Ibanez SR500
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Average Score:4.6( 4.6/5 based on 19 reviews )
 12 reviews63 %
 5 reviews26 %
 1 user review5 %
Value For Money : Excellent

MatrixClaw's review"Cool Bass for the Price"

Ibanez SR500
The Ibanez SR500 4-String bass features:

- 5-piece wenge/bubinga SR4 neck
- Mahogany body
- Rosewood fretboard
- Oval abalone markers
- 24 medium frets
- Accu-Cast B20 bridge
- Bartolini MK1-4 neck pickup
- Bartolini MK1-4 bridge pickup
- Black chrome hardware with black pickups
- Bartonini MK1 active 3-band EQ

Made in Korea


This thing bass has a very comfortable neck with an oil finish on it that's fast and smooth. I've always been a huge Ibanez fan and though I'm used to playing the BTBs, which feel like they have a slightly thinner neck to me, this one is much more comfortable, and because of the more rounded neck it feels solid in your hands. If you're someone who likes slower bass lines, and not tons of speed, this one is definitely a better choice over the BTB series, as it also has a fuller, deeper tone.

The upper fret access on this guitar is pretty nice because of the cutaway (though it's not like most bass players play high up there anyway).

The fretboard itself is pretty skinny to what I'm used to. Most basses are a bit flatter on the neck and have a wider board, but this one is thicker on the neck, with a thinner board. Makes changing strings easy, but can also jumble up your sound, if you're not a very clean player.


This bass has a huge, fat tone, very full with tons of lowend. My only complaint is it can get a bit boomy in the lowend for my tastes, but with the 3-Band EQ, you can dial it in to taste.

Speaking of the EQ, that is a major factor in the tone shaping of this bass, without it, the bass wouldn't be nearly as good. With the EQ, you can go to a punch slap tone to an aggressive picked tone, to a giant fingered tone with the turn of a few dials.

Also, the strings that come stock on these wear out REALLY fast for some reason. Invest in some new strings ASAP and you'll have a much better sounding bass. The stock strings on mine had some kind of weird plastic coating that started peeling off after a few hours of play, making the strings look like they were fuzzy. Changing the strings will result in a much fatter and defined tone.


Overall, this is a cool bass. Inexpensive and sounds great. While it's maybe not the best choice for any player, it's certainly capable of some great tones for almost any genre.

For the price, it's hard to beat if you're looking for a big, full tone. If you're playing slap, this is one of the best sounding basses I've heard, especially at this price range!

songboy's review

Ibanez SR500
I am unaware as to where my Ibanez SR500 was built. 
It has a <span>Accu-Cast B20 bridge.  This is very similar to almost every bass bridge I have seen.
Ibanez calls the Neck type an SR4
Its a little thinner to me than a Jazz bass neck. 
It has 24 frets with a neck and a bridge pickup.   Both pickups are Bartolini MK 1-4's
They sound exceptionally good too.
As for the knobs, you get a Main Volume, a Balance knob for the two pickups and a 3 band Eq totaling five knobs all together.

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Yes the top frets are accessed easily enough, but I can't say I use them much.
This is a great sounding bass (to my surprise) for how much I paid for it.  The controls are easy enough to get a well rounded sound out of this guy. 
The reason I got this bass mainly was the amazing tone for such a low price.  The other big factors where how easy it is to play and how amazingly light it is.  I prefer a light guitar/bass and this one is one of the lightest I have found.
No drivers


I use a Peavey TNT 150 with some Mooger Fooger effects (Lowpass and Ring Mod).  The peavey brings the low end punch and the effects bring the weirdness.
I really like cranking the Low EQ knob on this guy for the deepest sounds.  Great tone down there.  I also like thinning it out sometimes and playing some slap style bass which this bass does extremely well.
Directly in to the amp, this thing is very clean.  You would need an effects pedal to change that. 
This bass can bring the deep lows for electronica, great thick mids for rock and great pops for slapping.  Its kinda of a jack of all trades.
Yeah, its a great tool for the many styles of music I play.


What I like most about it is the tone and its weight (or lack there of).  There really isn't anything I like about this bass, maybe that it says Soundgear on it and most people think Soundgear is a cheap step child of Ibanez.  That maybe true, but this bass deserves better.
I paid $420 at a local music store.  It was a show room model with a small ding on top, but I don't care about such things.  I played it and loved it and bought it that day and was very happy about the price. 
Excellent sound.  The bartolini pickups live up to there reputation.
I own a Carvin six string bass and a Fender JP 90.  All of them have there purposes but I find myself going to the SR500 because of its versatility. 
I would definitely buy this choice and highly recommend this bass for those on a budget who still want a good sound.
MGR/roel rocero01/26/2008

MGR/roel rocero's review"Ibanez SR-500"

Ibanez SR500
been playing guitar for 25 years.just switch to bass for a change.

paid $500 for an upgrade.i was looking for a decent bass guitar.

the unit is very light.and the price is very much reasonable. of course its not a warwick.but i'd take and will probably keep it for good.

the quality of the finish was not as impressive but again it's not a warwick.

the guitar sounds really good for my taste. I play rock and country.the pick ups are excellent.very quiet.

this guitar is a versatile performer.I'm gonna take care of it.

This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
MGR/Giovanni D. Martello10/12/2006

MGR/Giovanni D. Martello's review"Ibanez SR-500"

Ibanez SR500
I picked this baby up at Guitar Center for $549 list price.

I love the 3 band active eq, the skinny neck, the low action, and the overall look of the dark mahogany finish and bubinga fretboard is breathtaking!

There really isnt anything i dont like about it. You can get so many different sounds out of the EQ that if you dont like the way something is sounding all you have to do is tweak the knobs a little bit.

Its very well put together and the matching of the wood tones between the body and fret board make it look more expensive that it really is. Its also not too heavy... ive played other Ibanez Soundgears and felt like i had a rock pinned to my shoulder, but not this one... its extremely light and comfortable, without suffering from the drooping head from the body being too light.

I love this bass! It really makes me feel like Ibanez did something great this time and for the price you cant beat it... i would really compare it to a lower level Warwick, but even lower level Warwicks sound great. If you have less than $600 to spend I cant see you making a different choice. Go to your local Music shop and test one out Im sure you will be moved like i have been.

This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
MGR/Mike Maloney12/09/2003

MGR/Mike Maloney's review"Ibanez Sound Gear"

Ibanez SR500
I bought this bass at a place in London, Ontario called John Bellone's Musical Instruments. I paid $400 plus taxes for it.

Right off the bat I was impressed with how it sounded. It has a real deep yet almost twangy sound. I also like how the neck moulds to my hand. My friends have told me that wood doesnt mold to your hand, but I'm telling you it does. The frets are flawless, they are so smooth I can slide from the bottom all the way to the top without the worry of cutting my fingers.(I know that shouldn't be an issue, but I've played some guitars that shredded my hands)The strings stay in tune suprisingly long. I could be rocking out hard for 4 or 5 hours at band practice, come back next week, and they're still in tune.

To be totally honest, there is nothing I don't like about this guitar.

This bass is SOLID!! For anyone who plays bass a lot, Im telling you, you arent going to find a more solid guitar then this. I've dropped it many a times and she still keeps goin strong. The neck is attatched to the body with what seems like concrete, it is extremely strong.

IF you are looking for a bass guitar in the $400 range, I hgihly recommend this guitar. It is amazing, I guarantee you'll like it.

This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com

frenchym's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" first tests"

Ibanez SR500
see doc.


notice of pus to say how pleased I was to discover this low.
I am a small player aui has small fingers (this can be said that) but with this low I feel that my fingers have pushed ...

that happiness


but fun, a good variety of sounds possible.


that happiness

danhelo's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Super low"

Ibanez SR500
stick thin, super easy

9 / 10


stick thin, super easy
I play jazz and rock, not at the same time, should be trying??
all the finger, I am super happy with this bass



sounds a little weak, I play on a Hartke, with aluminum cones, the sound is muffled, and equ ... full well that we quickly made the rounds ...

7 / 10


Super low, between purchase and super super mega shopping ...


dthoer's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Frankly super"

Ibanez SR500
Soundgear Series Deluxe features:
- Body Mahogany Satin
- Channel wendge / bubinga 5 parts SR4
- Rosewood 24 frets
- Medium Frets
- Accu-Cast B20 Bridge to massive bridges (bridge 19mm string spacing)
- Bartolini MK1 Micro (neck and bridge - neck & bridge)
- Bartolini MK1 preamp Electronic 3-band active eq
- Chrome hardware
- Colors: BM (brown mahogany)


Beautiful to watch and very enjoyable to play


It gets pretty much what we want with 3-band equalizer


I am fully satisfied with this bass for my amateur use in groups and sometimes live

mr_et_voila's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Ibanez SR500
-Made in Indonesia
-Mahogany body
Ibanez SR4-Bolt, 5 parts by Jatoba / Bubinga (ask me what it is exactly, exotic woods I guess, at least it's not maple ...)
-Rosewood, 24 frets, elliptical markers in abalone
Bartolini MK1-Pickups
Electronics-active Bartolini:
A volume-
-A scale (to select the pickups) with a small notch in the middle to identify the
-A 3-band active EQ (bass, mids, treble). Again the knobs are a little notch in the middle, if you cut farm, if you open it boosts!
-Lightweight, well balanced for the game standing.

Generally there is not much to say about the finish. Despite the Asian manufacturing.
Like its handle very fine and very fast.
The natural wood finish is beautiful, on the other hand is pretty fragile, attention to belt buckles, guitar picks and Loved ... The mine has already taken a lot of bread ...

For a low of 600 euros is very good, I put 8 for the fragile veneer ...


Ibanez's reputation on race is more to do. It is an avenue! It is a highway! What am I saying? This is a runway!

Good ergonomics, the bass is light and well balanced. Access to treble to do without problem, and anyway, that exceeds the 20th square?

For settings, no need to have invented the warm water, two minutes we cheat the eq bass, and roll youth!

on the other hand, do not cut too low because the media quickly lose its punch, and careful not to put too serious for droppeurs, otherwise the bass string tends to clear a few others.

So 8 more!


I play mostly metal. They agree perfectly with this style. Currently she is fitted with huge strings (60 - 135 for pulling it seems to me) tuned in drop B. The pickups follow perfectly.

We can get heavy sounds very hollow. Or more precise, more slamming. What particularly emerges is the punch of the beast there. How to put as much punch in such a small body?!

In any case even on my Behringer 180 Watt combo that is far from great, it was not serious drafts, even down to drop A #. on the other hand if we want to saturate the big attacks, no problem!

on the other hand, if you love nice round sound, this bass is not for you! AhAhAh!

The bass has a tendency to curl hair if you let the original draft, but hey, I am a nag who plays with a pick I'm not too worried with the configuration I chose. And then just go back a little bridges, to properly adjust the handle and then voila. That said it is a shame because the strings are original Elixirs ...

Finally, I would like to respond to another review, I saw someone mention the noise from the strings. It is true that it's a bit strange disconnected. But once the bass plugged in it does not impact too much on the sound coming out of the amp and that is all we ask!

So 9, it is! Because I have tried many models in this category (Cort, LTD, Yamaha ...) and that is my favorite. Following is a question of taste!


I've had it about a year. I'm always happy.

Like his sleeve, he is really great, especially for my small mimine!

I am also appreciative of its punch. The active EQ is a real plus, I'm not getting hardly any adjustments to my amp, which nevertheless has a 7-band graphic EQ!

on the other hand I find really domage the fragile veneer.

With hindsight it is likely that I would have preferred his sister, the SR 520 which has the same features but is painted black.

So a very good value for a low mid-range for my taste differs from its counterparts from home or Cort Ltd.

cobhc62's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Ibanez SR500
I will not dwell on the characteristics of the beast:

Korean manufacturing
Micro Bartolini Mk1
2 knob (Volume change and micro)
3 knob EQ for the force. Bass [BOSS / CUT] Middle [BOSS / CUT] Treeble [BOSS / CUT].

NOTE: 10/10 for the price, I find that the quality of the information provided is very good.


Well then, as usual on the Ibanez, it does not surprise me, the handle is a massive opportunity, just beautiful to play, stick thin, not too broad.
So what we feel at ease very quickly on it, especially since it is very light (I is not seen as a low light).
Still good for Ibanez, the tuning is very good road, except when playing in tune, beware of metallers who likes to play in tune mode to arrive in the infra-sounds <img class="smiley" src="/images/audiofanzine/interface/smileys/icon_wink.gif" alt="" /> .
In addition, the design of the beast is terrible, a head full of finesse (which can also have a beautifully balanced low <img class="smiley" src="/images/audiofanzine/interface/smileys/icon_wink.gif" alt="" /> ), A body thin enough and well cut that gives a lil chic side to the beast. and color is very low and pleasing to the eye

Note: 10/10: Nothing to say <img class="smiley" src="/images/audiofanzine/interface/smileys/icon_biggrin.gif" alt="" /> .


<img class="smiley" src="/images/audiofanzine/interface/smileys/icon_cry.gif" alt="" /> this is where I'm really disappointed with this bass.

I play Pop Rock (Red Hot, Muse, Green Day, White Stripes, The Offspring, U2)
Before purchasing this beast, I owned an Ibanez, a blazer series of 1982, which has a very hot and his round.

With the SR500 it changes everything good already use at home first, Guitar Pro is launched, it tries a little California Red Hot it, its works great, sound great and punch (a bit too much) .

Treble as I love when you get to the last chord, the bass do not make us shake his head as acute as good when we share in the grave we have supported many of the serious, very good.
STRINGS BUT !!!!!!!!!!! We hear it ... you make a slide, you shudder that hearing the frets ......

Not very interesting to play on the muse for example, which uses a passive bass, which is very round and that sounds very hot.

Here is the great problem of the low strings that verges at times, the strings that you hear too much, finally it's a misery (I change strings pulling as soon as I get the chance I a password is taking over some) will be there also change the setting of the bridge ... will know ...

If anyone managed to get a well rounded warm with this bass, I ask him to send me a private message to AudioFanzine through to help me. Thank you <img class="smiley" src="/images/audiofanzine/interface/smileys/icon_wink.gif" alt="" />


Very good bass for the price, nothing to do with the cort artisan ....
But good for my style of play, the sound of the strings really bothers me ...

I give an 8 / 10, this problem will surely set rope to the next string change, I will try another brand of qu'élexir and probably a superior firing ..