NBD: Ibanez Premium SR1345B

AkiraSpectrum

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Bought a new Ibanez SR605e and it was a lemon with tons of QC issues, which is surprising because all the 500 and 600 series SR's are usually fantastic in my experience. I found out that pretty much every music store in Canada is sold out of these and we wouldn't be seeing any until 2023. Being impatient I bit the bullet and nearly doubled my budget to get this SR1345:

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The bass is pretty much flawless in terms of build quality (aside from some scratched finish in the neck bolt holes). Fretwork is very nice and the electronics are great. The nut is cut well and very smooth on the edges. Very happy with the build quality and it sounds and plays very well!

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This is sick . The new finishes Ibanez have on their basses have been incredible . Looks way better in those pictures too .

I had an Ibanez GW Fretless and now I have my BTB 20th anniversary 6 string . The GW had a ton of buzz , even with it being fretless , and it just seemed like it needed constant adjustments . I was pretty unfamiliar with basses at the time , so that could have played a factor . Other than that , it was flawless all around and sounded excellent for a sub 1200$ bass CAD . My used but basically mint BTB is an absolute dream and I plan on having it forever . Their high end stuff has an amazing quality for what you pay , and even the EHB series I've gotten to try in store have blown me away with what you get . I'm sure you'll have zero issues with that . You gotta hop on the BTB train though I promise you like it even more 😋
 

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Thanks!

Yeah BTB's definitely look cool. That 20th Ann. is a nice one too!

The finishes on the Ibanez basses have been outstanding these past few years, I want them all, and I'm a guitar player, LOL.

It was between this one and the SR1605B Caribbean Shoreline Flat. It was a super tough decision but I went with the 1345 because it has a more 'versatile' and less polarizing look; however, if I magically won some kind of $2K (CDN) credit at a music store i'd totally grab a 1605 or 1600 in a heartbeat, lol.
 

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Didn't realize you're from Toronto . Wish I could fly over there sometime soon !

There's another 6 string BTB at the same place I got mine . It's some crazy tropical burst with gold hardware . Few years old I believe . I'd get it if I was rich , very happy with mine so I'm glad you're happy with yours . I almost never hear anything issues with Ibanez bass guitars , and even the gentlemen I've chatted with who are endorsed by them all rave about the quality . They do a lot for the metal / prog scene too which is awesome .

What made you get a 5 ? And how you like the Nordstrands ? I have never been the biggest fan of Bartolini's from what I've heard online , flat and muffled . The Nordys are great , very consistent and clear tone . Also does your model have the knobs where it has that internal notch so you can feel when it's at 50% ? All mine have it , and I was surprised at how such a small little feature comes in handy . Tiny details like that are what make the difference in my eyes .
 

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I was in Toronto for a bit but now I'm in Kingston actually.

Yes every Ibanez i've tried has the notches.

I like low-tuned guitars so I like having the extra range for the bass too so that's why I chose a 5.

Yeah Bart's have a very specific sound. They're fine for certain things but they don't have a lot of dynamic range, and are very lacking in openness and high end frequencies.

My previous SR605e had the big break Nord's and they were awesome and this SR1345 has the big single's which are equally awesome, just a little different tonally.
 

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That wood/finish combination is borderline pornographic! What a looker! :wub:

Always loved the aesthetics of the Ibanez SR stuff. I used to be all about SR basses, but I find myself preferring other stuff these days
**cough** Dingwall **cough**!

Can't stop looking at the high end Ibanez stuff though. They've been making some beautiful instruments these last couple of years.
 

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That wood/finish combination is borderline pornographic! What a looker! :wub:

Always loved the aesthetics of the Ibanez SR stuff. I used to be all about SR basses, but I find myself preferring other stuff these days
**cough** Dingwall **cough**!

Can't stop looking at the high end Ibanez stuff though. They've been making some beautiful instruments these last couple of years.
Yeah its sexy! Ibanez is doing really cool finishes for their basses these past few years, I agree! I think Ibanez, more than most any other company, is designing awesome and unique bass finishes, especially in their Premium line.

Dingwall's are super cool. I've only ever played one before but it definitely felt great!
 


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