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Ibanez RD-727

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by plastik-bass[?], Jun 9, 2007.

  1. http://www.ibanezrules.com/catalogs/us/1990/roadbass.jpg

    what do you guys think about this bass. there is 1 at this used music store near my house, only place, i cant find 1....not even ebay has 1:eek:

    how much you think 1 of these could sell for...i think the ppl that are selling are selling it for lower then its worth even though it has a few dings
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  2. ibanezcollector

    ibanezcollector Yoyo's Hurt When You Crank It Into Your Face

    Feb 18, 2007
    Cleveland Ohio
    old school :)

    Other than that I dont have a thing to say, never played one
  3. Beta


    May 9, 2007
    The neck is thin (front to back), but a little wider than the neck on my SB900. The nut width is the same, but the RD neck is 3-3.5mm wider at the 21st or 22nd fret.

    I don't much care for Basswood bodies because they dent so easliy.

    Play it. If you buy it, you might want to have the frets looked at to be sure they're all level and seated properly.
  4. Aarix


    May 19, 2006
    Raleigh, NC
    Ugh lee

    I bet it sounds even worse than it looks too, judging by a similar era Ibanez EX that I once had the displeasure of owning.
  5. ibanezcollector

    ibanezcollector Yoyo's Hurt When You Crank It Into Your Face

    Feb 18, 2007
    Cleveland Ohio
    Cant compare the two EX series were entry level instruments
  6. Dee_01


    May 19, 2007
    Indeed. EX = Korean cheapies. The RD727 was a decent Japanese-built bass.

    BTW, hi ibanezcollector, it's Dee from over at Jemsite.
  7. SUNNyday r.

    SUNNyday r.

    Oct 17, 2006
    Bay Area
    My friends brother has one but never, ever plays it. We got trashed one night while I cleaned it up and restrung it with DR Hi Beams. Looked nice afterwards and played great. It was made in japan and feels solid. The basswood is light but I like that when I hang out there and jam on it. I am usually drinking some beers and don't want to struggle with a heavy beast. Most people won't like it just because of the metal looks but who cares? I can't say what they are worth but if it is reasonable then go for it. It is fun and comfortable to play.
  8. Ian Perge

    Ian Perge Supporting Member

    May 11, 2001
    Evansville, Indiana
    As people said, very '80s in design but I can see it working medium-to-low-strung played pickstyle in a Hard Rock/Metal band. It's been years since I played one (at the time, it was a choice between the 707 and an SR-800, in which I chose the SR and never looked back) but from what I remember it was Japanese-made (very well), had close to the typical thin Ibanez neck, and sounded very nice with a pick.

    If I came across one now I'd likely swap out the OEM pickups for most likely EMGs or Basslines with an active preamp - I remember getting close to the classic "Spector grind" from the passive P/Js alone and think that an electronic swap would only improve the tone. If it's selling for much less than you think it should be, I'd go for it provided you're a fan of the SR-type neck. Even not counting that, it falls into the "oddity" category and I doubt you would get hosed should you decide to resell it. I believe the Shark's Tooth inlays in the 727 were made in much less quantity than the 707 so also count them as a plus.

    One thing my old-school SR-800 had which to this day I think was a great "invention" and should be revived is the "Accu-Cast B IV" Bridge, in which all the saddles rested on a master plate that had the same radius as the fretboard, could be raised/lower with 3 allen wrenches, and made setups a great deal easier and quicker because of it. This bass doesn't have it, but it was introduced soon after and is an "missed innovation" I always think of when Ibanez basses of the early '90s are discussed.
  9. Dee_01


    May 19, 2007
    It's like a bass equivalent of the Ibanez RG guitar, and the RG5xx series and higher are amazing (my main 6-stringers for the last 20 years, actually).

    I have a friend who owned a 727 for a short time and it was very enjoyable to play. I recorded a few things with it, including slap style, which it covered very well. Very thin neck, very fast to fly up and down the fretboard.

    I like the old RD's, they were great basses, but they don't sell for much these days. I would still take this 90's MIJ bass over a lot of the junk that's around nowadays. Back then, they were good, solid mid-price basses. List price on the 727 was around $750.
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  10. the store selling 1 near my house is selling one for $250...should i jump on it??
  11. Dee_01


    May 19, 2007
    If it's in good condition, maybe. Play it, see if you like it, then decide.
  12. The Eristic

    The Eristic Supporting Member

    Mar 19, 2005
    Cartersville, GA
    My 707 has a great, growly midrange and plays wonderfully, though the uber-skinny neck starts to bug my wrist after a while. $250 isn't an incredible deal, but would certainly be fair if it's in decent shape (provided, of course, that you like it!). It'd be a nice, lightweight workhorse to have around.
  13. I've owned this bass for about 20 years. If you find one I'd buy it. It came out about the same time as the SR basses. They only made it for one maybe two years. It has that metal hair band look so they stopped making it cuz thats when the hair metal bands died and the SR series sky rocketed. It's just an amazing bass. I have left this bass day after day in my car in 100 degree heat before high school jazz band. Then after high school i played some where around 500 gigs with it in bar bands. Then it stayed in it's case for about five years. I pulled it out one day and it was still in tune and the neck is still as straight as the day I bought it. Not one turn has ever been made on the truss rod. Now for the not so good. Tone, not great, alitttle muddy, neck a little wierd cuz it's thin as hell, and the paint chips alot cuz the bass wood body is very very soft. But if your going to be playing for 4 hours a night after work in a bar this is a great bass. It almost weightless and is effortless to play
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  14. Lee Kirkham

    Lee Kirkham

    Jan 14, 2013
    Gilbert, AZ
    Can anyone direct me to an online source for the specs of the RD-707/RD-727 basses? I'm trying to find out what things like fretboard radius, nut width, etc. Any help you can offer is appreciated.

  15. I had an RD707 in orange back in 1988 or so. It is one of two basses that I wish I could get back. The other being a USA EBMM SUB. I loved my Ibanez. You couldn't pay me to play a new one though.
  16. Lee Kirkham--I have an RD828 sitting right here.
    Only difference as far as I know is that mine has a preamp + tons of spaghetti wiring.
    My EQs are active--there are tiny circuit boards on the treble and bass pots--with the treble being a narrow notch that's up between clank and sizzle--perfect for '80s metal.

    3-piece maple neck, width at the nut is 40mm, 56.5mm at the 12th fret, and 63.5mm at the 22nd.
    Thickness is 19mm at the 1st fret and 21mm at the 12th. It stays thin.
    The original owner gave it to me a few years ago, so I know how much it's been used. From this I can say that the frets are very hard and don't show nearly as much wear as other basses.

    I don't have a way to measure radius, but pretty positive it's flatter than an SR but more arched than a Jazz.
    To me it feels like a Jazz neck that's rounded at the binding and much thinner front to back.
    Very comfortable.
    Holds tune well, although because it's so thin I have to tweak the A whenever I drop the E to D. My SR500 is actually worse in this regard.
    I like the neck so much, I sometimes find myself thinking about using it as part of a build with a different body and pickups.

    As mentioned early in this zombie thread, the basswood body encourages the finish to chip and dent, but it's lively and resonant and sustains very well. Also, very light and comfortable enough to play all night.
    Can't comment on the pickups, because mine are the "Lo-Z" version. I do like that the P positions are reversed.

    Craftsmanship is typical Ibanez made in Japan--way better than the msrp would have suggested, and since these go cheap today you get a good return on investment.

    If you have any more questions I'll be happy to answer them.
    No gigs this weekend, so I'll be back here late Sat and Sun nights.
    Last edited: Apr 23, 2016