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MGR/Travers Clark08/05/2003

MGR/Travers Clark's review"Ibanez SR405"

Ibanez SR405
I recieved the bass as a gift for my birthday, because I wanted a 5 string for extra range, to my knowlege it cost $799NZ.

The active controls are great for shaping a room filling sound that depending on your tastes can either blend in with a band or stand out in it's own sonic spectrum. The extra range is OK but I don't play anything lower than the low D because it doesn't really blend in with the other instruments, I have found the best sound and range out of this instrument is acheived by stringing it with D'addario flat wounds and tuning it in fifths from low to high 5=D 4=A 3=E 2=B 1=F# which gives you a range of 5 octaves and 4 semitones compared to the 4 octaves and 8 semitones of a standard tuned five and 4 octaves and 3 semitones of a four (all excluding harmonics), the low D is the equivalent of Drop D while the high F# is the equivalent of the 14th fret on the high E of a guitar.The input jack is solid as a rock and the battery seem to last for ages I've just changed my battery for the first time since march it is now august!

I didn't like the brightness of the instrument, it's good for popular music styles but doesn't have the depth required for jazz, blues, latin or reggae even with the bass control turned right up and the mids and treble rolled off. Also the tight string spacing makes slapping a lot harder, I don't have huge hands or anything like that even though standard slap pop techniques are easy enogh to pull off, I found whe you get into the serious slap stuff like double thumbing(like Victor Wooten) or double plucking (like Ray Reindeau) these advanced techniques require far too much concentration to do on this bass. A warwick thumb with wide spacing option is a billion time better than this bass for such playing.

The maple body is a touch on the heavy side for me but I put that down to me usually playing 4strings even though it is well balanced on the lap and on the strap.
When I opened the electronic cavity for the first time yesterday I was pleasantly surprised to find a fully sheilded compartment with foil and conductive paint, threaded screw inserts neatly placed electronics and a solid battery mount.
the three piece maple neck is quite comfortable even for small hands and shouldn't intimidate anyone, tuners are quite accurate and hold their pithch well.
The nut on my bass was properly cut and the action low with no string buzzes, whenever I get a new instrument I ussually set them up myself but on this bass there was no need I haven't even adjusted the neck. Just a well built bass.

If you are wanting to delve into 5 string land and are looking for a bass which is easy on the hands then this is probably a good bet. It has a good preamp but does't have all the sounds in there which is fine if you don't want to play jazz or latin. This bass is probably perfect for what I am doing with that is playing in a 4 piece rock band with two guitars to cut through also responds well to effects such as electroharmonix bassball, crybabby wah and boss turbo overdrive, alll in all a good bass at a good price but final thoughts a set of flatwound really makes this bass sound great and does add considerable depth I recommend D'addarios 45-130 chromes.

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MGR/Twitchy's review"Ibanez SR405"

Ibanez SR405
I acquired the ibanez bass guitar by referreeing lacrosse games, I bought it Giovanni Yamaha Music in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. As in walked into the store the resilient lacquer finish caught my eye I had originally been planning to be a Fender Jazz Bass, but was lured by the sheer unadulterated power and feel of this Bass Guitar. I bought the guitar for $750 Canadian

This Bass guitar has a neck with an amazing feel great for playing almost all styles of music. In addition, this five string is surprisingly great for a funkadelia and slap Bass which I am particular too. Similarly, the pickups give a great sound, and are active making agressive play, sound beautiful. The tone knobs give either a soft, soultry tone or a powerful abrasive sound. Also the playability of this guitar cannot be matched so for all you metalheads no need to worry about the inability to play quickly and powerful. The fretting on this guitar is great the frets higher give a hush hollow sound great for soloing.

The guitar has active pickups so it can be annoying to change the battery especially if you play often. Another dislike of mine on the topic of the SR405 is the cheap factory that are on the guitar when you buy it squeak like mice

The construction quality of this guitar is very good. Although the tuning pegs can be a little bit fussy. The input jack on this Bass is exquisite it will never fall out because it is but a hole in the guitar with nothing surrounding it.

If your playing in a band and want a professional level Bass for a reasonable price this is the Bass Guitar for you. It's maple neck rosewood fretboard, pearl dot inlays all make this Bass exquisite.This guitar is great for playing funk rock and metal because of its durability, playabilty and sheer power.

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MGR/IncuFanProto's review"Ibanez SR 405"

Ibanez SR405
I bought my SR405 at Guitar Trader in San Diego for $315.

The 3 band eq is very nice because it makes it easy to change tone. The neck is pretty thin for a five string, but not too thin. The sound is very smooth (also a con). The natural finish looks very nice. It's cheap for a five string with active electronics.

The SR405 lacks any real growl (it's very "smooth"), depending on the style of music that you want to play. The strings that come with it arent great, but they certainly are adequate.

Very high quality, no problems with the construction whatsoever. Feels very solid. The knobs are really on there.

An excellent budget 5 string with many features found in higher priced basses. It is well constructed and sounds good, except it lacks a growl.

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MGR/Anonymous's review"Ibanez SR405"

Ibanez SR405
After playing Ibanez basses for about 5yrs, it was natural to stay with them when I ventured out for a new toy. I purchased my SR205 for $520 at my local shop, and it was worth it.

First a foremost the tone is excellent, I've played around with almost all the top name basses in the $300 - $800 price range and this is if not one of the best.

Well my only complaint is that Ibanez needs to factor better strings, for 500+sumpter, I expected better stringing! But go out and get some Ernie Ball or your choice and your set/

If you setup to low B this mug can be crucial! Playing in my band I have to play hard and loud and try my best not to let the lead guitarist drown my sound....let's just say I love this bass. 2 octaves in every 5 frets of the 24 frets, maple body, 3 piece maple neck and rosewood finger, DX5 pickups and about 45mm at the nut...sweet!

It's light, well crafted, and can take a beating and still sound great! So for all you KoRn, Mudvayne, and Rage kids that toss things....this is a bass that can suffer such abuse!

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obiwan76's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Notice Obiwan76"

Ibanez SR405


The handle is nice (for a 5 string) and the sound palette is wide enough. It is still typed for more metal but I also used a group of music rather typed 60-70 years. There are many possible settings, you get lost a bit at first. It is heavy but with a good wide strap well that's ok.


With this all depends on the bass amp. It is not too made for a good solo slap but the Hard Rock will scream! One remains in the middle range but it's still very good.


I use it from time to temperature since 1995. I am a guitarist first.
What I like is that it seems indestructible. . .

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

Ibanez SR405


The handle is nice (for a 5 string).
Access to acute is ... 'Blah blah'. 24 frets is a long time!
The shape is perfect for me. As for weight, it is certainly a little heavy, but you get done quickly.
His level, you get something correct easily thanks to microphones and versatile active electronics.




Good mid-range low (between medium and low end I might add). I like the sound of active pickups, especially the bass it provides. One can easily go from jazz to rock to rock but the thing is the metal (especially for korn styles etc.) but be warned, this bass is not for funk and slap with another style (can not SLAPP EASILY! The pickups are VERY-TOO-BIG). The handle is nice but there are always better (Caution: for a 5-string bass entry level, the handle (and everything else for that matter) is more than satisfactory!). So basically this bass is perfect for a little way before reaching the next level ... In a few years I will opt for a U.S. Jazzbass 5c or 4c Musicman while keeping my Ibanez. I jazzeux base, but I also have a death punk band, this bass suits me for the nickel price at which I got (to Audiofanzine argus).

Added 03/12/08:
Over time this low me tired. I just bought a Fender Jazz Bass U.S. in 1989 (edition 22 Frets) and ... Actually ... This is the day and night! With the Bass you can type in the Rock (genre huum seventies ...), Jazz, Punk (Matt Freeman aah!) Or any other style of music that has a very heavy bass good =)
This Ibanez was finally sold contrary to what I said. But I regret nothing, it is a low level limited sonic palette. For metal, industrial, and the other something like that it's okay. After bah ... It all depends on what you want!

Marc0's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Ibanez SR405
- Ibanez DXP and passive bass pickups dxj
- Channel 5 pices in Maple
- Die-cast bridge Ibanez 5
- Lightweight soft maple body
- Bridge: Die-cast 5
- Neck Pickup: DX5N
- Bridge Pickup: DX5B
- EQ: 3-band active


The handle is extremely easy, requiring Ibanez, flat and easy to ACCS everywhere. The ergonomics are excellent, the bass is a little heavy but it's still reasonable. Suitable for slap as the tab through the game on his finger. If the drooling a little, for a 5-string mid-range should not ask too much.


This bass is versatile trs, microphones are a bit cold, but Electronic active can play directly and efficiently on the sound. This is an excellent mid-range bass that can engage all the "sports" of the bass without constraints.


I used 3-4 years, she has always agreed, it is enjoyable to play trs, the sound is fairly neutral and easily modeled. A + for the active EQ. The handle is solid three spices and it's not the kind of instrument that you loose the bour a year. Trs a good buy in short, who does not regret it.

sebos44's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Ibanez SR405
Manufacturing Corenne
Jumbo frets, flat end of sleeves (24 frets)
2 active pickups humbukers DX5 (neck / bridge) with conventional rglages (bass, mid treble) + selcteur neck pickup bridge pickups.


Round end flat frets julbo -> what a pleasure!
Access in acute fairly easy
Appropriate weight
The sound is easily adjustable and corrected thanks to SETTING THE electronic active. Only BMOL the poarfois If serious harm can be Dfine


Ideal for many styles because the sounds are quite versatile.
Hartke HA3500 and plays SWR 2x12 cabinet (bigfoot).

The sound that I use combines both bass and treble to be submitted at as much as possible and be low also during operations slapper.


Used since ending for five years.
The ergonomics of the instrument is interesting.
I did not so much to say about the exprience DIFFERENT MODELS low. I know from these dernires five years, I t satisfied with the instrulent but I think having a way suiffisament important to be able to change quickly, opting for a 5 string amricaine ( Musiman, Fender or Sadowski)