#1
Has anyone played/owned this bass?
http://bass-guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Ibanez-SR500-Soundgear-4String-Bass?sku=515055

The reason I ask is that i can get about a 50% discount at the music store where I work and I think this would be much better than any other bass in the 250$ price range.(if you have another suggestion add it )

I think it feels really nice, I can play it much better than my shitty squier j bass.

Is there anything I should know about it because I think im going to buy it.(other then the pickups being active and replacing the battery)

I have never owned any instrument with active electronics, is there anything important to know about them?
#2
I hear good things about the soundgear basses. I'd say go for it. For active electronics, i think all you gotta remember is to unplug it every time you're done.
#3
Ibanez have a great feel to them, I favored the brand a lot. But the Bass is active, so unplug when you stop playing to prevent drain. I'd say "GET IT!"

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#5
its a good bass, but if you can get a 50% discount look at schecters to
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#6
Quote by tbirds1013
its a good bass, but if you can get a 50% discount look at schecters to


I cant the store has a very limited selection of basses, I think this one along with an fender j bass are the most expensive
#7
Well dude, lower-end Soundgears are some of the most reliable and versatile basses in their price range, and the higher-end ones have some of the most usable tones I've ever heard. And of course, like you said, they feel sexy. I own an Ergodyne, which is pretty similar, and have played the cheapest all the way to some of the most expensive Soundgears. They're already a good deal for the quality - if you can get it for 50% off, you can get yourself a can't-go-wrong bass for peanuts.

The only other thing I can think to warn you about active basses, beside keeping it unplugged, is the input level. Some amps have active/passive or high/low input selections, make sure to choose active or high or you can get some nasty distortion in your speakers. If there's no selector, just keep the input volume a bit lower.

Happy hunting!
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#8
thanks whylater, my amp has an active input so i guess im all good, when i first played the soundgear i noticed i could play much faster and more efficiently. When i went back to my squier j, it felt really slow
#9
I own an SR800 and have played a few SR500s. They are highly versatile basses and my SR is my workhorse bass that I tend to use for a variety of genres.
#10
My neighbor has one. The sound is decent. The playability is awesome. GET IT
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#11
great bass. good feel, decent sound, a little ugly, but it isn't a bass for show. it's for real playing.

think you can do the real playing it demands?
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#12
I just got one a month ago, and was wondering about it's rep in the real world of music. Nice to see good feedback, I was getting worried about having made a wrong choice.
Although, I'd like to hear how good Drive amps are. It was the cheapest they had, seems pretty decent. The guy recommended it, and I could afford it.
#13
I've got mine for about 18months now, and I love the sound and feel of it.

You can't go wrong with it, really, especially with the 50% discount.
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#14
I would definetly pick that bass up. I own the Ibanez Sr490 which is almost the same as the Sr500 but I have the P/J pickups. Awesome bass that you can't go wrong with. The only bad this is that the body dents really easily.
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#15
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great bass. good feel, decent sound, a little ugly, but it isn't a bass for show. it's for real playing.

think you can do the real playing it demands?

Aww, Humanity, I think the Soundgear is a very charming looking bass. Not quite as sleek as my Ergodyne, but definitely has its own look.

Then again, I guess I do like the way that MM Bongos look, so maybe my taste is a bit odd?
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#16
Well... with %50 off I'd buy almost anything.

so my answer is yes... Buy the shizz!
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#17
i have the sr505 which is just the 5 string version

i didn't get 50% off and it was still a good buy.

you shouldn't be disappointed, but like all things.. try it first!
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#19
No question, get it now. It's a hell of a bass for the price, especially with a 50% discount. I'd get it before someone else does. The active EQ is nice, and the Bartolini's can sound nice and warm if needed too. I say go for it.
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#20
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I cant the store has a very limited selection of basses, I think this one along with an fender j bass are the most expensive

if you can get a 50% discount on the fender aerodyne... buy it
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#21
i have the 6 string version. it is amazing. the playability is legendary. im thinking of picking up the 4 string one or a spector, but then again i change my mind almost every week or so lol.
#22
ive got the 5 string model of it and i love it
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#25
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I also could buy an sr300, but i think they sr500 is much better in terms of playability

The SR500 is better in absolutely every category. Get it, you won't regret it.
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#26
I love em! The necks are really fast and they sound great.
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