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The 5 Best Ibanez basses Ever Made?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by ZenG, Jan 3, 2014.

  1. Coulda said 10...but I'll go with 5.....

    Of all the basses Ibby has ever produced from the start...

    which 5 would you pick as the crème-de-la-crème?
  2. jetbike


    Apr 2, 2011
    Sydney, 'Straya
    My first bass was a 1981 Ibanez Blazer, P-Clone in "traditional violin". Loved it.
  3. og61pbass

    og61pbass Supporting Member

    Feb 8, 2011
    Northern Arizona
    Ive owned s Roadster with EMGs and currently own a 1995 ATK 300 both great basses!!!
  4. mellowinman

    mellowinman Free Man Supporting Member

    Oct 19, 2011
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  6. calypsocoral302

    calypsocoral302 Supporting Member

    Oct 29, 2010
    Central Pennsylvania
    I only discovered Ibanez as of the early 1990's, so I imagine plenty of people are going to disagree with me here...

    1) Iceman bass. Because it is so metal.

    2) "Ivy," my SR-300 in Green Metal Flake. Because I can't think of a more intelligently-designed, better-crafted modern bass for under $300. She does almost everything I need her to do (except Low B, and "vintage" Fender/Gibson/Rickenbacker tones, but that's what I have my P-bass for), and more.

    3) The BTB series basses, because the market needed affordable 5-string and 6-string basses that were designed from the ground up to be extended-range instruments.

    4) The Ergodyne "EDA" bass from the late 1990's and early 2000's. Because it looked sexy in "Vampire's Kiss," and was pretty innovative for its day.

    5) The Eagle bass of Ibanez' early days. Because if Krist Novoselic plays it, it has to be awesome.
  7. guymanndude1


    Feb 5, 2004
    Early 80's MC-924,940, awesome instruments. Also, I can't remember the model number for the 8 - string that was out back then, but, I loved them too.
  8. Bassist Jay

    Bassist Jay Zane guitars and basses endorsed.

    Dec 28, 2009
    Sterling, CO.
    Endorsed Artist, Sales Representative and Research and Development for Zane Guitars and Basses.
    Mid 90's SR 500, 2010 and up SR 500 - 800 series (Same bass just different finishes or woods.), 20th Anniversary Soundgear bass, Mid 90's SR 800, The new SR 5000 series.
  9. tbplayer59


    Jan 20, 2013
    My first bass was a 1977 Ibanez silver series copy of a precision. Great bass I wish I still had. Those early 80's Artist series like sting played were also great basses
  10. 20db pad

    20db pad

    Feb 11, 2003
    I been everywhere, man...
    None. At all.
    Gotta make a mention of the old Musician series....
    Brother Goose likes this.
  11. garp

    garp Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2009
    Connecticut USA
    · 2609B Black Eagle
    · MC-924 Musician
    · RB850 Roadstar II
    · SR886 Soundgear
    · EDC705 Ergodyne

    I have played all five, but the only one I still own is the RB850.
    Flad likes this.
  12. msact

    msact Supporting Member

    Jan 8, 2013
    Bucks Co, PA
    Rickenbacker copy basses from the 70's. I had one a long time ago and am looking to snag another.

    I have a white hollowbody Ibby. Very cool bass.
  13. Evil Undead

    Evil Undead

    Oct 31, 2009
    I agree.
  14. Rockin Mike

    Rockin Mike

    May 27, 2011
    Decent electronics, Pearl White with a rosewood fretboard.
    It's more of an aesthetic thing than anything else.
    I find all the SR series play pretty similar.
  15. MethodsofDance


    Nov 19, 2013
    Most/ any of the Soundgears, imo that body shape is the best modern bass shape ever, works so well for me personally. I also love the old Musician basses.
  16. Milk


    Sep 16, 2013
    Montreal, Canada
    Obviously the TR-70 cause i paid less than 300$ for it new in the mid-90's and it's still what i use.

    the black one in the middle with the P and J:


    Keep in mind i'm biased.
  17. smcd


    Jun 28, 2009
    Boston, MA
    That's not a conclusion I would ever draw.
    josiah goldfish likes this.
  18. PWRL


    Sep 15, 2006
    I just saw an Ibanez Rick copy on eBay, but it might be gone now. You have to get 'em before someone tattles on them.
  19. pfox14


    Dec 22, 2013
    A long time ago I had an Ibanez 8-string bass (don't even remember the model #). It was very heavy, but had a great sound. It had paired octave strings and an on-board battery-operated preamp. Very cool bass. Sorry I got rid of it.
  20. smcd


    Jun 28, 2009
    Boston, MA
    I absolutely hate the way the SR series basses look, but they're great basses, so one of them has to occupy a spot in the top 5. Here are the remaining four -

    Late 70's/early 80's Musican -

    Bunker-built USATK -

    Early 80's Roadstar -

    And even though it wasn't the best sounding bass, the 90's Affirma -
    GM60466 and BrBss like this.

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