Ibanez Unveils Three New SR Premium Bass Models for 2020

Ibanez SRPB5LTD Bass

Ibanez has expanded its Premium line of SR basses with three new models this year: the SR5BPBLTD, the SR1600B, and the SR1340B. The first is a limited edition five-string, while the 1600 comes in four or five-string versions and the 1340 comes in four, five, and six.

“As with all SR premiums, they feature boutique pickups, beautiful top woods, a three-band active preamp, and the comfortable and lightning-quick Atlas neck with KTS titanium reinforcement rods,” the company states.

The SR5BPBLTD sets itself apart with a stunning Dragon Eye Burst low gloss finish over its poplar burl/birdseye maple top and African mahogany body. Its 15-piece laminate neck includes stripes of panga panga, maple, padauk, purpleheart, and walnut. Ibanez also uses birdseye maple for the fingerboard, which is accented with abalone oval inlays. Other features include Nordstrand Big Single pickups, an Ibanez active/passive 3-band EQ with a mid-frequency switch, and an MR5S bridge.

The SR1600B and SR1605B also feature a mahogany body and poplar burl top, though they stick out with a new Caribbean Shoreline flat finish. It has a five-piece panga panga and purpleheart neck with a bound panga panga fretboard. It also sports the same electronics and hardware as the SR5BPBLTD.

Finally, the SR1340B series has the same components as the 1600, but swaps an ash and panga panga top in a Dual Shadow Burst flat finish.

The 2020 Ibanez SR Premium basses will be available soon with prices ranging from $1,299.99 to $1,699.99.

Ibanez SR5BPBLTD Bass Specs:

Scale:34″
Construction:Bolt-on
Body:African Mahogany
Top:Poplar Burl, Birdseye Maple
Neck:15pc Panga Panga/Maple/Paduak/Purpleheart/Walnut neck w/KTS TITANIUM rods
Fingerboard:Roasted Birdseye Maple
Inlays:Abalone Oval, Luminescent Side Dots
Frets:24 Medium with Premium Fret Edge Treatment
Pickups:Nordstrand Big Single
Electronics:Ibanez Custom Electronics 3-band EQ w/ EQ bypass switch (passive tone control on treble pot) & 3-way Mid frequency switch
Bridge:MR5S
Tuners:Gotoh
Finish:Dragon Eye Burst
Case:Gig Bag Included

Ibanez SR1600B/SR1605B Bass Specs:

Scale:34″
Construction:Bolt-on
Body:African Mahogany
Top:Poplar Burl
Neck:5pc Panga Panga/Purpleheart neck w/KTS TITANIUM rods
Fingerboard:Bound Panga Panga
Inlays:Abalone Oval
Frets:24 Medium with Premium Fret Edge Treatment
Pickups:Nordstrand Big Single
Electronics:Ibanez Custom Electronics 3-band EQ w/ EQ bypass switch (passive tone control on treble pot) & 3-way Mid frequency switch
Bridge:MR5S
Tuners:Gotoh
Finish:Caribbean Shoreline
Case:Not Included

Ibanez SR1340B/SR1345B/SR1346B Bass Specs:

Scale:34″
Construction:Bolt-on
Body:African Mahogany
Top:Ash/Panga Panga
Neck:5pc Panga Panga/Purpleheart neck w/KTS TITANIUM rods
Fingerboard:Bound Panga Panga
Inlays:Abalone Oval
Frets:24 Medium with Premium Fret Edge Treatment
Pickups:Nordstrand Big Single
Electronics:Ibanez Custom Electronics 3-band EQ w/ EQ bypass switch (passive tone control on treble pot) & 3-way Mid frequency switch
Bridge:MR5S
Tuners:Gotoh
Finish:Dual Shadow Burst
Case:Not Included

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