SR885 review by Ibanez

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  • Sound: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reliability & Durability: 8
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 9
  • Features: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 9.4 Superb
  • Users' score: 7.4 (10 votes)
Ibanez: SR885

Price paid: $ 100

Purchased from: some dude off craigslist

Sound — 10
Punchy or growly, jazzy or metal, you can really dial in just about anything. Very versatile controls, maybe even too versatile. Haven't quite figured all of them out, to be honest. It's got some serious tone. And it's seriously tweakable. Guy who sold it claimed it was a bit too modern for him. Though, really, imho you can dial in some old school sounds too. Maybe it gets better than this, but certainly not for under $1k.

Overall Impression — 10
Concerning styles, I'm pretty sure it's good for just about anything. However, it was mainly popular with the numetal crowd. Fear Factory, Korn and the like gigged it. Korn's K5 sig is based on Fieldy's bass, which was the SR885. Same specs, but gaudier colours, and now made in Korea and Indonesia or something... So this is the better original.

Reliability & Durability — 8
Yeah, seems pretty sturdy. Finish slashed in one place, but, again, I'm not sure how that happened, and it certainly took someone some creative effort. Electronics are dependable, tuners are stable, bridge is made of decent metal, knobs are sturdy and solid. Everything is like new. Oh, wait, strap button fell out. It is 12 years old, though, so... Get decent straplocks, I guess.

Action, Fit & Finish — 9
Everything was great, except for a long crack in the finish that was probably the cause of the low sale price. Whatever. Didn't affect the sound, didn't get bigger, didn't flake or anything. Looked more like a knife cut, can't for the life of me imagine how that happened. Boxcutter?

Features — 10
1999 Made in JAPAN, FujiGen Gakki. *5 strings *24 frets, 34" 3pc thin maple neck, rosewood fretboard *Plateless bolton *VERY light basswood body *2 ADX5 pups *Active EQ, 6 knobs (volume, pickup blender, two double knobs for tone control) *Black finish Korn's K5 sig is based off this, but made in less prestigious countries like Korea and Indonesia. This one's the original, MIJ!

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    MIJ for 100 U.S dollars? Very nice. Ibanez's are really good instruments, not amazing, but good.
    Sakke: Whenever I get extreme GAS attacks (Gear Acquisition Syndrome lol), I have a little hobby: spend a couple nights online looking for the coolest used stuff I can find for $100 or under. As long as you go at it with an open mind (ie, "a bass", "an electric guitar", or "an amp" instead of a particular item), you can generally find some crazy stuff....
    I might buy one of these soon, my friend has a version that cost like 299 and it sounds amazing.
    ProgJazzMath: Don't confuse good deals on old gear with same umbrela brand knockoffs. That's like expecting a Squier to sound like a Fender American. This thing MSRPed around $1k new, that's why it's still good several owners and quite a few beatings later. Warning: Back in the late 90s, Ibanez's low end basses WEREN'T EVEN MADE OUT OF WOOD. I kid you not, google the catalogue for 98, the bottom of the SR line was made out of some crap polymer (plastic). Just cause it looks similar don't mean it's the same. And as to today's Ibanez Soundgears, all but the Prestige models (yep, you guessed it, over $1k) are made in rather suspicious countries. The difference is huge.