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SOLD FS: Ibanez Black Eagle: Needs Restoration! RARE!

Discussion in 'For Sale: Bass Guitars' started by TheEmptyCell, Jan 9, 2012.


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  1. TheEmptyCell

    TheEmptyCell Bearded Dingwall Enthusiast

    I've closed my mass sale thread in hopes of generating more interest here.

    I picked this up a couple months ago at a local pawn shop. It was clearly loved, used, and maybe abused a little bit.

    It needs a lot of work! But it's super cool, and pretty rare. Honestly, it's the neck that needs the most attention, but a Fender neck heels fits this perfectly.

    Here's some pics.

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    You can see from the pics there are several issues to be dealt with, regarding the neck. The first several frets have gnarly grooves in them. I don't know if they can be leveled out, it's more likely they need to be replaced. The rest of the neck, above the 7th fret or so, isn't nearly as worn.

    The truss rod nut appears to have been shimmed with a couple of washers, and one of them is definitely crooked. When tightened, this causes the TRN to go crooked, and popped off the string nut. Then I noticed slight separation of the fingerboard from the neck from the nut to the 2nd fret.

    Also, the headstock features the classic break that was so common to these instruments. Does not affect the stability of the headstock in any way.

    I don't have any history on this bass, but the Black Eagle Registry guy says that the lack of serial number on the neck plate means that it's pre-serial number, dating it to before June 1975. It appears that a previous owner loved this bass, and made some 70's era upgrades including Dimarzio humbucking pickups, Grover "Wavy" Titan tuners, black control plate and a Badass bridge (which the body was routed for to sink it into the top).

    My price is $450 plus actual shipping. I will include the taped up, beat up destroyed case, unless you'd rather save money on shipping and have me removed the neck from the body and send it in a smaller box. Please, make me an offer!
     
  2. th30nlyAket

    th30nlyAket

    Sep 24, 2010
    Is the neck in all honestly able to be saved and used?
     
  3. TheEmptyCell

    TheEmptyCell Bearded Dingwall Enthusiast

    A skilled repairman could remove the fretboard , sort out the truss rod, and replace the bad frets for a couple hundred dollars. Unfortunately, nobody within a few hours of here can do that work.
     
  4. th30nlyAket

    th30nlyAket

    Sep 24, 2010
    Let me check to see if anyone near me can do it and ill get back
     
  5. 68Goldfish

    68Goldfish Supporting Member

    Nov 4, 2006
    Port Orchard WA
    I used to have one of these basses. I think I still have the neck somewhere. If memory serves I think I pulled the frets out of it. I also think mine had the outside piece of the scroll broken off just like this one here in the add. I'd be happy to send this neck to the seller or buyer for the price of shipping it.
     
  6. th30nlyAket

    th30nlyAket

    Sep 24, 2010
    If you can find it pm me please
     
  7. TheEmptyCell

    TheEmptyCell Bearded Dingwall Enthusiast

    That is amazingly generous! PM incoming.
     
  8. d180fuzz

    d180fuzz C21H30O2

    Jul 10, 2008
    West Los, CA
    That's about the baddest-ass Ibanez I think I've ever seen.

    It's like Dali tweaked a jazz bass body just a little.

    Hey - whaddya know - a website devoted to this arcane gem:


    Ibanez Black Eagle Bass - Home page
     
  9. 68Goldfish

    68Goldfish Supporting Member

    Nov 4, 2006
    Port Orchard WA
    I'm trying to track the neck down now.
     
  10. Lazarus.Bird

    Lazarus.Bird Mr. Personality

    Aug 16, 2010
    Pittsburgh
    These basses are so awesome. Here's to hoping someone brings this one back to life!
     
  11. Jaymi

    Jaymi Pink Bass Man

    Feb 11, 2008
    Nashville, TN
    Endorsing Artist: Jaydee Basses
    wanna do some trades?
     
  12. demon666

    demon666

    Jul 16, 2005
    Providence RI
    Hey I have one of those bump

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  13. joesguitar1129

    joesguitar1129

    Dec 8, 2007
    Watervliet, MI
    Joes Music Exchange
    Always wanted one of these.. Good luck!
     
  14. TheEmptyCell

    TheEmptyCell Bearded Dingwall Enthusiast

    Thanks everyone! Got some offers, but I'm waiting patiently to hear back from a couple guys.
     
  15. TheEmptyCell

    TheEmptyCell Bearded Dingwall Enthusiast

    Bump!
     
  16. I almost bought one of those in the summer of 1976. I bought this instead:

    challanger-1.
     
  17. d180fuzz

    d180fuzz C21H30O2

    Jul 10, 2008
    West Los, CA
    WOW!
     
  18. TheEmptyCell

    TheEmptyCell Bearded Dingwall Enthusiast

    Someone has to be looking for one of these, right?
     
  19. TheEmptyCell

    TheEmptyCell Bearded Dingwall Enthusiast

    TTT!
     
  20. Jaymi

    Jaymi Pink Bass Man

    Feb 11, 2008
    Nashville, TN
    Endorsing Artist: Jaydee Basses
    PM to ya
     

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