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Ibanez RD605

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Corwynn's review (Ibanez - RD605)

By Corwynn, 17/09/2011
Low type Roadgear made in Korea

Mahogany body, flamed maple table, round screw it seems to me that the maple-, rosewood fingerboard, 24 frets medium and black plastic nut.

The set is very traditional but very well made, visually it's beautiful especially in black or red color is best to avoid honey against it accords ill with very light color of the neck and head. Pins buttons are mother of pearl inlay in the shape of a full moon, the most beautiful effect on woody. Only regret cutting the body is not particularly fine, but it's really a detail, to quibble.

Seymour Duncan Basslines, a bridge and a humbucker.
Electronic active EQ switch on / off, volume knobs, micro switch and 2-band EQ Bass / Treble
Accucast Bridge B200


The handle of this is low end while remaining round. For my part I find it ideal because it allows for easy movement, especially in the bass, although he slips, slides lovers will be in heaven. The bridge is wide enough to him, causing a gradual expansion of the strings very pleasant at the right hand. Early consideration is that it's a little less comfortable in the treble strings with a low spin right-I think among other things, the Cort Artisan A5-, but again nothing really problematic, just a fold to be taken.

This is definitely a lady to play with fingers, not the game with a pick or embarrassed by anything but the comfort provided by the configuration of the lower right hand is such that it takes that plectrum 'to regret. Pressing the microphones is ideal, especially on the humbucker large and prominent.

The difference of the strings is pretty well thought out so that slappeurs not found wedged too close together by ropes, it is part of good students in five different among the slap strings I tested, but it is a five rope, and therefore require a little more work than a conventional low slapper cleanly, but it's still very doable.

The ergonomics of the bass on the other hand, leaves something to be desired. It is quite heavy and slightly stings the nose, which requires having a strap not too rotten. If access to acute is excellent, small side "slumps" push to retain a bit of stick for those who like me do not play nearly horizontal, and it does not facilitate access to the boxes the most acute of the handle. Finally, we regret that the shape of the body prohibit the game sitting without strap: if the bass has a shape very pleasing to the eye, hold it wrong on the thigh, and tired quickly the left hand should support the neck and more play. Personally, I play upright, I really do not, but for those who expect to play sitting down, be warned.

The settings are still with them a cinch. No need to turn a knob to change the color for background music, the preamplifier is sensitive without being vague, short, it is the foot.


It is a very versatile bass, capable of both return the bacon with coarse rock solid as well to balance lines fusion, funk and jazz without the slightest concern. There are easily a sound very close to a jazz bass, certainly not very vintage but still very convincing as a surprise to a low-rated, which can easily replace the model for a fortunate few bass.

The two-band EQ seems to limit some opportunities, but this is wrong: hack the media directly on the amp in active mode gives very good results, and when the bypass, the bass provides a sound basis for excellent quality and reacts very well to the settings directly on the amp. I play a lot in addition to bypass so it's nice, rendering settings are frankly enjoyable medium for entering and sounds more incisive. Jazz bass maybe, but that does not prevent it from being as capable of assuming many plans metal nag.

All answers frankly good, and so serious is not at all to pick up (something I generally do not trust with low mid-range like this). tested on two amps, my little behringer 30 W has a little trouble to do him honor, and a Roland cube 100 W which left no doubt on the reactivity and the definition of that serious. Sure, that big lady's chest.

The only regret is that we can have something that is, in my humble opinion, inherent in many models from Ibanez. Like many of her peers, the RD 605 is not very warm, it is difficult to draw sharp creamy and round. In fact, if it peaked in terms of well-slamming funk, it will have some difficulty adapting to styles like smooth jazz, bossa nova and others. It's his only weakness, but it is not inherent to the model, rather the policy of his Ibanez, if you go on a low mark, you probably know already.


I have this bass for almost a year and a half, and this is my first five strings. I originally wanted to buy a Cort Artisan A5, but having found that it used only 400 euros (against 750 for the new artisan), I tested and adopted, because it is really excellent bass for its price class. Unfortunately it is no longer produced at the moment, but if you find it used, you can go there with closed eyes. It's a choice I would do without hesitation, because I take a lot of fun to play.

My favorite home is its flexibility, it finds its active as nothing, passive it loses none of its qualities and is very responsive to the settings they are missing in his EQ. And if she excels particularly in the funk fingers, it demerit in any style except for the music the most smooth.

The real black, it's definitely impossible to play without sitting strap, because of the balance not necessarily ideal, especially the cutting of the body aesthetic, but inadequate when laying on the thigh.

-AmA-'s review (Ibanez - RD300)

By -AmA-, 05/07/2006
It was manufactured in Indonesia, a beautiful "Made in Indonesia" is engraved under the serial number. Frets.pour 24 It is not like the rest demmander, am new ...


The handle is a pleasure, but hey, I reminds that this is my first low and then I have no points comparaison.L access to acute is relatively easy, must have long fingers what. It was well in hand, it is not too heavy. It takes a good sound, m ^ me me I get no vibrating strings.


Personally, I'm more into the rock, and it leaves me the sound I want if I do not know if it was made for that. I play on a bass amp Stagg CA-50B.


This is my first bass, I chose becaufe a music store and liquidate its store messages and nicknames that I falsh on it, I got to 50% while out of the box ^ ^.
For me it was low to begin with but the more I play, the more I realize that it is built to last, for me it is a good buy, I would do without hesitation.

guigaume's review (Ibanez - RD500)

By guigaume, 04/04/2006
This bass is made in Korea.
C is a low round 24 cases including 2 micro duncan a single and a humbucker in bridge position and medium.
The bridge is an ibanez or ropes are hung inside al
R & D has four potentiometers with a two-volume master volume for each pickup and a tone booster.
I do not know how to handle ype c is large enough but they say that it is between that of a jazz bass and precision if a sufficiently long handle


The handle is very pleasant I do not know with what the handle is painted but it slides well.
acute in the CASC is good in May the last frets are trs end so you have to have the fingers end
This bass is very ergonomic in form j have a jazz bass as a cot and the 500 rd seems smaller but it is heavier
No one can get the matter which is c, j, but recently bought a jazz bass and I realized that even follows me with the capabilities allusinante rd personality did not really remarkable, if not with an overdrive is great


No matter what style of music suits him with his active electronics can do everything.
For the moment I play on an Ibanez SW20 but I think change soon because my amp too did not appressed rd if the J have already jou an old Dean Markley amp gives 60W her. J uses as an overdrive effect for the moment
I can not describe the sounds that we get are a lot
I prefer the sounds bold, that it gives micro sounds when fully open, and I do not like the slamming n given when the booster is at its lowest tone


I used the last seven months and what is sure is that c low resistance to shock
J loves the most strength and the capabilities, and I hate the battery Chander (c is active)
C is my first bass I have the command because I found her design but now i am really proud of your purchase, I think as the first low-j would beat no more
The ratio quality price is 500 euro c trs good is reasonable
I do not know if I buy a replacement but if c is active LCaS I do it again the same choice

tubart's review (Ibanez - RD905FM)

By tubart, 05/01/2008
Maple _manche
_touche Rosewood
_Table quite thick maple (about 2cm ... a very beautiful appearance)
_DOS mahogany (well ... a wood called mahogany but that many would call luthier plaggia ... in any case, it is far from mahogany used in Gibson or PRS legendary reputation for their selected wood ) of equivalent thickness at the table with intermediate sheet walnut.

_2 Bassline pickups (Seymour Duncan) / Ibanez, a humbucker in the bridge position, a single coil in the neck position.

_Egalisation 9 volt active 3-band, 1 pan knob microphones + 1 switch to switch liabilities.

Everything is pretty well done, the finishes are quite correct.


The neck is thin enough and round for a 5 string, bass is easy to learn and access to acute is excellent thanks to the generous lower notch. The one I tried was an action of rope about 5 mm, usually I play with a very low action, difficult to judge what would be the instrument (especially for frizz ...) with a control more "end" less lumberjack. The weight is relatively large, while remaining reasonable, it smells good violin, the imposing maple top is to be there for many.
standing is well balanced, no complaints.

I think his only fault is definitely its look unattractive ... it's a matter of taste, of course, but I never fell for this low for its aesthetics (a little lazy Ibanez designers, especially for lines of the head ... Yuck).


Big highlight of this bass. Tested in a Combo Fender Rumble 100 watts, even when we feel honorable capabilities of this 5 string. The Bassline microphones offer incisive to pick, not missing bite the finger but too high string action did not allow me to test the fine on a significant slap.
Equalization and electronics in general are very versatile and efficient, the fact of the passive switch is of little interest ... In any case the difference is not audible in the combo Fender, other well sure that the switch has the effect of stopping the equalizer. This is perhaps one feels the limits of current Japanese violin: where the woods used come?

Micro balance allows to play sounds but does not provide absolute versatility; indeed the pickup is much more powerful than the neck pickup, which brings just a little body when playing on two simultaneously. I usually play a Fender deluxe PBass US, the difference in sound between the two microphones is obvious, the Ibanez nuance is thinner.

Flat and it is often the case for 5-string bass: bass SI are not clearly defined, yet was new set of strings on the instrument that I tried.


I tried a model at a very attractive price (...) then it is found about 950 € at Thomann, in this case the matter was very interesting. I was pleasantly surprised by the excellent quality / price of this 5 string. Electronics for many plays in the final rendering of the instrument sound but I doubt that the years are enough to bring the violin sustain a higher-end model with a competitor.

In the end it's always the same, I mean a test facing the amp, and fine enough performance nuances ... As a group, this bass has very honorable and largely sufficient performance in many registers. Rest this look ...

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