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Ibanez Roadsters/Blazers vs Fender Precision?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Margus Alviste, Aug 30, 2013.

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Wich one you prefer?

Poll closed Nov 28, 2013.
  1. Ibanez Roadster/Blazer

    27.7%
  2. Fender Precision

    72.3%
  1. Margus Alviste

    Margus Alviste

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    I've got a question: those of you who own or have played both - the older Ibanez Roadsters or Blazers and Fender Precisions, which one would you prefer playability and sound wise?

    I've got an '80 Ibanez Roadster RS824 and it plays and sounds better than my 63 and 78 Precision (which I sold). It also records better than both the Fenders.
    Even the wood of the Roadster feels (vibrates) better than the Sadowsky and Fodera basses I had. :eek:
  2. 39-Bassist

    39-Bassist

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    I voted for the P bass, but if you have a Roadster that sounds and plays that well, then congrats. Problem I had with them is they seem to be hit and miss with tones and playability. (but then so can Fender). Play what feels and sounds best to your ears and hands. (Shoot even Mr. Lynott played both of those basses back and forth at times.)
  3. Scottkarch

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    I own 2 Roadster 924s and have played Precision. I like the flexibility of 2 pickups and the electronics on the 924 better than a 1 pickup Precision. The necks seem pretty similar, although I love having easy access to the really high frets.

    The bridge is great, love the slot loading rather than threading them through.

    I really like the P/J combo on most basses....

    My vote is for the Ibanez. I've never played the Blazers which are a more direct competitor to the Precision. No experience with them.
  4. Margus Alviste

    Margus Alviste

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    I love the Roadster's neck! It feels more slicker than P-neck and it has 24 frets.
  5. BawanaRik

    BawanaRik Supporting Member

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    Just got a Road star since for a minute the people I'm playing with were talking about playing out.

    Thankfully that passed.

    This bass is purple and While I haven't set it up yet plays good and sound good.

    It was also cheaper than a Fender in that shipped it was less the 3 beans. And every Pbass I've owned I get tired of the wide neck. I like this neck better that the Ps I remember

    I'll still get a p one day
  6. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol Gold Supporting Member

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    The Roadster without a doubt. Vastly superior instrument in my opinion, especially compared to Fenders from the same era.
    More comfortable, often 24 frets and a sound to die for if you're into that low rumble.
    They sometimes are a bit heavy though.
  7. KeithAlanK

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    Love the old Ibanez basses.
    They got SO much of the Precision/Jazz tone in an easier to play package.
  8. wild4oldcars

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    I have a Blazer, and idk if ill ever need another p-style. tone and playability are great, and quality hardware to boot.

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