To the newcomer, the multi-scale concept may appear a bit unusual, but the biggest surprise may be how comfortable players become within a minute or two of playing the instrument. The different fret-to-bridge distances enhance tonality, creating a better sounding bass. Previously, these instruments were only available from boutique bass builders, but now Ibanez is proud to introduce the SRMS805 a multi-scale bass at an affordable price.
The goal of the multi-scale system is to give the better tension of each string. The tension helps to create a more “alive”, open tone. On the SRMS805, the scale length is 34” on the G-string side, expanding to 35.5” at the low B.
Although the multi-scale neck can appear intimidating and unnatural, nothing could be further from the truth. When looking down at the neck from the players’ perspective, the exaggerated fret layout seems to almost disappear and actually feels quite normal. The slant of the multi-scales ergonomically coordinate with the way a players hand angles as it moves up and down the neck, facilitating quick, comfortable playing action.
The SRMS805 is a quality instrument designed for the experienced, seasoned musician. Its Poplar burl / Mahogany body is attached to a 5pc Jatoba/Walnut SRMS5 neck with a Panga Panga fretboard, medium frets and custom multi-scale inlays. The Mono-Rail VS Bridge is the perfect match for a fan-fret instrument, allowing for independent positioning of each strings “mini-bridge” section to provide excellent intonation and superior string vibration transference. Electronics include Bartolini® pickups, for a full range warm punchy tone, and a 3-band EQ w/ bypass switch and mid-frequency switch for complete sonic control.
SRMS5 for Multi Scale 5pc Jatoba/Walnut Neck
Panga panga Fretboard
Poplarburl Top/ Mahogany Body
Bartolini® BH2 neck pickup
Bartolini® BH2 bridge pickup
Ibanez Custom Electronics 3-band EQ
EQ bypass switch (passive tone control on treble pot), 3-way Mid frequency switch
Mono-rail VS bridge
Black matte Hardware