Ibanez SR506

Ibanez SR506

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SR506, 5+ string bass guitar from Ibanez in the SR Standard series.

5 user reviews

Ibanez SR506 tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer:Ibanez
  • Model:SR506
  • Series:SR Standard
  • Category:5+ string bass guitars
  • Added in our database on: 07/05/2006

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Ibanez SR506 user reviews

Average Score:4.6( 4.6/5 based on 5 reviews )
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 1 user review20 %
MGR/Bassman 610/02/2007

MGR/Bassman 6's review"Ibanez SR 506"

Ibanez SR506
I have been playin bass since 7th grade I wm now in 11th so about 4 years under my belt

I play both stand-up and bass guitar,guitar,dryums,etc.etc.

pretty much any type of music u can think I like

I play in a metal band called Unstable Society

I started off playing viola

I bought my Ibanez from Guitar Center in Rosedale Minn.

I needed a better bass then my squier becuase I surpassed its capabilites and wanted a six string bass

I paid about 700 dollars for my Ibanez

Over all I loev the bass,the MK1 Bartonili electronics are amazing,great tone,the action and the way it plays is just beutiful,the finish is very nice,the bass hangs extremaly well when playin with a strap,the neck is very very thing which is very nice for reaching those low strings,tapping and slaping is very easy on it,the woods are very nice and resonate extremaly,the mahogany body give a nice bright sound,and the 5 piece neck made with three pieces of wedge and two strips of Bubinga is extrmaly smooth,and the active pickups don't kill that battery fast at all

there is'nt alot that I don't like about the instrument

the only thing I can think of is that the truss rod extremaly hard to get at and Ibanes should have put the truss rod adjusment nut at the bottom of the neck instead of at the top

great,very solid well built bass

A spectacular purchase for anyone looking for a six string bass,very good to learn on if you want to try your hand at a six string bass

This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
MGR/Anthony Way04/10/2006

MGR/Anthony Way's review"Ibanez SR506"

Ibanez SR506
My name is Anthony Way. I have been playing bass for 27 years. I am currently the bassist for The Adopted - www.theadopted.com
I am a fan of alternative rock music including Pearl Jam, I Mother Earth, Cold Play...etc.

I actually owned 3 Ibanez SR series basses - SR406, SR506 & SR1206. I recently gave up my endorsement with Godin Guitars to play Ibanez exclusively. Godin makes great guitars but they did not make a 6 string bass which is all I play now. In my current bass lineup I only use 2 basses - my SR506 (natural finish - backup) and my beautiful SR1206 (oil finish...NICE!).

I think Ibanez makes some of the best basses in the world. I have owned many basses over the years including original Fenders, Kramer, Yamaha's, Rickenbacker 4001, Godin, Aria Pro II (80's version), Hondo II, El Degas, Peavey, OLP, Rogue, Dillian, Douglas, Dean & Ibanez.

Honestly there is nothing I do not like about my Ibanez SR506. Actually all the Ibanez basses I have owned have been excellent. The SR406 did not have the bite that the SR506 had (especially when thumbing) but that was understandable since the 406 did not have active pickups only an active circuit (lower end model with DX6 pickups - the 506 has ADX6 pickups). The necks where the same - SR6 hard maple. They felt the same.

I am an active bassist and I play hard. The Ibanez basses I own handle all I can give. These basses are great and stay in tune. The quality is top notch in my opinion.

Overall I highly recommend Ibanez basses especially the medium to high range models. I have never played a bass that has felt as good as an Ibanez SR series bass and what I mean is the fit to my body. The sound I get is perfect for my style of play and music (alt. rock mostly). I love the look of the SR series - I think Ibanez did a great job designing these basses.

This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com

Anonymous 's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" very good instrument for the price"

Ibanez SR506
24 frets
2 single coil pickups kind mk1 position jazz bass
the pickups are passive but not to bypass the electronic switch
Volume / Balance
mediums with selector 250/600 hz


the handle is rather nice, thick can for my taste.
"I did play that bass 6 strings of a violin maker Leduc and 2 lower on measures Vergnaud (http://www.lutheriephilosophale.com)

I find this rather low aesthetic and balanced
lightweight instrument.

the last two frets require a little effort and from my point of view for use with a change of position to access the strings below (nothing serious).

sound settings work very well and easily "childish".


Convien it well in some HAPPEN
I find the sound rather terrible fingers, a huge 70's style with more serious, I used to rather funk / disco music.
There are very rich low-médims with rocky grain is also quite merger in mind, but then I prefer fretless (matter of taste).
by slap against I do not like at all the highs that are to kick a little too 70's, it is not acute in my opinion but the midrange nasal.
I used to slap a 305 atk japan.

I play on a Markbass TA 503 amp with enceite the same brand 210hf


this is one year and1 / 2 I use.

I try jazz bass fender and Squier
a musicman stingray 5cordes
of Honner and many others .... Jam
a 305 atk japan 1999
instruments maker
Leduc, Vigier, vergnaud .....

the +
the price (it takes a lot to make a whole-sandstone planimetry frets to a luthier to be able to settle with a low action).
sound very interesting.
the use of facilitated.
do not be afraid for her in the evening one can pourraves or on holiday in the mother (given the price)

the -
just the lack of gloss

I'll buy this low again in the month in standby instrument.

Pat.Rick's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Ibanez SR506
This is a 24Cases equipped with Micro "Bartolini", and electronics "EQBIIIs" preamp may be coming from "Bartolini". This is a test.
1 Volume, 1 Balance, Grave 1, 1 Aquamarine, 1 medium and 1 Switch which I regard as a kind of boost. To try to be more precise, the adjustment knobs, balance, bass, mid, whether acute regardless of the position switch. on the other hand, there's more punch in a position in the other.


As always with Ibanez the neck is particularly fine for 6 Strings. It is 'Slapable', but it is a delicate practice with low gauge strings. The handle is nice earlier, whatever an adjustment by a luthier allow myself to be more objective. Is entitled to have two rods settings for the handle. Access to acute earlier is good, all fields are playable. But not "Ultra Flat" in comparison to my "Yamaha TRB6p2". That said for the price, the strings have a suitable height.

Difficult to obtain a correct sound.


For me the sound is not terrible. Too much sustain, its not versatile at all compared to my 800 SDGR. I recognize the claw "Bartolini" which clearly does not suit me. The grave is filled with medium and lacks fullness. Acute when the are has them, Hyper crystalline. I would even say sour, and no relief. Yet it is of Barto. Understand that many bassist, research can be kind of sound. I imagine that his hyper punchy goes well with a tube amp. (Amp that attack gum sound). His brief for me is EXTREMELY zero. I intend to try to build a system equivalent to that of my SDGR 800. In short it's just a matter of taste. Too bad Ibanez thinks only rockers. It is not at all versatile.

THIS IS AT ME! many have confrere kiffer sound.


I play on the amp "Transistor". Never a "LAMP". I am using Multi-ZOOM effect, if I should play a "Chicago Blues" in the pure spirit and drive. The ZOOM simulates perfectly and the sound choice for LAMP LP1, LP2 or LP3. (Who can do more can do less, Advisory amateur lamp, the reverse is mathematically IMPOSSIBLE).

I have tried a lot of model before making this purchase I have no regrets. Whatever it is I wanted the 706, but unfortunately not available in Europe.

What I like most is the look, wood, ergonomics. In short I am very pleased with the series of Ibanez SR SDGR alias. I miss the sound of the SR 800. I say it enough.
on the other hand I hate the sound of plain medium and sustain. The disappearance of the MID varies EQBIIs on EMG. Value for money, and for the lack of choice, I do it again the same choice without hesitation.

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