Bass Player|June 2020
We’ve been suitably impressed by various basses from the Ibanez camp over the years—and the sumptuous finishes keep on coming. This SR five-stringer exhibits a rather fetching low-gloss topcoat, somewhere between a high gloss finish and the smoothness of a satin surface. The hardware looks top-notch, and the electronics package should, in theory, give the player all the tonal options they could need. But does this SR model cover familiar ground? Read on to find out...
The Brown Topaz finish really stands out alongside the figured maple top, and while some players might not be keen on woody, organic feeling basses, this SR model looks great, feels fabulous, and sits comfortably against the player. The familiar shallow Ibanez body depth works well with the upper and lowers horn rounded contours, despite the lack of rear contouring for the player’s body. Flipping the body over, the mahogany core looks resplendent in its naturally rich, red coloring. This bass certainly scores in the looks department.
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