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Did Ibanez manufacture Flying V bass guitars a long long time ago?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Jericho-79, Apr 18, 2016.


  1. Jericho-79

    Jericho-79

    Jan 14, 2009
    Hey everybody. Hope there are a few Ibanez players here.

    I recently did some research on Ibanez electric basses. And today I discovered something interesting.

    On vintage bass forum, I came across a pic of a really old Ibanez bass guitar in the shape of a Gibson Flying V.

    Check it out-

    97-2013530141939_540x360_zpsepjme3ax.

    Did Ibanez really used to manufacture Flying V-shaped basses?

    When did Ibanez come out with that line of basses?

    What official names did Ibanez give to those "Flying V" models?

    Any info would be appreciated.

    Thank you guys!
     
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  2. Tanner5382

    Tanner5382

    Sep 26, 2010
    Canton, GA
    The Ibanez Flying V's were called "Rocket Rolls." They came out in the 70s. Paul Gilbert has played a Rocket Roll guitar fairly often.
     
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  3. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    That was the line of guitars/basses. The model was the 2387B.

    This was during the lawsuit era when they were ripping everyone from Ric to Gibson and Fender too. They have a cult following. Word is the quality is quite good.
     
  4. skeeler

    skeeler I am a stick.

    May 30, 2015
    Yep! Check out the Ibanez Club: The Ibanez Club (Part 6)
     
  5. Tanner5382

    Tanner5382

    Sep 26, 2010
    Canton, GA
    Ah, I see.

    Yeah, the rip-offs actually are pretty good quality, out of the few I've had the opportunity of playing. A Les Paul copy in particular was outstanding, actually.
     
  6. Ross W. Lovell

    Ross W. Lovell

    Oct 31, 2015

    They are quite good, grabbed one years ago, currently getting some hardware plated. Didn't know they had a bass, not surprising though. image.
     
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  7. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Whataya think @Jericho-79 ? Answers in under twenty minutes. We aim to please here at TB. :D

    Satisfaction or your money back..... if you should choose to contribute. ;)
     
  8. davedblyoo

    davedblyoo "All the mayhem and none of the sticky mess."

    Nov 15, 2012
    Augusta, GA
    There was one that floated around here in Augusta for a while in the late 70's-early 80's. It had a pickup set like an EB-3. The last time I saw it someone had covered the entire front with a mirror style plate and had mounted two DiMarzio X2Ns in it.
     
  9. M.R. Ogle

    M.R. Ogle Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 5, 2004
    Mount Vernon, Illinois
    Backstage Guitar Lab owner
    Yeah, I had that model with the EB3 pickup setup. It was better looking than sounding.
    (not my photo, but it was like this) Ibanez V copy.
     
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  10. stacker

    stacker Banned

    Feb 24, 2010
    scotland
    Another example of the Japanese using whatever was left lying around, i.e., plenty EB3 pickups! I had that set-up on my 2388B Ibby Rick copy back in those days and you aren't wrong: it sounded nothing like a Rick and that front pup was as weak as sin. I eventually replaced it with a Bill Lawrence rail humbucker.
     
  11. stacker

    stacker Banned

    Feb 24, 2010
    scotland
    Some of the Ibby electrics weren't great; that much I can testify to. Greco seemed to have some good pups, esp in their more expensive models.
     
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  12. AaronVonRock

    AaronVonRock

    Feb 22, 2013
    Bangkok
    Grecos are really solid. There are a lot of them floating around in Bangkok and other big Asian cities. They are easy to find and cheap to buy. Our guitarist has a Greco Les Paul and it sounds amazing.
     
  13. stacker

    stacker Banned

    Feb 24, 2010
    scotland
    I'll bet there are. Lucky guys.
     
  14. AaronVonRock

    AaronVonRock

    Feb 22, 2013
    Bangkok
    Here's a Greco for sale right now in Bangkok for US$370.

    greco.
     
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  15. AaronVonRock

    AaronVonRock

    Feb 22, 2013
    Bangkok
    This one is selling for around $300.

    greco2.
     
  16. AaronVonRock

    AaronVonRock

    Feb 22, 2013
    Bangkok
    Lordy. This one is for $200. Hmmm. Me likey.

    greco3. greco4. greco5.
     
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  17. stacker

    stacker Banned

    Feb 24, 2010
    scotland
    Let me know if you see any Greco Firebird guitars, mate ;-)
     
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  18. stacker

    stacker Banned

    Feb 24, 2010
    scotland
    Looks like someone's covered the body in lighter fuel and lit a match!
     
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  19. pudgychef

    pudgychef In Memoriam

    Jan 22, 2005
    Chongqing, China
    oooph - I really like that! Whereabouts in BK? I will be coming through April 28th- May 2nd....would happily snag that and bring it back. The old Greco Hard Puncher P bass I had was a beast.
     
  20. AaronVonRock

    AaronVonRock

    Feb 22, 2013
    Bangkok
    Check out this Facebook page, Used Bass: facebook.com/groups/usedbass/

    Lots of cool gear for sale locally on there. Maybe also check out the Craigslist page for Thailand. If you are interested in hitting local music shops, go to Chinatown. There are 10+ shops on one specific block.

    Music Store in Chinatown, Bangkok

    Bangkok music shops | CNN Travel
     
    Last edited: Apr 19, 2016
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