Tone for days, reliable, versatile, comfortable and nearly indestructible. I've been loving this Ibanez as my main bass for 15 years. Battery life is amazing. Needs intonation about every five years at most. Stays in tune like a beast of burden, sounds like a far more expensive bass. Still looks darn near as good as the day it arrived straight from Ibanez. I recommend this for anyone.. deep tone, killer finish, amazing sound.... yeah. I love it.
I got this little mama from my first big purchase off eBay, and I paid 500 Australian for it second hand with a Gator hardcase. I wanted to move into progressive rock and I don't think proggies know 4-string basses exist.
The bass and hardcase were good as new when I got them, and I couldn't believe I'd got them for the price I paid.
Well, beauty's only skin deep, so I guess you can call me a shallow, superficial prick whom you never want to see again, no matter how much I call.
Aww, now I feel bad.
But yeah, this thing looks sleek as, and the solid Luthite body makes it weigh as much as a small horse. (Or a very large dog, if you're so inclined). Some might count this as a negative, but I hate the feeling of playing a guitar made of balsa wood.
The active pickups combined with high, mid and low tonal control knobs make for an amazing diversity of sound. I can sound like an upright bass, a church bell, and even a small horse! (Ok, no more animals).
The strings are fairly light, and the action nice n low, and the root of the neck angles off at the higher strings to allow more room for popping (the strings, you pervert).
Probably the only thing I'd whinge about is the tuners aren't the best - I have to retune before every time I play. Oh yeah, and this bass is going to cost me thouands of dollars to buy a stack to do it justice.
The Ergodyne is INDESTRUCTIBLE. This, and cockroaches, are the only things that will survive a global nuclear exchange. (So expect to see a lot of all-bass mutant roach bands if the world stage gets a little too tense).
For the price I paid, this bass easily surpasses all expectations (except the tuning system, whihc I mentioned above). The low B string is a little slacker than it might be, but you have to go up to Warwicks and Spectors to find that sort of feel.
So in short, the EDB 650 Ergodyne bass is excellent value for money. Versatile sound, elegant look, and you could drive a semitrailer (or small horse) over it. Wouldn't part with this bass for almost anything. (And I've plasyed it's successor, the EDA series, and I think it's a step backwards). If you're looking for a first five-string and you don't have a couple of grand to splash, go with this.
I bought it from a private seller who upgraded to a Mike Lull Bass. I bought it for $350, he bought it at bass NW in seattle for around $700.
This bass is much lighter than the solid maple bass I played before. It has great mid range and low end tone. The action is low and fast with hardly any fret buzz. The bass contour is great and very comfortable to play. In my opinion the body style is nice and not as wild (ugly) as the new ergodynes. It has two ibanez active soapbar pickups and active 9v preamp w/ 3band eq. This bass is very flexable with a great slap sound or good low end. If you can pick one up for a good price, do it (check ebay).
Not the most beautiful bass compared to the exotic wood basses out there but the price difference is worth it. The stings may be set a little close for some slap / pull playing but is fast for picking or finger playing styles.
Luthite body w/ matte finish, maple neck, two ibanez active soapbar pickups and active 9v preamp w/ 3band eq. Good quality and construction.
If you can pick one up for a good price, do it (check ebay). Good bass for the money. I use it live on stage and love it. I ran it through a rack compressor and then into the house system and it sounds great. I give it a four there is always room for improvement unless you have a $5000 custom bass.
I got this bass as a Christmas present from my wife. I played bass several years but had to sell my other one to pay bills. She paid $300 for this bass. She got it from a classified add on a website she found
This bass has Very good sound. You can get a very different sound just from the bass alone. By balancing the pickups from neck to bridge and back, you can go from very low bottom to very high end that almost hurts if the mid, bass and treb are set incorrectly. The body allows a lot of resonance so much so that I play without an amp for practice most of the time and don't have a problem hearing myself play. I like the body cutout beneath the D & G strings for slapping, the input jack in on the front of the body and angled out to reduce bumping of the chord. It stays consistantly in tune and the neck is fast when you set the action to your liking.
The strap holder pegs were getting a little loose but that was remedied by longer screws. No biggie there. & the strings buzz a little on certain frets but you can't hear it when plugged in.
Other people have mentioned that it's heavy, but I've played it for several hours on end and have had no problems dealing with it's weight.
The bass is SOLID! It tends to have an air of indestructability about it but I'm not ready to test that theory. I was usually very delicate with my other bass, but I don't feel the need to coddle this one. I have a lot of faith in it.
It's a damn good bass as far as I'm concerned. Between the bass, my EQ-20 and Marshall head, I don't think there's much I can't do with the sound. I used to struggle with sound issues on my old bass, and for once, I'm happy with my sound. Many of you will know how long the quest for good sound can take. I'm even able to get a good woody tone without and amp modeler and that's tuff to do with some WOOD basses! A great bass for the price.