I think if you wanted a good rock bass then you should go with this one. But if you dont have $800 to pay for it then keep looking.
Model Year: 1999
Where Obtained: Guitar Center
I bought this from a man who recived this bass as a gift. Originally it would cost around $800, but he was selling it for $40 because it had "Too many Strings". This bass has 5 strings, a great sound comes from the B string, and through the ADX5 pickups you would wonder why he didn't just remove the B string and play it as a 4 string bass. This bass comes with 2 ADX5 active pickups, volume, tone, treble/mid. It comes in one color, Black.
Nice action, allows for easy playability. A slightly think neck but is easy to maneuver your hand across.
There are two double story knobs as i call them. So if you have problems with feedback or too much bnottom end then mess with them. Its a great sounding bass, Good for slap.
I dont have strap locks equipped on this bass so when i was playing i dropped it and the wood around the input jack broke. It is a good bass for live but is quite heavy. Everything else is pretty much great.
Such a great bass. Except for the drawback with it's weak neck probably because of age, I would still buy an ibanez soundgear bass.
Price: $500.00 P10,000
Where Obtained: From a friend
I knew I had a gold mine when I got my Soundgear. I have heared a lot of comments of ibanez basses with weak necks. Sad to say, I had to run my 5 string to a guitar shop for a neck job. I took me a year before I could really use the bass. I changed the pick ups with a set of EMG 35Ps. I really like the clarity nd pressence It delivers. probably because of the great control with it's vari-mid feature.
The neck is small. And as most SDGRs are, this bass is easy on the fretting hand. Really versatile as it could play slap, straight plucks, and strums.
I like the pressence and how it delivers clear notes even with the worst amps onstage.
The neck is weak.
Best bang for the buck!!!! It is a beautiful piece. I have seen many popular bands start using it as well. The only thing really wrong is that it is so sweet looking, I don't want to screw it up with scratches and damage, but like always, it will eventually happen... :(
Model Year: 2000
Price: $810.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Center
This is the best bass I have ever owned or played. It is of course from Japan. 24 medium brass wire frets, active electronics (see site) Excellent heads, very precise.
This bass plays great, best bang for the buck. Nice action, easy to adjust everything. Even with fairly short fingers, I can reach 95% of the board with ease, all of it with a little more stretch.
I play through a rather unsitely combo and a Mesa Boogie 15" bottom, Shure wireless system and no effects other than an EQ. The sound is great but hard to get the highs as even as the lows. This bass has power all the way down.
I use it for all live shows and practice. I have intonated it once, when I bought it. For extreme live shows I have played outside in the sun, in a garage on a cold and rainy day, in a barn with a heater blowing on/off right at me, never changed I tell ya, it never changed.
Well I got lucky when I bought this guitar. A friend order an Ibanez 6 string online, but recieved this one instead. The company refused to take the bass back, so he sold it to me at the same price he paid. He paid $260, for a bass that lists at $950. The site had it for $750. So for what I paid, this is the deal of a lifetime for me. So as you can see, I didn't look at any other basses when I got this one. All I can say is that it is a really good guitar.
Model Year: 1999
Price: $260.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Muscians Friend.com
The Ibanez SR885 has a basswood body, a 3 piece maple 24 fret neck, duel soapbar Dynamix active pickups, and high, low, and variable mid tone knobs. I got it with the basic black high gloss paint. Another feature I like is the back of the neck is painted also, which makes moving up and down the neck easier and faster than ever.
This bass is EASY to play. I wonder why I ever had another bass before it. This bass compares favorably with other Ibanez models I have played. It plays much better than the SR300DX that I used to own, and as good if not better than all the Ergodyne models I have tryed.
I play this bass on a small Crate 20 watt amp at the moment. But even on such a small amp it is very boomy at the low end, and yet very clean on the higher strings. I play mostly rock/alt with it, and it sounds great. This bass sounds as good as anything I have ever played....BAR NONE.
I cannot say how well it works in an onstage situation, but it is a very solid guitar, much more solid than the SR300DX I owned before. It holds tune very well also.