The official Ibanez Blazer/Roadstar Club

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by FerK, Jun 5, 2012.


  1. FerK

    FerK Supporting Member

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    You read threads like this one before, you know what it's all about, you've asked for this Club, so here it is.

    The official Ibanez Blazer/Roadstar Owners Club. Everything Blazer is welcome, pics, originals, mods, teary stories of how you parted with it and regret it still, etc.

    I'll start with my '81:
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    Member Listing:

    1. FerK - BL700-TV (traditional violin, matte finish) - 06/05/12
    2. Louloomis - BL700-NT (natural, matte finish) - 06/05/12
    3. meRTKendrew - BL800-TV (traditional violin) - 06/05/12
    4. Oddball - Roadstar RB650 - 06/06/12
    5. UncleFluffy - 1981 Blazer
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    10.

    I hope hwystar, louloomis and ODDBALL will join immediately, as I know they own one.

    C'mon, chaps, don't be shy.
  2. louloomis

    louloomis

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    Brilliant idea for a club!

    May I join, please? This is a club I can truly be PROUD to be a member of!

    Here's a link to my Blazer (serial # begins with 81, does that mean it's an '81?). Should be all original except for aftermarket knobs (came without knobs so I added these ones). Sadly, no case (yet!):

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  3. FerK

    FerK Supporting Member

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    Yes, it does. Here's how to read Ibanez Blazer serial numbers (from some thread in "Ibanez Collectors World"), which applies to all Blazer models (and all basses made between 1975 to 1983):

    Example serial number C800358
    C=March So A=Jan M=Dec
    80 = 1980 year of build
    0358= 358th bass built in that month.

    Since we're talking about Blazer resources, here's a Catalogue page from 1981:
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  4. meRTKendrew

    meRTKendrew

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    Here's my 1981 BL800-TV.

    My dad bought it new, I still have the original warranty card and Ibanez guitar care booklet.

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    -RTK
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  6. louloomis

    louloomis

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    Beautiful bass! Excellent.

    BTW, not to get off topic at all, but what are the differences between the Blazer series and the Roadstar series. Roadstar basses appear to be the same as Blazers, but I believe solid finishes were not ash (not sure).

    If anyone knows, please advise.

    Thanks.
  7. FerK

    FerK Supporting Member

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    Here you can find the differences between the Roadstarts and the Blazers:
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  8. ODDBALL

    ODDBALL Supporting Member

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    Can I Join? One small problem... I have a Roadstar :)

    Here is my baby a 1983 Roadstar RB650. I recently bought this bass from another TB member. I just had it professionally setup with some DR Sunbeams. The pickups in this beast are super loud for a passive bass. I couldn't part with this bass, it's that nice.

    Shaun

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  9. louloomis

    louloomis

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    Hey Ferk. Thanks a lot. Believe it or not, my question was actually about Blazers vs. RoadstArs and your catalog shot includes Blazers vs. RoadstErs (sorry about the caps). Do you think you might have the catalog page for RoadstArs?

    However, I am also completely thrilled at your posting of RoadstErs - most uber-welcome because Roadsters are so damned cool not to mention:

    Has anyone seen the youtube clip with Jean-Luc Ponty "Egocentric Molecules" from Brazil circa '81. Yes, there's a Roadster bass solo......and it is KICK-AXE! What else do you need in life! I'm good!
  10. FerK

    FerK Supporting Member

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    My bad. Here are the earliest catalogue pages for Roadstars II I could find, I can't find any previous models in my file:

    1982 poster announcing new models:
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    1983:
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    Another 1983 page:
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  11. UncleFluffy

    UncleFluffy Gold Supporting Member

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    Head Tinkerer, The Flufflab
    ahem

    may I?
  12. louloomis

    louloomis

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    Ferk - Thank you!

    Excellent Ibanez materials!
  13. FiXeR

    FiXeR Bass monkey, Drinker of swill, No sleep since 1985

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    Ok, sign me up as an owner of one my favorite bass models ever. :bassist:

    My BL700-NT (natural, matte finish)-

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  14. handofseven

    handofseven Soaking up the cathode rays... Supporting Member

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    Request to skip a spot and grab club #7 please. :D

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  15. James Hart

    James Hart

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    Can I join?

    1983 RB924 & RS315

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  16. handofseven

    handofseven Soaking up the cathode rays... Supporting Member

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    Just watched it. Randy Jackson: NICE! Thanks for mentioning that. I've never heard of Jean-Luc Ponty and I quite enjoyed the performance...
  17. that-guy

    that-guy

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    May I humbly request a number for this (so far) highly exclusive club? I am the proud owner of a roadstar II RB850, has been recently upgraded with a d-tuner, and I'll upload some new pics tonight/tomorrow when at PC instead of tiny phone.....cheers
    T_G
  18. ODDBALL

    ODDBALL Supporting Member

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    Here's a updated photo. I just put some Chromes on this beast. They sound great on this bass. Love my RB650 :)

    Shaun

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  19. deste

    deste

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    Count me in! And count in my old faithful Roadstar RB II 850 in Polar White, my first "good" bass back in 1985. Almost 30 yrs together, through good and bad.
    I'll post some pics as soon as possible.
  20. deste

    deste

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    Hey, I haven't seen too many of our nice guy: why don't you show some pics? PM if you prefer.
  21. wraub

    wraub

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    I'll have an IPA, please.
    I have 2 '85 Roadstar II 5 string basses. One fretted, one fretless.
    Pics can be provided.

    wraub

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