Bass Workshop -
For more than 40 years, Ibanez has pioneered new frontiers in bass development, pushing the boundaries of conventional designs to bass players of all styles, affording new avenues of expression and creativity. This spirit of exploration has led to the creation of some of the most successful and popular production basses of all time. Following this same drive to bring new and relevant ideas to the musical forefront is what serves as the basis for this ongoing project, dubbed the Ibanez Bass Workshop. The impetus behind each one of these unique instruments comes from a desire by the Ibanez bass development team to satisfy the particular needs of many players. These inventions may not be for everyone, but for those who yearn to explore new sonic vistas through the medium of bass: The Ibanez Bass Workshop project may give you just what you're looking for.
5pc Maple/Walnut neck
The 5pc Maple/Walnut neck provides tonal clarity and superior attack.
Panga Panga fretboard
Panga Panga features a beautiful wood grain which produces a tight low and mid range, along with a sharp attack on high end.
Okoume wing body
The Okoume wing body provides a bright and solid sound.
Bartolini® MK-1 pickups / AeroSilk piezo pickup
The Bartolini® MK1 pickups use a split coil design that provides a very wide frequency range and enhanced definition for maximum accuracy. The Neck and Bridge pickups have equal response, like traditional single coils, but without the hum and noise. The custom bridge contains the magic of the AeroSilk Piezo system to provide that sense of ”air” that characterizes upright sound.
Ibanez 2-band EQ w/Piezo active tone control
The EQ section incorporates the controls of the magnetic pickup(s) with the AeroSilk Piezo system. Controls include a Master volume, bass and treble controls for the pickup(s) and a Master volume and a tone control for the Piezo system.
Custom AeroSilk bridge
The Custom AeroSilk bridge was created specifically for the optimum performance of the AeroSilk Piezo pickup system. Unique plastic saddles work in concert with the piezo pickups and enhance the acoustic ”Upright” quality of the sound.
30 Fret Neck
The SR Portamento features an extended 30-fret Rosewood fretboard for playing upper register notes usually only accessible on an upright.