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!

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

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 ..

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

Ibanez SR500
I Submitted a small Coren, the replaceable SR600 (it's actually the same but has trs style to change the names from one year to another) . The SR500 features a beautiful mahogany body trs trs (too) lgrement varnish that gives it a discreet and refined. The key is in rosewood and black trs 24 jumbo frets are mdium. For the pleasure of bassist small fingers like me, Mr. Ibanez has built a handle end, screwed that encourages the long montes ranges until the second octave (read by the 24me box). At the indoor you will find is an active electronic micro and Bartolini MK1 active Bartolini gualisation a, a, no hum! The oil bath mcaniques come home and the bridge Ibanez mastoc which ensures a good sustain. In short the good stuff for the price. and in addition it is lgre!


The neck is thin and trs enjoyable for my little fingers that soufert many times on old school type handle Jazz Bass. The Drive speed, we start to weave a serious Młoda and feels, at once, or even lead to almost invite a few boxes down to a small chorus in arpges or tapping the Stu Hamm. Well, okay, when you attack the slap and tapping, a change of style Jazz Bass neck; dja There's a little less space, and then tapping in 24me box is hot enough. In both cases the only solution: it buggers and going alone! Just enough time to get used to anything. I play most of my set of scne to slap so it can be done! The sound is exellent, regardless of the setting for little is left of the knob mdium quiet.


For audio, it plays the really cool and she likes the slap and tapping, finger play flawlessly passes without being mushy and found her fast on its rglages trs DSIR. I use a Hartke HA3500 head with a 4x10 cabinet and I can tell you that was thrown in, the sound is crystalline and leaves plenty of room to put any kind of effects (I use aisment chorus, flange, distortion and Dlay). We obtain easily the desired sound. For my part I use the position for intermdiaire Micor, low and middle aige bottom and the middle, a ringing sound neutral but for what I like to play: the Stu Hamm punk, mtal (with distortion it sounds like Korn) and even the classic (you tried prlude in C Bach's tapping? trs good exercise, hihihi !!!).


Voil has been six months since I use it and I even sold my old bass! It's good for the price you sell Ibanez a. Prvoyez right even a flight case because its only black spot is his rotten polish you ruin your whole style of fine bass player when he bar. Prvoyez then a passage from your luthier prfr if the style "SRV" frighten you (yes, yes, go to the guitar of Stevie Ray Vaughan, it is totally destroy it and all of the same sonn long !!!). A word to the salvation and enjoy!