Ibanez BTB33 5 String Electric Bass Guitar

    Designed for players looking to explore the upper region of the fretboard, the BTB33 is a 5-string bass tuned from E to C.
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    Product Description

    The mission of the Ibanez Bass Workshop is to pioneer new frontiers in bass development by pushing the boundaries of conventional designs. 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 BTB33 is a 5-string bass tuned from E to C. Excellent for playing chords and soloing up by a 33” scale neck. This 5-piece Maple/Bubinga “Medium Scale” neck helps to create the proper tension and tonal quality for the C string without compromising the deep tone of the E string. It also facilitates faster playing and easier chording.

    Another innovative feature of the BTB33 is the inclusion of a height adjustable Rosewood 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 BTB33 includes a Mahogany with an Ash top, the neck sports a Rosewood fingerboard with Abalone inlays and a Mono-Rail V bridge provides optimum adjustment for superior intonation. Electronics feature the excellent tone of Bartolini BH1-5 pickups through an Ibanez 3-band EQ with a mid frequency selector switch for advanced tone control.

    Product Specifications
    Neck: BTB5 5pc Maple/Bubinga neck-thru
    Body: Ash top/Mahogany wing
    Fingerboard: Rosewood
    Inlay: Abalone dot inlay
    Frets: Medium
    Neck Pickup: Bartolini BH1
    Bridge Pickup: Bartolini BH1
    EQ: Ibanez Custom Electronics 3-band EQ with Mid frequency switch
    Bridge: Mono-rail V bridge
    Hardware color: Black matte
    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
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    Got it love it feels gr8 plays gr8
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    What is your opinion of this product?
    Absolutely love this bass a lot of bang for the price
    Chris Cote
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    Great idea, great neck, horrible pickups
    What is your opinion of this product?
    Played this in a store a few times and loved it. The neck is extremely comfortable, the High C string makes it a lot of fun to jam and play some chords on. Bass has a nice balance to it. Natural tone (unplugged) is great. Sadly the pickups are horrible. Lifeless and dead and usually lost in the mix. The ramp and the pickups are also too long to function as they should. If using it as an anchor it should be (to me and most others I've talked to about this) about the same distance and length as another string would be. Like a J pickup anchor is just long enough to feel like another string. Frets work is nice and above average. Out of the box I had to raise the action a hair and set the intonation a bit. For $1000 I would expect a) better pickups and b) at least a decent gig bag if not a case. I like the idea and with some tweaking Ibanez COULD have a winner here.
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