Ibanez PL5050

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Gene Doctor, Jun 9, 2020.


  1. Gene Doctor

    Gene Doctor

    Jan 14, 2014
    Malvern, PA
    DB6AFB66-4C86-4102-9EE8-4411D577A113.png 906DA516-A411-4D6F-9762-1184891F489C.png 4AAF659D-76C8-44E2-A490-F761882DCA0F.png I just bought a made in Japan 1986 Ibanez Pro Line Series PL5050 with an ebony fretboard and a pair of LO-B soapbar pickups with a 2 band EQ.

    It needs a good cleaning and setup (and new knobs) - I’m open to suggestions on how to clean up the black bridge without removing more of the finish. Vinegar, stripper, soap and water, WD-40, etc? Any comments or suggestions on the best way to setup the bass (strings, etc) would also be appreciated.
     
  2. ZedLepp

    ZedLepp

    May 12, 2013
    Nice bass. I would use just water and a toothbrush and just go at it.
    Hope you got a good deal on it.
     
  3. Gene Doctor

    Gene Doctor

    Jan 14, 2014
    Malvern, PA
    I think $225 was a good price. Going to try GHS Brite Flats on it (my other Basses have GHS Precision Flats on them).
     
  4. ZedLepp

    ZedLepp

    May 12, 2013
    Hell yeah, good deal. Would love to see it when it you get it all cleaned up.
     
  5. Gene Doctor

    Gene Doctor

    Jan 14, 2014
    Malvern, PA
    Another restoration project completed! Here’s the Ibanez PL5050 all cleaned up - neck is very comfortable and it sounds pretty good with GHS Precision Flats. FB35BF88-BBBE-434A-BB52-0C7CD80E03D5.jpeg F1709EFC-0A6C-4C78-83DF-3EF2BD315487.jpeg 70C684F3-407E-483D-A8D1-3F164C4A9E33.jpeg B26F1D67-F556-47B5-80FF-B3B780F630FC.jpeg 965D6E18-3CB2-4EAD-8731-05EA574F8404.jpeg 1347B53B-C473-4B56-858A-BAFFFBBF9CAB.jpeg
     
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  6. Gene Doctor

    Gene Doctor

    Jan 14, 2014
    Malvern, PA
    Did an upgrade with an EMG David Ellefson kit and added a 3 way toggle to go with the dual volume and master tone knobs. Big improvement!
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