The new Ibanez SRF706 Portamento Fretless Bass adds the sixth string to their Portamento Fretless bass series. This six-string model looks smooth as silk and has some serious curves that look sweet as can be.
Okay, not many of us need a six-string bass, but if you’re looking for one you’ll want one with great upper fretboard access and a neck that’s easy to play. It looks like Ibanez has a proposition for you in the form of the SRF706 Portamento Fretless model.
This model features a neck-through construction featuring a five-piece maple and bubinga neck, mahogany body wings and a rosewood fingerboard. Those are all great tone woods and that will hopefully help this bass sound great, especially one with such a wide range.
Pickups & Piezo
Loaded with a set of Bartolini MK-1 pickups as well as an AeroSilk Piezo system in the bridge, I can imagine you can coax just about anything out of this instrument. Control-wise, it features separate bridge and neck pickup volume control knobs, a Piezo volume knob and Piezo active tone knob. Then you also get a magnetic pickup Bass Boost/Cut and Treble Boost/Cut knob as well.
The hardware is uniformly Ibanez Cosmo Black and the bass is finished in a Brown Burst Flat, which I think suits the overall look of the instrument really well. As ever, my only gripe with Ibanez is their ridiculous naming system for all their guitars and basses, as SRF706 doesn’t exactly flow from the tongue. But you can’t argue with the looks and specifications of this bass given its price point.
If you’re shopping around for a modern, stylish instrument with an extended fretless range and need a high C, then this is one to check out. The price is great and the look and materials seem well chosen.
RRP USD 999.99
Ibanez SRF706 Portamento Fretless Bass product page