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Ibanez blazer- price question

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by ss81, Apr 25, 2006.

  1. ss81


    May 29, 2005

    Hoping someone can answer this question: is $275 a reasonable price to pay for a 1981 Ibanez blazer bass in good condition? Thanks!
  2. Minger


    Mar 15, 2004
    Rochester, NY
    Can't recall anythign I know about the Blazers...

    I know that the Ibbys back then were still pretty freakin good though...
  3. TaySte_2000


    Jun 23, 2001
    Manchester, UK
    Endorsing Artist: Mojohand, Subdecay, Overwater, Matamp
    Yeah that's a great price as long as it's in average to good condition.

    The Ibanez Blazer is still the best passive P bass I have played even better than the '69 Fender that I use in the studio.

    Simply amazing bass
  4. clavefa

    clavefa Te Traigo El Tumbao

    Those are good basses. If it's in good condition buy it.
  5. Nicola


    Apr 28, 2006
    I paid $300 New Zealand dollars in '99 for mine so I guess thats about 150 - 200 USDollars, I dont know if I got it for a bargain, but its in great condition. Its a great little bass I love it and wouldnt play with any other.
  6. ss81


    May 29, 2005
    Thanks guys, I went for it. It will be arriving tomorrow :)...
  7. ss81


    May 29, 2005
    Well, I just wanted to post a follow-up after finally being able to sit down and play the bass for a while. The neck is in amazing shape for being 25 years old, no dead spots, virtually no fret wear, and the truss rod didn't require any adjustment. I've read a few reviews that mention high action, but this one came with the strings pretty low with only minor buzzing in a couple of spots (I raised the strings just a tad to eliminate the buzzing altogether).

    There were some wiring problems that I traced to the input jack. The nut and threads had corroded and were stuck together, so removing the jack from the pickguard turned into quite a debacle last night (see my post in the Setup & Repair forum); fortunately, I was eventually able to get it off and replace it. The bass now plays without any problems.

    Comparing the blazer to my MIM Precision Bass, it's quite a bit heavier due to the big ash slab body. It's hard to assess the difference in frequency response due to the bright new strings on the blazer and the 6+-month old strings on the precision, obviously the blazer sounds a lot brighter at the moment and sustains better. I'm impressed by the bridge on the blazer, I thought I'd replace it with a Gotoh but the stock one looks pretty solid, a lot more mass than the paper-thin bridges that come stock on most fender basses.

    The pickup appears to be Dimarzio because of the adjustable hex-shaped poles. I wonder if it's a model P, it seems to have a vintage-style output. I don't think it would be at all necessary to replace it, though I have been itching to experiment with the dimarzio split p for a long time. I'm also thinking about having the body routed for a bridge-position jazz pickup, though I'm not sure if I want to cut up a discontinued bass this old.

    Overall, a fantastic bass for a good price. Thanks to everybody who replied recommending that I go for it, I was a little hesitant to buy it but your replies convinced me to go ahead and do it, and I'm very glad I did.
  8. Jeverich


    May 5, 2006
    Hey all,
    I purchased a 1981 Ibanez Blazer a couple of years ago. At the time, it was in decent condition, with some minor nicks and scratches. I decided to refinish and de-fret a couple of months ago. I used epoxy/ebony dust to fill the fret slots, and epoxied the fingerboard, (Jaco sound). Then, I refinished the body with a nitrocellulose lacquer with an amber tint. Finally, I ordered a custom Tortoise pickguard from Chandler Guitars, which really made this bass stand out. Overall, the fretless tone is excellent, this bass feels so solid, and the action/playability is great.


    Let me know if anyone wants me to post pics
  9. Funkster

    Funkster Supporting Member

    Apr 6, 2000
    Wormtown, MA
    I have a 81 Blazer and it's every bit of Pbass that my 75 Fender P is. I play mine regularly.
  10. Jeverich


    May 5, 2006
    1981 Ibanez Blazer Refinished, and Converted to epoxy fretless.....I LOVE IT!!

  11. Jeverich


    May 5, 2006
  12. put some pics up..!! (thanks)
  13. mdogs

    mdogs Supporting Member

    Apr 13, 2010
    Cary, Il
    Zombie thread!!!!

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