Electric Basses

Ibanez Bass Workshop
Pioneering new frontiers in bass development is nothing new for Ibanez.

For more than 40 years, Ibanez has pioneered new frontiers in bass development, pushing the boundaries of conventional designs for bass players of all styles and an aptitude for new ways of expressing themselves. This spirit of exploration has led to some of the most successful and popular production basses of all time. It is this same drive to bring new and relevant ideas to the forefront that serves as the basis for an ongoing exploratory project, appropriately dubbed the Ibanez Bass Workshop.

The impetus behind each one of these unique instruments comes from a personal desire by one or more members of the Ibanez bass development group to satisfy the particular needs of a very particular player. These inventions may not be for everyone, but for those who yearn to explore new sonic vistas through the medium of bass: The Ibanez Bass Workshop project may give you just what you’re looking for.

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BTB Terra Firma

It's difficult to imagine increasing the amount of sustain the Ibanez BTB has to offer, but with the added mass and stability afforded by this unique single cutaway reworking, the BTB Terra Firma gives you just that. Capitalizing on the shortened distance from the body to headstock, string vibration is optimized beyond anything we've ever achieved before.

  • Upper Horn

    This extended Upper Horn creates constant contact with the neck from the 12th to the 24th fret, providing maximum stability and increased sustain.

  • Contoured Neck Scoop

    The back of the neck is sculpted for comfort and easy access to the very highest notes. The smooth, graceful contour allows the palm of the left hand to move quickly and easily as it transitions up the neck, into the underside of the bass body.

  • BTB 5pc Maple / Rosewood 35" Scale Through-Neck

    The Maple/Rosewood combination creates one of the strongest Through-Necks available. The density of the Rosewood, combined with the strength of the Maple, increases stability and sustain through the entire body of the bass. The 35" scale provides a bit more tension for the low B and improves definition in the lower range.

  • Stainless steel frets

    The stainless steel frets are known for their bright tone, and they add player-friendly features, such as long durability and a smoothness to bend on.

  • Zero fret

    A "zero" fret provides accurate intonation, while allowing open strings to ring with the same resonance as notes played up the neck.

  • Mono-Rail V Bridge

    The Mono-rail V bridge enables a wider intonation adjustment range, and each isolated saddle is securely locked to the body for maximum vibration transfer with minimal sympathetic string interference.

  • Bartolini® BH2 pickups

    The Bartolini® BH2 pickups provide a tight bottom-end, punchy mid-range, and smooth response. The dual-coil style configuration maximizes articulation and a long blade pole piece widens the magnetic field, providing balanced string-to-string pickup response.

  • Ibanez Custom Electronics 3-Band EQ With Mid Frequency Switch

    The active 3-band EQ features a fully independent bass, treble, and mid controls with a wide boost/cut range. The mid-frequency select switch enables the selection of 250HZ, 450Hz and 700Hz - the heart of the mid zone - for a more dynamic tone.

  • Secure high-tech Neutrik® locking output jack

    Neutrik® locking jack provides stable and secure connections, preventing accidental disconnect or shock and vibration.

BTB Volo

Introducing the Volo...meaning to fly. Higher and faster...beyond anywhere you've taken your playing before. This was the motivation behind the creation of this latest offering from the Ibanez Bass Workshop. Taking our legendary BTB, we reconfigured it into a shorter scale (33”) instrument, making it more than a mere runway for fast fingers, but with factory tuning of E to C, encouraging bold new excursions into the baritone range. A bass ramp between the pickups maintains airspeed by keeping plucking fingers from digging too deep.

  • 33" scale neck / Special tuning (E to C)

    Taking our legendary BTB, we reconfigured it into a shorter scale (33") instrument, making it more than a mere runway for fast fingers, but with factory tuning of E to C, encouraging bold new excursions into the baritone range.

  • 5pc Maple/Bubinga neck-through

    Maple/Bubinga combination provides rock-solid durability. Neck-through construction assures maximum sustain.

  • Mono-Rail V Bridge

    The Mono-rail V bridge enables a wider intonation adjustment range, and each isolated saddle is securely locked to the body for maximum vibration transfer with minimal sympathetic string interference.

  • BTB 7strings
    Finger Ramp

    The bass ramp between the pickups maintains airspeed by keeping plucking fingers from digging too deep.

  • Ibanez Custom Electronics 3-Band EQ With Mid Frequency Switch

    The active 3-band EQ features a fully independent bass, treble, and mid controls with a wide boost/cut range. The mid-frequency select switch enables the selection of 250HZ, 450Hz and 700Hz - the heart of the mid zone - for a more dynamic tone.

  • Bartolini® Pickups

    Balancing clarity with warmth is the hallmark of the new Bartolini pickup. Coils with lower resonant frequency provide tighter bottom end and full midrange. Also, the dual-coil style configuration maximizes articulation. A long blade polepiece widens the magnetic field, therefore, whether five-string or six, sound level is balanced by the ultra-precise vibration reaction of the longer coils.

  • Secure high-tech Neutrik® locking output jack

    Neutrik® locking jack provides stable and secure connections, preventing accidental disconnect or shock and vibration.

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