Ibanez GSR205 5 String Bass
If you’re ready to move onto a 5-string bass, or you’re just ready for a new one, this is probably one of the better buys around. For the money (somewhere between $200 – $250, depending where you get it) it’s a pretty terrific choice. Most of the bass players I spoke to about the Ibanez GSR205 were very happy about the purchase, claiming “really satisfied; glad I bought it”. Or something to that effect.
Some of the specs include 2 J-style pickups, a 22-fret rose-wood fretboard, a 1-piece maple neck with a comfortable “all access” neck joint for easy access to the upper frets, and an Agatis (similar to Poplar) body. It also boasts solid construction and good, hassle-free hardware. Most of the players did a little tweaking to the strings, based on their styles, and one said he’d had to tighten a few screws when it arrived, but he’d ordered it online, so there’s no telling what kind of rockin’ and rolling it did while in transit. Otherwise, the votes were pretty well unanimous: great bass for the money!
Overall, top benefits, aside from the cash factor, were that it’s light, has a fast, thin neck, and a really good feel. From Funk to Hardcore, and pretty much everything in between (even talked to a guy who plays Gospel), they all agreed that they’d made the right choice.
I’d say if you’re in the market for a 5-string base, and you don’t want to drop a whole lot of cash to begin with, the Ibanez GSR205 is your axe. Great for beginning to intermediate players, or those on a tight budget who don’t want to compromise sound, ease of play, or good sturdy construction.back to menu ↑
Ibanez SR305 5 String Bass
The Ibanez SR305 is a budget-priced 5-string bass guitar that is part of the best-selling Soundgear series. The SR305 is based on the popular 4-string SR300 model, with the addition of a low B string. The deep, heavy tones of a 5-string bass are essential for many modern styles of music.
The SR305’s pickup/electronics package is exceptionally versatile for this price range. It has two humbucking EFX pickups, one in the neck position and one in the bridge position, for a wide range of sounds. The pickups are curved to maintain an equal distance from the strings, for a consistent sound. Additionally, the SR305 features active electronics (powered by a 9 volt battery) with Ibanez’s new “Style Sweeper EQ.” This is a 3-band equalizer that offers bass and treble controls, plus a special midrange control that allows you to adjust the sound for different playing techniques, from fingerstyle to slap.
Soundgear basses are known for their slim, comfortable necks, and the SR305 is no exception. It is one of the more comfortable 5-strings on the market, perfect for bassists with smaller hands. The neck is constructed from maple and features a rosewood fingerboard with 24 medium frets and pearl dot inlays.
The body is made from agathis, a wood that is relatively new to the bass guitar market. It is a commonly-used and inexpensive wood in Asia, with tonal properties that have been compared to mahogany. The body shape is unique to Ibanez basses, with smooth, ergonomic contours and a generous cutaway for access to the highest frets. The currently available body finish colors are Iron Pewter and Moon Shadow.back to menu ↑
Ibanez SR405QM Soundgear 5 String Bass
You could easily spend another $200 to $300 on a 5-string bass that doesn’t come close to the Ibanez SR405QM Soundgear 5-String Bass Guitar. In it’s range (around $500) this is one of the best buys around. Whether you’re looking for your first 5-string or you just want an upgrade, you’re going to want to give this one a look.
If you’ve never played a 5-string, this one will make the transition a piece of cake. Close string spacing, super-smooth action and a 3-piece maple neck make for a pretty easy groove. Add to that the onboard Style Sweeper EQ, pickups that can hear a pin drop, and 3 bands of cut/boost tone controls, and it’d be hard to find a better bass for the price.
Another great thing about this bass is that it doesn’t matter what your style is. Jazz, funk, slap, hard core, whatever. The SR405QM has enough good quality hardware to suit your style, and it’s all at the right there at your fingertips. One of the most prized features about this bass.
Lastly, let’s not forget style. They call it ‘Charcoal Brown Burst’, but really it’s more like a deep, blood red. Sweet! It’s also got a nice light weight, without it feeling ‘cheap’ or flimsy. I’ve played 4-string basses that, compared to this one, felt like I had two guitars strapped around my neck. But there’s nothing cheap about the Ibanez SR405QM, so don’t confuse ‘inexpensive’ with ‘low quality’. It’s just not the same thing.
Make your rounds and play as many variations as you want. My guess is that when you’re done, you’ll come back to the Ibanez SR405QM. A great axe for the money (and the tone and the feel!)back to menu ↑
Ibanez SR755 5 String Bass
The Ibanez SR755 5 String Bass Guitar is made from the finest mahogany and walnut wood that culminates in an elegant design in a brown sunburst flat color with a natural oil finish. It features a 34″ scale narrow neck that culminates with a rosewood fingerboard. In keeping with the warm, natural design of the piece, hard black plastic knobs are substituted for the traditional metal implements. Created in 2008 and made in Indonesia, this five string bass with a low B features 24 frets, volume, pickup balancer, and a 3 band equalizer that allows for experimentation and modulation of the instruments bass, middle, and treble sound. The sound, while easily adjusted to play music as various as that requiring hardcore thumping to the smoothest jazz, many find that it is best suited for warmer sounds because of the smooth quality that resonates from mahogany and walnut wood.
Changing the 9V battery in this guitar is a breeze and can be done without a screwdriver in as little as ten seconds. This well-constructed instrument features fantastic intonation in all five strings and can be taken to the highest and lowest notes with no technical difficulties. However, if any problems do arise with this bass, the manufacturer offers a one-year warranty on the instrument.
The Ibanez SR755 5-String Bass Guitar is not only built for rehearsal and studio play, but it makes a fantastic to addition to any musician’s live set. All in all, this bass is perfect for those looking to expand their instrument collection with a quality, warm, natural five-string bass that gives a musician an expensive sounding bass at a fraction of the price.