Ibanez SRF705-BBF

5-String Fretless Electric Bass

  • Body: Okoume
  • 5-Part neck through SRF5 maple/walnut
  • Fretboard: Panga Panga
  • Pickups: 2 active Bartolini MK-1
  • 2-Band EQ
  • Custom bridge for AeroSilk Piezo system
  • Hardware: Cosmo Black
  • Colour: Brown Burst Flat
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Further Information

Lefthand Model No
Colour Sunburst
Number of strings 5
Body Okoume
Neck Maple, Walnut
Fretboard Panga Panga
Scale Long Scale
Pickup System HH
Elektronic Active
Incl. Case No
Incl. Gigbag No
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Excellent Bass
29.04.2014
This bass arrived well set-up, with a quality control card from Meinl Distribution, as well as the usual Ibanez one. No need to approach a luthier for a once-over and nut adjustment this time.
The straight-through construction gives a light, well-balanced instrument that "settles" at horizontal, but a light left-elbow pressure on the upper bout brings it up to a more angled settling point with no trouble, if required. However, I found that I needed to adjust my normal playing position to cope with the extra access and higher notes offered by the extended fingerboard. Once that was sorted out, playing became very comfortable. I still need to bridge my left hand to use the very top end of the fingerboard, but that's probably just down to my physique. Access to the top of the neck is very easy, and the bass speaks very easily - hugely responsive for a new instrument.
The neck and fingerboard are wider than the usual soundgear construction, but this gives more room at the nut end, and doesn't feel unpleasant or difficult to cope with.
The piezo pickup gives a lovely acoustic sound, that's drawn positive comments from the other musicians in several bands. Using the Bartolinis gives a nice funk/pop variation, so I can drop into the correct sound for each piece without changing bass or messing about with my amp. That's a huge bonus, making this the most versatile bass I own. Overall, the available tones range from big plums via nasal snarl to deep growl.
I've previously been playing a Gary Willis model, so I was relieved to find that it's possible to use the top of the fingerboard like a ramp, or move to playing between the pickups for a more conventional bass sound - again, very versatile.
Ibanez have put a lot of thought into this instrument, in my view it ticks all the boxes for a fretless bass.
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Best fretless on the market for under £1000
17.03.2016
Ibanez' SRF705 is a triumph of style, sound and features at an affordable price that outstrips pretty much every competitor in the sub-£1000 price bracket.

Looks: visually the instrument is stunning, with a deep warm brownish sunburst open pore finish which is immediately eye catching. I wanted this bass the moment I looked at it. It is let down slightly by the fact that the finish is not the most durable.

Fit and features: the bass is neck thru, which is rare for something at this cost. It features the acclaimed and versatile Bartolini MK.1 electronics package as well as a piezo in the bridge, for suprisingly effective electric upright tones when played on the fingerboard. Note that in this case the typical mid control is absent and replaced by a tone control for the piezo. The piezo tone is very "hot" and gives ample treble well before the 12 o' clock point. The magnetic pickups IMO offer the best tone when both fully open, or with the bridge pickup solo'd (with a little bass boost) for more Jazz like tones.

Playability: its a Soundgear. It practically plays itself! The body is lightweight and the neck fast.

A superb bass!
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Better than anything with similar price
Skylark, 24.09.2019
Very beautiful bass! Usually, I somewhat dislike sunburst, but it seems like it makes a good combination with the neck-thru body. The finish is also very nice to touch, so holding the neck is a pleasure. The instrument is very ergonomic, quite light and with a very comfortable neck.
Fretmarks on the side of the neck work fine as a visual cue for intonation, while the fingerboard still has that beautiful upright aesthetic.
Overall, quality is great, with no defects or quirks.
Only thing that I didn't like is the nut, it's made of dark gray plastic and does not fit the look of the bass too well.
Tone wise, it has piezo and 2 split-coil(AFAIK?) pickups, they all sound good. Preamp only has bass and treble, and separate tone control for piezo.
A little warning about cases: it has a little different lower horn shape than other Ibanez soundgear series basses, shorter but at just a bit higher angle, so a tight-fitting case for another SR should fit it, but will apply some amount of pressure on the lower horn.
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Top Qualität und guter Ton!
Roland606, 26.10.2014
Hab mir letzte Woche den SRF-705 BBF geholt. Jetzt soll ich eine Bewertung dafür abgeben. OK, mach ich hiermit. Ach ja: Ich bin Musiker und habe keinerlei Verbindungen zu Thomann, Ibanez oder sonst irgend einem Vertrieb oder Händler.
Der Bass ist bis auf ein paar Kleinigkeiten sehr gut verarbeitet und eingestellt. Die aufgespannten Flatwound-Saiten sind wie die Daddario Chromes seeeeehr gut und haben erstaunlich viele Höhen. Der Bass hat einen genau richtigen, nicht zu flachen und nicht zu dicken Hals. Er ist angenehm breit und lässt sich in allen Lagen sehr gut bespielen. Die einzigen Kritikpunkte sind die Lackierung der Hals-Rückseite, das Griffbrett und der Sattel. Ich bin geölte Hälse aus Padouk, Riegel-, Vogelaugen- und Bergahorn gewöhnt. Bei dem Ahorn-Bubinga-Hals des SRF-705 sind die lackierten, offenen Poren der Bubinga-Streifen spürbar. Eine geölte Rückseite wäre für mich deutlich angenehmer. Aber das wäre halt auch teurer in der Fertigung und pflegeintensiver für den Spieler. Apropos Öl: Das Griffbrett könnte ab Werk ruhig ein paar Tropfen Pflegeöl vertragen. Ich hab das Holz vor der ersten Benutzung erstmal richtig eingeölt, weil es so trocken war. Der Sattel war recht scharfkantig. Eine Berührung empfand ich als sehr unangenehm. Da musste ich erstmal die Kanten nachbearbeiten. Alle Regler sind gut bedien- und erreichbar. Ein Panorama-Poti statt zwei Lautstärke-Regler wäre für mich persönlich praxisgerechter. Damit ließe sich ein gewünschter Sound schneller und einfacher einstellen. Der AeroSilk-Piezo-PU ist richtig gut und färbt den Ton schön holzig. Man muss natürlich mit der persönlichen Spieltechnik etwas nachhelfen, damit es nach Akku- oder Kontrabass klingt. Ach ja, eine Aktiv-Passiv-Umschaltung wäre auch noch OK.
Das Wichtigste an einem Fretless-Bass ist die Bespielbarkeit und vor allem der Ton. Durch die eingelegten Markierungen an der Griffbrettflanke kann auch ein "Neuling am Bundlosen" mit etwas Übung schnell den exakten Ton finden. Der Ibanez bringt je nach PU-Einstellung und Spieltechnik genau den Ton, den ein Fretless bringen muss. Der Hals-PU ist sehr gut geeignet für Standard-Begleitung. Muss es singen, dann helfen der Bridge-PU oder der Piezo sehr gut weiter. Je nach Vibrato-Technik spürt und hör man trotz Flatwounds die Saiten auf der Oberfläche des Palisander-Griffbrettes etwas kratzen.
Mein Fazit: Ja, ich hab jetzt viel gemeckert. 35 Jahre Spielerfahrung hinterlassen halt einfach ihre Spuren. Trotzdem: Der Ibanez SRF-705 BBF ist in seiner Preisklasse ein ganz besonderer Fretless-Fünfsaiter. Er liefert mit einer erstaunlichen Leichtigkeit von der leeren H-Saite bis zur letzten Lage genau den Ton, der von einem Bundlosen erwartet wird. Ob man wirklich 30 Lagen braucht, sei jedem selbst überlassen. Das Preis-Leistungs-Verhältnis ist meiner Ansicht nach sehr gut.
Mein persönlicher Tipp:
Wer einen Bundlosen sucht, sollte den SRF-705 unbedingt persönlich testen. Wenn möglich in einem passenden musikalischen Umfeld. Wen die oben genannten Punkte nicht stören, erhält einen richtig guten bundlosen Bass für's Leben.
Ob ich den SRF-705 BBF nochmal kaufen würde? Der SRF-705, den ich letzte Woche bekommen habe, hat so einen phänomenal guten Ton und ist so unglaublich gut bespielbar. Wenn er aus irgend welchen Gründen plötzlich weg wäre... Ja, ich würde ihn mir wieder zulegen!
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