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Ibanez Musician - my new toy

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by KCLRbass, May 25, 2012.


  1. KCLRbass

    KCLRbass Supporting Member

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    I'd never seen one of these in my life. Just picked it up for $300. Active preamp is pretty frickin noisy, but there are some really nice tones in there - and I'm glad I can switch it off.

    For my use, I see it as mostly a studio tool. Still, I'm looking forward to squeezing some funk out of this thing.

    Anyone have any Ibanez Musician stories/advice to share?

    [​IMG]
     
  2. Lazarus.Bird

    Lazarus.Bird Mr. Personality

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    $300??? Looks like yours is beat up but in good shape those go for $700-$1000. Sting, Adam Clayton and John McVie all played one. As a big vintage Ibanez fan I owned one for awhile. Awesome bass but not my cup of tea. Nice score!
     
  3. puremusic

    puremusic

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    That is cool, at a great price.
     
  4. darkstorm

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    I hope you can get the noisy preamp fixed. Or replaced. It should sound much better then. Nice score in other respects.
     
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  6. stingray56funk

    stingray56funk Supporting Member

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    Wow...great price! I've recorded with a Musician in the past (studio I recorded at had one and I loved the feel and tone) and it smokes! Great buy!
     
  7. KCLRbass

    KCLRbass Supporting Member

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    Wow, seriously (on all fronts)!? Shows what I (any my local guitar shop) know. Just had my first 30 minute sit-down with it - it was an impulse buy - and I'm really impressed. And yeah, it's pretty beat up, but not a whole lot more than most of my gear.

    Also, looks like it has real mother of pearl dots!

    I'll get in there soon to see if I can figure out the issue. This thing is clearly in need of a bit of TLC. Will keep you posted on any progress.

    Thanks for the comments, folks. Any more info much appreciated!
     
  8. smcd

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    +1

    $300 for that was a steal. I have 2 Musician basses, and consider them one of the outstanding designs of its day. Or any day, for that matter.
     
  9. Stumbo

    Stumbo Wherever you go, there you are.

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    I have one that looks like that. Mine is 1983 P/J. Is yours missing knobs? Yours looks like it has an additional switch?

    Work on that pre-amp! :) It's well worth it.

    I like the narrow neck. It's easy to play and gets some great tones. Does a pretty good P imitation. :bassist: Mine has dead half-rounds on it. Gets a little spank when you need it. I palm mute quite a bit to get that dead flat wound quick decay. For my cover jam band, it's great. A real keeper. Only minor swirls so it's in very fine condition for it's age.

    [​IMG]
     
  10. KCLRbass

    KCLRbass Supporting Member

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    Man, I'm getting more excited about this by the minute.

    Thanks again, homies.
     
  11. bassinplace

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    Cool lookin' bass. What are all the controls?
     
  12. Lazarus.Bird

    Lazarus.Bird Mr. Personality

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    PS the first 2 numbers in the serial number will tell you what year it was made. My guess is yours is probably an 81 or so.
     
  13. KCLRbass

    KCLRbass Supporting Member

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    Wow, beauty!

    Yeah, there are some knobs missing. I'll look around for some sexy replacements.

    Sounds to me like I have a pickup selector and an on/off for the preamp.

    The shop had some brand new basic rounds on it and it sounds funky as s**t. Once I've found some sounds I love I'll post some clips.
     
  14. KCLRbass

    KCLRbass Supporting Member

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    Control cavity, I guess?
     
  15. Stumbo

    Stumbo Wherever you go, there you are.

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    On mine:
    Gold knobs: volume, p'up blend, Tone (mostly treble cut) passive
    Black knobs: bass, mid, treble (boost/cut) active
    Switch: on/off preamp (9v)

    Both active/passive work when active is on. Otherwise, passive is "on".
     
  16. Alvaro Martín Gómez A.

    Alvaro Martín Gómez A. TalkBass' resident Bongo + cowbell player Supporting Member

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    A friend had an awesome yellow '82 Musician that was miserably stolen and never recovered. :(
     
  17. KCLRbass

    KCLRbass Supporting Member

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    Sorry, I'm not very bright. It's an '80. Good guess!
     
  18. Stumbo

    Stumbo Wherever you go, there you are.

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  19. Stumbo

    Stumbo Wherever you go, there you are.

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    A couple of white (age yellow) ones have come up for sale on TB in the past:
    [​IMG]
     
  20. smcd

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  21. Stumbo

    Stumbo Wherever you go, there you are.

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    There you go! Twins! :bassist:
     

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