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Ibanez SR5005E Prestige 5-String Bass Guitar

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Made in Japan, the 5-string Ibanez SR5005E Prestige bass guitar delivers excellent clarity and well-balanced tonal response with its powerful Bartoli...Click To Read More About This Product

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Made in Japan, the 5-string Ibanez SR5005E Prestige bass guitar delivers excellent clarity and well-balanced tonal response with its powerful Bartolini Custom pickups. It's also extremely satisfying to play with its sleek, comfortable mahogany body and wenge top and back. The Ibanez Prestige bass has a 5-piece wenge/bubinga neck and deluxe abalone and pearl oval inlays. The bass's Power Curve III EQ with EQ bypass switch gives you unlimited tonal shaping ability.

  • Made in Japan
  • 5-string bass
  • Powerful Bartolini Custom pickups
  • Power Curve III EQ
  • Sleek, comfortable mahogany body
  • Wenge top & back
  • Heavy-duty gold Gotoh machine heads
  • 5-piece wenge/bubinga neck
  • Mahogany body
  • Wenge top & back
  • Medium frets
  • Wenge fingerboard
  • Abalone/pearl oval inlay
  • Mono-Rail IV bridge
  • Bartolini Custom passive humbucking neck pickup
  • Bartolini Custom passive humbucking bridge pickup
  • Power Curve III EQ
  • EQ Controls:
    • Volume
    • Bass Boost/Cut
    • Mid Boost/Cut
    • Balancer
    • Mid Q
    • EQ On/Off
    • Treble Boost/Cut
    • Scale/Length: 34" (864mm)
    • Width at nut: 45mm
    • Width at last fret: 67mm
    • Thickness at 1st fret: 19.5mm
    • Thickness at 12th fret:
    • Radius: 305mm

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    IbanezSR5005E Prestige 5-String Bass Guitar

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    (8 of 10 customers found this review helpful)


    Ibanez SR5005E Prestige 5-Sting Bass

    By Oh! for Two

    from Atlanta

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    Comments about Ibanez SR5005E Prestige 5-String Bass Guitar:

    Great pups, but with a marginal preamp.
    Unbelievable craftsmanship! Probably one of the best basses from a construction, fit & finish standpoint. I've had experience with Alembic, Pedulla, Lakland, etc. and this was top notch. Set-up was probable THE BEST I've ever had with a new instrament purchase (I actually was thinking I need to raise the action just a tiny bit), although it played clear as a bell (no fret buzz at all whatsover).
    The upcharge for the 5005 (vs the 4005) would be owner preference. I forked it over and was very happy with the result. The only reason I give this bass a "7" is because I was less than pleased with the preamp. I just couldn't get the expression I wanted from the bass. I've played with several other basses using the American Made Barts so I'm assuming the Pre was my issue. The overall output was not anywhere near the output of other 9v and 18v systems I've used (this pre used only two AA batteries, what gives?). Although the mids were fine, I would have liked the bass and treble cut/boost to have a more dramatic result. Too weak IMHO.

    (8 of 15 customers found this review helpful)


    Best Ibanez SR-series bass in 15 years!

    By Ian M. Perge

    from Evansville, IN

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    Comments about Ibanez SR5005E Prestige 5-String Bass Guitar:

    I was an all-Ibanez player for a good amount of my bass-playing life: moving up from my Starter Bass the first "Quality" bass I owned was a 1992 SR-800 four-string that saw TONS of stage time and the transportation/bumps 'n bruises that goes with it as well as a few hundred hours of studio time recording Demos and EPs during my Original Band days. From there I moved to a 1996 Flamed Maple-topped, Mahogany-backed, 5-pc Maple/Walnut/Wenge fretboard neck-thru-body SR-1206 six-string that was my main bass for 5 years, the majority of my "For Hire" Session work & Live shows which included more than a few Industry Showcases for Artists in a variety of genres (as well as a "dalliance" with a Prestige-level RKB-900 in "Vintage Fade" w/ an Alder body, Birdseye Maple Neck & Fretboard... a beauty of an Instrument that I bought for a steal when discontinued in 2004 but stupidly sold when its pickups didn't mesh with my setup as opposed to swapping out & trying out different pickups - absolutely my biggest mistake, gear-wise). After those years I went through a period of searching and rethinking about My Sound and what I wanted it to be, which led me from the Neck-Through Active Soapbar pickup-equipped bass I'd spent 5 years with to 4 & 5-string modern Jazz-type Basses & Spector Bolt-On basses w/ custom Single Coil pickups that I've found to be a large part of how *I* want to sound both live and in the studio. However, in the back of my head I'd always wanted an Ibanez in my collection if only for sentimental reasons. The only problem was that after a run of FANTASTIC Midrange and High-End Soundgear models in the mid-to-late 1990s, Ibanez came out with and shifted focus to their BTB basses that's closer to most "Traditional" bassist's likings in terms of wider string-spacing, tone and other design cues... but at the expense of the SRs, which didn't get much attention and certainly nothing close to a "High-End" models made for most of the '00s. That is, until 2009 rolled along with the SR-5000e line of Soundgear Basses. When NAMM '09 came around I was surprised as anyone to see an SR bass at the higher levels of their product line, with absolutely high-quality wood & construction, pickups & electronics, hardware & overall Quality Control. Upon the first recorded samples of the bass I heard I was shocked at the range of usable and high-end TONE that could be produced from this bass, from a cutting J-bass grind to a thick midrangey P-bass thump... all from EQ and pickup changes, as I noted when I was first able to play one and confirm for myself all that I had heard recorded. Given the finances, I'd love to pick up an SR-5005e five-string and reenter the "Ibanez Stable" given its sound & build quality that can certainly hold its own with the 2K+ custom basses on the market currently

    (5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)


    Bring 'em on!

    By Woodchuck-R6psV

    from Atlanta

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    Comments about Ibanez SR5005E Prestige 5-String Bass Guitar:

    This bass rivals ANY boutique, high end exotic, or custom bass. Amazing low end, snappy, but no too bright highs, and with the wenge fingerboard, it produces growling mids. And it's much lighter! Perfect in any situation, any style of music in the studio or on stage. I'm used to wider fingerboards, but I adjusted to this one with no problems. Words and pictures do not do this bass justice. To quote Ferris Bueller: "If you have the means, I highly recommend it!".

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