“ Brand: Ibanez / Guitar Type: Bass Guitar „
When you look at buying a bass guitar especially as a beginner your eyes are drawn to the Fenders with the Precision and the Jazz bass. However my advice is to start with something that is simple and give you a nice bass sound and be well made and most importantly be comfortable and easy to play. I am no techie so please be patient with me. My review is for people like me. So i started with Ibanez bass guitars in the 90's i bought one and after i had to sell it due to finances being low. I bought another when i joined a band as a bass player. My reasons for buying an Ibanez were because they were beautifull to look at. Easy to play especially with the thin neck and a fantastic tone. I deliberately aimed a bit higher than the budget range of bass guitars like the Squier's. Now 20 years later i have a Yamaha and have progressed as a bass player and am looking for a step up and find myself looking at Ibanez bass guitars again! My drummer let me borrow a budget soundgear which has a nice sound and is ona par with my £300 Yamaha. I picked up a SR1600 and was blown away with its shape, looks and sound. Ibanez i am hooked.
I bought a second hand EDB500 a few months ago to complement my Squire VM Jazz bass. I wanted something that packed a bit more punch. This bass has it in spades and looks awsome with it. Its made from a plastic composite called Luthite. Even the name sounds cool! Its in a gun metal grey/silver with the distinctive sculpted body and large soap bar active pickups. All the hardware is a chome/silver colour which really stands out. As the bass is active, it means already its louder and punchier than a standard passive. With the active bass boost control turned all the way up, you get some serious bass out of this thing. At the same time, tuen it down, to get a more refined Jazz esqe style. The neck on most Ibanez's are slim, this is no exception. 38mm at the nut, its the same as standard Jazz bass, but actually feels slimmer than my VMJ due to the thinner neck profile. It plays superb, with a smooth neck all the way along. The large pickups make the perfect thumb anchor too. The body is pretty light, not so much it feels cheap. The Luthite is very durable. I've had several knocks that would have ripped big chunks out of a wood body, but there isnt even a mark on the bass. Because of the material, the bass sound could be described as muffled. It certainly doesnt have the clarity of a wood body, but this doesnt have to be a bad thing. For heavy rock and Metal, this bass excells, but is equally t home in softer environments. The range of tones availble are wide, from a P bass style growl to a more subdued Jazz pulse. My particular bass has the action set low, so playing it is a breeze. Im certainly no Jaco, but even I feel good playing this thing. Its a bass that wants to played and rewards you for doing so. Whether it be slap, pick or finger style, this bass can deliver and in some cases can out do rivals at a much higer price point. I paid £150 for this bass, and similar models are out there for about the same. There are few basses you can get for that money with this quality. This is not a begginer bass. Its a pro quality bass at a beginner price point. If you are thinking about getting into bass, stay away from the cheap high street packages, and get your self a real bass like this!
I bought a second hand Ibanez CT 5-string bass six years ago, and it is still serving me well. Although there are all kinds of new snazzy gizmo's on each new bass that comes out now, with better pots, better woods, louder pre-amps and better actives etc. This old battle axe has survived many a mental gig and practice. The pick ups are active, which, at the time when I bought it was pretty damn cool, though by todays standards have only a small amount of boost and cut- only about +/-20db I think. However, this is quite enough to give it some extra boost when you need it, and some good treble can be found for slapping if you crank everything up and use only the back pick up. Response of the pick ups all through the range is pretty good, but, as with actives from this era on 5-strings it does get a little muddy if you are permanently on the B-string and trying to do fancy finger work. basically - it doesnt work like that. The neck is quite thin for a 5-string and hence the strings are quite close together, and as with any 5 string you have to be a bit careful when slapping. However, if you are tring to do some fancy finger work up the frets then it is not all that difficult to do. I have played everything on this bass from Funk to thrash to punk to jazz to classical stuff and it hasnt let me down in any scenario. The only thing that I am constantly paranoid about is that fact that the 9volt battery may run out on me mid-gig, so, always, always carry a spare.