I looked a the Fender P and the Yamaha RBX774. I back in the mid-80s I had an Ibanez Destroyer II. After which I played a Washburn and in the early 90s I tried a Fender P. I decided to stick with Ibanez EDB600GP.
Model Year: 2004
Price: $509.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Musician's Friend
EDB4 neck, 3 piece Maple Neck Material, Luthite Body,
24/Medium frets, Rosewood Finger Board , Accu-Cast B20 bridge, IBZ DXH2N Neck PU, IBZ DXH2B Bridge PU, Pearl Dot Inlay, EQB-III 3-Band, Gray Pewter, and Elixir Nonaweb Strings.
This bass plays like a dream. I find it to have (for my untrained ears) great entonation. Notes sounds as they should.
I have a Fender Rumble 100. The combination of the EDB and Rumble is a perfect match. Both items compliment each other.
Both the bass and the amp are too new to make an appropriate assesment.
I looked at this bass in the store for over a year. I thought it looked a little different, I was not real crazy about the sound ( i've been more or less a fender guy) But I could not get over the way it played. So I took a chance and bought it. At $600 you just can't beat the way a good edb600 plays. It has since become my main bass playing about 200 gigs a year.
Price: $600.00 (new)
This bass has a very good working Eq! Solid bridge.
This is the best playing bass I've ever played. Its not without some problems. Temperture changes seem to effect the bass quite a bit. It has a thin very fast neck, the action is great low and fast. But it is a little sensitive to temp and string tension changes. Its easy to correct with the truss rod and having to make the occasional adjustment is more than worth the effort. If you find one that is set up even close to the way you like it you will see what I mean.
I play this bass on all Hartke. 350 head 410 xl cabinet. The bass's active electronics and eq work very well. I also use a zoom pedal. This is not a wooden bass and it does not have a warm full sound. It does not sustain very well. But for hard rock or metal with some sort of pedal the sound is good.
It holds up well to live playing. Not withstanding the problems noted above. I play in a christian hard rock band. We travel quite a bit and I have not had much trouble.
I looked at Fenders, BC Rich, and some other basses, and this was by far my favorite. Its so light and versitile, I can play about anything. I would definatly buy another one if it were lost or stolen. This is a wonderful bass for a well expirienced player, and I think anyone that loves playing bass would love playing this.
Model Year: 2000
Price: $499.99 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Center
The EDB600 Ergodyne is one of the best basses I have played. It is made of Luthite, which gives it a sweet tone and no fingerprints all over the body. It has a 2octave fret board(24frets) and 4 strings. The neck is thin and easy to move your fingers around witrh ease and speed. The Bass, Mid, Treb, volume and Balance knobs let you control the range of your sounds, from hollow sounding bass tones, to high pitched full sounds. It has 2 soapbox pick ups, vistit Ibanez.com to see what kind. Mine has a grey puter finish and looks remarkable.
I usually like to play slap, or just normal fingerplucking, and this bass is great for it. If ur like me and like to play slap, this is great. If u know how to play slap the correct way, when u pluck with ur mid, and index finger, and slap with ur thumb, then this would be great for u because the lower part is cut away so u can pluck(or snap) easier. And if u are into speed playing, the neck is small and incredibly easy to move your fingers from place to place. I cannot think of any flaws in the playabilty of this bass.
The sound of this bass is full, clear, and smooth. It gives out a great sound, and with all the controls, u can change it alot. I think this bass could be played for basicly any type of style, from funk to blues. This bass sounds 10 times as good as old GSR200 bass. I thought it was just my amp that sounded dull, I realize now it was my bass.
It durabilty is great, it has stayed in tune for the past week and I have kept it in a gig bag(messes with tuning) put in a trunk of a car,(hot to cold will mess with neck) and been playing it as hard as ever. I think this bass would hold up well during live playing. The only bad part about my bass would be the volume knob may be loose. But other then that everything is superb.
A great bass...so glad I lucked out and found it for cheap. I'd suggest it to anyone who wants to play bass in the realm of heavy music.
Model Year: 1999
Where Obtained: Pawn shop
Excellent bass for the price I paid. I'd even pay the full price, ($500-600) tif I had to replace it. The body curvature fits nicely when playing, and the sound quality is excellent for having stock pick-ups. Active EQ with passive pick-ups makes a great sound for the style I play, metal. It also stays in tune very well, and the bridge keeps the intonation from whacking out even when detuned to BEAD.
The only people I wouldn't suggest this bass to are those who like very high action, or small people (it's quite heavy)
The action is vey low and smooth, which I love. Combined with an ultra thing neck it's a perfect metal bass...incredibly fast. I like it better than most other Ibanez basses I've tried, and I even like it better than some really expensive ones I've tried, such as Tobias. The model is supposed to have problems with dead frets, and I've played some EDB's with them in music stores, but I guess I lucked out because my particular bass has none.
I use an SWR amp and a BOSS CE-3 chorus. To distort I plug in a BOSS Metal Zone through the effects loop for that Paul Barker Ministry sound. The Ergodyne is exceptionally loud, especially with a fresh battery in it. I think this is due to the Luthite body material.
I've played it quite a bit and whacked the hell out of this thing. The body shows no dings or dents, or even fingerprints. It's also ver well constructed. You can beat the crap out of it but it just keeps working. Especially unusal considering it has active electronis in it.