Ibanez EDA900

Electric 4-String Bass

Made by Ibanez

Description The new Ergo series EDA 900 bass. It's somewhat of a disappointment being the original EDA (it was called something else) was a killer bass!
Posted By Ken Francis (4610)
Directory Equipment: Basses
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On 8/19/2007, Rob Fish (713) posted:
Overall Rating:
Feels great to play but I could get better sound out of a vaccuum cleaner. I've just bought an Ibanez SR900. Same great feel, better actually, but sounds supurb. I didn't even bother selling the EDA before I bought the new one. I could not stand the boring sound any longer. Had this been a wood bass it would have kicked ass.
Price: $650.00 Australian (new)
Features:
Nothing really special about the setup here. The luthite body had been bade into a comfortable shape but it sounds crap and smells like paint, even 2 years after I bought it.
Playability:
It feels really great to play. Great action and is comfortable in so many ways. I'm starting to learn to solo a bit and the frets beyond around the 13th or 14th aren't as comfortable as the the rest of the bass as I feel the strings could be just a little bit closer together
Sound Quality:
This is just one terrible sounding bass. Anyone who says otherwise has been living in a closet and doesn't know what a good bass sounds like. It's either dull, or tinny. It is so frustrating hearing the great bass lines that I play along to, and not being able to get a remotely good sound out of this.
Durability:
I have had to adjust to truss rod 3 times in 2 years. Mind you, I lived in China where the temperature went from one extreme to the other. It's had a lot of knocks and it has held up alright. All the bridge and knobs tarnish and look really crappy.
On 11/23/2003, Jorgen Trygved (5) posted:
Overall Rating:
I own a fretless Carlo Robelli (great fretless bass) and decided I should broaden my sound with something new... I made the purchase and its all I'd ask for... I must admit it is a little akward playing a bass that has such an un-natural structure and material but despite the fact that it is not organic, it sure does have soul...
Model Year: 2001
Price: $389.00
Where Obtained: basspalace.com
Features:
Luthite body... Single soapbar;Single piezo (absolutely wonderful combination) Thin rosewood 24 fret neck... Active 9 volt pre-amp with 3 band EQ... Absolutely brilliantly coordinated bass guitar ...
Playability:
A heavier bass, so for those of you who flail around the stage, watch how close you get the the guitarist...Such a slim neck gives a very acrobatic fingering to it... Generraly if you know what your doing, your music can't get any more precise.
Sound Quality:
The EDA-900 can play every style... I am pretty smooth with it but i will throw out some pops n' slaps when it calls... From Flea to Fieldy to Jarold Davis... The sound is anything your fingers want it to be... Great for live or recording...
Durability:
Not a bass you would try to destroy on stage...
On 11/10/2003, Noah Hulbert (151) posted:
Overall Rating:
I like the magnetic pickup moreso than anything, but I think that the sound could be better... For what it's worth, the bass is pretty nice over-all for the intermediate player as a step up from their hand-me-down fender clones. Mesa likey. =-)
Price: $600.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Mars Music in Milwaukee, WI
Features:
Interesting... It has two active pickups, piezo and magnetic. The piezo gives a great treble sound that you'd want to use when playing two-fingered, but I use the magnetic most of the time for the phat slap tones. I like the sleek, flashy body, too... I'm always the first person people come to after my band does a gig telling me how cool it looks.
Playability:
Great, especially for my playing style. The frets are a little buzzy, but the neck is run with ease and finess. There's really little more to say... I like the shortened neck, but it's really not necessary for me personally 'cause I have long enough arms...
Sound Quality:
It's a good overall sounding and looking bass for use at home, practice, or on even on stage, but your sound man will find problems over-riding the frequencies unless you turn the treble boosts all the way down. Also, I had a problem with recording that I haven't been able to solve; it makes a low hissing sound, but I think any old humm-eliminator would take care of it... Not sure though...
Durability:
I never have any problems with it going out of tune when left idle for a week or so, which is usually the max amount of time I'd go without touching it. As with many Ibanez guitars, though, I found that after only about a year there were problems with the input, and it need to be sodered back together inside. Other than that, the thing is made of luthite, so of course it'll hold up. Reccommended for excessively violent players.
On 3/30/2003, Tye Patchana (385) posted:
Overall Rating:
I first chose this bass because of its looks, later i played it before i purchased it and started noticing how versatile it was. it took me a little to get used to the shape but i love it now, the color is terrific. bass players at shows always give me comments on my bass, i would purchase a new one if it were stolen or broken, i have had mine a good 2 years and its still perfect this bass will easily last at least a good hard 10 years of playing
Model Year: 2001
Price: $500.00 (new)
Where Obtained: K&S Music
Features:
Made in Korea with a luthite body and neck which is surprisingly very resonant. Has 4 controls bass volume, treble volume, bass boost/cut, treble boost/cut. has a bass pickup with monorail 2 bridge fishman piezo pickups, also has sattles for each string to cut down on string interference. The body is very nicely shaped and is light while it is contoured to fit snugly.
Playability:
The neck is incredible the best neck i have ever played on, is thin making playing fast incredibly easy. This bass can make any sound you want from korn, to blink, to jazz music so its very versatile in obtaining a preferred sound, u can evern make your own, there are no flaws except the battery has to be replaced becuz of the active eq in it which blends the sound perfectly
Sound Quality:
I play this through a Hartke vx410 cab with a Hartke 4000 head, sounds excellent, has alot of punch and bass, you can definitely tailor this bass to your sound. When u play it if feels as if the bass plays to your style not the other way around which is the feeling i get with some basses
Durability:
This bass is very durable, i have dropped it down the stairs with no knicks or scratches, It has no paint on it, its pure luthite i have been rough with it many times esecially playing shows with it, i did howeve manage to scratch the headstock when i scraped it off of a brick wall accidentally, it is orange underneath the luthite but again it takes alot to hurt this bass i have dropped it many times i even spilled ice tea in my pickups and after about an week it dried and my bass was perfect again
On 1/21/2003, Xavier Kerevel (62) posted:
Overall Rating:
I like this bass for this great comfort and this fabulous sound.
Model Year: 2002
Price: $750.00 Euros (new)
Where Obtained: Music Leader
Features:
This bass is made in Korea.Luthite body and a two-octave maple necks. One passive humbucker pickups, Fishman piezo and a Fishman active EQ's with piezo and humbucker volume, piezo cut/boost and humbucker magnetic EQ. 24 medium frets, Elixir Bridge. Scale lenght 34".
Playability:
This is my second bass (first i've a Washburn B10) and it's a pleasure to play on this neck. Is comfortable and fast. The string spacing are perfect. A really ergonomics bass.
Sound Quality:
I use an Harkte 3500 with 4x8" and 1x15" and BP200 for effects. The sound is clear, warm and powerfull with something like contrabass sound when i use only the piezo. Correctors offers versatile tones.
Durability:
This bass is well made with precise adjustments. I can modify the action, the neck curve and the axle.
On 12/31/2001, Chris D'Avolio (32) posted:
Overall Rating:
I do not understand how anyone can crap on this bass. "To each his own" but I love it. It is very well balanced. It is a little heavy but it's contour more than makes up for it. If you are unsure just try one.
Price: $629.99 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Center
Features:
This has 4 (2 volume and 2 tone)knobs and comes in two awsome colors. It was hard to decide between silver and red. Some say it's weird looking I think it is one of the best looking modern basses. The new piezo pickups alow you to acieve awsome punch and deep lows especially when run through and Ampeg setup.
Playability:
This bass blows away every other bass I tried. The electronics make for such a sweet sound. I love playing chords and they are so crisp even at high volumes.The thin neck makes aggresive playing easier. If you want to achieve that MuDvAyNe type sound and maybe even make the guitarist a little jealous like Ryknow does, this bass may help you.
Sound Quality:
Never noisy. The cleanest most punchy bass i have played. This bass can be used for just about any style. I don't think a bassist who sits there and plays 16th notes the whole time can appreciate what this instrument has to offer
Durability:
Very reliable. My drummer dropped it on concrete and it literally did not even scratch(though I was still p---ed). If you are unsure test play one first. If you love chords or slap and pop you will love this bass.
On 8/15/2001, Seth posted:
Overall Rating:
I played about 6 other basses and i found this had the best sound and much much better than my De Armond
Price: $629.99 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Center
Features:
The bridge is just one of the many cool parts of it.
Playability:
Very thin neck not too wide either i like the 5 string model as well as the 4 string.
Sound Quality:
Awesome sound
Durability:
My friend bought a cheap strap for his and the strap broke... BANG! on to the concrete and it literally didn't even scratch it.
On 5/31/2001, Ken Francis (4610) posted:
Overall Rating:
I didn't buy it, although it reminded me of the original (I still can't remember the model name) It's all a judgement call. I hear people ranting and raving over the Ergo series all the time. Just a big disappointment for me. I was all pysched to try one out, and when I did....it all came crashing down. So my final piece of advice: If you love the Ergo series, try some wooden basses, But if you must play on luthite...then this is your new bass.
Model Year: 2001
Price: $0.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Tried at a local Music chain
Features:
The new Ergo EDA 900 series bass is a big letdown. It's built of that Luthite material, and boasts light weight, but it's heavy as lead. The coolest thing about it is the electronics. It's got the new monorail piezo bridge elements, along with a special preamp. The body is already a classic Ibanez shape, but it didn't get much fame in the early 90's when it was first released. The original model was built with Walnut, and was neck-thru. This new model's neck is tiny...I don't even think J-bass players would like it.
Playability:
The bass I tried, was setup with .045's and had a punchy tone thanks to the piezos in the bridge. But the overall feel of the newly designed shape was a bit awkward. It sports that "Ergo" body cut, which can be a bit uncomfortable at certain playing angles. Oh...and did I already mention IT'S HEAVY? I would have to guess in the 9 to 10 pound range.
Sound Quality:
I played this bass through a new Fender Bassman 2000, and it sounded great. I will have to give it a good mark for sound and electronics. It's got versatility that way, and can be used for all styles from Rock to Jazz, etc...
Durability:
I imagine you could drop this bass out of a 10 story window, and only nick the finish. Sorry folks, I'm a purist when it comes to building materials, and this new luthite crap really has no soul whatsoever.