#1
hello UG i am going to be buying a new bass around Christmas time, i have two candidates

http://www.ibanez.com/BASS/guitar.aspx?m=SR506

http://www.espguitars.com/basses_b.html

(the B 206 SM)

i currently have a fender precision bass and it works fine for the stuff i used to play but now i play music like Tool, Dream Theater and Opeth and a six string would be beneficial for the things we are writing.

the question is would there be a big enough difference in playability and sound to justify spending the money.

thank you for the help
#2
Yes these basses sound nothing like a Fender P bass. I've never played that ESP but I have played the Ibanez (5 string version though, but still pretty much the same) and it has a really nice feel and a great sound.

You might also like to look at Schecter basses too. Their stiletto series basses are around that price range and are amazing basses for the money.
#3
Id go with the Ibanez, they make great mid and high end basses. Great deep sound and those pups are very hot.
#4
thank you for the incite so far is the ibanez worth the extra hundred i would have to pay though (from GAK)? also is a six string a lot different in terms of playability?

thank you again
#5
I've never played the ESP before, but I have played the ibanez, and if I were going to get a midrange 6er I would go with an ibanez. If i were you I would try to get to a shop where you could play them both and compare. One thing I do like about Ibanez is the neck which tends to be thin(well relative to a 6er) but it will be a very different feel than that of your P bass with has a nice chunky neck
#6
both would be excellent complements, the Ibanez is a bit more versatile.
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#7
to BamaBlues = i would but the only guitar shop around where i live, has a hideous selection of basses, and i would not buy anything from them as they charge redicolous prices.

thankyou for the help everyone
#8
Ive played a 5 string version of that ESP and honestly I like it a lot more than the Ibanez, can get a few more tones out of the Ibanez but I thought the feel and look of the ESP was better (spalted maple? mmm) But both are great instruments