Ibanez BTB846V Electric Bass Guitar

With a beautiful poplar burl top, jatoba fretboard and an ash/mahogany wing body, the Ibanez BTB846V 6-string bass guitar looks great and plays even better.

What's special about this item?

Feature: What it does:
Bartolini BH2 pickups Tight bottom-end, punchy mid-range, smooth respons
Jatoba fretboard Strong midrange presence and punch
Mono-Rail bridge Strings move independently; excellent intonation
Stainless steel frets Increased strength and material integrity

The mission of the Ibanez Bass Workshop is to pioneer new frontiers in bass development by pushing the boundaries of conventional designs and the Ibanez BTB846V Electric Bass Guitar is an incredible example. The impetus behind each one of these unique instruments comes from the desire of the Ibanez bass development group to satisfy the specific needs of a very particular player and to hopefully inspire new vistas of creativity.

Designed for players looking to explore the upper region of the fretboard, the BTB846V is a 6-string bass tuned from B to C. Excellent for playing chords and soloing up by a 33" scale neck. Another innovative feature of the BTB846V is the inclusion of a height adjustable Poplar burl Finger Ramp. The ramp prevents players from digging in too hard when plucking finger-style and encourages a lighter playing technique, which helps promote a broader dynamic range and better tone. It also acts as a thumb rest that provides access to a wider plucking area, allowing players to explore more tonal options by varying the distance of their hand from the bridge.

The BTB846V includes a Mahogany with a Poplarbur/Ash top, the neck sports a Jatoba fingerboard with Abalone inlays and a Mono-Rail VS bridge provides optimum adjustment for superior intonation. Electronics feature the excellent tone of Bartolini BH2 pickups through an Ibanez 3-band EQ with a mid-frequency selector switch for advanced tone control.


- The stainless steel frets are known for read more their bright tone, and they add player-friendly features, such as long durability and a smoothness to bend on.
- Jatoba has a reddish brown color which produces a rich mid-range with a crisp high end.
- A "zero" fret provides accurate intonation, while allowing open strings to ring with the same resonance as notes played up the neck.
- The saddles can be adjusted +/-1.5mm, to answer to the bassist's detailed demands and to help finding out the best string spacing for many playstyles.
- The Bartolini BH2 pickups provide a tight bottom-end, punchy mid-range, and smooth response. The dual-coil style configuration maximizes articulation and a long blade pole piece widens the magnetic field, providing balanced string-to-string pickup response.
- The Ibanez Custom Electronics 3-band EQ w/3-way mid-frequency switch offers tonal variations that enhance simple chord work as well as complex soloing.
- Neutrik locking jack provides stable and secure connections, preventing accidental disconnect or shock and vibration.
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- Neck type: BTB6 5pc Maple/Walnut neck-through w/Graphite reinforcement rods
- Body: Poplar Burl top/Ash/Mahogany wing body
- Fretboard: Jatoba fretboard w/Abalone dot inlay
- Fret: Medium stainless steel frets
- Bridge: MR5S bridge (16.5mm string spacing)
- Neck pickup: Bartolini BH2 neck pickup (Passive)
- Bridge pickup: Bartolini BH2 bridge pickup (Passive)
- Equalizer: Ibanez Custom Electronics 3-band EQ w/Mid frequency switch
- Factory tuning: 1C/2G/3D/4A/5E/6B
- String gauge: .032/.045/.065/.080/.100/.130
- Hardware color: Black matte
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Antique Brown Stain Lo Gloss
Shipping Weight: 15.25 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 50 x 18 x 5 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): BTB846VABL

For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:
Phone: 800-669-8262

Reviewers gave this product an overall rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. (1 ratings)
Submitted October 15, 2018 by Chris Fohner in Erie, PA
"Was really impressed! Love it!"
Overall: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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This review has been selected by our experts as particularly helpful.
I was really impressed with this bass. There were a few things I was hesitant about but ended up being pleasantly surprised overall. This is one of my favorite 6ers I've ever played!

I was pleasantly surprised by the pickups/EQ. I'm not that into bartolini pickups typically but these ones actually suit this bass really well. Very full and articulate. When you see this bass you would think it would only gravitate towards jazz/funk styles but I tried some rock, metal (as long as you dont play in too low of a tuning), punk, and some progressive stuff and it fits pretty well in most applications I threw at it. Really versatile. But still not entirely the sound I personally go for so I might switch to some nordstrands. Not bad pickups by any means, just a preference as I prefer a jazz bass kinda sound!

For me I absolutely love the finger ramp feature. I was worried I wasnt gonna dig it that much but I absolutely fell in love with it! It's so comfortable! Great for thumb techniques, palm muting and quick playing! Also was worried about the 33 inch scale length not holding the B string well but it actually holds well and is a very comfortable length! No complaints about any of the other features.

Ease of Use
This is possibly one of the most playable 6ers Ive played. Super comfortable and very easy to get a good sound. Took a tiny bit of adjusting to play over the ramp rather than read more the pickups (as that is where I previously liked to play) but wasnt too bad. The 33 inch scale length doesnt feel too much different from a 34 inch and I'm pretty used to 6 string bass beforehand so there was hardly any adjusting for me.

Overall built really well. Frets are level and low so you can get a nice low action. Frets have no sharp ends. Cant even feel that theyre there. Finish is very good and the lo gloss feels very nice and not sticky.Only complaint I have is the arm contour is pretty blocky and uncomfortable. Wish they wouldve rounded that part off a bit more. Probably one of the only things holding this thing back on playability.

I think it was worth the price. For a $1k instrument it feels very custom and boutique and makes me feel like I'm playing a more expensive instrument at times. While still not a cheap bass, all things considered, I feel the features on this bass are great at this price point.

Manufacturer Support
Have not needed to contact them.

The Wow Factor
I feel really inspired playing this bass. I'm just blown away at the playability and how well it fits my overall style of playing. Its also just an incredibly beautiful bass IMO, I do not think the pictures do it justice!

Musical Background:
Been playing bass for 9 years and I play out professionally in a progressive rock band!

Musical Style:
Progressive Rock, Metal, Funk, Jazz, Punk, Ambient, Classic Rock
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