Ibanez SR800

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On 3/29/2004, Philip Jackson (159) posted:
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I LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS BASS AND WOULD DEFINETLY REPURCHASE THIS ONE SHOULD ANYTHING HAPPEN TO IT.I RESEARCHED A FEW OTHER BASSES IN THIS PRICERANGE AND NOTHING CAME REMOTELY CLOSE.
Model Year: 2000
Price: $899.00 Canadian (new)
Where Obtained: Steves Music / Toronto Ontario , Canada
Features:
MY SR800 WAS PRODUCED IN JAPAN. IT HAS A 3 PIECE MAPLE NECK WITH GRAPHITE REINFORCEMENT / 24 MEDIUM FRETS AND IS A FOUR STRING. IT HAS A VOLUME/BLEND/BASS&TREBLE BOOST AND CUT / SWEEPABLE MIDRANGE WITH MID BOOST AND CUT . THE PICKUPS ARE FULL RANGE ACTIVE HUMBUCKINGS IN A PJ CONFIGURATION.THE BASS IS STRICTLY ACTIVE.ITS' COLOUR IS GREY NICKLE WITH LAQUER FINISH.THE BODY STYLE IS SOUNDGEAR SERIES BODY.BRIDGE STYLE IS FIXED USING AN ACCUCAST B20 BRIDGE. COMES STANDARD WITH GOTOH ENCLOSED TUNERS.
Playability:
I HAVE MY BASS ACTION SET MEDIUM LOW. THE THINNEST NECK AVAILABLE ON ANY BASS. EASY TO SPAN THE FRETS AND THIN NECK PROMOTES FASTER PLAYABILITY. I'VE USED A FEW HIGH END BASSES OVER THE YEARS , FENDER PRECISION/RICKENBACKER/PEAVEY/VOX/HAGSTROM AND I WOULD PUT THE SR800 UP AGAINST ANY OF THESE FOR SOUND QUALITY AND PLAYABILITY.IT CONTAINS NO FLAWS THAT ARE APPARENT TO ME AND I AM EXTREMELY PARTICULAR WHEN IT COMES TO THE STRUCTURAL OR COSMETIC ASPECTS OF MY INSTRUMENT.
Sound Quality:
I'M CURRENTLY USING A YORKVILLE XS400T BASS COMBO WITH THE SR800 BASS,AND THE COMBINATION OF THE TWO SOUNDS JUST ABOUT AS HIGH END AS YOU CAN POSSIBLY GET IN THIS PRICERANGE.THIS BASS IS CAPABLE OF DEEP RICH BOTTOM END TO SLAP SOUND AND ANYTHING IN BETWEEN.WHEN I PRACTICE AT HOME I SIT VERY CLOSE TO THE AMP AND THIS BASSES PICKUPS ARE WHISPER QUIET WITH THE GUITARS'GAIN WIDE OPEN.THIS BASS SUITS ANY APPLICATION.
Durability:
CONSIDERING THE SR800'S SUPER FAST THIN NECK MINE SEEMS TO ENDURE CLIMATE CHANGES QUITE WELL,BUT AGAIN ITS ALWAYS IN A HARDSHELL CASE WHEN NOT IN USE.THE HARDWARE STILL LOOKS NEW AFTER OWNING THIS BASS 2 1/2 TO 3 YEARS.VERY SELDOM DO I EVEN HAVE TO TUNE IT. IVE ONLY ADJUSTED THE TRUSS ROD ONCE IN 3 YEARS.
On 8/2/2003, Kevin Jamieson (421) posted:
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I must say, this is a solid bass all around, high quality sound, construction , look and feel. and for $400, I'd say I got a deal. Very pleased. The bridge is kind of strange though, you can't adjust individual string height, just accross the whole thing. This may become a problem if i need to adjust the action, but as for now, it is perfect.
Price: $400.00 can
Where Obtained: pawn shop
Features:
Ibenez Bass, sound gear sr800, this bass was just sitting there with a bunch of super crappy basses. I decided to plug the little bugger in and ...WHAM! I never really cared for the looks of ibenez basses but I can't deny this one. Active electronics that have a wide range of tones. It sits and balances very comfortably. IT is a wierd purply-blue color and the neck, ooh that neck, very thin but solid and well constructed. I believe it is even thinner than a Jazz. I have small hands and this neck...well, my hands just fell in love. I am very pleased with this bass. Jazz and P pick-ups with active electronics. I have'nt owned it long enough to say anything bad aboutit yet, but if I had to think of something it would be.....?
Playability:
Sound Quality:
Durability:
I can't really say yet
On 7/14/2002, Jin Choi (588) posted:
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Well, this is my 3rd Ibanez soundgear and the best one yet. It's a old version with the LO-Z pickups. I wish the body material could be upgraded to something like alder... but overall this is a fantastic music machine..
Price: $350.00 CDN
Where Obtained: Used
Features:
- Made in Japan - Basswood body, maple neck (I think... it's light) - 24 frets, 4 strings - 4 knobs: Vol, bal, high, low (I think) - 2 Pickups: P and J Regulated LO-Z model - Active electronics - Bolt on construction... sky blue finish
Playability:
Due to it's thin neck, it easy to play. I can reach higher frets with ease. Generally, it plays easier than the Fender P and J.
Sound Quality:
I use my Yorkville bassmaster 50 at home, and it gives me a warm sound. I play clean all the time, so the SR gives me a versatile tone for almost any situation. What I don't like is the slap tone: not much sustain... this could be the basswood, but the electronics and the playbility makes up for it.
Durability:
It's a bit used, and the condition is a bit dingy. But the bass is in stable condition, and should be able to handle the rigors
On 7/12/2002, Max Bass (2781) posted:
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For the price i've paid, i'm very pleased with the SDGR 800. Now i own two Warwicks, so i've sold the Ibanez to a friend of mine (we share the same reharsal, so i still can see my ex black baby!), overall i strongly recommend this bass to anyone who wants a entry level bass with a modern sound, active electronics and a ergonomic and well looking shape.
Model Year: 1992
Price: $830.00 ITL (new)
Where Obtained: Chris Musica, Milano Italy
Features:
Made in Japan Cheap basswood body and neck, Rosewood fingerboard; black finish and hardware. 24 frets, 4 strings Two way AFR control with volume pickup pan, bass b/c and high b/c. Two single coil Ibanez AFR P-J pickups. Gotoh tuners.
Playability:
Factory setup was just perfect for me. Back in 1993 i saw this sexy black bass in a music shop, i tried it and i bought right there. I liked (still like) the shape of the Soundgear basses, one of the few attempts to made a bass without making another Fender clone; and the bass is very fast and confortable. I was a very unexpert bass player (i was a guitarist, and started playing bass a few months before), so i wasn't interested in wood quality or whatever, and i found the sound very pleasing. I was playing a borrowed Fender Precision, and i disliked it for it was heavy and the neck a little large for my relatively small hands. For the price i have to admit that setup and finish was very good, but it included just the bass and a 2 pages brochure (not an owner's manual!), no case!!!
Sound Quality:
I used to plug my SDGR in a Trace Elliot AH 250SMX driving two 4x10 horn loaded, a Trace Elliot 1048h and an Ampeg 410 SVT HLE. The SDGR have not a woody sound (you can't pretend if you don't spend), but the AFR pickups and circuit can produce a pleasing good modern tone, well balanced full range. Played hard with a pickup it can get really nasty, and it also has a good slap tone if you're into it. Used on stage; reharsal, studio, always been satisfied.
Durability:
8 years of playing without a backup bass; the only thing i've done has been to replace the internal battery (by the way you can play with the battery completely exhausted: it's like playing a passive instrument, but this won't affect the output level). On the negative side, the strap buttons started looking quite bad after a couple of years, as if my sweat had corroded them, and the screws of the tuning heads had becomed rusty.
On 1/19/2002, Lee Havins (5) posted:
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I bought this bass on the recommendation of a very experienced player who I trust. I looked at many used instruments, ranging from Fender Ps and Js to Corts and Tursers. As this was a near-top-of-the-line bass at the same price as the cheap ones (and much less than the Fenders), i jumped right on board. I would pay up to $350 for a clean used SR800, should this bass disappear suddenly. It has very clean looks, easy and brisk action. I am looking forward to the opportunity to test it out against some more up-scale models (Ernie Ball or Warwick, etc). For the money, this is definitely my bass!
Model Year: 1998
Price: $275.00
Where Obtained: a guitar shop in North Texas
Features:
Mine is a Japanese-manufactured model. Very lightly used; only a couple of minor dings. A very dark blue finish, which I don't think is available anymore. Standard bridge. Active electronics. 4 controls, volume, base, treb and pickup balance. Thin but stable neck with quick, low action.
Playability:
I like the quick thin neck. Also overall weight of the instrument is light. Balance seems to be pretty good too. Compared to a P-style setup, this bass screams for innovative play above and beyond the basic walking line (maybe some day I'll be able to satisfy its urges).
Sound Quality:
I think, with the active setup, a bass like this could make just about any sound, except possibly the fluid strains of a fretless. Overall intonation, which is easily tested up and down the fretboard, is pretty accurate. The thin neck might hinder those who are big-league slappers and poppers, as the strings obviously are closer together than a wider neck. Overall, the sound is pretty bold, even through a 35-W practice amp. Through a larger amp, it is loud and strong, nothing wimpy. Strings on the inside and outside all sound out well.
Durability:
I don't have enough experience with this bass to say much about durability. I have seen nothing to lead me to believe it is particularly fragile.
On 6/6/2001, Anthony De Lucia, Jr. (66) posted:
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The Ibanez SR-800 is a dream to play. The bass I owned immediately prior to this purchase was an Ibanez SR-500 that I picked-up used about a year before (I found myself in need of a quick replacement bass). I replaced it mostly because I wasn't please with the color (green). I knew I was going to buy another Ibanez, though I did briefly take a look at B.C Rich and Yamaha. I seriously considered an Ibanez SR-400 because I didn't want the more versatile electronics on the SR-800, but finally decided to go with the SR-800 based on the hardware. I still can't comprehend the allure of the Fender Precision/Jazz bass (I NEVER understood what anyone saw in the Jazz bass) or their distant cousins - the Peaveys, Music Man Sting Rays, etc. I can't believe the prices these things are fetching. Maybe it's just me, but I would take the SR-800 over those old "standards" again, and again, and again!
Model Year: 2001
Price: $550.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Sussex County Music
Features:
Made in Japan - Years ago that might cause you to look away, but not today. If this were a car it would be an Acura or a Lexus - the Japanese have done their homework and know what makes a great bass guitar. This is a "classic" four-string with awesome hardware (I absolutely LOVE the bridge on this bass). It is the perfect shape and has a beautiful nickel-grey-silver-metallic finish. This bass is about as gorgeous as you can get without any wood-grain to admire. It has active electronics (P & J pick-ups) with an exhausting tonal range. For me, this is the one thing I don't appreciate. I like simple volume & tone on the bass and prefer to fine-tune my sound at the amp. Others may love the electronics because you can dial-in just about anything you're looking for.
Playability:
The Ibanez SR-line in general has such an ease of playability to it. They have "the fastest neck" of any bass guitar. The SR-800 has a terrific bridge and setting-up the bass to my preferred style was a breeze. I've set it up with very low action - probably too low for most bass players, so I'm sure you'll find setting-up the bass to your style a breeze. Over the 20+ years I've been playing, I've owned a Gibson Grabber, Fender Precision, Rickenbacker 4001 and a B.C. Rich Eagle to name a few. The SR-800 is more complete and well rounded than any of them. When you consider the SR-800's neck and action, it completely blows them all away (the B.C. Rich came close).
Sound Quality:
These days I'm playing in church and the local "coffee-house", usually directly through the PA head (come to think of it, this is where that "exhausting tonal range" comes in very handy), and sometimes through an SWR Workingman's 10 w/the extension cabinet. Bottom line is the electronics are great - very clean and punchy with the ability to dial-in a HUGE variety of tones. The SR-800 is more versatile than any of the previously mention basses that I've had extended experience with (again, the B.C. Rich came close).
Durability:
I do my own set-ups and I love to tinker with my guitars, but the truth is this one is very stable. The intonation is tight and the bass stays in tune. Like I said before "awesome hardware" (and I really, absolutely LOVE the bridge on this bass).
On 5/3/2001, Trent Haun (100) posted:
Overall Rating:
Easily the best bass Ive ever heard or played!
Model Year: 2000
Price: $600.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Dietze Music
Features:
This bass features an amazingly easy playing mahogany neck. The fully active J and P pickups have adjustable low-mid-high range plus an added mid range frequency knob. Grey Nickel finish adds a nice touch.
Playability:
The easiest playing bass Ive ever played. The smooth neck combined with a low action makes it incredibly easy to play very well and for those people who like to play fast will find that this bass can definately suit your style.
Sound Quality:
The best sound Ive ever heard a bass produce. I was suprised to see the price tag after I heard what this thing can do. Nearly any EQ setting you can imagine can be obtained with this active system. This thing delivers punchy low ends, smooth mids, and bright highs that I was knocked away by when I first played it.
Durability:
Ive had this thing fall face down from a stand on stage (knocked over pretty hard by a member of another band) and there was not even a scratch on it. Ive had to set it up about once a year, and climate doesn't effect it that much at all. This thing can last through tons of live shows.
On 11/30/2000, Dusty Boyle (32) posted:
Overall Rating:
I looked at some Dean basses and they didn't feel as good as the Ibanez. I really wanted an Alembic but that was out of my price range. The music man had a different tone than I liked. If this bass had a little bit more growl it would be perfect but I got it because it was a mid-range bass for a mid-range player, I', no pro so I didn't want to go overboard.
Model Year: 1998
Price: $499.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Music Unlimited Dublin, Ca.
Features:
Active pickups make this bass a plus. One can obtain just about any tone.
Playability:
The width between the strings is very small but allows me to solo faster than a slap ready bass.
Sound Quality:
I play through an old (1979) Lab Series amp. The best tone I've ever heard from my bass came from a Carvin rig. I play Rock and my bass fits well, and soloing is this basses number one use. I doesn't have that fat tone for slap though, that bummed me out a little. But, I can tap like a maniac the thing. This bass is for show, it's so pretty.
Durability:
The bass has had no troubles in the three years that I've had it.
On 11/16/2000, Dan Blind (50) posted:
Overall Rating:
I highly recomend this bass to anybody. Begginer to expert
Model Year: 1999
Price: $849.00 canadian (new)
Where Obtained: Yamaha Giovanni Music
Features:
Http://www.ibanez.com/99SPECS/99SR800SPEC.HTML DO NOT BUY FROM YAMAHA GIOVANNI MUSIC the employes and owner are pricks
Playability:
I would like the action to be a bit faster thats why i gave it a 4. It has a beautiful neck. Very slim at the top. The sound output is magnificent. My bass had a flaw when i bought it but i just got the frets crowned.
Sound Quality:
Very best sound. Thats the bestpart of it. Lots of controls too.
Durability:
Quite Strong. Strong for live playing. Once every year it needs to be set up. The strap locks have not failed on me yet, i play with the neck about 2 inches from my head with a old soft strap and it hasn't broke loose yet.