Ibanez SRF706 Review & Prices

Ibanez SRF706 Review
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  • From Ibanez's 2022 SR series
  • Made in Indonesia
  • 6 strings
  • 34"'' scale
  • 15.748" Fretboard Radius
  • Okoume wing body
  • Maple/Walnut neck
  • Bound Panga Panga fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Bartolini MK-1 (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Bartolini MK-1 (Humbucker/Passive)
  • 3 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
  • Custom for AeroSilk Piezo system bridge
  • Bass SRF6 Neck-Through neck
  • 0 Fretless frets
  • Ibanez tuners
  • Weight between 8.125lbs (3.7kgs) and 8.625lbs (3.9kgs)
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Our Scores and Tone Evaluation

Playability 75
Sound 79
Build quality 65
Value for money 73
Overall Score 73
Tone Evaluation
  • Heavy Metal
  • Hard Rock
  • Jazz
  • Blues
  • Funk
  • Country
Strengths & Weaknesses
Ibanez SRF706
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Neck-Through Build
  • Active Preamp
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • No Locking Tuners
  • Made in Indonesia
  • No Expensive Woods
  • No High-Quality Nut
  • 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 $1100, which means that the Ibanez SRF706 is within the average price asked for this kind of bass. This takes into account all instruments of the same category in our database with 6 strings and Fixed bridge that are made in Indonesia.

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Is it Easy to Play?

The Ibanez SRF706 meets 2 out of our 6 criteria items for beginner friendliness, which means that it's not recommended for complete beginners. 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 SRF706
  • Comfortable shape
  • Comfortable neck
  • Comfortable fretboard
  • Tall frets
  • 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 SRF706'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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Small Hands

How Lightweight is it?

We found that the Ibanez SRF706 weighs between 8.125lbs (3.7kgs) and 8.625lbs (3.9kgs). 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 SRF706's 34" scale length compared to other common sizes:

Ibanez SRF706 Scale Length Comparison
Ibanez SRF706'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 SRF706 Neck Profile
Ibanez SRF706'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 SRF706's neck thickness is approximately 0.846'' (21.5mm) at the first fret, and 0.925'' (23.5mm) 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 SRF706 has a 15.748" fingerboard radius.

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

Ibanez SRF706 Fretboard Radius Comparison with Fender Stratocaster and Gibson Les Paul
Ibanez SRF706's fretboard radius compared to others

Compound radius fingerboards give the best of both worlds. Unfortunately, the Ibanez SRF706 has the same radius across the board.

Playability compared to main competitors

Ibanez SRF706
This model
34'' Scale Length
C Neck Profile
2.126'' Nut Width
15.748'' Fretboard Radius
34'' Scale Length
C Neck Profile
2.126'' Nut Width
15.748'' Fretboard Radius
35'' Scale Length
C Neck Profile
2.126'' Nut Width
37.402'' Fretboard Radius
33'' Scale Length
C Neck Profile
2.126'' Nut Width
37.402'' Fretboard Radius
35'' Scale Length
C Neck Profile
2.126'' Nut Width
37.402'' Fretboard Radius

Nut Width

Ibanez SRF706 Nut Width
Ibanez SRF706 Nut Width

The Ibanez SRF706 has a nut width of 54mm (2.126''). This is within the most common range of nut widths for a 6-string bass. This is what most players find as a balanced width for both playing chords and single notes across different strings. If you have an "average" hand size, or you're not sure what nut width you'd like, this is a safe bet.

Frets

The Ibanez SRF706 has 0 frets. Even though 24 frets has become really popular, there's still a good reason to get fewer frets; the pickup at the neck position will be further away from the bridge. This makes the neck pickup achieve a warmer tone. You might want this if you're playing Jazz or similar genres.

However, if you don't care about the warmer neck pickup, more frets will always be better. It's always nice to have the option to play higher notes if you want to.

It comes with nickel silver frets, so they won't last as long as stainless steel frets. If you use your instrument a lot, you might need to replace the frets after a few years. But this is unlikely as most people change instruments before this happens.

Fret Size

Ibanez SRF706 Fret Size Comparison
Ibanez SRF706'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 SRF706's frets are Fretless size. This offers the advantage of greater pitch flexibility, allowing for smooth slides and microtonal variations. They can produce a unique, warm tone. However, they require precise finger placement, making them less forgiving for beginners and potentially leading to intonation issues.

Playability Score

Bending & Vibrato Ease 85
Chord Playability 60
Solo Playability 80
Playability 75

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

Okoume wood pattern used for guitar building
Okoume Body
Maple wood pattern used for guitar building
Maple Neck
Panga Panga wood pattern used for guitar building
Panga Panga Fretboard

Okoume Body: It's an affordable wood and it was one of the first to replace Mahogany when prohibitions started. It's generally softer than Mahogany and the tone has warmer lows.

Maple Neck: This is one of the most popular types of wood used in all kinds of guitars. It's heavy, strong and compact, which makes it great for necks. However, it's also used for fretboards, bodies and tops due to its light color, resistance and beautiful patterns. When it comes to tone, it highlights the mid and high frequencies.

Panga Panga 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

This bass comes with pickups from one of the top brands: Bartolini. So you can expect well built pickups with great sound that shouldn't need an upgrade anytime soon.

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 SRF706's configuration is SS. This is the classic Telecaster configuration and it's used mainly for playing clean or with low-gain distortion. It doesn't give you as much versatility as a Strat SSS configuration, but you might like the cleaner look of a guitar body with fewer pickups.

More with the same pickups

Ibanez SRF706
This model
0 Frets
Fixed Bridge
Bartolini MK-1 Bridge Pickup
Bartolini MK-1 Neck Pickup
0 Frets
Fixed Bridge
Bartolini MK-1 Bridge Pickup
Bartolini MK-1 Neck Pickup
0 Frets
Fixed Bridge
Bartolini MK-1 Bridge Pickup
Bartolini MK-1 Neck Pickup

Versatility

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

What music genre is it good for?

As a 6 strings, Solid Body bass with SS 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 95
Sustain 70
Versatility 74
Tuning Stability 75
Sound 79

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 SRF706 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

Custom for AeroSilk Piezo system: 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 SRF706 has a Plastic nut. This is a low-quality nut that you might want to consider upgrading soon. Bone and TUSQ nuts are the best for guitars with a fixed or simple tremolo bridge.

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 41
Features 80
Quality Control 75
Build Quality 65

All Specs

Ibanez SRF706
General
Brand: Ibanez
Year: 2022
Configuration: SS
Strings: 6
Made in: Indonesia
Series: SR
Colors: Sunburst
Left-Handed Version: No
Body
Type: Solid Body
Body Material: Okoume wing
Bridge: Custom for AeroSilk Piezo system
Neck
Neck Joint: Neck-Through
Tuners: Ibanez
Fretboard: Bound Panga Panga
Neck Material: Maple/Walnut
Decoration:
Scale Size: 34"
Shape: Bass SRF6
Thickness: 1st Fret: 0.846'' (21.5mm) - 12th Fret: 0.925'' (23.5mm)
Frets: 0 Fretless
Fretboard Radius: 15.748"
Nut: Plastic
Nut Width: 54mm (2.126'')
Electronics
Switch: 0 Way
Knobs: Dome
Volume Controls: 3
Tone Controls: 1
Bridge Pickup: Bartolini MK-1 (Humbucker / Passive)
Neck Pickup: Bartolini MK-1 (Humbucker / Passive)

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