Ibanez BTB Premium

By BassPlayer ,

Designed for working pros, Ibanez’s popular Premium line of guitars and basses has now expanded to include their BTB bass series.

BTB fans sometimes refer to it as a “boutique-style” bass, and many of its design advantages are immediately evident to the veteran player: A longer 35” scale means slightly increased tension—particularly to the lower strings, negating any sense of string “floppiness.” The super-deep cutaway provides a musical invitation in the form of access to an entire higher octave. And precision crafted thru-neck is the most unified construction method possible. Closer inspection reveals an impressive Ibanez touch: A 7-piece maple/bubinga/walnut neck, a sight to behold for players who appreciate masterful woodcraft. And the USA-built Nordstrand “Big Single” pickups deliver fat single-coil tone.

“Players of any skill level can enjoy the BTB experience, but it’s really a joy to watch a player who’s developed his chops on a more standard instrument play a Premium BTB and really go to town on it,” says Hoshino USA Bass Manager Mao Nakamura. “It’s as if he or she has discovered a new world.”

Whether 5-string, BTB1405E (List $2,066.65) or 6-string BTB1406E (List $ 2,204.43) this Premium version takes BTB craftsmanship to the next level.