Ibanez BTB675 (Before 2013)
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Ibanez BTB675 (Before 2013)

BTB675 (Before 2013), 5+ string bass guitar from Ibanez in the BTB series.

philippe_gauthier 11/30/2013

Ibanez BTB675 (Before 2013) : philippe_gauthier's user review

«  Not that good »
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Features are available on the ibanez site, but to summarize:
Neck through, Bartolini pickups, active electronics (modified for liability, I will return)
Independent bridges, handle 24 cases "long scale"

UTILIZATION

For the record, I had a Cort Artisan A6 (Model 2000), a must for me and for the price, in terms of sound, versatility, etc., except the weight. Having serious back problem, I have to separate myself lighter. Wanting a similar configuration, neck-through, Bartolini pickups, neck 24 frets etc ... I found this bass used 500 euro much lighter. Quickly, I change the email to exploit very good passive pickups (Like Cort). current active email are for me a makeshift hiding defects violin (apart from the high-end models). After complete recovery settings (neck, bridges, etc ...) impossible to achieve low action and fast without some "plocs" or frissage and more serious resonances on some notes .... very annoying.
So despite the fineness of the handle, a rather promising fittings, and a very good finish. I remain very mixed feelings about the actual quality of the instrument (Many marketing esbroufes)

SOUNDS

In fact we are in the presence of a beautiful instrument, but the sound, the game finger or slap, etc ... blah. The problem of active basses, is that the settings are too thin and unusable on stage: the slightest change a quarter of hair bowl and damn it. I think it is very suitable for rock (It sends), but remains swaging in terms of versatility. Again for the record, I found a Yamaha BB 405, 5 string, secondhand 275 euro, I changed the electronics (Jazz Bass pickups Bartolini pro + JB, 130 euro on Ebay), a little elbow grease to turn the horrible gloss varnish to obtain a more reliable instrument, light and matter its a hundred times better and more versatile, almost a true jazz bass (more passive, so no hassle with batteries) . So my bass friends, no money, do not hesitate. Point to take into account an objective test, I play Bass Little Mark III + pregnant 102P (a must), in very different styles: jazz, jazz rock, funk, blues, pop, world music.

OVERALL OPINION

I used it for almost 3 years and never find my sound, so I will not repeat that choice.
Either we have the means to afford an instrument luthier (even secondhand) or is looking for, as I have, the opportunities that can be very interesting with a little elbow grease, you can sincerely find pearls.