Ibanez SR500 Electric Bass Guitar

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4.7

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Bassists who want the power and versatility of active electronics and the speed of the fastest neck available have made Soundgear basses standard equipment in every genre. SR basses offer thinner necks with thinner nuts than traditional basses. The sleek bodies are lightweight, balanced and comfort contoured. Brown Mahogany. Case not included.

•  Mahogany body

•  5-piece SR4 Wenge/Bubinga neck

•  Rosewood fingerboard

•  24 medium frets

•  Abalone oval inlays

•  Bartolini MK1-4 pickups

•  Bartolini MK1 3-band active EQ

•  Accu Cast B20 bridge

•  Die cast tuners

•  Cosmo Black hardware

•  34" scale

•  Case not included

Ibanez basses are protected by a one year warranty.

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Series SR Series
Model SR500 4 String Bass

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IbanezSR500 Bass Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 9 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (7)
  • Fun to play (6)
  • Good pick up (6)
  • Good tone (6)
  • Solid electronics (6)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming (7)
    • Practicing (6)
    • Small venues (6)
    • Recording (5)
    • Rock concerts (3)
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    5.0

    Great bass

    By Tree

    from Florida

    About Me Novice

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Ibanez SR500 Bass Guitar:

      Tried this bass out at Sam Ash on Orlando, FL. Sounded great and was comfortable to play.

      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Annoying But Good

      By Brandon

      from Columbus, OH

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Bridge
      • Finish Chipping
      • String Measurements

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Ibanez SR500 Bass Guitar:

      It's a superb sounding bass but if you can spare the extra 150 bucks for the sr700, do it. The bare mahogany on this bass is very easily chipped either by popping the strings with the slap technique or just plugging in a cable. The finish also allows sweat stains to be very apparent in the right lighting. The bridge is annoying, since the strings rest on top of it rather than being pulled through it, as like a Stringray, making it harder to keep the strings taught when putting them on the instrument. Measuring the strings is also a pain in the neck, but I've never been a very good measurer.Everything else though is outstanding: pick ups, pre-amp, neck, all fantastic. But if you do have the extra money for the 700 with the nice glossy mahogany finish, get it, because my 500 already looks horrid and I literally just got it about a month ago.

       
      5.0

      Fender?

      By Amr1104

      from phx, AZ

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Ibanez SR500 Bass Guitar:

        When I went to buy a bass i immediatly picked up a Fender. The tone was rather tinny and the neck was kinda fat. I tried to talk myself into it but, then I played this bass. I didn't love the look cause i wanted a classic 60's look but nothing could compare to this bass. It plays beautifully, it sounds great, the humbuckers are great, not a problem with it. Just remember to unplug it so as NOT to kill the battery.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great for Old Rockers too!

        By Steve

        from Bradenton, FL

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Ibanez SR500 Bass Guitar:

          Forty years ago I played rock. Didn't everyone? Had a couple good bands, lots of clunkers, but a lot of fun. Four years ago I decided to get back into it. I had always missed playing but there was always something more important to do with my money and my time. Walked in to Sam Ash to purchase a Fender Jazz, just like in the 60's. Sales guy tells me to try the SR500 before I decide. Never even heard of Ibanez! There was Fender, there was Gibson. This guitar is a sweet ride and runs through old pop, rock and blues like it was made just for that purpose. The electronics, wow, wish I had those forty years ago. From soft and mellow walks to clear and crisp slaps. For four years I have not had one single complaint. I own two now and am looking at the SR5000E as an upgrade. Am I also looking at Fender? What's a Fender?

           
          5.0

          great

          By chuckels

          from philadelphia, pa

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Easy on the hands
          • Good Feel
          • Really lite
          • Very thin neck

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Anything

            Comments about Ibanez SR500 Bass Guitar:

            i only got to jam at samash but this bass is [*] awsome im def gonna be getting it soon

             
            5.0

            WOW!

            By carl the bassist

            from florida

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Ibanez SR500 Bass Guitar:

              this is one of the best basses i have ever played, sounds great plays great. all around great bass

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Best buy for the money

              By Arrgh!!

              from Mentor, OH

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Recording
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Ibanez SR500 Bass Guitar:

                What a great buy! For the money, you get the quality and sound of much more expensive rigs. The built in active electronics make this versitile... but I play mostly flat anyway. It's nice to play around with the sound variations available. Thin, fast neck is a dream to play. Mine came with Elixer strings, which I wouldn't have bought until I got to play them... they are awesome and durable. The only cons...
                1. no "off" switch... the battery will die unexpecteldy... replace regularly so you don't die in the middle of that battle of the bands
                2. mine has a couple frets on the D string that just have no sustain (9-11th frets). Notes sound ok, but just die off with no ring... not the strings or intonation??!?

                Overall - go for it! You will not find this quality for this price anywhere!

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                SR500 makes me sound like Chris Squire

                By radegast

                from Tampa Bay Area

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Edgy minimalist look
                • Phat Bottom
                • Smooth action
                • Sweet sustain
                • Tunability

                Cons

                • no cons

                Best Uses

                • Advanced Players
                • Beginners
                • Jamming
                • Performance
                • Slays others
                • Soothes beasts

                Comments about Ibanez SR500 Bass Guitar:

                The SR500 meets and then exceeds my expectations. It plays/sounds as good as any bass I've ever played.

                (6 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                sounds great even tough it may not look like much

                By Anonymous

                from Undisclosed

                Comments about Ibanez SR500 Bass Guitar:

                "I had the chance to play one of these at samash the other day and it sounded great. the front pickup lies lower to give more clearance, and the neck makes it easy to quickly get to all the notes, even the high ones in which the body would usualy get in the way. it may not look like much, but a lot of the body styles that look cool ( like an ESP F bass ) are also less comfterable to play. so overall this is a great bass if you are used to the P style body. [...]."

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                SR500 Electric Bass Guitar

                The manufacturer's warranty covers parts for one year and labor for one year from date of purchase. The warranty excludes damage from misuse, abuse, and contains other exclusions.

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