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Ibanez SR506 Soundgear 6-String Brown Mahogany Rosewood Fretboard

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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... Click To Read More About This Product

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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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  • 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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IbanezSR506 Soundgear 6-String
 
4.6

(based on 71 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (54)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

71%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (4)
  • Good pick up (4)
  • Fun to play (3)
  • Good tone (3)
  • Solid electronics (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (4)
  • Recording (4)
  • Jamming (3)
  • Small venues (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

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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3.0

Not a neck thru is a big let down.

By DuValle

from Englewood, New Jersey

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Construction
  • Good Pick Up
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

  • short of "NECK-THROUGH" fails test

Best Uses

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

Comments about Ibanez SR506 Soundgear 6-String:

Its the affordable bass for me, yet I wish this model was a neck thru.......!!!!!!!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Affordable monster!

By Charlie

from Lake Tahoe, NV

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Ibanez SR506 Soundgear 6-String:

    The SR 506 is a really nice six string bass that doesn't break the bank. Everything is of very good design and quality. The neck is really a pleasure to play, it's asemetrical and feels real fast. Pickups and preamp work very well together for a variety of good tones. My only negative comment is the finish is probably not too durable. If you are careful, that shouldn't be a problem. The 16MM string spacing is super easy to play, but if you like to dig in hard, finger style it is close, for sure. For slap style it makes it a little harder too. These things are very personal for every player though. It is a very good bass for the money.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    SR 506

    By Grace Asylum

    from Tennessee

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Ibanez SR506 Soundgear 6-String:

        The Ibanez SR 506 is a very solid bass with exceptional crafstmanship and electronics. The pros are that it is crystal clear, punchy and has a devastating bottom end. It is very balanced and easy to play. The cons are --- There are none. If you do not own one of these--- shame on you.

         
        5.0

        Great Instrument, Awesome tone.

        By Victor Trejo

        from Los Angeles

        Comments about Ibanez SR506 Soundgear 6-String:

        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.

         
        3.0

        Not worth the money

        By Mark Wolfheimer

        from Plymouth Meeting, PA

        Comments about Ibanez SR506 Soundgear 6-String:

        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.

        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Best 6-string value for your money...

        By Britfunk

        from Central WV

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Live Performance
          • Recording

          Comments about Ibanez SR506 Soundgear 6-String:

          After 28 years on bass I have owned and handled dozens of basses from most manufacturers, but the Ibanez SR506 is the best value I have yet encountered. The neck is slim and fast, but stable. The body is no lightweight, but the weight is manageable and the instrument is well-balanced. The tone is bright and punchy with great depth, owing much to both the active electronics and the excellent Bartolini pickups. The basic tone is so balanced that I normally run the on-board tone controls flat. Fretwork is excellent, and overall fit and finish are what I would expect to find on a bass costing twice this.

          A few other reviews have pointed out that the finish on this bass is a bit thin - fair enough. I am personally rather fond of the feel of the wood grain under my fingers, and so long as you take an extra 30 seconds every few days to keep your fingernails trimmed up nicely you won't have any issues digging in while slapping/popping.

          I use this bass for a wide variety of styles, from country to rock and pop, and to things bordering on fusion, both live and in the studio. I play predominantly with my fingers but have also played it with a pick. I slap, pop, and double-thumb. I tap fairly often. This bass handles anything I throw at it with excellent tone and playability, low action and no fret buzz.

          I suppose the best endorsement I can give this bass is that if the need arose for me to start assembling a bass/rig for studio or touring use and I had to start back at square one, this exact bass would be the one I would choose.

          (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          You get what you pay for.

          By Time keeper.

          from Chicago

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • Fun To Play

          Cons

          • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

          Best Uses

          • Practicing

          Comments about Ibanez SR506 Soundgear 6-String:

          I've owned it for a few years. The bass is alright, considering the price. You get what you pay for. Can't expect a high quality "six string" for that kind of money. The stain on the front of the body where I rest my thumb started coming off right away. Extremely poor paint job. Never happened on any other basses I've owned. The tone is ok. Looks like the tuning pegs are of poor quality. By comparison to more expesive basses, it gets out of tune quickly. One thing I really don't like is the input jack location. It's really unpleasant unplugging my cord. I have to pull on it real hard. And sooner or later the cord will get damaged. Basically, it would be a good start-up 6-string or a display item. I wouldn't use it at a gig.

          (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Good Bass... But warning....

          By Dan

          from Ma

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • Good Feel
          • Good Tone Playability

          Cons

          • Poor Quality Craftsmanship
          • The Finish

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Ibanez SR506 Soundgear 6-String:

          Great bass on a lot of levels.....but the finish is so fragile it is actually painfull! I owned one for a day, and returned it. Great playability & some cool tonal ranges for an Ibanez, BUT if you do any type of slap & pop technique you are in for a world of dissapointment. After 2 hours of playing, I had wood splinters buried under my popping fingers finger nail. I have been playing for almost 30 years and have never had this type of problem. Everything else about this bass I love, but using a needle to pry splinters out of your nails is not worth it. If you are strictly a finger or pick user you may be happy, but I havent been able to play the way I want to in days because of the way this instrument was finished.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Off to a great start

          By Jim Rasp

          from Elkhart, Indiana

          Comments about Ibanez SR506 Soundgear 6-String:

          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.

          (4 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Wouldn't buy another one

          By Steve French

          from Saskatoon

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Very lightweight

          Cons

          • Cannot Intonate
          • Dark Pickups
          • Fret Buzz

          Best Uses

          • Firewood

          Comments about Ibanez SR506 Soundgear 6-String:

          I had the "pleasure" of owning an SR-506, I thought it was just a poor setup in store but no. After taking it to two professionals and eventually having to just set it up myself, the fretbuzz was horrendous. To top it off, you couldn't intonate the bass, and this problem wasn't restricted to mine either. This in combination with the cheap bartolini's (MK-1's) and the SR pre-amp which is super dark, you might like it but I like to be heard well in a mix. I would never recommend this bass to one of my students.

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