I found this recently in the local classifieds and got it for a great price. I knew the Cimar brand was one of the old Ibanez alter-egos in the post lawsuit era, but seeing blocks on the neck with the old Roadstar paddle style headstock, I knew it was even more rare than the older RB and RBII basses that feature it.
Upon further research, I've confirmed it's an '82 model, as seen in the catalog here: http://www.ibanez.co.jp/anniversary/...at_id=72&now=1
It used to have the covers on it, as evidenced by the drill holes, but those are long gone.
I opened it up and gave it a thorough cleaning. It's got some wear, but nothing out of the ordinary. I string it with a fresh set of DR low riders and it sounds great acoustically, but the pots are shot and it will need some work. I have started adjusting the truss rod a little at a time, to correct the slight bow it had when I bought it and expect to have it re-wired and full set up over the next few days.
I haven't decided yet if it's a keeper, but my gut says yes. I'm not sure how much I like the aged-white pickups, so those may be upgraded with a preamp of some kind. The only thing that it's lacking - to me - is the heart shaped tuners, which I'll have to track down if it stays in the collection.
My question to the TB community is whether you would keep the Cimar logo on the headstock - or if doing a re-fin of some kind (which I'm leaning towards, not a fan of the tomato red), would you re-brand with Ibanez decals from the same era? I was thinking "Ibanez Jazz Bass" or "Ibanez Roadstar Jazz"... I would make them look just like the proper Roadstar decals, like this:
...or would you keep it Cimar?