I was in my small local shop today and sat down to try out one of those mini Ampeg 2x10 stacks. I'd never tried one.
This shop usually has a nice selection of new stuff but very few used pieces.
I grabbed the closest bass, a Classic Vibe Squier P-bass and start noodling around. As I noodle, I realize I'm looking right at a vintage 80s Ibanez Roadstar II deluxe. I grab it and flip it over and sure enough, it's an '83 MIJ RB924. It has the stock Ibanez Super J6 humbucker in the bridge (with the trisound switch which switches between single, humbucking and parallel functions) and Super P5S P-bass pickup in the "neck" position (really just the normal P-bass position). The knobs are a blend knob (which is a double stacked pot), a master volume, and a master tone.
I plugged it in and Wow. It's a very nice bass and sounds great. I love these pickups, which is good since I imagine it might be hard to find something to fit in the odd rout.
I split time pretty evenly between guitar and bass, and 70s MIJ Ibanez guitars have become my number one and number two guitars (I have an '78 Artist and a '78 Performer). On bass, I've always played USA Peaveys. I currently have two 90s USA Furys that have been my go to basses for a while now. I'd always kept an eye out for the old Ibanez MIJ basses but they always seem to go for sky high prices. I got this one for a pretty good price, about what the only one that has sold on ebay recently went for, with a nice Fender gig bag.
It has one gouge in the finish where some goober obviously tried to adjust the truss rod with the wrong tool or while the neck was still on. Other than that, it's in great shape and the action has been set up very nicely. It's very light (lighter than my Furys certainly) and so compact it almost seems like it should be short scale. I think this has a lot to do with the smaller headstock.
Got to play it for an hour or so and can't wait to see how it fits in the band mix but so far, it sounds great. Honestly, I can't hear what difference the tri-sound switch is making but really, it all sounds good. You can dial in a sweet growl and a nice thump and all points in between. I'm not much of a knob fiddler/pick-up switcher while I'm playing so I like the idea of the blend knob. This is my first bass with one. Here's the Ibanez catalog entry for this model
There's not a lot out there on these (there's a few threads here, but it never hurts to have another).
And since if there's no pics, it didn't happen: