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NAMM 2017: Ibanez SRAS7 7 String Fretted and Fretless Bass Guitar

Ibanez SRAS 7 string bass
Ibanez SRAS7 7 string bass
The Ibanez SRAS7 7 string Fretted and Fretless bass guitar is arguably one of the more weird and wonderful entries to Ibanez's NAMM 2017 bass guitar line-up. Featuring 3 strings on an unfretted fret board and 4 strings on a fretted fret board, the SRAS7 takes hybridity to the extreme.

Constantly pushing the boundaries of modern music, Ibanez are one of the music industries most respected innovators. For over three decades Ibanez have paved the path for guitars and bass players like, providing them with the tools they need to achieve their ideal sound. Thanks to their ability to consistently develop new and exciting concepts they have remained a staple brand for the avant-garde musician. From Steve Vai to Joe Satriani, Ibanez have been a firm favourite for virtuosos across the globe. Pushing convention to the way line, Ibanez give the musician the tools that they need to consistently challenge the current thresholds of our imagination and the music that we make.

Based on the on the original Ashula bass, this unique entry into Ibanez's 2017 line up has been designed to benefit those who want the best of both worlds. The fretless board is constructed out of purpleheart whereas the fretted board is constructed out of rosewood, complimenting the bass with two distinct tonal properties that lend to its versatile nature. With its mixture of tone woods the SRAS7 is also able to effectively encourage smooth and transient string vibration to the body making the basses intonation exceptionally precise.

Due to the the basses respective radius' applied to each fret board (950mm Fretted, 0mm Fretless) the player can make the most of the strings at their disposal and play a variety of different chords. With chords that span over the two fret boards of the bass, the player can expect a distinctive combination of tones that contributes to an overall definitive sound.

Equipped with dual electronics the bass presents the player with two distinct tonal and dynamic options. The SRAS Super J pickups (fretted) provide a clear, bright and rich tone whereas the Aerosilk Piezo system (fretless) provides a warm and measured sound reminiscent of an upright bass.

Another innovative addition to this curious instrument is the Mono-Rail V Bridge, which offers an extremely wide range of intonation with each independent saddle providing maximum string vibration without any external interference.

With Ibanez's entries into this years convention creating quite a stir, make sure that you keep up to date with the latest NAMM 2017 new products over on our show page.

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By Josh Hummerston

Posted on 12 Jan 2017 10:52 to category : Instruments News

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