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Neck Type: SRF5 5pc Maple/Bubinga neck-through
Body: Mahogany wing body
Fretboard: Rosewood fretboard
Bridge: Custom bridge for AeroSilk Piezo system (16.5mm string spacing)
Neck Pickup: Bartolini® MK-1 neck pickup (Passive)
Bridge Pickup: Bartolini® MK-1 bridge pickup (Passive)
Equaliser: Ibanez 2-band eq
Hardware Color: Cosmo black
Width at Nut: 45mm
Width at Last Fret: 68mm
Thickness at 1st: 21.5mm
Thickness at 12th: 23.5mm
Mwah! Just mwaaaah!!By: Tim Seeley on 2 May 2017Never in all my years of being a musician have I ever enjoyed a new instrument sooooooo much as my SRF705! That's a big statement, given that I just bought an SR1805 a few weeks ago (which I also love, BTW - see my review). I have never played a fretless bass before buying my SRF705, so I was anticipating a bit of learning curve especially with intonation, but it comes more easily than I expected, and already I am using it in public for some songs where the fretless just speaks so much better than a fretted bass. The SRF705 is warm and mellow, with a solid low end and plenty of that classic fretless 'mwah' particularly in the mid-high range and with the right hand up over the fingerboard. But it can also be surprisingly punchy with the right hand down close to the bridge and with an emphasis on signal from the bridge magnetic pickup. The combination of magnetic and piezo pickups is wonderful. The SRF705 is not replacing my SR1805, but it's very versatile, and is a fantastic complement to its fretted brother. The slim SR neck and the flat-wound strings make it highly playable. On the down side, I'd prefer full fingerboard lines to aid more precise intonation ... particularly when playing in the top half of the fingerboard where being a couple of millimetres off has a more pronounced effect on pitch. The SRF705 does have every 'fret' position marked with a line on the upper edge of the fingerboard beside the B string, but parallax makes it difficult to get your finger placement very precise visually from these marks. This effect is worse on the higher strings (which are further from the marked edge) and also worse way down the bottom end of the fingerboard where the parallax angles are greater. Also the edge marks can be difficult to see in low/awkward light. The lineless fingerboard does *look* absolutely beautiful - no argument there. But I'm still thinking about paying a luthier to put lines in for me. (Yeah, yeah, I know some fretless players will call me sacrilegious, but meh.) But everything else about this instrument is so nice that I'm giving it 5 stars even in spite of the lack of lines.