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Ibanez SR300E Electric Bass
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Ibanez SR300E Electric Bass

The Ibanez SR300E's custom 3-band EQ and PowerSpan Dual Coil pickups help you dial in the precise bass tone you desire.

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Submitted August 31, 2018 by Jason W in Moorefield, WV
"I had to get one for myself!"
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I originally bought an Ibanez SR300E Iron Pewter as a gift for a member of my family who took an interest in playing the bass. When it arrived I took it out of the box to tune it and give the action a little tweaking. Of course, being a bass player myself, I had to give it a try to see how well it played. I was in shock and awe by how well it played and sounded. The neck was extremely comfortable; very thin and fast! It felt like this thing could play itself. After playing it for a few days, (and a few times since), I was so amazed by it that I had to come back to order one for myself (Weathered black - that black hardware on black bass just looks so good).
Sound
I was impressed by the sounds I could get from this little beast. I'm a pretty heavy handed finger style player (I've always had a heavy attack), but I could hear the differences every time I alternated pickups, adjusted the EQ, and flipped the "Power Tap" switch. This thing offers a lot of sound for very little money!
Features
As stated, the thin fast neck of this bass is amazing. I have smaller than average sized hands, so the slimmer design is really comfortable for me. The PowerSpan dual coil pickups are really decent sounding for what they are. The "Power Tap" switch is what sold me on it. After some knob twiddling, trial and error, I found a really nice warm, but heavy sound that I enjoy. Also, the ease of access to the battery compartment is a nice feature as well - no screwdriver needed!
Ease of Use
Ease of use is great! Plug it in and play ;-) Seriously though, my stepfather is a guitarist by nature, and even he's remarked at how nice it plays and how nicely the knobs freely turn to dial in the sound you are looking for.
Quality
I was impressed by the overall quality of this instrument for the price. I own and play "higher end" basses (Warwick's, Ibanez SR Premium's, etc.), and the quality of this is bass is almost as nice as my SR Premium at a fraction of the cost. Of course it had a few things that needed some tweaking out of the box, but overall I am very pleased with the product. You could spend a lot more and get a lot less (I have anyways...). I guess there's a reason I keep coming back to Ibanez basses.
Value
The Ibanez SR300E is considered by most to be a beginner bass. I get that. Yet, for the price, you will be hard pressed to find something with better quality and features. If you are new to bass, or need a backup for your regular player, I would highly recommend the SR300E. I see it becoming my regular player because of it's features and sound. And hey... If something were to ever happen to it at a gig in one of those "seedy" venues, I could easily replace it and not be too upset about the price.
Manufacturer Support
I've never had to deal with Ibanez directly, but I have dealt with zZounds a few times and their customer service is wonderful! Friendly, knowledgeable, and courteous. Those are the things that make me a repeat offender to this site!
The Wow Factor
This bass is a lot of bang for the buck! I love the look of the black hardware on the weathered black finish. When my girlfriend gave me the "Oh no. Did you buy another bass?" look - even she had to admit the weathered black finish was sexy looking. Ha!
Musical Background:
Bassist: mostly a hobbyist hack and a weekend warrior.
Musical Style:
Mostly a hard rock/ metal guy, but have been branching out to other genres. Been attempting some jazz lately...
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Submitted October 5, 2016 by Edith G in Sauk Village, IL
"Happy with my purchase"
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I have only been playing for six months. I started out on a Yamaha 170 I got as a gift. I wanted to upgrade but I didn't want to over reach. The SR300E fills that need. It's a sure upgrade (love the electronics) and it's an instrument I feel I can stay with for years to come.
Musical Background:
Rookie bassist six months
Musical Style:
Jazz, blues
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Submitted July 11, 2019 by Scott S in Dayton, TX
"After a week..."
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So far I'm thoroughly impressed... love the wide range of tones I can get out this bass. The neck feels amazing, so easy to get around, makes my Fender Jazz neck feel bulky. I have noticed a minor gap on the treble side of the neck pocket, but doesn't seem to causing any issues with the sustain or neck movement. I will recommend going to a local guitar shop to see the different colors on person. Once I saw the Charred Champagne burst in person I was sold, the pictures make the colors clash which the don't do in person.
Sound
This thing sounds amazing! It can also sound like crap and everything in between. If you can't find several tones you like with this bass your just not trying. Love the way I can go from growly deep tone to super bright without switching guitars, or having to change my amp settings.
Features
My only complaint as far as features is not having an active bypass switch (took away a half star for that) The active eq, the pickups, the hardware, the way the frets are... this bass has a features that most in this price range don't, it's well thought out and well executed. To say I was surprised to see a counter sunk hi mass bridge in $350 bass is an understatement, but it's details like this that make it such a treat.
Ease of Use
Super playable, super adjustable, great sounding bass. However you will quickly learn to make small adjustments when your messing with the eq trying to find your sound. A little movement on the knob makes a big difference...
Quality
My only issue, is the small gap between the neck and body. Took off a half star for that, and again it is small and doesn't seem to be an issue. I do have another concern with how the neck itself appears to be rotated slightly back, however everything lines up so it could just be how they are made. I'll be comparing it to others soon enough.
Value
This is an amazing value at this price point, I was originally shopping for a much more expensive bass, however this one had everything I was looking for except it had it at 1/3 to 1/2 of the cost.
Manufacturer Support
No experience with them.
The Wow Factor
Ibanez really knocked it out of the park with this one, proving that a great instrument doesn't have to be expensive. Yes, there is the minor gap at the neck pocket, but they got so much right with this bass, I can overlook it. If your in the market for a new bass give these a look, you'll end up buying one too...
Musical Background:
15 years, mostly playing for myself, occasionally with band at clubs
Musical Style:
Pretty much anything...
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Submitted May 19, 2016 by James Hendrickson in Murfreesboro , TN
"Excellent Playability"
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So I was looking for a new bass inside a certain price range. I've tried several other basses to see what was new out there and nothing was giving me that comfortable feel or a decent sound. I stumbled across the new Ibanez SR300 a friend had. I'm not really a big fan of Ibanez but this thing sounded and felt great. I was impressed by the feel of the 5 peace neck, it's so slim and fast, tonal possibilities with the EQ and it's lightweight. A very balanced bass with a thin body. I've owned many big name basses over the years and I would say that you can't go wrong with the SR300. I ordered mine here online with the "Pay as you Play" program, the Weathered Black version an as the girls put it "that is one sick bass" an yes it is. The paint job on this bass it light non gloss you can see and feel all the wood grain through it an with the black hardware. The Ibanez SR300 does feel like a beginners bass at $349.00, it appears and feels a lot like a high dollars bass, with the active electronics and tonality are incredible for any genre of music, bass feels solid, this Ibanez in the hands of a beginner would be like having one high range bass, very good bass for practice and very good to play live small gigs because of its playability and sound. For this price, this is the best bass on this website! I am in absolute love with this thing! Its poppy enough for funk but yet it can still hit all the low notes too. The pickups are great and the ability to change the tone any way you choose is ridiculous. There is Treble Cut, Bass Cut, Pickup Balancer, and Slap/Finger... the possibilities are endless! This bass should cost at least three times more. Enjoy!!!
Musical Background:
Playing bass for 28 years in and out of bands...
Musical Style:
70's Rock, Hard Rock, Metal, Southern Rock, Country, and Blues
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Submitted January 8, 2020 by Richard Chapman in Rosamond, CA
"At this price, it's a steal."
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I'll keep it short: I bought this SR300E because I wanted a new bass to use for home recording -- for not a lot of money. I've always known that Ibanez makes quality instruments and at this low price, I couldn't pass it up. Well, I've been playing it for a couple of days (I just got it) and the tones coming out of this axe are surprisingly good. The 3-band active EQ is a lot of fun. Nice, meaty sounding pickups. Good quality, long-scale neck has fast action. The only negative comment I can make is that I wish the frets were a little better... but that's really just nit picking. At this price point (or anywhere near it), I've not seen or heard a better bass than this one. What a great deal!
Musical Background:
I've been playing both guitar and bass ever since 1971.
Musical Style:
Blues; hard rock; heavy metal.
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Submitted October 24, 2016 by Shaun F in Lakeland, FL
"Prefect bass Perfect price"
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I ordered the Pearl Black Metallic Fade. It came perfectly. Did a quick tune on it and it was ready to play. I don't notice much difference between power tap and series on the switch. But they are both way better than leaving it in up position. I started playing bass ina death metal band and needed to do a serious upgrade from my old Yamaha. I changed the string gauge(comes with 45-105. We tune drop C so I put on 50-115) did a small truss adjustment, and set the intonation almost too quickly. It's very easy to work on. I'm curious to know how long the battery lasts. Only thing left to say is, "BUY THIS BASS!" That's it!
Musical Background:
16 years. Guitar, bass, drums, keys, vocals.
Musical Style:
Currently playing mostly Death Metal in a band. Play any style though.
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