Ibanez Introduces BTB Premium Basses

Ibanez has added to their Premium line of basses once again with the BTB Premium. Building on the “boutique-style” of the BTB series, the Premium models take things a step further with upgraded materials and are built in Ibanez’s Premium factory.

Ibanez BTB Premium Bass - 5-string

Available in 5- and 6-string models, the BTB Premium models feature 35? scale for increased string tension, resulting in a tighter low B-string. The basses are built with neck-through construction with a 7-piece maple/bubinga/walnut neck that’s reinforced with graphite rods and topped with a rosewood fingerboard. The body is made of mahogany with a figured maple top.

Ibanez BTB Premium Bass - 6-string

Electronics on the BTB Premium basses include a pair of Nordstrand “Big Single” pickups matched with Ibanez’s EQB-IIISC 3-band EQ. Its controls include Bass, Mid, and Treble knobs with an active/passive switch as well as a Mid-frequency select switch to toggle between 250Hz and 600Hz. Other features include a Black TUSQ XL nut, a Neutrik locking output jack, a Mono-rail bridge and Gotoh machine heads.

The Ibanez BTB Premium basses are available now with street prices of $1,499 for the 5-string and $1,599 for the 6-string. They ship with deluxe gig bags. For more info, check out the Ibanez website.

Ibanez BTB Premium Specs:

  • Construction: Neck-Thru
  • Scale: 35?
  • Neck: BTB5 7pc Maple/Bubinga/Walnut neck-thru w/Graphite reinforcement rods
  • Body: Figured maple top/Mahogany wing body
  • Fretboard: Rosewood fretboard w/Abalone off-set dot inlay
  • Frets: 24 Medium frets w/Premium fret edge treatment
  • Bridge: Mono-rail IV bridge
  • Pickups: Nordstrand™ “Big Singles”
  • Electronics: EQB-IIISC 3-band eq w/Eq bypass switch & Mid frequency switch
  • Nut Saddles: BLACK TUSQ XL nut
  • Hardware Color: Gold
  • Finish: Vintage Natural Flat
  • Case/Bag: Gig bag included

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  1. AANNNNNDDDDD…..3……2…….1…..I want it.

  2. Damn, those are pretty! The neck looks fatter than my Ibanez 5-string, though, especially at the nut.

    • BTB basses tend to have more of a finger spacing then the SR series.
      if you like tight finger spacing the SR premium line is for you, although the SR line is a 34″ scale so the low B won’t be as pronounced as a 35″ scale bass.
      Ibanez also release a limited edition 7 string bass this years namm show.

  3. Ibanez knows its story when it comes to making Bass Guiters… Salute.