Ibanez ATK305 [1995-1999]
Ibanez ATK305 [1995-1999]

ATK305 [1995-1999], 5+ string bass guitar from Ibanez in the ATK series.

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heads on fire 12/11/2011

Ibanez ATK305 [1995-1999] : heads on fire's user review

« Great choice for any style. »

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Model ATK305
Series ATK
Neck Joint Bolt on
Body Wood Light Ash
Neck Wood 3pc ATK5 Neck
Machine Heads Ibanez
Fingerboard Maple
Frets 22
Pickups Active
Bridge ATK 5 bridge
Case Included No
Pickguard Yes
Body Color Black Sparkle
# of strings 5
Other Features Black Dot Inlay


This bass is Ibanez's answer to the MusicMan Stingray basses. It features bolt-on maple neck construction, a substantial bridge, and a big bass humbucker. The body is made of ash, for a classic Fender tone (and lighter weight). One thing I really liked in this instrument is the low B - it was very tight, not floppy like many 5-string basses are. Playability on this neck is really nice - the neck is weighty, and on the thicker side, but the fretboard radius is highly playable, and the fretwork is especially good for the price range. And for workmanship - the fit and finish are what I've come to expect from Ibanez guitars - that is to say, great!


This ATK bass works well for all genres. Classic rock, funk, jazz, metal, country, pop, reggae, dancehall, rockabilly, disco... the bass would sound good in any context. The pickup sounds very full, yet with a minimum of line or humming noise, and the built in equalizer circuit gives the bass plenty of range and versatility when carving out one's tone.


This bass is a great instrument. It tends to balance a bit neck heavy on the strap, but it's not too bad. Playability-wise, this can do any technique well, so it gets high marks from me on that. And sonically, this bass is a great choice, no matter on stage or in the studio, and no matter what style. It doesn't hurt that this bass is a very good-looking instrument! I'll give this a 9 overall.