Guitar Review: Ibanez SR506 Bass


This week’s review brings me to the deeper side of the guitar, and by deep I mean the low rumple of the bass. From time to time I do put down my face melter and pick up a bass guitar for those nights when you just have to groove your rocks off.

The Ibanez SR506 Bass is an incredibly well-crafted and equipped bass for its price. It features a slim, fast SR6 5-piece neck on an unfinished sculpted mahogany body. The rosewood fretboard is fitted with 24 medium frets for less strain on the finger tips. The neck is super fast and very thin to boot, making it very easy to float around.

The SR506 comes with oval abalone markers for easy line of sight on your frets. This bass is equipped with a B106 bridge giving it superb action and no fret buzz what so ever. The SR 506 is housed with two Bartonlini MK1-6 pickups that integrate perfectly with its active Bartolini MK1 3-band EQ. Not to mention that it has sleek black hardware that compliments the style and appearance very well. It’s a bass that will excel in any style of music. The sheer versatility of this instrument is amazing and with its 6-string set up there is nothing you can’t accomplish on this monster.

My over all opinion of this fine piece of musical genius is just that! It’s a musical work of art that will sooth your wildest oats yet pound out some serious tone. Whether you are keeping a simple beat or walking your bass line, this is the bass that will make other basses pack up and lock themselves in the closet!

The SR506 is set up exceptionally well for slap bass style such the famous Les Claypool method. However it can hang with even the most aggressive of musical styles proving that it has no limitations. So whether you are a metal head, jazz master or blues man, the SR506 should definitely be the bass in your case. For its small price tag of just under $550.00 this is a steel! It should be outright illegal to sell the SR506 for that amount. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a versatile bass that can do it all.

Till next week, keep shredding.

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