Traditionalists who raised their eyebrows at Ibanez’ original Ergodynes with their man-made Luthite bodies will be wide eyed in shock at the new Ergodyne EDA basses. Because while the first EDB at least looked somewhat traditional from a distance and the EDC had a couple of hints of traditional, the EDA looks like something out of a very high class sci-fi film. "But like the original Ergodynes, any space age form is totally determined by down-to-earth function," remarked Paul Specht of Ibanez Communications.
"For example, the untraditional reversed tuners allow us to use an untraditional smaller headstock. And that smaller headstock results in better fret-to-fret response consistency. The horns provide better balance and combined with the lightweight of the Luthite body which means that you can concentrate on playing—not holding up—the bass."
"But the most important part is what doesn’t meet the eye," continued Specht. The Monorail bridge contains Fishman piezos which are complemented by a Fishman EQ. Those piezos, in combination with the Ibanez magnetic DFR pickups allow the EDA to get a sound that’s both bigger and warmer—well before traditional basses would begin to distort. Best of all, these Luthite-bodied basses cost a fraction of a fraction of what a comparable wooden boutique bass would cost. And they just look cool."