Can someonay please tell me what is this bass!!??

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Ricardo Ramos, Jan 4, 2019.

  1. Ricardo Ramos

    Ricardo Ramos

    Dec 21, 2018
    FB_IMG_15466233275377464.jpg FB_IMG_15466233147359517.jpg FB_IMG_15466233228787975.jpg FB_IMG_15466233193815834.jpg I found this bass in a local flea market, but doesn't have brand, only a serial number, looks good, is a neck through.

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  2. Scottgun


    Jan 24, 2004
    South Carolina
    Watching thread with interest. On first glance, an Ibanez is what I see, but I'm no expert.
  3. lz4005


    Oct 22, 2013
    Looks a lot like one, I agree.
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  4. songwriter21

    songwriter21 I have an obsession for wood. The musical kind. Supporting Member

    Jul 31, 2005
    Just looks like a knock-off to me...could be a decent player, though.
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  5. Gorn


    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    The Ibanez overall shape and headstock style always seem to show up in no name mystery basses.
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  6. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Rickenbacker guru..........

    Apr 11, 2006
    Out there!
    It's an Ibanez B stock/seconds instrument that they sell off to small companies to put to market.
  7. Ricardo Ramos

    Ricardo Ramos

    Dec 21, 2018
    It costs $200, it's passive, you guys think it's worth it?
    So is a unknown brand? No Ibanez or something?
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  8. Scottgun


    Jan 24, 2004
    South Carolina
    If the truss rod, tuning keys, and knobs work, I'd give it a home at that price.
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  9. Rib 13

    Rib 13 Supporting Member

    Jun 20, 2006
    it looks Chinese...I could swear its a version or pre-version of a Hadean Vickers or something like that
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    HELLonWHEELS Supporting Member

    Jun 13, 2005
    I have never heard of this practice, nor does it make any sense to me from a marketing POV. Where did you hear Ibanez does this?

    To OP, it's most likely a Chinese Ibanez knock off. Reasoning being, lack of branding and generic hardware all around. If you open the control cavity, my guess is that you'll see very simple setup.

    You can find basses like this on Taobao or Aliexpress for $200-$500 like this.
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  11. Roland GR 88

    Roland GR 88 Commercial User

    Sep 16, 2013
    Ontario Canada
    Retail store manager
    If it's an Ibanez, the serial number doesn't match the formula they used other than the letter Y which means it was made in Korea at the Yoojin factory sometime between 1995 and 2008. If it's a B stock the serial # might not be in sequence to any other.
    I'd say if it looks worn and about 20yrs old it will be some version of a FugiGen made somewhere in Asia and the logo has been removed. $200.00 sounds about right.
    If it looks newer it's likely a Chinese knockoff and you'll find inside tiny pots, really messy wiring, sawdust and/or vicious routing and a general appearance of it being assembled in less than 5min. $200.00 would be better spent on a nice dinner out.
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  12. twinjet

    twinjet Powered by GE90s; fueled with coffee. Staff Member Supporting Member

    Sep 23, 2008
    Looks like a player. If it sounds good, it is good.
  13. smcd


    Jun 28, 2009
    Boston, MA
    Looks Chinese to me, too.

    $200 is a lot for something like that. I wouldn't buy it unless I was able to plug it in and then love how it sounds and plays.

    Take a look at Guitar Center's Used section. There are dozens of name-brand basses there priced between $80-$120. And with GC, you can return it if you don't like it.
  14. saabfender

    saabfender Inactive

    Jan 10, 2018
    I'd go $200 if it felt decent. Sure.
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  15. hypercarrots


    Jan 28, 2009
    it's not an ibanez
    that's not the control layout for any of their neck through humbucker equipped bodies. SRT800DX and SR1000EFM/EWN/EBG/EZW is close but the angle is a little different here.
    ibanez necks have a volute at the headstock.
    i haven't seen any neck through SR use the 3.5" pickup rout.
  16. fleabitten


    Nov 27, 2017
    ontario canada
    yeah, those pickups
  17. mark roberts

    mark roberts Supporting Member

    Nov 13, 2004
    Lawrence, KS
    Cort? Sammick?
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  18. levis76

    levis76 Defender of the Low Ender Supporting Member

    Apr 14, 2007
    Metro Detroit
    No idea on brand, but I’d definitely plug it in to something to make sure it all works. Then I’d take it to a luthier and get that plastic nut changed and frets leveled.
  19. bumperbass


    Jun 19, 2012
    Looks Cort-ish to me.
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  20. bobba66


    May 18, 2006
    Arlington, Texas
    Evil spirits possess that bass. I'd pass.....:woot:
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