Ibanez RB960 1985 Anyone love this bass as much as me ?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Pimmsley, Dec 2, 2012.

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  2. TinIndian

    TinIndian Supporting Member

    Jan 25, 2011
    Micco Florida
    I picked up an '84 RB850 not too long ago. Similiar bass from the same era. Mine is beat to crap, but I got it in the orginal case for next to nothing. Even beat up it is an amazing bass, the neck is super comfortable and it has two massive humbuckers with coil taps from the factory. For a passive bass it has a surprising amount of tonal versatility.

    I have Warwicks, a Lakland and a Spector (soon 2), amongst others, and this bass more than holds it's own with them. I am getting ready to strip it and refinish it because it deserves it. The early thru mid 80's Ibanez stuff is amazing. They can be had for a song. Sooner or later more people will figure it out, although there are a number of guys here that already have.

    Very nice bass, BTW.
  3. Oh thanks man... so cool to hear another loves the neck and tonal variety... I'm sure our basses are similar in 'bark and bite', crazy slap sounds... and it sure does hold it's own against some of my more exotic basses...
    I also have the case, been gigged hard, bashed around, carried multiple basses, been rained on, stickered half to death and still has that new case smell.. lol

    Cheers !
  4. TinIndian

    TinIndian Supporting Member

    Jan 25, 2011
    Micco Florida
    LOL! Mine has been stickered to death too, But it most definately has that old instrument case, musty smell! Great basses!
  5. I think you could do a coffe table picture book on guitar/bass cases ;)

    anyone else ?
  6. meatwad


    Apr 9, 2008
    Smallville, USA
    LOVE IT!!
  7. ubnomnar

    ubnomnar Supporting Member

    Dec 28, 2009
    So Cal
    Looks like a classy classic. What's up with the butterfly?

    Chaser1 likes this.
  8. Ha ha... a 'special friend' left that there one night, and it just kinda fit, so it stayed... she was obsessed with butterfly's to the point of being a bit weird... oh the people you meet !

    I ended up playing this bass for about 3 hours last night after posting this... lol... the joy of re-discovery of an instrument you have !
  9. anyone else like this bass ?
  10. 8liter

    8liter Supporting Member

    Apr 30, 2009
    I absolutely love the look of these basses. I've been wanting one, but they are hard to come by.
  11. And it has so many usable sounds between the two pickups... Great bass.
  12. bjelkeman

    bjelkeman Bass player wannabe Supporting Member

    May 9, 2013
    Stockholm, Sweden
    I picked one up recently and I really like it. It reminds me very much of my MC-800 in how it feels to play.
  13. Awesome ! :D

    Not played an MC-800 but glad you like it too.

    Recently put Fender flats on mine and have a whole new bunch of sounds coming out of it for kicks...

    Still one of the best slap sounds I have heard with rounds and both pups cranked, fresh strings also seem to last forever on that bass... great pups, great bass.
  14. drunem2010


    Feb 13, 2014
    That is a verry nice bass. I 'didn't know about the RB960.
    My bass got almost the same looks.
    I have a un-pimpt RB924 i don't like sunburst but the sounds are verry warm and sweet.

  15. bolophonic


    Dec 10, 2009
    Durham, NC
    Looks like an awesome bass.
  16. paddydaddyo

    paddydaddyo Supporting Member

    Jun 16, 2007
    Greenville, SC, USA
    I dug those '80s Ibanez basses. They were sort of Rickenbacker looking, but with their own unique tone. I had a RS924 years ago. Great neck. Enjoy!
  17. PeOiler


    Mar 26, 2012
    I have the same RB960. So does a friend of mine. Both of us use them as a back-up. I've considered letting mine go before, but it seems that is is worth more to me than the actual value.