Summary: This bass looks, sounds, and feels awesome. You can get any tone you want, and it would look good playing any genre or style. ------------------------------ Answer for the question why tune lower? Why NOT tune lower?
Summary: I have my Ibanez Roadstar "Ric" sunburst 1981 bass that now mostly lives in a very nice plush hard case. I love to run out with bass bag and jam. I've owned a few Ibanez basses, mostly the lower end ones, because if I lose one or if some drunk equipment guy runs over it no great loss.
Pros: Excellent build quality, beautiful finish, Ibanez sound and reputation
Cons: Active electronics, tuners need occasional tightening
Summary: I have owned quite a few different basses, mostly with 20 or 21 frets, and due to recent new songs in our play list was looking for a bass with 24 frets and, very importantly, a neck which would give easy and fast access to them. The SR500 gives me all this and more. It really is a delight to play.
Pros: Light weight, slim fast neck, 24 frets with good access
Summary: This is the first bass I've ever owned, all though I've played a fair few before buying this. So far, this is my favorite fretted bass that I've played on, mostly because of it's fast and comfortable neck.
Summary: First off, let me say that for a while I avoided this bass because I figured my liking it at that time was due to my lack of experience as a bass player. But after a few years of playing and seriously GASing for a warwick, I decided to pick this up going "Well, p-ups are active on it too..
Summary: I feel like this bass is the ultimate beginner bass that will last well into any professional career. A huge problem with beginners or people who are "trying out" bass wind up buying the POS starter pack with a 10 watt amp and the $50 bass.
Summary: It's a VERY GOOD bass, made of high quality wood (well balanced and light), with a super fast thin neck and a killer sound (those bartolinis really make the difference). The sound is crystal clear & very strong, reach in harmonics (with a powerful low end and strong - almost agrresive sounding...
Summary: This is also my first bass. I have the 5 string version as well. I love this bass. I thought the sound was great at the store, and still do now. I think the looks of it are great as well. The only negative I have is that I get a rattle out of 2 frets on the low B and the E strings.