Ibanez SR1300NTF Premium Electric Bass
Ibanez SR1300NTF Premium Electric Bass - We're fortunate to get our hands on some of the finest instruments available today, and we can confidently say that Ibanez's Premium SR1300 4-string bass punches above its price range in every way. Sporting an African mahogany body, ash/walnut top, and rock-solid 5-piece panga panga/purpleheart bolt-on neck, the SR1300 is a boutique-quality instrument with flawless playability. That quality is borne out by its pair of aggressive Nordstrand Big Single pickups, which deliver massive, roaring tone infused with monumental sustain. The 5-piece neck is graphite reinforced, with Gotoh tuners on one end and a Mono-rail bridge at the other. Custom Ibanez electronics with 3-band EQ complete the setup.
Massive, aggressive tone from Nordstrand pickups
With a “super-packed” coil, the Big Single is considered by Nordstrand to be the “tonal giant” of their pickup offerings. Ibanez spec’d a pair of these aggressive-sounding single-coil monsters for the Premium SR1300. In addition, you have the powerful sound-shaping capabilities of Ibanez’s Custom 3-band EQ, which gives you control over boost/cut for bass, mid, and high frequencies, a mid-frequency switch to fine-tune your midrange, and an EQ bypass. No matter what tonal texture your music calls for, this instrument’s superb electronics will get you there fast. Fingers, thumb, or pick — the SR1300’s electronics have you covered.
Custom neck join for enhanced sustain and playability
There's a reason for the enduring popularity of basses with bolt-on necks — they sound punchy, and quite different from neck-through and set-neck designs. Pick up an Ibanez Premium SR1300 and you'll experience everything bolt-on construction has to offer. Ibanez has taken the classic design to the next level with their asymmetrical 4-bolt neck join, which not only provides more contact between neck and body for greater stability, vibrational transfer, and sustain; but also gives you a smooth, tapered neck heel for unrestricted high-register access.
Mono-rail bridge enhances definition and sustain
Ibanez specified their excellent Mono-rail 5 bridge for the Premium SR1300. Unlike single-body bridges, each Mono-rail saddle is completely separate from the others. This does two things for you. First, since they aren’t connected, the saddles create minimal sympathetic vibration. This prevents unused strings from ringing. Second, each saddle is double-anchored, allowing energy to transfer efficiently between the string and the body. As a result, bassists are raving about the SR1300’s astonishing clarity and sustain.
Ibanez: a brief history
Ibanez began its life in 1908 as the Hoshino Gakki company in Nagoya, Japan. However, the company didn’t get into the guitar business until 1929, when they started importing Salvador Ibanez guitars from Spain. In 1935, Hoshino Gakki began building Spanish acoustic guitars under the “Ibanez Salvador” name, which was later shortened to “Ibanez.” Although Ibanez began manufacturing electric guitars in 1957, the company was relatively unknown in the West until the 1960s, when they started producing guitars based on American designs. By the late 1970s, Ibanez had stopped producing derivative instruments and had begun manufacturing the innovative original guitar and bass designs that the company is now known for. Ibanez is also famous for their effects pedals (most notably the Tube Screamer) and guitar amplifiers.
Ibanez Premium SR1300 4-string Electric Bass Features:
- African mahogany body, ash/walnut top; satin finish
- 5-piece panga panga/purpleheart bolt-on neck; oil finish
- Panga panga fingerboard, Oval inlays
- Nordstrand Big Single neck and bridge pickups
- Custom Ibanez electronics with 3-band EQ
- GraphTech Tusq nut; Mono-rail 5 bridge
- Dual-action truss rod
- Gold hardware
- Body Shape: SR Premium
- Left-/Right-handed: Right-handed
- Number of Strings: 4
- Color: Natural
- Body Material: African Mahogany, Ash/Walnut (top)
- Body Finish: Satin
- Neck Material: 5-piece Panga Panga/Purpleheart
- Neck Shape: Atlas-4
- Radius: 12"
- Fingerboard Material: Panga Panga
- Fingerboard Inlay: Abalone Oval
- Number of Frets: 24, Medium
- Scale Length: 34"
- Nut Width: 1.496"
- Nut Material: Graph Tech Black Tusq
- Bridge/Tailpiece: MR5S
- Tuners: Gold, closed
- Neck Pickup: Nordstrand Big Single-coil
- Bridge Pickup: Nordstrand Big Single-coil
- Controls: 1 x master volume, 1 x master tone, 3-band Active EQ, 1 x EQ bypass switch, 1 x 3-way mid-frequency switch
- Strings: .045-.105
- Case Included: Gig Bag
- Model #: SR1300NTF