Ibanez Launches SR, MultiScale & Acoustic Basses

For its new-for-2022 bass lineup, Ibanez has announced three revamped RG Premium models—the RGT1220PB, the RGT1221PB, and the RGT1270PB— as well as three new AZ Premium models—two 6-strings and a 7-string—with three “firsts” for the series: ebony fretboards, H-S-H pickup configurations, and DiMarzio pickups.


SR4FMDX

Features:

  • Atlas-4 5pc Panga Panga/Purpleheart neck w/KTS TITANIUM rods
  • Flamed Maple/Maple/Bubinga top
  • Ash/Flamed Maple/Maple/Bubinga rear body
  • Birdseye Maple fretboard w/Green oval inlay
  • Medium frets w/Premium fret edge treatment
  • Graph Tech BLACK TUSQ XL nut
  • Nordstrand Big Break neck pickup
  • Nordstrand Big Break bridge pickup
  • Ibanez Custom Electronics 3-band EQ
  • EQ bypass switch (passive tone control on treble pot)
  • 3-way Mid frequency switch
  • MR5S bridge (19mm string spacing)
  • Gold hardware
  • Gig bag included
  • Finish: Emerald Green Low Gloss

BTB605MS

Features:
  • BTB5 5pc Maple/Walnut neck-through w/Graphite reinforcement rods
  • Zero fret
  • 939.8mm/37" scale at 5th string, 889mm/35" scale at 1st string
  • Okoume body
  • Bound Panga Panga fretboard w/Abalone dot inlay
  • Medium Stainless Steel frets
  • T1 neck pickup
  • T1 bridge pickup
  • Ibanez Custom Electronics 3-band EQ
  • EQ bypass switch (passive tone control on treble pot)
  • 3-way Mid frequency switch
  • MR5S bridge (18mm string spacing)
  • Black hardware
  • Hardshell case included
  • Finish: Cerulean Aura Burst Matte

AEGB24E Acoustic Bass

Features:

  • AEG body
  • 815mm/32" scale
  • Sapele top
  • Sapele back & sides
  • 3pc Nyatoh/Maple neck (satin finish)
  • Walnut fretboard & bridge
  • Acrylic rosette
  • Black Die-cast tuners
  • Ibanez Undersaddle pickup
  • Ibanez AEQ-2T preamp w/Onboard tuner
  • Ibanez IABS4XC32 Carbon coated strings
  • Finishes: Mahogany Sunburst Gloss, Black High Gloss

For more information on the complete 2022 Ibanez bass line, visit Ibanez.com.

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