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NBD: Ibanez SR876 (6-string active bass)

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Just received my first 6-stringer today--the Ibanez SR876 (got it used off of Reverb).

I've been debating with myself whether I should add a 6-string to my herd. At first, it was a no, because none of the stuff I played really required a 6-string or even benefited from it. I always felt like if I wanted to do a lot of melodic soloing and fuller chord voicings, I might as well just play my guitar. But then I came across a song I wanted to learn how to play and it was written for 6-strings bass, and that changed my mind.

The bass arrived with a few minor issues. First, it wasn't making any sound, and I had to open up the back to see what was wrong. Turned out the back cover was pressing against the innards and causing a short, and after moving the guts around a little, it was fine. The fret ends were also protruding out and quite sharp, so I filed them down. Then I raised the action on the B and C strings a bit because they rattled badly. I swapped out the lock pins with Dunlop straploks, and I'm using a wide neoprene strap (the most comfortable and ergonomic IMO). After doing all that, the bass was in tip-top shape. Played great, sounded great. No neck-dive. The Bartolini pups sounded fine, and the mid-frequency switch gives a good range tonal options. The strings that came with the bass are still fresh with that zing.

Originally, I was going to get a SR506E, but I keep seeing used with with badly scuffed up finish, and read a warning from an owner about how easy it was to scuff up the paint job. And that brown paint job looked kinda cheap too. But it does have active/passive switch, and it's also about a pound lighter (based on the weight listed by one seller) than my SR876, which is 9.7 lbs. My preference is for 8 lbs. or less, but it's perhaps a bit unrealistic for 6-stringers. Maybe in the future I might replace this with a lighter headless 6-string (chambered Kiesel, perhaps), if I end up playing a lot of 6-string stuff. For now, I'm quite happy with it.

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That is rather nice! I actually wanted one of those myself, but when I called my local shop and they contacted the UK distributor it transpired that it's a model only available in North America despite being advertised globally. I ended up getting a really great deal on a 506e instead and whilst the brown finish doesn't thrill me and may damage easily, as a bass it's still got a lot going for it; a great feeling neck, good fretwork, the first Bartolini electronics I've ever actually liked the sound of ...and it cost less than half of what I was prepared to pay for the 876. Mine weighs 3.88kg (which google tells me is 8.5 pounds) so yeah, about a pound lighter.

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That looks like a cracker, but I really wish Ibanez would drop the SDGR headstock logo. It makes every bass they put it on look cheap and tacky. 

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12 hours ago, robertg43 said:

Looks nice but couldnt read text why did you put the text in black block writing? 

Sorry, I use a plugin that makes all web pages into dark theme, and that mucked up the colors. I just fixed it.

8 hours ago, Newfoundfreedom said:

That looks like a cracker, but I really wish Ibanez would drop the SDGR headstock logo. It makes every bass they put it on look cheap and tacky. 

The SDGR line is sort of their low to middle-range line, so I guess it's fine that it doesn't look too high-end with that logo. 

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36 minutes ago, Lunatique said:

The SDGR line is sort of their low to middle-range line, so I guess it's fine that it doesn't look too high-end with that logo. 

Not really, my SR5006 is one of their most expensive bass models and still has the same logo...albeit in gold 😄

Cracking bass you got  btw, I own 2 Ibby SR sixers, the aforementioned SR5006 and a 3006 and used to own a 506 in two versions and I have to say that for me they are some of the best designed 6 string basses, you have the range but the bass still feels sleek and compact. I also happen to like the Barts though the electronics in the 5006 is subpar, but anyways I use it in passive so no big deal. 

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4 hours ago, Paulhauser said:

Not really, my SR5006 is one of their most expensive bass models and still has the same logo...albeit in gold 😄

Cracking bass you got  btw, I own 2 Ibby SR sixers, the aforementioned SR5006 and a 3006 and used to own a 506 in two versions and I have to say that for me they are some of the best designed 6 string basses, you have the range but the bass still feels sleek and compact. I also happen to like the Barts though the electronics in the 5006 is subpar, but anyways I use it in passive so no big deal. 

Oh, that's right, I forgot the SR line does have the Prestige and Premium lines. I always think of the BTB line when I think of higher-end Ibanez.

I'm an Ibby fan mainly because of their tendency to design basses that are sleek, fast, and light weight, as well as have nice preamp/EQ flexibility. They're also usually easy on the eyes. I started out with various brands like Music Man, Fender, NS Design, Samick, Dingwall, etc., but now five of my six basses are Ibanez, and just one NS Design. 

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One of my students has one of these. They’re really, nice instruments. 

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Keep it indoors, leaving it out on the slabs like that will just lead to someone stealing it. 

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18 minutes ago, Geek99 said:

Keep it indoors, leaving it out on the slabs like that will just lead to someone stealing it. 

Well, that is a bit judgemental about the decor of his house :D

 

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15 hours ago, Newfoundfreedom said:

That looks like a cracker, but I really wish Ibanez would drop the SDGR headstock logo. It makes every bass they put it on look cheap and tacky. 

I don't find it any tackier than any other logo. On the plus side the EHBs don't have any logo on their headstocks!

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13 minutes ago, Woodinblack said:

Well, that is a bit judgemental about the decor of his house :D

 

I took it out to the front porch to take the photos.

But I have left packed basses out before, to be picked up by the postman in the morning to be shipped off. I have a security camera mounted on my door with a big warning sign, so I don't think anyone will try to steal it. But of course, someone could just wear a mask. I live in a decent neighborhood, so not too worried. And I always insure the bass when I buy shipping labels. 

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I know .... joke ...

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That should keep you occupied... Lifetime of music on that rascal...

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3 hours ago, visog said:

That should keep you occupied... Lifetime of music on that rascal...

I feel a little guilty, because I can count on one hand how many songs I'd likely end up playing on the 6-string (a couple of Primus songs, a couple of prog metal songs, and maybe a couple of jazz/fusion songs). But vast majority of the songs I'd ever play are going to be on 4-string and the occasional 5-string (when I need the really low notes and don't want to detune the 4-string). 
 

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