Ibanez BTB1935 Review & Prices

Ibanez BTB1935 Review
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  • From Ibanez's 2021 BTB series
  • Made in Indonesia
  • 5 strings
  • 35"'' scale
  • 15.748" Fretboard Radius
  • Curly Maple/Walnut top
  • African Mahogany wing body
  • 7pc Panga Panga/Purpleheart neck
  • Bound Panga Panga fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Aguilar DCB (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Aguilar DCB (Humbucker/Passive)
  • 1 volume and 0 tone Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • MR5S bridge
  • Bass BTB5 Neck-Through neck
  • 24 Medium Stainless Steel frets
  • Gotoh machine heads tuners
  • Weight between 10.25lbs (4.6kgs) and 10.375lbs (4.7kgs)
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Our Scores and Tone Evaluation

Playability 78
Sound 73
Build quality 82
Value for money 73
Overall Score 78
Tone Evaluation
  • Heavy Metal
  • Hard Rock
  • Jazz
  • Blues
  • Funk
  • Country
Strengths & Weaknesses
Ibanez BTB1935
  • Stainless Steel Frets
  • Expensive Wood
  • Bone Nut
  • Neck-Through Build
  • Active Preamp
  • No Locking Tuners
  • Made in Indonesia
  • No Top Brand Pickups
  • No Push Knob or Extra Switch Option
  • No Weight Relief
  • No Luminescent Inlay
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Retainer Bar
  • No Strap Lock

Price Overview

Its average competitor's price is $770, which means that the Ibanez BTB1935 costs around 147% more than the competition. It might be due to it having additional features, but know that you can find cheaper similar alternatives. This takes into account all instruments of the same category in our database with 5 strings and Fixed bridge that are made in Indonesia.

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Is it Easy to Play?

The Ibanez BTB1935 meets 3 out of our 6 criteria items for beginner friendliness, which means that it's not bad for beginners, but it could be better. This takes into account the type of frets, scale length, nut width, bridge type, fretboard radius, and neck profile to determine the easiest combination for new players to get used to.

New Player Friendliness

Ibanez BTB1935
  • Comfortable shape
  • Tall frets
  • Comfortable neck
  • Comfortable fretboard
  • Narrow nut
  • Short scale

Hand Size Comfortability

After taking into account the neck profile, scale size, fretboard radius, and nut width, we can conclude that the Ibanez BTB1935's construction is balanced for most hand sizes.

Nevertheless, this comes down in the end to personal preference. Make sure you test this bass—or another one with similar characteristics—before buying.

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How Lightweight is it?

We found that the Ibanez BTB1935 weighs between 10.25lbs (4.6kgs) and 10.375lbs (4.7kgs). This was recorded from some online retailers that publish the weight of the instruments they sell.

Scale Length

Scale length is the distance the strings will span between the bridge and the nut. It can tell you a lot about the overall playability and tone of the instrument. A longer scale length means longer distance between frets, brighter tone and more string tension—which means lower action, but more difficult bending of the strings.

Here's the Ibanez BTB1935's 35" scale length compared to other common sizes:

Ibanez BTB1935 Scale Length Comparison
Ibanez BTB1935's scale length (at the top) compared to other popular sizes

This is considered a long scale bass, and it's the most popular choice for several reasons. Even though it might be more difficult to play than short scale basses due to their increased string tension, their punchier low-end results in a clear and defined bass tone that can cut through in a mix, making them well-suited for genres like rock, metal, and funk.

Neck Profile

Ibanez BTB1935 Neck Profile
Ibanez BTB1935's neck profile

The neck profile tells you the thickness (neck depth) and shape in cross section. Every difference will completely change the feeling and comfortability of the neck. This is a highly subjective thing, but most players indeed prefer certain types of necks (like Cs and Ds) because they feel nice in most hands.

The Ibanez BTB1935's neck thickness is approximately 0.787'' (20mm) at the first fret, and 0.866'' (22mm) at the twelfth.

These measurements were taken either from the official Ibanez website, or, in case this information wasn't provided, by researching multiple online marketplaces and forums where owners of this model have posted their measurements.

It has a C type neck. C-shaped necks like this have been the most popular for the last years. The reason is that they feel good in most hands. It's generally a thin neck that doesn't get in your way when playing fast, but that also has enough mass to give your hands a comfortable grip for chords if they aren't too big.

Thin necks like this make it easier to move your hand across the neck and it helps when playing fast solos, especially if you like to leave your thumb free while playing high on the fretboard. However, thinner necks are also weaker and will need adjustment more often than a thicker neck.

Fretboard Radius

When it comes to fingerboard radius, personal preference will dictate which one is better for you. However, most people seem to agree that a more curved (lower) radius will make it easier to play chords while a less curved (higher) radius is better for soloing and bending.

The Ibanez BTB1935 has a 15.748" fingerboard radius.

Here's an image comparing this fretboard radius to other popular choices:

Ibanez BTB1935 Fretboard Radius Comparison with Fender Stratocaster and Gibson Les Paul
Ibanez BTB1935's fretboard radius compared to others

Compound radius fingerboards give the best of both worlds. Unfortunately, the Ibanez BTB1935 has the same radius across the board.

Playability compared to main competitors

Ibanez BTB1935
This model
35'' Scale Length
C Neck Profile
1.85'' Nut Width
15.748'' Fretboard Radius
34'' Scale Length
C Neck Profile
1.772'' Nut Width
12'' Fretboard Radius
35'' Scale Length
C Neck Profile
1.85'' Nut Width
15.748'' Fretboard Radius
34'' Scale Length
C Neck Profile
1.772'' Nut Width
12'' Fretboard Radius
34'' Scale Length
C Neck Profile
1.772'' Nut Width
12'' Fretboard Radius

Nut Width

Ibanez BTB1935 Nut Width
Ibanez BTB1935 Nut Width

The Ibanez BTB1935 has a nut width of 47mm (1.85''). This is considered a wide width for a 5-string bass. A wider nut provides more space between the strings, making it easier for players to execute techniques like slap bass and tapping, which require extra room for precision. However, players with smaller hands might find it challenging to comfortably reach across the wider fretboard, as it requires a wider stretch between the fingers.

Frets

The Ibanez BTB1935 has 24 frets. A lot of people mistakenly believe that having more frets will always be better because it gives you a higher octave. This is certainly an advantage, but there's also a disadvantage to this.

Since the fretboard will be longer, the neck pickup will need to be placed closer to the bridge. And as you may know, the further away the neck pickup is from the bridge, the warmer it sounds. This means you'll have a brighter-sounding neck pickup when using a 24-fret bass, even if you use the same pickup on a 22-fret bass.

Finally, these are stainless steel frets. They're the best fretwire available. This means you won't need to change your frets since they should last as long as your bass. Some people also feel easier bendings after swapping to stainless steel.

Fret Size

Ibanez BTB1935 Fret Size Comparison
Ibanez BTB1935's fret size (in orange) compared to other popular sizes

Finally, let's talk about fret size. Some people prefer tall frets because it's easier to press the strings and perform bends since there's less friction against the fretboard. On the other hand, some people like shorter frets because they like to touch the fretboard when playing, or because they got heavy hands and tend to press too much on the string and alter the of the note pitch accidently.

The Ibanez BTB1935's frets are Medium size. With medium frets, you can feel the fretboard more than with jumbo frets, but it's still easier to press the strings cleanly than with small frets; notes might change their pitch just slightly if you press hard on the fret. Also, if you need to do some fret leveling after years of playing, you'll have some room to sand them down without having to replace them.

Playability Score

Bending & Vibrato Ease 75
Chord Playability 70
Solo Playability 90
Playability 78

Tone Analysis

Wood will have little influence in the final tone of an electric guitar or bass. Instead, the hardware, especially the pickups, will be the most important thing to look at. Bur first, let's see the quality of the wood.

Wood

Mahogany wood pattern used for guitar building
Mahogany Body
Panga Panga wood pattern used for guitar building
Panga Panga Neck, Fretboard

Mahogany Body: This is the type of wood found in many top-of-the-line guitars, so that's a positive point for the build quality. This red-looking wood Mahogany is found in Africa and Central America and has great sustain and a warm tone due to its high density. The downside about this type of wood is that it's relatively heavy.

Panga Panga Neck and Fretboard: It's an African wood often confused with Wenge. It has a dark color with tight grain with a tone that emphasizes mids and lows.

Pickups

Unfortunately, it doesn't come with pickups from one of the top brands. This doesn't mean you will get bad pickups, but you might want to consider a pickup upgrade after some time.

These are passive pickups, so you can expect a rounder sound and a moderade level of output.

Preamp

The preamp is an electronic circuit that serves as an intermediary between the bass's pickups and the amplifier. Its primary function is to boost and shape the bass's raw signal before it reaches the amplifier. This allows for greater control over the bass's tone, volume, and other sound characteristics. Preamps often include tone controls, equalization settings, and sometimes even onboard effects, enabling bassists to tailor their sound to their preferences and the musical context.

This bass has a Active preamp. Unlike passive basses, which rely solely on passive pickups and tone controls, active preamps require a power source, typically a 9-volt battery, to operate. The active preamp offers several advantages, including the ability to boost or cut specific frequencies, resulting in a more versatile and customizable tonal palette. Active basses are favored in genres where precise tonal sculpting and extended tonal options are essential, such as jazz fusion or progressive rock. However, they do require occasional battery replacement or recharging to ensure optimal performance.

The Ibanez BTB1935's configuration is HH. With this pickup combination, you'll get warmer tones and more output than using single coils. Humbucker pickups cancel the noise that single-coil suffer from, which also results in a warmer tone. This pickup combination isn't only for high-gain music like Hard Rock or Heavy Metal. Their warmness is also popular for Jazz, Indie, R&B, Blues and more.

More with the same pickups

Ibanez BTB1935
This model
24 Frets
Fixed Bridge
Aguilar DCB Bridge Pickup
Aguilar DCB Neck Pickup
24 Frets
Fixed Bridge
Aguilar DCB Bridge Pickup
Aguilar DCB Neck Pickup
24 Frets
Fixed Bridge
Aguilar DCB Bridge Pickup
Aguilar DCB Neck Pickup
24 Frets
Fixed Bridge
Aguilar DCB Bridge Pickup
Aguilar DCB Neck Pickup
24 Frets
Fixed Bridge
Aguilar DCB Bridge Pickup
Aguilar DCB Neck Pickup

Versatility

It comes with the popular 3-way switch that is present in most guitars. For more versatility, players tend to prefer a 5-way switch, although it all depends on what you want to use your bass for.

Unfortunately, it doesn't come with more options for coil split or coil tapping. This makes it less versatile than some competitors.

Diagram

Ibanez BTB1935 pickups switch and push knobs diagram
Ibanez BTB1935's switch options

What music genre is it good for?

As a 5 strings, Solid Body bass with HH configuration and Passive pickups, we'd recommend it for genres like Heavy Metal or similar. However, you can use almost any bass for any genre. This is just the typical type of music for this particular one.

Sound Score

Pickups 60
Sustain 75
Versatility 78
Tuning Stability 80
Sound 73

Build Quality Analysis

Country of Origin

Knowing where the instrument is produced is a good way to know how well it's built. Some manufacturing countries are known for having higher quality standards. For example, most expensive instruments are made in the US or Japan, but there are some exceptionally great countries—like South Korea—that are building a good reputation.

The Ibanez BTB1935 is made in Indonesia. Many people prefer the quality of an Indonesian guitar over a Chinese. Respectable brands like Epiphone, Ibanez and Schecter are building in this country because of the great quality and lower price. Some people like to compare them to the ones built in Japan during the 80s, when Japanese guitar makers made a name for themselves.

Still, remember that we're taking about Ibanez here, which is a brand with good renown. They know how to use cheap labor in this country without sacrificing too much quality. So you shouldn't end up receiving a useless or ugly instrument.

Bridge

MR5S: The advantage of fixed bridges is that they don't require any kind of set-up. This makes it extremely easy when changing strings because you don't need to adjust anything besides tuning the guitar. Also, the fact that the bridge is directly attached to the body will help to increase sustain. The disadvantage is the lack of versatility since you can't create the same vibrato effects as with tremolo bridges.

Nut Material

Another important thing to analyze is the nut material, as it's one of the most important aspects that can affect the sound and playability of your bass. A well-cut nut will make sure it stays in tune and will make it more comfortable to play.

In this case, the Ibanez BTB1935 has a Bone nut. This material is one of the highest quality you can get. It provides excellent sustain and tune stability if cut well. The only disadvantage is that it's an organic material, so it's not consistent. Two different bone nuts, even if made from the same bone, will probably sound slightly different. However, bear in mind that this is only relevant when playing open strings.

Neck Joint

The neck joint is the part where the neck of the bass meets the body. There are three main techniques to attach both parts together: Set-In, Bolt-On and Neck-Through. The latter two provide different advantages, although neck-throughs are the most expensive.

This bass has a Neck-Through neck joint. Many people believe a neck-through build delivers the best sustain because some of the vibrations from the neck aren't lost like with other neck joints. However, no one has been able to prove this. What we know is that a neck-through build is usually the most comfortable when playing the upper frets because there's nothing on your way at the neck-body joint.

Build Quality Score

Quality of materials 85
Features 80
Quality Control 80
Build Quality 82

All Specs

Ibanez BTB1935
General
Brand: Ibanez
Year: 2021
Configuration: HH
Strings: 5
Made in: Indonesia
Series: BTB
Colors: Blue
Left-Handed Version: No
Body
Top: Curly Maple/Walnut
Type: Solid Body
Body Material: African Mahogany wing
Bridge: MR5S
Neck
Neck Joint: Neck-Through
Tuners: Gotoh machine heads
Fretboard: Bound Panga Panga
Neck Material: 7pc Panga Panga/Purpleheart
Decoration: Abalone off-set dot inlay
Scale Size: 35"
Shape: Bass BTB5
Thickness: 1st Fret: 0.787'' (20mm) - 12th Fret: 0.866'' (22mm)
Frets: 24 Medium Stainless Steel
Fretboard Radius: 15.748"
Nut: Bone
Nut Width: 47mm (1.85'')
Electronics
Switch: 3 Way
Knobs: Dome
Volume Controls: 1
Tone Controls: 0
Bridge Pickup: Aguilar DCB (Humbucker / Passive)
Neck Pickup: Aguilar DCB (Humbucker / Passive)

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