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For the earlier model with the natural finish, see K5 (2002–2005).
2019 K5 BKF 1P 07
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The K5 is a five string solid body electric bass model introduced by Ibanez in 2006. It is a signature model for American bassist Reginald "Fieldy" Arvizu who is best known for his work with the nu metal band Korn. It was initially made in South Korea, but production moved to Indonesia in 2008.

This version replaced the initial K5, which had a padauk top and back with a natural finish and a different neck.

The K5 features an SR series double-cutaway mahogany body bolted to a maple and bubinga neck with a 24-fret rosewood fingerboard with a K5 logo at the twelfth fret. Components include a pair of Ibanez ADX-5 active bass pickups with a Vari-Mid III preamp with a three-band EQ, a fixed bridge with 16.5mm string spacing and a plastic nut.

For 2011 the hardware color was changed from gold to black and the Black Flat finish was introduced. For 2018 the maple and bubinga neck was replaced with maple and walnut and the rosewood fretboard was replaced with jatoba. For 2019 a nyatoh body was introduced, replacing the mahogany.

The K5LTD is a limited edition version with a fluorescent green finish and pink strings which was introduced in 2020.

Specifications

Specifications for K5
Year(s) produced: 2006–2020
Sold in: Asia & Africa / China / Europe / Japan / North & South America and Oceania / USA
Made in: Korea (2006–2008) / Indonesia (2008–2020)
Finish(es): Black Flat (BKF) 2011–2020/ Transparent Black Flat (TKF) 2006–2010
Body
Body type:
Solid body
Body material:
2006–2018: Mahogany
2019–2020: Nyatoh
Neck joint:
AANJ
Bridge:
EB-7 fixed (16.5mm string spacing)
Knob style:
Knurled metal dome
Hardware color:
2006–2010: Gold
2011–2020: Black
Neck
Neck type:
K5
Neck material:
2006–2017: 5-piece maple/ bubinga
2018–2020: 5-piece maple/ walnut
Scale length:
864mm / 34"
Fingerboard material:
2006–2017: Rosewood
2018–2020: Jatoba
Fingerboard inlays:
K5 logo at 12th fret
Frets:
24 / medium
Nut:
Black plastic (45mm)
Machine heads:
Hipshot tuners
Electronics/ Strings
Bridge pickup:
Ibanez ADX-5B active
Neck pickup:
Ibanez ADX-5N active
Electronics:
Vari-Mid III preamp w/ 3-band EQ
Controls:
Master volume / Stacked bass & treble / Stacked mid boost-cut & mid frequency control / Balancer
Battery:
9V
Output jack:
¼" stereo barrel (angled top mount)
String gauge (factory):
.045/.065/.085/.105/.130 (D'Addario EXL165 + .130)
Factory tuning:
1G,2D,3A,4E,5B

Images

Additional finishes/ details
2007 K5 TKF 1M 02
Transparent Black Flat
Controls K5
Controls layout
Vari-Mid III EQ frequency chart
Preamp frequency response chart

Sources

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