Help to identify this Ibanez bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by twang234, Jun 24, 2013.


  1. twang234

    twang234

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    I noticed this Ibanez bass on a web site for buying and selling various items, the seller didn't know a lot about it and before I could make him an offer for it was already sold... (bundled with a 70's Marlboro G-50R combo guitar amp, which he had used with the bass apparently).

    As I couldn't find any information of similar basses even from the old Ibanez brochures and catalogs, I assume it's a pretty early model or a some sort of hybrid of different parts. As you probably notice, the pick guard seems to be (self-?) made of plywood and the pots are also of generic brand, which makes it difficult to date.

    But I think it looks awesome as it is! Even the far-from-standard headstock suits the overall style. Any information what model the bass could be or it's parts derive from? I only have these two pics.

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  2. GM60466

    GM60466

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    That has to be the oldest surviving bass they ever made. I'll guess very early '70s. It has to be worth at least $300.
  3. danomite64

    danomite64 Supporting Member

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    the knobs and pickguard are unoriginal, BTW. Maybe the pickups, too.
  4. DeanT

    DeanT Send lawyers, guns and money... Supporting Member

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    The pickups don't look original either. Those knobs look like they're from an amp. From the headstock and logo I'd say it's a late '60s Ibanez.
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  6. Joedog

    Joedog

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    Franken-bez! Does have some mojo though!
  7. Nerevar

    Nerevar

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    What a beauty. Love the headstock design
  8. Solarmist

    Solarmist Supporting Member

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  9. basehed

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    What a bridge! Hope it was intonated at the factory...
  10. Bongolation

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    Gosh, that's ugly! :eek:

    That reminds me of the Japanese instruments sold in drugstores in 1964.

    Pickguard looks like it was made from a linoleum floor tile. Maybe it was.

    My intuition says this won't be a viable player.
  11. smcd

    smcd Supporting Member

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    Late 60's Ibanez. The pickups are original. The knobs and guard are definitely not. I'm almost sure it has been refinished. This isn't a great bass. Made by Ibanez years before they became a high quality brand. I wouldn't lose any sleep over missing this one.

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