NAMM 2015 – Ibanez reveals new Basses for 2015

Fanned frets, funny scale lengths and fancy electronics

Regarding the new Ibanez basses for 2015, we can actually talk about a premiere for the Japanese manufacturer. Because for the first time ever, they will offer bass models with fanned fretboards. If I am not mistaken, Ibanez might be the first of the bigger companies releasing instruments of this kind. And here’s the even better news… the SR series fanned fret 5-string is targeted to cost 900€. Now I wonder why they didn’t introduce fanned fret guitars… maybe soon.

Ibanez Fanned Fret Bass Models

On the expensive end, Ibanez will offer the Japanese-made SRFF4505 5-string bass with high-end features such as Nordstrand pickups, Prestige Fret Edge Treatment and custom electronics. As mentioned before, the lower-priced SR model SRFF805 with Bartolini pickups, Ibanez Custom electronics and Mono Rail-V bridge will cost 899€ street, the 6-string version with equal specs 949€. More info and hi-res pictures below.

Ibanez Prestige SRFF4505 Stained Oil
Ibanez SRFF4505-SOL Stained Oil (click to enlarge)

Ibanez SRFF4505-SOL Stained Oil (click to enlarge)

  • Mahogany body
  • Atlas HP 5-piece Wenge/Bubinga neck w/KTS Titanium Reinforcement
  • Wenge fretboard with fanned frets
  • 35,5″ (901,7mm) low string & 34″ (864mm) high string scale
  • 24 medium frets w/Prestige Fret Edge Treatment
  • Nordstrand “Big Single” pickups for SRFF
  • Ibanez Custom electronics w/3-band EQ & mid frequency switch
  • Mono-Rail V bridge
  • Factory strings: .045/.065/.085/.105/.130
  • Ibanez hardshell case included
  • Approximate price: 2699€
Ibanez SRFF805 Black Stained
Ibanez SRFF805-BKS Black Stained (click to enlarge)

Ibanez SRFF805-BKS Black Stained (click to enlarge)

  • Ash body
  • SRFF5 5-piece Jatoba/Bubinga neck
  • Rosewood fretboard w/fanned frets
  • 35,5″ (901,7mm) low string & 34″ (864mm) high string scale
  • 24 medium frets
  • Bartolini BH1 pickups
  • Ibanez Custom electronics w/3-band EQ & EQ bypass/mid frequency switch
  • Mono-Rail V bridge
  • Factory strings: .045/.065/.085/.105/.130
  • Approximate price: 899€
Ibanez SRFF806 Black Stained
Ibanez SRFF806-BKS Black Stained (click to enlarge)

Ibanez SRFF806-BKS Black Stained (click to enlarge)

  • Ash body
  • SRFF6 5-piece Jatoba/Bubinga neck
  • Rosewood fretboard w/fanned frets
  • 35,5″ (901,7mm) low string & 33,6″ (854,7mm) high string scale
  • 24 medium frets
  • Bartolini BH1 pickups
  • Ibanez Custom electronics w/3-band EQ & EQ bypass/mid frequency switch
  • Mono-Rail V bridge
  • Factory strings: .032/.045/.065/.085/.105/.130
  • Approximate price: 949€

Ibanez SR Series Updated

Ibanez’ popular high-end Prestige SR Basses received some small updates and improvements. Most of the basic specs will remain, while the electronics and the truss rod system were upgraded.

Ibanez Prestige SR5000
Ibanez SR5000-OL Oil (click to enlarge)

Ibanez SR5000-OL Oil (click to enlarge)

  • Wenge/Mahogany/Wenge body
  • Atlas-4 HP 5-piece Wenge/Bubinga neck w/KTS Titanium Reinforcement
  • Wenge fretboard w/MOP & Abalone Oval inlays
  • 24 medium frets w/Prestige Fret Edge Treatment
  • Bartolini Custom pickups
  • Ibanez Custom electronics w/3-band EQ & EQ bypass/mid frequency switch
  • Mono-Rail V bridge
  • GraphTech Black Tusq XL nut
  • Ibanez hardshell case included
  • Approximate price: 1899€
Ibanez Prestige SR5005
Ibanez SR5005-OL Oil (click to enlarge)

Ibanez SR5005-OL Oil (click to enlarge)

  • Wenge/Mahogany/Wenge body
  • Atlas-4 HP 5-piece Wenge/Bubinga neck w/KTS Titanium Reinforcement
  • Wenge fretboard w/MOP & Abalone Oval inlays
  • 24 medium frets w/Prestige Fret Edge Treatment
  • Bartolini Custom pickups
  • Ibanez Custom electronics w/3-band EQ & EQ bypass/mid frequency switch
  • Mono-Rail V bridge
  • GraphTech Black Tusq XL nut
  • Ibanez hardshell case included
  • Approximate price: 1999€
Ibanez Prestige SR5006
Ibanez SR5006-OL Oil (click to enlarge)

Ibanez SR5006-OL Oil (click to enlarge)

  • Wenge/Mahogany/Wenge body
  • Atlas-4 HP 5-piece Wenge/Bubinga neck w/KTS Titanium Reinforcement
  • Wenge fretboard w/MOP & Abalone Oval inlays
  • 24 medium frets w/Prestige Fret Edge Treatment
  • Bartolini Custom pickups
  • Ibanez Custom electronics w/3-band EQ & EQ bypass/mid frequency switch
  • Mono-Rail V bridge
  • GraphTech Black Tusq XL nut
  • Ibanez hardshell case included
  • Approximate price: 2099€

Nordstrand powered medium-level SR Basses

For 2015, Ibanez releases some new top-of-the-line SR Series models with Nordstrand pickups, Ibanez Custom electronics with a brand-new 3-band equalizer and natural flat finishes.

Ibanez SR750 Natural Flat
Ibanez SR750-NTF Natural Flat (click to enlarge)

Ibanez SR750-NTF Natural Flat (click to enlarge)

  • Mahogany body
  • Bubinga top
  • SR4 5-piece Jatoba/Bubinga neck
  • Rosewood fretboard w/Abalone oval inlays
  • Nordstrand CND P/J pickups
  • Ibanez Custom electronics w/3-band EQ & EQ bypass switch
  • Accu-Cast B300 bridge
  • Approximate price: 799€
Ibanez SR755 Natural Flat
Ibanez SR755-NTF Natural Flat (click to enlarge)

Ibanez SR755-NTF Natural Flat (click to enlarge)

  • Mahogany body
  • Bubinga top
  • SR5 5-piece Jatoba/Bubinga neck
  • Rosewood fretboard w/Abalone oval inlays
  • Nordstrand CND P/J pickups
  • Ibanez Custom electronics w/3-band EQ & EQ bypass switch
  • Accu-Cast B305 bridge
  • Approximate price: 849€
Ibanez SR756 Natural Flat
Ibanez SR756-NTF Natural Flat (click to enlarge)

Ibanez SR756-NTF Natural Flat (click to enlarge)

  • Mahogany body
  • Bubinga top
  • SR6 5-piece Jatoba/Bubinga neck
  • Rosewood fretboard w/Abalone oval inlays
  • Nordstrand CND P/J pickups
  • Ibanez Custom electronics w/3-band EQ & EQ bypass switch
  • Accu-Cast B306 bridge
  • Approximate price: 899€

A Whale, two long ones and a slightly shorter one

Ibanez’ BTB Series was always considered to be the more “boutique” line among the medium-priced bass models. But due to the longer scale the BTB basses are very demanded, when it comes to lower tunings than regular. For 2015, Ibanez introduces four new BTB models.

Ibanez BTB685SC Natural Flat
Ibanez BTB685SC-NTF Natural Flat (click to enlarge)

Ibanez BTB685SC-NTF Natural Flat (click to enlarge)

  • Ash body
  • Rosewood top
  • 5-piece Maple/Bubinga neck-thru
  • Rosewood fretboard w/Abalone dot inlays
  • 35″ scale (889mm)
  • 24 medium frets
  • Bartolini BH1 pickups
  • EQB-IIIS 3-band EQ w/mid frequency switch
  • Mono-Rail II bridge
  • Black TUSQ XL nut
  • Approximate price: 849€
Ibanez BTB1605 Natural Flat
Ibanez BTB1605-NTF Natural Flat (click to enlarge)

Ibanez BTB1605-NTF Natural Flat (click to enlarge)

  • Mahogany body
  • Poplar Burl top
  • BTB5 9-piece Wenge/Bubinga/Maple neck-thru & graphite reinforcement
  • Rosewood fretboard w/Abalone offset dot inlays
  • 35″ scale (889mm)
  • 24 medium frets w/Premium Fret Edge Treatment
  • Nordstrand “Big Single” pickups
  • EQB-IIIS 3-band EQ w/mid frequency switch & EQ bypass
  • Mono-Rail IV bridge
  • Black TUSQ XL nut
  • Ibanez hardshell case included
  • Approximate price: 1299€
Ibanez BTB1606 Natural Flat
Ibanez BTB1606-NTF Natural Flat (click to enlarge)

Ibanez BTB1606-NTF Natural Flat (click to enlarge)

  • Mahogany body
  • Poplar Burl top
  • BTB6 9-piece Wenge/Bubinga/Maple neck-thru & graphite reinforcement
  • Rosewood fretboard w/Abalone offset dot inlays
  • 35″ scale (889mm)
  • 24 medium frets w/Premium Fret Edge Treatment
  • Nordstrand “Big Single” pickups
  • EQB-IIIS 3-band EQ w/mid frequency switch & EQ bypass
  • Mono-Rail IV bridge
  • Black TUSQ XL nut
  • Ibanez hardshell case included
  • Approximate price: 1349€
Ibanez BTB33 Natural Flat

New Ibanez BTB model with a 33″ scale length and a C-tuned high string.

Ibanez BTB33-NTF Natural Flat (click to enlarge)

Ibanez BTB33-NTF Natural Flat (click to enlarge)

  • Mahogany body
  • Ash top
  • BTB5 5-piece Maple/Bubinga/ neck-thru
  • Rosewood fretboard w/Abalone offset dot inlays
  • 33″ scale (838mm)
  • 24 medium frets
  • Bartolini BH1 pickups
  • Ibanez Custom Electronics 3-band EQ w/mid frequency switch
  • Mono-Rail V bridge
  • Black TUSQ XL nut
  • Factory strings: .032/.045/.065/.085/.105
  • Factory tuning: 1C,2G,3D,4A,5E
  • Approximate price: 849€

Affordable 5- and 6-String SR Models

Affordable instruments with solid features and consistent quality! That’s the other thing Ibanez is famous for. These SR Series basses are cool for those players who would like to enter the world of 5- or 6-strings.

Ibanez GSR205B Walnut Flat
Ibanez GSR205B-WNF Walnut Flat (click to enlarge)

Ibanez GSR205B-WNF Walnut Flat (click to enlarge)

  • Mahogany body
  • GSR5 Maple neck
  • Rosewood fretboard w/dot inlays
  • 22 medium frets
  • Ibanez Dynamix H pickups
  • B15 bridge
  • Ibanez Phat II EQ
  • Approximate price: 299€
Ibanez GSR206B Walnut Flat
Ibanez GSR206B-WNF Walnut Flat

Ibanez GSR206B-WNF Walnut Flat

  • Mahogany body
  • GSR6 Maple neck
  • Rosewood fretboard w/dot inlays
  • 22 medium frets
  • Ibanez Dynamix H pickups
  • B16 bridge
  • Ibanez Phat II EQ
  • Approximate price: 349€

Retro-style Talman Series Basses

The second premiere in Ibanez’ 2015 bass line-up is the Talman-shaped TMB100 model, available in two different finishes with classic tortoise pickguards and P/J pickups. Despite the retro look, the Talman Basses feature a custom 2-band equalizer.

Ibanez TMB100-BK Black (click to enlarge)

Ibanez TMB100-BK Black (click to enlarge)

Ibanez TMB100-TFB Tri Fade Burst (click to enlarge)

Ibanez TMB100-TFB Tri Fade Burst (click to enlarge)

  • Mahogany body
  • TMB4 Maple neck
  • Rosewood fretboard w/dot inlays
  • 20 medium frets
  • Ibanez Dynamix P/J pickups
  • Ibanez Custom 2-band EQ
  • Ibanez Standard bridge
  • Approximate price: 199€

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