SR905 review by Ibanez

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  • Sound: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 10
  • Features: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 10 Gem
  • Users' score: 6.6 (76 votes)
Ibanez: SR905

Sound — 10
I play anything form school band to rock and it suites everything. At school I use a Peavey 300 W half stack, when I tried the bass I tried it in a lot of amps and it was best with a Ampeg half stack, which will be my next purchase. Since they are active pickups you get some active noise out of the pickups so I run it at half volume and its great. this bass suites any playing style you can try and think of.

Overall Impression — 10
This bass is a great axe and suites me so well. I've played guitar for 6 years and bass for 2 now. I don't own my own amp yet because I normally don't practice at home because I get a ton at school. I would definetly replace this if it got lost or stolen, I haven't found a bass better then this at 2500 so for 1050 this is a great axe. I can't find anything I don't like and I can only love it. I tried this up against a lot of instruments from every brand the store had, it sounds and looks better then my dads Fender Deluxe 5-string J-Bass and I tried it against a couple basses at 2000 dollars and those basses had poor craftsman ship. I wish it came with a custom case.

Reliability & Durability — 10
Everything is impecable, it will withstand the most abuse you can give it before it snaps in half, the hardware needs to be polished because it tends to tarnish easily. I had a hard time getting the straps on and I don't even bother taking them off, because I would have to skip the gym that day. The finish will last I've played this yet can't see any wear on the finish and I'd trust this anywhere.

Action, Fit & Finish — 10
The bass was almost perfectly set up, a bit of buzzing but that was fied with adjusting the truss rod. I can not find anything wrong with this bass.

Features — 10
This is a brand new 2005 Ibanez SR905, top of the line 5 string before prestige series. 24 Fret, with abalone oval inlays. 35 inch scale. and a 12 inch radius neck. This is a sneck thru solid body with flamed maple wings and a maple/bubinga/maple/bubinga/maple neck, and a ebony fretboard. It has the Charcoal Brown Flat translucent color. It has a sound gear body shape, and a curved body, not carved curved. I think the steamed the wood and bent the bodu because the wood looks uniform so I don't think the carved the curve. Active Bartolini pickups, the sound is to die for, 3 knob EQ, this lets you get any sound you want out of it. All hardware is Ibanez with black-chrome, this looks so sweet, unfortunately nothing came wiht the bass but the store through in some pick holders.

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    Lucifers Minion
    thanks this was a really useful review, im considering buying this as my next bass, either that or an ESP TA600. im more inclined to head towards the Ibanez, ive only heard good thing about them!
    i saw one of these on ebay for 550 dollars and i was gonna buy later in the day but the next time i looked it was gone