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Ibanez has been in the business of providing entry-level users with great quality bass guitars for decades. This has allowed them to gain a reputation of being one of the few brands you could trust no matter what. Ibanez SR370 belongs to one of the oldest families of Ibanez bass guitars.
SR axes have been and still are among the most capable and best sounding basses you can get for a reasonable amount of money. This type of nature earned it a place on our list for recommended high-end beginner bass guitars. Once we get into details, you will see why this is the case.
Ibanez SR370 sports the usual SR shape that most of the models in this family use. The tonewood of choice is maple, making this one pretty solid bass guitar. Finishes available are Sapphire Blue, Brown Burst and several others. The neck is far more interesting. It’s a five-piece design made of maple and rosewood sections. The fretboard is also rosewood, and sports standard dot inlays. Build quality is great, and you will be hard pressed to find any craftsmanship mistakes on this Ibanez.
When it comes to hardware, Ibanez SR370 comes with a great combination of components. We are, of course, talking about the Accu-Cast B120 bridge that is designed in a way to accommodate a large variety of string gauges and retain the intonation. This bridge has fully adjustable saddles and uses an innovative way of string retention. Tuning machines are high quality die cast units which work great.
In terms of electronics, Ibanez SR370 packs a very versatile set of humbuckers. Two CAP EXF-N2 pups deliver hot output and a lot of tonal range to boot. These are wired to a pretty capable three band EQ, and a set of tone/volume knobs. With such a flexible set of electronics, you definitely won’t find it hard to dial in just about any type of tone you could ever need.
There’s something to be said about quality active pickups. Any experienced bass player will tell you that getting a good expression out an active pickup is pretty hard. Fortunately, that is not the case with Ibanez SR370. The range is there, and so is the flexibility. Whether you need a high treble, sharp sound for slapping or a muddy bass-rich tone for driving rhythms, Ibanez SR370 will deliver every time. It’s simply a very versatile setup that can keep up with you no matter where you need to go.