Ibanez SR800
moosers 07/12/2010

Ibanez SR800 : moosers's user review


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The Ibanez SoundGear Series SR-800 is an electric bass guitar in the beginner to intermediate range of instruments. I don’t own this bass, but one of my best friends and former band mates has it, so I’ve heard it a lot and have also played it a lot myself. The SR-800 has got 24 frets, along with both a neck and a bridge pick up. It’s also got an on board equalizer right on the bass, which is a pretty cool feature. Although this is a fretted instrument, a number of years ago my friend took the frets out and made it a fretless.


The feel of the Ibanez SoundGear Series SR-800 is definitely more than adequate. It isn’t anything to write home about, but it’s easy enough to play for sure. Of course professionals and more experienced players will be looking for a more fluid feeling neck, but it’s easy enough to play up and down the 24 frets that I can’t complain too much about the feel. Using the pick up parameters is very simple, although the EQ isn’t something you’ll find on many basses. A manual isn’t necessary at all here…


The overall sound of the Ibanez SoundGear Series SR-800 isn’t the best, but is adequate for the price range that it’s in. I wouldn’t record with it, but for practicing and getting started with a bass, it sounds just fine. You’ve got a good amount of control over your sound between the EQ and the two pick ups, although I like the sound of the bridge pick up a bit more for whatever reason. Now that this bass has been made into a fretless, it has a lot warmer and free sound…


For a lower end bass guitar, the Ibanez SoundGear Series SR-800 is a really good deal. It’s definitely a bass that I’d recommend for a beginner, or for a player looking for an upgrade from their student level instrument without having to spend too much money. I definitely like this bass a lot more since my friend made it a fretless, but it was a good bass to begin with for sure. I don’t know if they still make these basses, but the price of one new a few years ago was more than reasonable. Definitely a better instrument than the SR-100 for not too much more money…