Without a doubt, your instrument should equal the quality of your effort. At some point the word "boutique" comes to mind: Select-grade materials, neck-thru construction, and top quality components, all in a meticulously crafted instrument. But what about the price? That's where Ibanez comes in. Our ability to build small-shop quality into inspiring yet affordable instruments is showcased by BTB series basses.


Natural Flat


neck typeBTB5 5pc Maple/Bubinga neck-through
bodyAsh top/Mahogany wing body
fretboardRosewood fretboard w/Abalone dot inlay
fretMedium frets
number of frets24
bridgeMono-rail V bridge (17mm string spacing)
neck pickupBartolini® BH1 neck pickup (Passive)
bridge pickupBartolini® BH1 bridge pickup (Passive)
equaliserIbanez Custom Electronics 3-band eq w/Mid frequency switch
nutGraph Tech® BLACK TUSQ XL® nut
factory tuning1C,2G,3D,4A,5E
hardware colorBlack matte

Neck Dimensions

a : Width at Nut45mm
b : Width at Last Fret70mm
c : Thickness at 1st20mm
d : Thickness at 12th22mm


  • 838mm/33" scale
  • String Gauge: .032/.045/.065/.085/.105





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. Thru-neck construction assures maximum sustain.

Mono-rail V bridge

The Mono-rail V is the ultimate bridge for bass string isolation. Each bridge is independently and securely locked down to the body for maximum vibration transfer without interference.

Finger Ramp

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

Finger Ramp Setup Manual

Ibanez Custom Electronics 3-band eq w/Mid frequency switch

Equipped with a mid frequency switch, the 3-band EQ is fine-tuned specifically for the BTB. 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.