, Utah

I bought a used 505 and within a month had traded up to a brand-new 506. I like the finish, though it's not exactly flashy. It doesn't seem to weigh any more than the 5-string, and I've worn it for a couple of hours at a time with no pain or strain. The neck is a pleasure to play, but the real standout is the Bartolini Mk-1 pickups and active EQ. A single volume knob with a pickup-balancer is the way to go! The balance knob has a center detente, as do the three tone controls, so finding the middle on a dark stage is quick and easy. The tonal control is amazing, and as others have said you can play almost any sound you can imagine, from extremely bright to extremely deep. I leave my amp tones all set flat and control everything from the bass. The only downside I find is that we have a couple of songs that I play the twenty-fourth fret. I can reach it, but it's not quick and it's not comfortable, so I have to note that complaint. Overall, this is the best bass I've ever played for sound and control, and I don't see why I would need to spend four times as much for a bass that is probably only marginally better.

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5.0

Best 6 String Bass you can get!

By Tyler

from Spring,TX

As soon as i bought this bass i knew it was special. The smooth neck, the length apart from each string was perfect. And a trusting brand Ibanez. I love this bass guitar and will be in my collection forever!

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