IBANEZ SR605-NTf PR
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IBANEZ
So w h at does £650 buy you in term s of a five-
slrino from an established name? M ike Brooks
checks out a current exam ple from Ibanez
Headstock Distribution
The Gallery (Camden)
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T
he Ibanez product list changes so often, it's hard to keep
up with their various ranges, but the Soundgear (SR) range
remains as popular as ever. They're perennial favourites
among the Ibanez ranks - not bad for a range first launched
bad: in the mid- to late Eighties. With their slim bodies and
sleek, neck, profiles, there has always been something to enjoy
about playing an SR bass. This particular instrument is a prime
example from the current range - so what has it got to offer?
BUILD DUALITY
The natural look, of this bass is reinforced by the minimal satin
finish applied to the body and neck.: the timbers aren't rough to the
touch, and overall the instrument feels quite organic. The body
dimensions are such that the body is incredibly slim with very little
depth: the bulk, has been taken away, creating a lightweight body
with the top horn almost triangular by design. Some players may
not take to this body styling, especially if they like a bass that feels
substantial that they can work, against - but for those players who
"IT MAY LACK FRILLS AND GLOSS IN
TERMS OF FINISHING, BUT IT HAS BAGS
OF TONE, AND A LOT TO OFFER THE
PLAYER IN TERMS OF PLAYABILITY"
prefer minimal bulk, they will take to this bass very quickly. There
is limited chamfering as the whole body is contoured, but it sits well
and although there is some headstock bias in the balance department,
the bass hangs perfectly well on a strap.
As you may expect of this range, the neck is incredibly slim with
a thin 'D' neck profile - which, for a five-string instrument, makes
the neck easy to navigate. The only issue will be whether the 17mm
string spacing is too tight for some fingers. Having said that, the frets
of the 24-fret neck are also thin, which makes fretting speedy and
comfortable with no sharp fret ends anywhere along either edge
of the neck. So if this is your first dalliance into the world of the
five-string bass, and comfort is a primary concern, this bass could
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