Awesome Bass Tone, Playability, and Value

If you’re looking for awesome bass tone, playability, and value (and who isn’t?), then the Ibanez Bass Workshop BTB865SC 5-string bass guitar delivers by the boatload. This instrument’s innovative design starts with its unique construction — which also gives it killer looks. The neck-through construction and upper bout design join forces for the ultimate in stability, tonal solidity, and sustain that never ends. Meanwhile, the deep lower cutaway gives you unencumbered access to the highest notes. Ibanez spec’d the Bass Workshop BTB865SC with a pair of beefy Bartolini BH2 pickups, and supplies a finger ramp in between. This keeps you from digging in too deep, enhancing your plucking technique for improved dexterity, speed, and tone. With all this going for it — plus a very wallet-friendly price tag — the Ibanez Bass Workshop BTB865SC is a total steal. Grab it now!

Bartolini classic soapbars deliver the tone

Bartolini BH2 passive pickups deliver classic soapbar pickup tone on demand. Their dual-coil humbucking design bucks the annoying hum, but delivers the beefy tone. They’re amazingly responsive, too. Dig in, and they growl with the big cats. Pull back, and they’re sweet and clear. Go ahead: slap and pop — they thrive on abuse! Bartolini’s Classic Bass series pickups are popular with progressive, jazz, gospel, and metal musicians for whom articulation is critical. Ask any tone-savvy bass player at Irvine Art & Music, and they’ll confirm that, onstage or in the studio, your bass will sound incredible with Bartolini BH2 soapbar pickups.

Mono-rail bridge enhances definition and sustain

Ibanez specified their excellent MR5 (Mono-rail) bridge for the BTB865SC. Unlike single-body bridges, each Mono-rail V saddle is completely separate from the others. This does two things for you. First, since they aren’t connected, the saddles create minimal sympathetic vibration, preventing unused strings from ringing. Second, each saddle is double-anchored, allowing energy to transfer efficiently between the string and the body. Bottom line: you’ll be astonished at the BTB865SC’s amazing clarity and sustain.

Ibanez: a brief history

Ibanez began its life in 1908 as the Hoshino Gakki company in Nagoya, Japan. However, the company didn’t get into the guitar business until 1929, when they started importing Salvador Ibanez guitars from Spain. In 1935, Hoshino Gakki began building Spanish acoustic guitars under the “Ibanez Salvador” name, which was later shortened to Ibanez. Although Ibanez began manufacturing electric guitars in 1957, the company was relatively unknown in the West until the 1960s, when they started producing guitars based on American designs. By the late 1970s, Ibanez had stopped producing derivative instruments and had begun manufacturing the innovative original guitar and bass designs that the company is now known for. Ibanez is also famous for their effect pedals, most notably the Tube Screamer. Irvine Art & Music is proud to offer to you such a fine line of distinguished musical instruments.

Ibanez Bass Workshop BTB865SC 5-string Bass Guitar Features:

  • Ash top, ash/okoume wings; satin polyurethane finish
  • 5-piece BTB5-profile maple/walnut through neck; satin polyurethane finish
  • Rosewood fingerboard, 400mm radius, 24 medium stainless steel frets, abalone dot inlays
  • Active electronics with 3-band EQ and 3-way Mid frequency switch
  • Bartolini BH2 neck and bridge pickups
  • MR5 bridge/tailpiece
  • Ibanez machine heads
  • Black hardware
  • Finger ramp included

Tech Specs

  • Number of Strings:5
  • Left-/Right-handed:Right-handed
  • Body Shape:Premium BTB
  • Body Material:Ash/Okoume wing body, Ash top
  • Body Finish:Satin Polyurethane
  • Color:Weathered Black
  • Neck Material:5-Piece Maple/Walnut
  • Neck Shape:BTB5
  • Neck Joint:Neck-through
  • Radius:15.748"
  • Fingerboard Material:Rosewood
  • Fingerboard Inlay:Abalone Dots
  • Number of Frets:24, Medium Stsainless Steel
  • Scale Length:35"
  • Nut Width:1.850"
  • Nut Material:Plastic
  • Bridge/Tailpiece:MR5
  • Tuners:Ibanez Machine Heads
  • Neck Pickup:Bartolini BH2 Humbucker
  • Bridge Pickup:Bartolini BH2 Humbucker
  • Controls:1 x volume, 1 x balancer, 3-band Active EQ
  • Strings:.045-.130
  • Case/Gig Bag:Sold Separately
  • Manufacturer Part Number:BTB865SCWKL

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  • BTB865SC Singlecut
  • Weathered Black Low Gloss
Finish Style
  • Satin
Fretboard Material
  • Rosewood
Right / Left Handed
  • Right Handed
Active / Passive Pickups
  • Passive
Neck Material
  • Maple
  • Walnut
Offset Body
  • No
Wood Top Style
  • Plain
Active Preamp
  • Yes
Pickup Configuration
  • HH
Number of Strings
  • 5-String
Color Family
  • Black
Finish Features
  • Matching Headstock
Body Shape
  • Single Cutaway
Number of Frets
  • 24

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