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Ibanez SR1400E SR Premium Electric Bass Guitar with Gig Bag

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Product Description

The Ibanez SR1400E SR Premium Bass is designed with high-end features while maintaining affordability. The Ibanez Premium factory provides the same award winning quality shown in our Prestige line. SR Premium is the new standard for the serious professional musician.

Ibanez SR1400E SR Premium Electric Bass Guitar Features

  • Made by Ibanez Premium factory for great attention to detail
  • USA Nordstrand Big Single pickups provide huge, full, loud, and aggressive single-coil tone
  • Smoothly contoured Figured Maple top on Mahogany body
  • EQB-IIISC 3-band EQ, with Mid frequency switch and eq bypass switch, gives you a world of possibilities in tone
  • Mono-Rail IV bridge with locking saddles allows each string to vibrate fully with no interference from the other strings
  • Includes special gig bag
MonoRail Bridge
The Mono-Rail Bridge is the ultimate in string isolation for bass. Each saddle is independently and securely locked down to the body for maximum vibration transfer and no interference. One screw controls the height of each saddle for easy adjustment.

Pickups
Nordstrand pickups provide the clear sound characteristic of single coil pickups, while the large body gives players a powerful and aggressive tone for a wide range of bass tones, great for any style of music.

Neck
The 5 piece Wenge/Bubinga neck is also bolstered with KTS Titanium Reinforcement rods inside for added strength.

Ibanez MB100C Style Case
To protect and transport your bass, Ibanez recommends the optional MB100C Style Electric Bass Guitar Case (#IBA MB100C).

Ibanez SR1400E SR Premium Bass Guitar Specifications
  • Neck Material: 5 piece Wenge / Bubinga
  • Neck Type: SR4 
  • Body: Mahogany body / Figured Maple top 
  • Frets: 24 Medium
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood 
  • Inlay: Abalone oval inlay 
  • Bridge: Mono-Rail IV
  • Neck Pickup: Nordstrand Big Single 
  • Bridge Pickup: Nordstrand Big Single 
  • EQ: EQB-IIISC 
  • Hardware Color: Gold
  • Optional Case: #IBA MB100C


Helpful Info about the Manufacturer
Phone:  215-638-8670 Warranty:  Electric Guitars & Basses: 1 Year.
Acoustic Guitars: Limited Lifetime (1 year on electronics & tuners).
Amplifiers: 5 Years (1 year on speakers)
Pedals: 5 Years
Michael Lawrence from North Port, Florida, USA
Overall Rating
General
Quality
Features
Feel
Tone
Finish
Value
Playability
Subject
One Gorgeous Axe
General
What is your overall opinion of this product?
To put it simply, I couldn't be more pleased. It is even better than I had expected, one classy lady. It carries itself with elegance and beauty balanced with the ability to get down and dirty when need be. This is one gorgeous axe.
Quality
What is your opinion of the quality of this product? How does it work for different genres of music?
For the money, it is a class act. Well thought out, well built. As far as styles of music, see my later comments.
Features
Are the features on the product what you were expecting? What are your favorite features?
Honestly, I bought this instrument unseen and unplayed, the nature of mail order. I trusted the consistency of high end Ibanez products and was not disappointed. The finish is near flawless and, as stated, it came out of the box with a setup that was near perfect. I have never been a fan of active electronics (I have been at this for 40+ years) but after playing this axe, I am hooked. Some mention has been made of two items, excess wire in the electronics compartment and the lack of a dedicated battery access box. When I opened up the panel (three screws with inset brass bushing, no problem with the stripping the wood over time) I found it to be well wired, very tidy. Access to the battery was no problem unless you consider the perfect fit of the cover. It takes a small point in the screw hole to pull it up but that just reflects the precision of manufacture.
Feel
Heavy, fast, chunky? How was the neck? Are the controls easy to get to while playing?
The neck is what you expect out of an Ibanez, thin and fast, very easy to approach. There is no position that is uncomfortable including the highest notes. Excellent string spacing (for my hands at least, that is a personal matter of course). All controls are well laid out and easy to access. I like the detent at the middle of each tone adjustment (bass, mid, treble and pickup pan control) as it makes spatial orientation a breeze. Also dig the passive/active switch and the mid-cut switch for the extra flexibility.
Tone
How is the tone? Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick or thin?
The auditory aspects of this instrument are very malleable. I have found I can get most any sound out of it I want. My work ranges from jazz to world music to orchestral and studio so flexibility is the key, warm to brash. All I can say is this. I would be very surprised if you can't find the sound you need with this axe. Deep bottom to edgy crunch to funky slap, it is there.
Finish
How did the stain or paint job look?
Smooth and even, nicely buffed oil finish. Beautiful grain in the flame maple top, fine finish overall. The back of the neck is satiny and has a great feel.
Value
Did you get what you were expecting for the price? How does it compare to similar products in the same price range?
This is a relatively inexpensive bass that compares favorably with boutique basses running at least twice the price if not more. It is not a Fodera or a Sadowsky but at one fifth the price or less, it is hard to justify the expenditure on those admittedly great basses. I'm happy to have the SR 1400 in my collection.
Playability
How was the action out of the box?
It needed only minor intonation tweaking but that is standard maintenance. Actually, there was no string (comparing the 12th fret harmonic and the fretted 12th fret note) that was more than a few cents out and two were dead on, it was a minor fix. Same comparing the 17th fret harmonic. The neck was set perfect for my touch. It ships with .045 through .105 gauge strings. I prefer .040 through .100 so I made a simple truss rod and saddle tweak, just standard biz.
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