Ibanez shocked many bassists again this year by introducing a new Ashula bass. The SRAS7 is a seven-string model that has a unique hybrid fretted/fretless design with three strings over a fretless purpleheart fingerboard and four strings over a fretted rosewood fretboard. The fretted portion is tuned to a standard E-A-D-G, while the fretless section is tuned A-D-G.
Each section also has its own pickups with a pair of Super J pickups for the fretted side and a piezo bridge system for the fretless. A three-way switch allows for toggling between each set of pickups or blending them. The piezo section has volume and tone knobs, while the magnetic pickups have volume, balance, bass, and treble knobs. Trim pots for each of the fretless strings are also available through the back fo the bass.
Ibanez builds the SRAS7 with a mahogany body topped with poplar burl and ash as well as a seven-piece maple, purpleheart, and rosewood neck. It also has a detachable finger rest that can be affixed in two ways.
The SRAS7 will be available soon with a street price of $1,299.99.
Ibanez Ashula SRAS7 Hybrid Fretted/Fretless Bass Specs:
|Body:||Poplar Burl/Ash top/Mahogany body|
|Neck type:||SRAS7 7pc Maple/Purpleheart/Rosewood neck|
|Fretboard:||Purpleheart fretboard (fretless)/Rosewood fretboard (fretted)|
|Fret:||Fretless (7th to 5th string)/Medium frets (4th to 1st string)|
|Number of frets:||22|
|Bridge:||AeroSilk Mono-rail V bridge (fretless)/Mono-rail V bridge (fretted) (16mm string spacing)|
|Neck pickup:||SRAS Super J neck pickup (fretted) (Passive)|
|Bridge pickup:||SRAS Super J bridge pickup (fretted) (Passive)|
|Electronics:||Ibanez 2-band EQ (fretted)|
|Factory tuning:||1G, 2D, 3A, 4E, 5G, 6D, 7A|
|String:||Flatwound strings (fretless)/Roundwound strings (fretted)|
|Hardware color:||Black matte|