Ibanez SR305e Overview: Comfortable Guitar Model


IBANEZ SR305e is 5-string bass guitar from the popular SR (Soundgear) series from the famous guitar brand. Distinctive features of this model are compact body, convenient neck, and soapbar-style humbuckers with active EQ.

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Characteristics

Bass guitar Ibanez SR305 is made well, very high quality. We must say that all Ibanez guitars above the GIO series are distinguished by excellent build quality and finish. There is nothing to complain about in our case.

Features:

  • The instrument has mahogany body. Due to its Bolt-on design this model has been built in two pieces and the neck is screwed to the body of the bass;
  • The neck has been made of 5 pieces maple with walnut insets which gives an additional visual effect;
  • And the fingerboard is made of Jatoba (a quality material that is often used in production) with 24 frets medium, radius 12 inch (305 mm), white dot inlay;
  • Bridge design: Accu-cast B125 (16.5mm string spacing);
  • The bass guitar has passive pickups PowerSpan Dual Coil ;
  • The sound is adjusted using the volume, balance; 3-band equalizer and 3-way Power Tap switch.
Tip:Important aspect that you will find in the Ibanez SR305 is that it will offer you comfort so that you can achieve the best melodic notes of the instrument. Ergonomic design of the guitar is very comfortable. The edges of the body are made as rounded as possible. The lower horn of the guitar is made so that there is immediate access to the highest notes. Low-set strings provide a comfortable and relaxed play.

Like any other instrument, the Ibanez SR305 has its advantages and disadvantages. At the same time, it is qualitative and extremely convenient for practices, studying gammas and pentatonic. And in general for home the instrument is very good.

Pros
The knobs have indicator mark that can easily identify which side it’s on
Convenient neck
Soapbar-style humbuckers with active EQ
Excellent build quality and finish
Ergonomic design
Cons
Not everybody likes the neck

The sound of the Ibanez basses is always very specific. And the Ibanez SR305 has its own sound. So, set the equalizer to zero, balance the sensors in the middle and listen to what happens. And it turns out all very cool and beautiful. The sound is pretty nice.

I’ve played bass for over 20 years and this is my first 5 string bass. The bass feels and plays great just what you come to expect from Ibanez. The pre-amp is a nice plus in combination with the great pickups on this bass. If you’re a pro or a beginner for the price you cannot go wrong.
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The electric bass are characterized by being easy to use, since just playing single notes sound good, although it is recommended that you practice with dedication and care to get the best serious notes. In addition, it is necessary to have patience, which is one of the essential virtues to achieve every goal that we set.

How Many Strings Are Sufficient

There is no universal answer and everything depends on the preferences of musicians. It is however true that some general considerations can be made on the subject. You can choose between a bass of four, five or six strings but if you are starting, four strings is traditionally the way to go. Four strings give you more than enough notes. For many bass players the 4-string bass is the one that should be used because it has what it takes for a bassist and it’s the original. For others it must be the 5-string bass because it meets the requirements of modern music and has more resources when it comes to playing.

This theme is simple and a matter of taste, although that taste has some “advantages” and “disadvantages” that you should know when choosing which of the two you are going to use.

In the bass of 4 strings the record is three octaves (under 21 frets) and its tuning is: E (Mi) • A (La) • D (Re) • G (Sol) where E is the lowest string and G the most acute.

Tip:In the 5-string bass a B string (Si) is added and its sound is more severe. The record is three octaves and its tuning is: B (Si) • E (Mi) • A (La) • D (Re) • G (Sol) where B is the lowest and G is the highest. This widens the record of serious notes. Very useful and dynamic when creating bases and you can get more comfort when creating chords.

Advantages of the 5-string bass:

  • More serious notes;
  • Technically 5 semitones are added (in a conventional tuning) and 16 semitones with a new color in a bass of 21 frets;
  • If you play jazz you may find it interesting to do “walking bass” for more serious records, although it is not essential.
Disadvantages:
  • Less comfort, less space;
  • Slap is more complicated;
  • Heavier;
  • Larger fretboard;
  • More expensive strings.

Most of the great bassists have used 4 strings because it was what they had at their disposal in those times although there were always exceptions. In these times there are a number of great bass players who use 5 strings, but that does not define who are better, much less if the bass of 4 strings is better than that of 5 strings or vice versa. What we should know if we decide to play a 5-string bass is that we have to understand that the 5th string will change the technique and positions, it requires a lot of practice because the fretboard is wider. The 5th string (B) gives us incredible results in certain specific places but it must be used with great awareness and where the arrangement requires it.


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  1. Edie
    I have to say that Ibanez bass guitars have a fairly good reputation. There are people who have been pleased to play Ibanez for many years and prefer only to this company, which in principle can be understood. The tool is made of agatas, a necklace made of wicker and nuts in bolts, which gives an additional visual effect. Five strings. Two passive pickups with hambacer with active preamplifier. The bass guitar Ibanez SR305e is made well, very qualitatively. I must say that all Ibanez guitars are distinguished by the excellent quality of assembly and finishing. Do not worry about anything in any case. Griff on five bolts for better resonance interaction between the body of the guitar and the neck. The jack under the jack is on the front panel and is deployed specifically to make it easy to carry the wire through the belt. Ergonomically, the guitar is very comfortable. Lightweight, compact. The edges of the case are made as rounded as possible with a sucking candy, if you allow such a comparison. The bottom horn of the guitar is made to have direct access to the highest notes. Low-set strings provide a comfortable and relaxed game. Ibanez's bass sound is always very specific. So our SR305e's sound is very melodic and it only gives me pleasure. We set the equalizer to zero, the balance of the sensors in the middle and listen, what turns out. And everything turns out very cool and beautiful. The sound is pretty nice. Such, you know, fooling and shaking. We translate the balance into "some" - we get a deep bottom, but the sound of pure humbucker, "press" or "jazz" will not succeed. We translate into a bridge - we get the upper middle with a minimum of basements, something resembling the combination of "J-P" only more powerful. Equalizer is very convenient in my opinion. Each of the equalizer knobs has quite adequate frequencies, but at the same time too deep a depth, such that it is easy and easy to pass with the bases or middle and pleasantly distort the sound of the guitar. In the mix, the tool can be easily rebuilt, especially if it is a heavy mix, and even with seven-string guitars. In such a mix there is a significant shortage of low frequencies. If you start adding low frequencies to the on-board EQ, no buzz and buzz will appear. I think that rebuilding a tool seems possible and even more. It is quite possible, but this obviously will not take much time and patience of the concert sound operator. But at the same time the amplifier has an equalizer with a semi-parametric center to find the desired frequency and its birth corrected according to the needs of the musical team. In a pure mix is ​​easier. The instrument is well combined with acoustic guitar, stringed, piano. Finally, I can say that the decision is still to take you, but I already accepted and I was happy with it.
  2. Lisbeth
    The guitar is made well, very high quality. I must say that all the guitars Ibanez GIO series have excellent build quality. There is nothing to complain about in our case. Fretboard on five bolts for better resonant interaction of the guitar body and neck. Jack socket is located on the front panel and deployed specifically to make it convenient to pass the wire through the belt. Ergonomically the guitar is very comfortable. Light, compact. The edges of the body are made as rounded as possible, like a sucking candy, if you allow such a comparison. The lower horn of the guitar is made so that there is direct access to the highest notes. Low-set strings provide a comfortable and relaxed play. I really like this guitar.

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