Stunning Single-cut Boutique-style Bass
It’s rare to find a stunning single-cut bass like the BTB845S 5-string bass anywhere outside a custom-shop display, but thanks to their acclaimed BTB series, Ibanez is able to offer an instrument like this for an off-the-shelf price. If you’ve never gotten your hands on a single-cut bass like this, then you’re in for a treat. The balance is superb, and you can see the BTB845S’s comfortable contour in tonewood layers arching across the surface. It’s a real pleasure to play and excels at any style.
Speaking of those layered tonewoods, another nice thing about the BTB845S bass’s single-cut design is that it provides a broader canvas for the beautiful poplar burl top cresting its mahogany-backed ash wings. Combined with a 5-piece Mono-rail V bridge plus a 5-piece maple and rosewood neck that runs from the headstock to the strap pin, this bass delivers sustain that lasts for days. A pair of Bartolini BH2 dual-coil pickups followed by an active 3-band EQ offers endless tone-shaping options, and finishing touches including a zero fret and a locking output jack put the Ibanez BTB845S in a special class of instruments.
Bartolini BH2 pickups deliver full and balanced tone
Bartolini BH2 pickups maintain a superb balance between the BTB845S’s clarity and depth. They provide complexity and warmth in the mids and low-end depth that won’t wash out. Long-blade pole pieces allow these dual-coil pickups to offer hum-free single-coil-style character and consistency.
When you want to sculpt your BTB845S’s tone, just reach for the 3-band EQ. This active equalizer delivers wide frequency-range adjustments on each band. There’s also a 3-way midrange switch, which lets you define your instrument’s presence. Whether you want round R&B throb or responsive thumb-technique punch, the BTB845S delivers.
Neck-through design ensures exceptional sustain
You can trace the history of the neck-through design all the way back to Les Paul’s famous 1941 “The Log” solidbody guitar prototype or to Rickenbacker, who gave us the modern version in 1956. Either way, generations of innovators and top-tier manufacturers have relied on neck-through designs for superior sustain.
Pick up an Ibanez BTB845S, and you’ll experience everything neck-through construction has to offer. You can feel the BTB845S vibrate clear through its ultra-stable 5-piece maple and rosewood neck, right down to the strap peg. The extended sustain doesn’t just add body to your tone, it also provides greater tonal balance that you’ll hear in every note you play.
Mono-rail V bridge enhances definition and sustain
Premium tonewoods are always a treat, and even those of us surrounded by Sweetwater’s warehouse full of beauties get excited about fine appointments. But nothing is as important as the way an instrument performs. Many players overlook the importance of the bridge, but not Ibanez. That’s why Ibanez selected a top-quality Mono-rail V bridge for the BTB845S.
Unlike single-body bridges, each Mono-rail V saddle is completely separate from the others. This does two things for you. First, since they aren’t connected, the saddles create minimal sympathetic vibration. This prevents unused strings from ringing. Second, each saddle is double anchored, allowing energy to transfer efficiently between the string and the body. As a result, you can expect astonishing clarity and sustain from your BTB845S.
Ibanez BTB845S 5-string Bass Features:
- Boutique-style single-cut 5-string bass delivers top-shelf appointments for an off-the-shelf price
- Tonewoods include a 5-piece maple and rosewood neck with mahogany-backed ash wings
- Stunning poplar burl top adds an extra dash of class and style to an already amazing bass
- Single-cut design delivers superb balance for advanced playing styles such as tapping and slapping
- Neck-through construction provides exceptional stability and ensures a high level of sustain
- Jatoba fretboard fitted with precision medium stainless steel frets, including a zero-fret nut
- 5-piece Mono-rail V bridge ensures complete string isolation and maximum sustain per string
- Bartolini BH2 dual-coil pickups deliver clear and open mids with deep and punchy lows
- Shape your tone with an active 3-band EQ, complete with 3-way midrange switch for added versatility