Guitars & Basses

Ibanez BTB846V-ABL Electric Bass Guitar, Antique Brown Stained Low Gloss

The Ibanez BTB846 6-string bass is one of those rare beauties that can call to you from across the room and demand to be played. Its poplar burl top looks like something you’d see in a collector’s magazine, but the price tag doesn’t. Nonetheless, once you get your hands on the BTB846’s comfortably contoured multilayer body, feel the power of the neck-through construction, and hear the electronics in action, you’ll know how much you lucked out by picking up this special bass. A quick overview reveals a layered ash-over-mahogany wing design beneath the poplar burl top, with a solid 5-piece maple and walnut neck running the full length of the instrument. Add a 6-piece Mono-rail MR5S bridge to the mix, and you have sustain for days with ideal string-to-string isolation. This lends extra clarity to the BTB846’s Bartolini BH2 dual-coil pickups, and when you add in the 3-band active EQ, you’ll have no trouble crafting the bass tones you love. Top it off with top-shelf touches like a stainless steel zero-fret and a locking output jack, and you have a bass with looks only eclipsed by playability.


Model: BTB846V-ABL


neck type

BTB6/5pc Maple/Walnut w/Graphite reinforcement rods/Neck-through


Poplar Burl top/Ash/Okoume wing body


Rosewood fretboard/Abalone dot inlay


Medium Stainless Steel frets

number of frets

24 (+ zero fret)


MR5S bridge

string space


neck pickup

Bartolini® BH2 neck pickup Passive

bridge pickup

Bartolini® BH2 bridge pickup Passive


Ibanez Custom Electronics 3-band EQ w/ 3-way Mid frequency switch

factory tuning



D'Addario® NYXL32130

string gauge


hardware color




Ibanez is one of the first Japanese musical instrument companies to gain a significant foothold in import guitar sales in the United States and Europe, as well as the first brand of guitars to mass-produce the seven-string guitar and eight-string guitar. The company has an impressive lineup of products ranging from instruments to pedals and accessories, and have recently raised standards and eyebrows with the new AZ Series, which Josh Smith described as the best superstrat he’s played in a long time.