Ibanez Limited Edition SR500-SBF 4-String Bass In Sapphire Blue Flat

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Sam Beattie

SR basses are the most easily recognised of the Ibanez bass range with their uniquely accessible double cutaway shape. The SR range offers a modern alternative to traditional bass design, and the 2018 range features models from beginner, entry-level instruments all the way up to pro-level basses. They've got lightweight bodies, smooth fast neck and perfectly matched electronics to give you a bass that'll perform under any circumstances!

Body & Neck

Ibanez have used mahogany for the body, delivering a full-bodied sound with a healthy midrange projection. Mahogany is also relatively lightweight; combine this with the SR500's small, curved body design, and you've got an extremely ergonomic, easy-to-play bass at your disposal! 

The neck uses a combination of wenge and bubinga in a 5-piece configuration, as with much of the SR range. This ensures excellent stability and durability over a longer period of usage, not to mention a bright tonal response, with plenty of sustain thanks to the rosewood fretboard. The wide cutaway also allows for excellent accessibility to the higher parts of the neck - it all points to a performance instrument that delivers on every level! 

Electronics & Hardware

This model uses the extremely popular Bartolini electronics, for both the pickups and the controls. These pristine electronics provide a powerful signal with heaps of harmonic detail, perfect for when you want your bass tone to really shine through in the mix. The tone that this pickup produces is perfectly suited to a number of modern styles thanks to its stunning clarity!

The 3-band EQ gives you the ability to truly tame the full tonal capabilities offered by the electronics and wood combination; go from old-school warmth to modern, crystalline tones! In addition to this, the Accu-Cast B20 Bridge is designed with superior intonation and tuning stability in mind, with excellent resonance to boot. All of these things point to an instrument that's aimed squarely at the modern player on a budget! 


  • Body Shape: Ibanez SR
  • Left-/Right-handed: Right-handed
  • Number of Strings: 4
  • Color: Sapphire Blue Flat
  • Body Material: Mahogany
  • Body Finish: Satin Polyurethane
  • Neck Material: 5-piece Jatoba/Bubinga
  • Neck Shape: SR4
  • Radius: 12"
  • Fingerboard Material: Rosewood
  • Fingerboard Inlay: Abalone ovals
  • Number of Frets: 24
  • Scale Length: 34"
  • Nut Width: 1.496"
  • Nut Material: Plastic
  • Bridge/Tailpiece: Accu-cast B300
  • Tuners: Ibanez machine heads
  • Neck Pickup: Bartolini MK-1 pickup
  • Bridge Pickup: Bartolini MK-1 pickup
  • Controls: 1 x volume, 1 x balancer, 3-band EQ, 3-way midrange switch
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