K5 Fieldy Signature Bass review by Ibanez

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  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 10
  • Features: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 10 Gem
  • Users' score: 8.2 (115 votes)
Ibanez: K5 Fieldy Signature Bass

Price paid: $ 750

Purchased from: Music123.com

Overall Impression — 10
This bass is fantastic, it has got the capabilities for a number of great tones. If you want to sound as heavy as Korn, this bass is for you, cheap and reliable. It's good for just about all kinds of playing, and the active pickups give it a real punch, great for heavy music. This bass has everything just about any bassist would want. Not exactly cheap, but for what you get, it's well worth it.

Reliability & Durability — 10
This bass is capable of lasting a long time. It seems very durable. The strap buttons are solid and the bass seems to be very dependable so far. The finish is good, as it is a wood stain so unlike a laquer or varnish it doesn't where away it has faded the slightest but when you clean it up it just comes back looking great. This instrument is really good for both gigs and studio recordings.

Action, Fit & Finish — 10
This bass is amazing everything is tight all, the joints are well set, the wood sandwichs seem tight and well done. The body is amazing to look at and sits well on the body. The neck is surprisingly slim for a 5-String which makes it easier to become more creative, and write faster bass lines then you may be use to. It was set up perfectly, and it doesn't have any side effects. The string setup is setup extremely low. The seperate battery compartment is a nice touch, for a little extra money they could make this bass a classic. All of the hardware is tight and perfectly adjusted. Overall, the bass was made very nicely and there are no important flaws.

Features — 10
To pay homage to Fieldy's contributions to heavy rock in general and heavy bass playing specifically, Ibanez is very proud to present the new K5 Fieldy Signature 5-String Bass. Some features are: - Padauk/mahogany/padauk body - Die-cast 5 bridge/tremolo - 24 medium frets - ADX5N neck pickup, ADX5B bridge pickup - Vari-Mid Controls. Powerful ADX active pickups and the original Vari-Mid EQ with sweepable midrange allow you to dial in (or dial out) any kind of bass sound. Body of padauk and mahogany provides the tremendous low end and sustain needed for Korn's brand of heavy rock.

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    Ampeg SVT
    unerdanielson wrote: How often do you have to change the battery in this thing, I had an ibanez with active pick-ups before and found I was changing the battery every week, Is this one an improvement at all? Oh yeah I had an Ibanez GSR200 =)
    dont leave your bass plugged in if it has a battery and your not using it
    How often do you have to change the battery in this thing, I had an ibanez with active pick-ups before and found I was changing the battery every week, Is this one an improvement at all? Oh yeah I had an Ibanez GSR200 =)
    I have a black K5 and its a wonderful bass. I wouldnt give it up for anything.
    I have an SRX300, tis sweet and i havnt had to change the battery once after about 5 months. As Ampeg SVT said, don't leave it plugged into your amp after you're finished playing, even if the amps switched off cause it drains the battery
    ive played this at a local ibanez dealer and it sounds amazing. very cheap too considering how good it sounds
    Chunky_Lover wrote: i wish i had this.feildys the reason i started bass
    YA MAN!!! exactly ,you know i got into bass too because of fieldy then started lsnin to diff. type of players. but it started with fieldyy so to own a guitar like that,woaw!
    This bass rocks.. I've been using it for over a year now and no complaints! It delivers a really nice warm tone and it really snappy for when I want to slap it up. In reply to the above comment about having to change the batter every week: if you leave your patch cable plugged into your bass all the time (even when you're not using it), you will drain the battery a lot quicker. But I accidentally did that once, and left it plugged in for 3 weeks and the battery wasn't completely drained... Hope that helps
    hi can someone tell me how i would know when the batteries have ran out...?? Also where are the batteries normally located on the guitar??? i am theinking of buying a k5 and i would like to know...