The Ibanez SR series Bass guitar was first introduced in 1987, replacing the RB “Roadstar II Bass” and included some key design features that made a bass players life a lot easier. Rounded off angles, a fully arched top and a sleeker, smaller design would help bass players glide across the bass and encourage a positive playing experience.
At the heart of the Ibanez SR series bass lies a smooth, fast neck, lush electronics and a lightweight body that makes playing a breeze. View a full range of Ibanez Bass guitars here at PMT Online today or call in to your local PMT store to try a selection out for yourself.
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE IBANEZ SR BASSES?
The thinner, lighter, sleeker design of the Ibanez SR series bass guitar appeals to players of all levels, whether they be professional or first-time musicians. You have a range of different options to choose from, spanning all budgets. For beginners and those who need a no fuss workhorse bass, the Ibanez SR GIO or GSR Soundgear bass guitars are perfect. If you want a little more panache, exotic tonewoods and upgraded electronics, then shoot for the Ibanez SR prestige range. There’s something for everyone. Read on below to see the different options available and the key differences.
IBANEZ SR GIO – GSR SOUNDGEAR BASS GUITARS
The Ibanez SR Gio bass guitars, otherwise known as the GSRs provide that classic SR sleekness, exceptional playability and thuinderous, articulate tone at a lower price point. These bass guitars are the most budget friendly options in the Ibanez SR range. But don’t be fooled by their smaller price tag as these guitars feature high quality pickups, hardware, electronics with tonal capabilities and are set up the same as the more expensive models in the range. For those just starting out on their bass playing journey or those who need a hard working 2nd bass – this is perfect.
IBANEZ SR STANDARD
The Ibanez SR standard series has been around for over 30 years, providing bass players with the reliability, sonic textures and playability they need to create beautiful music. You have a range of pickup options to choose from including passive and active, exotic tonewoods and 4/5 string set ups. If you’re a gigging musician or recording enthusiasts, this is your go-to bass. Again, you have the smooth, fast neck that bass players have come to rely on, the lightweight, comfortably shaped body and the tonal options you need thanks to high quality electronics.
IBANEZ SR PREMIUM
The Ibanez SR Premium range is where things start to get really interesting. The discerning bass players will appreciate exotic tonewoods, a range of controls allowing you to sculpt the sound you need as well as upgraded pickups and hardware.
The already reliable necks are supported by Titanium rods for added resonance and stability whilst premium fret edge treatment ensure as smooth, comfortable playing experience. Custom, active and passive electronics and upgraded hardware will also appeal to the professional musician as they provide total precision control.
IBANEZ SR PRESTIGE
The Ibanez SR Prestige range upholds three major principles; Precision, Performance and Playability. These bass guitars offer an increased frequency response and offer players something a little different thanks to Atlas 5pc Wenge/Walnut necks utilising a slim grip shape. Custom electronics including a 3-band EQ w/EQ bypass switch & Mid frequency switch have also been included to allow for tonal shaping.
An MR5S bridge has also been included to add resonance, tuning stability and offer the optimal spacing between strings. You can even adjust the spaces +/-1.5mm depending on your preference!
IBANEZ SR WORKSHOP
The Ibanez SR Workshop series offers something new and unique that players will appreciate. Although the basis of the Ibanez SR series is maintained, the SR Workshop is a chance for the technicians and luthiers at Ibanez to create unique guitars. Whether they be hollow body models, utilise different tonewoods, or are designed with multiscale capabilities – you’ll find something different here. These may not be for everyone, but they will certainly appeal to the discerning bass players who demand something different form their bass.
Shop Ibanez SR Soundgear bass guitars over at PMT online today or call in to your local PMT store today to try out a full range for yourself.