I've just got to show this off a little bit. This is my new Ibanez SRH500. Technically, it is a semi-hollow acoustic bass. It has a solid block running down the middle so you can put just about any tension strings on it that you care to. A nice f-hole on one side. Two controls -- volume and tone. Interestingly, it has 4 piezo pickups built into the bridge with a gain/balance adjustment pot for each string on the back of the bass. And it has the typical Ibanez SR thin, fast neck.
The beauty of this bass, other than the aesthetics, it that it comes with D'Addario flat wound strings on it and it gives off a very old school, Motown sound. Roll the tone back and it comes as close to an upright, doghouse bass as I have ever heard from an electric bass guitar. So I use this for a lot of my old rock, old pop, and early country music. Additionally, this bass is light, light, light. I've tried P-basses and Jazzes and they are just so darned heavy, at least to me. This bass is like wearing a tennis racket while sacrificing no sound whatsoever. I've been wanting one of these since they first came out 2 years ago. They are now out of production, but I snagged an open-box special at a great price.
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