One of the many new basses at Ibanez’s booth this year was the SRFF, a fanned-fret version of their flagship SR bass. Available in five and six-string models, the bass features a multi-scale setup to optimize the tonal performance of each string.
“The goal of the fanned-fret system is to even the tension of each string,” Ibanez explains in a press release. “Equalized tension helps to create a more ‘alive,’ open tone. On the SRFF805/806, the scale length is 34″ on the highest pitch string side, expanding to 35.5 at the low B. The slant of the fanned-frets ergonomically coordinate with the way a players hand angles as it moves up and down the neck, facilitating quick, comfortable playing action. The result is better tone, expanded harmonic complexity and improved playability across all five strings.”
The SRFF805 and 806 are each built with an ash body and 5-piece jatoba/bubinga neck topped with a rosewood fretboard. They are built at the company’s Premium Production Facility and as such are given a premium fret edge treatment. Ibanez fits the models with Bartolini BH1 pickups and a 3-band EQ complete with a bypass switch and mid-frequency switch.
The Ibanez SRFF805 and SRFF806 are expected to ship in April with street prices of $999 and $1,049.
Ibanez Bass Workshop SRFF Series Bass Specs:
|Strings:||5 or 6|
|Position Markers:||Acrylic Custom Fanned Inlays|
|Frets:||24 w/Premium Fret Edge Treatment|
|Electronics:||3-band EQ with Bypass Switch, Mid-Frequency Switch|
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