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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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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. . .

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)