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Ibanez Musicians seires

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by ADbassman, Apr 7, 2004.

  1. Hello everybody, I'm new to this forum and am looking for some help on finding some information on a mysterous bass I own.

    I've been playing bass for somewhere around two years. My first basses I got off of ebay for dirt cheap. It was 2 basses, a 10 watt amp, a hardcase, and 4 sets of ernie ball slinky strings. One of the basses is an Aria Pro II thats falling apart at the moment, and the other is the one that has me baffled.

    Its an Ibanez...something. I've been looking around the internet and pretty sure its from the musician seires, considering thats what it says on the truss bar cover, and what the other pictures I saw looked like. I have no idea what year it is, or even exactly what model it is. I'm hoping some people on this forum would be able to help me find out more about this bass I've had for nearly two years.
    Specs are as follows:
    -Active electronics
    -24 frets
    -4 string
    -4 control knobs (one for the neck pickup, one for the bridge, and tone for each)
    -Crafed in japan
    -serial number= J850856
    -Original color is black

    I paid somewhere in the neighborhood of $50 for this one alone. It plays like a dream, spite how ugly it looks. The prevouis owner had some fun with the paint, so its now orange and silver.

    I recently bought a mexican fender 5 string jazz bass from a local music store, played around with it for a bit, then played this one to compare. I personally like this one better, which kinda surprised me considering I got the fender to replace the ibanez.

    Thanks your your help in advance. If you guys need a picture to help, I can post one, but I warn you, it isn't pretty.
  2. Jugghaid


    Jun 28, 2002
    Denver, CO, USA
    Does it look like this?
  3. rdhbass


    Jun 28, 2003
    Springfield, mo
    I'll give ya $100 bucks for that musician bass, that is if you don't like it anymore. C'mon whatya say, double your money...
    Rob H.
    Private message me if you would sell it. hehe.
  4. Jugghaid


    Jun 28, 2002
    Denver, CO, USA
    If so...here's all the specs for ya:

    MC924 Specs
    Length 1130mm (44.5")
    Width 340mm (13 1/3")
    Depth 45mm (1.75")

    Scale 34"
    Nut 40mm Bone
    22nd 62mm
    Radius 300R
    24 Frets
    Fingerboard Ebony
    Inlay Abalone Dot
    Neck Thru

    Accu Cast B Bass Bridge
    Velve Tune BII Machine Heads

    Pickups P5 neck J5 Bridge (Very Large pickups)
    3 band EQ
    1 Volume 1Tone 1 Balancer
  5. Jugghaid


    Jun 28, 2002
    Denver, CO, USA
    I was tempted to go there too....but he's got a mighty fine and collectable bass there. :)
  6. rdhbass


    Jun 28, 2003
    Springfield, mo
  7. rdhbass


    Jun 28, 2003
    Springfield, mo
    okay man...hehe i'll lay off.
  8. hateater

    hateater snatch canadian cream

    May 4, 2001
    Eugene, OR
    I have a student who wants to off his late 70's fretless Musician. It sounds pertty nice, and according to him, it was about the 240th one made.
  9. rdhbass


    Jun 28, 2003
    Springfield, mo
    thanks. I just saw an opportunity here and i snapped. lol.
  10. Jugghaid


    Jun 28, 2002
    Denver, CO, USA
    Any idea how much he's looking to get for it?
  11. Yeah, thats the one. Well, thanks for your help and all, but I was more asking of what years it was made and where mine falls if anybody can tell by the serial number.

    By the way, I have no plans on selling it. Besides that, I'd be taking more than $100 anyway. But for the those curious about the paint job, well, lets just say the prevouis owner raped it.

    <img src="http://www.stlpunk.com/user_photo/43922.jpg">
    Its a little blurry, but you get the point. The guitar ontop is the Aria Pro II, bottom of course being the Ibanez.
  12. Jugghaid


    Jun 28, 2002
    Denver, CO, USA
    I have all that info at home. I'll get it for you.
  13. hateater

    hateater snatch canadian cream

    May 4, 2001
    Eugene, OR
    Hey Jug, you have a PM.
  14. JDGA fan

    JDGA fan

    Oct 9, 2003
    The serial number would suggest it's from '85. I forget the exact significance of the letter code. My MC924DS ("dark stain") has an "I" prefix, but was from '85. It's a little hard to tell from the photo, but your description would seem to back up this being a MC924 (Musician) bass from that period. Having owned several MC900, MC924, MC940 and MC980 basses over the years, I think the switch to the active P/U - passive tone control set-up on this bass from the previous 3-band EQ version that had been around since '80 was a bad idea. I think it was only used for a year or two before the line was tweaked again (I think the body was streamlined in '87) and then the bass disappeared from the shelves altogether.
  15. I own a 1979 Ibanez Musician.

    I printed out the page from the Vintage Ibanez site before the owner shut the site down a while ago. There were two ways of telling the year an instrument was made. One way was to identify instruments that were made from 1978 to 1984, I believe, the other way I can't recall right at this moment.

    The serial # of my bass is: H795066

    A = January
    B = February

    So H = August, the next two digits = the year (1979) and the next four digits = the production number of the instrument for that month, and if I remember correctly, this number was out of 10,000 instruments made for that month. After 1984, there was a different way of determining which year the instrument was made.

    I'm not 100% sure of this, but I think I'm right.

    I'll try to find the info tonight.

  16. rogerbmiller

    rogerbmiller Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 16, 2003
    Love these basses. To use a cliche, they don't 'em like this anymore. Musicians easliy go on my list of what I think will be will be future collectables.
  17. fcoda


    Jan 23, 2002
    Jewels - your correct on the serial numbers and the reading - That Vintage Ibanez page was very helpful when it was up - I still have my MC924 and ST980 - came close to moving them this month - but they have found new life and are getting playing time again . Great basses
  18. I did look up the old Ibanez website info, but I forgot to post it here. I was correct in the way of identifying Ibanez basses, but it was until the end of 1986, not '84. I'll try to remember to bring in the printout of how to identify basses after 1987 tomorrow.

    I forgot all about this thread.

    Sorry, peeps.

    Mike :oops:

    P.S. Yes fcoda, they are great basses. ;)
  19. So, that would make mine october of 85' right? If so, cool, I got a great deal on a good insterment. Unforunately, if they do somehow become collectors items, mine probably won't fetch a good price with its paint job, or I'll have to restore it.
  20. rdhbass


    Jun 28, 2003
    Springfield, mo
    I would definitely strip that paint off of it. Most of em were natural color anyway and i bet there is a world of beautiful wood underneath for you to see...

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