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Ibanez Silver Series '77 P+J - worth picking up?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by AtomicZHP, Feb 7, 2014.

  1. AtomicZHP


    Nov 24, 2013
    Lynchburg, VA
    I was kicking tires down at the local music store today and I spotted an Ibanez lawsuit bass hanging on the wall, with $450 on the tag. It is a cream colored P+J with EMG pickups in it. It seems to play fine, feels good, has the usual rash on it from being nearly 40 years old, but the P pickup is way hotter than the jazz pickup - not sure if that is easily remedied or if it's potentially a deal breaker. For what it's worth, I used to work at this store about 8 years ago, and they offered the bass to me for $300. I put it on hold in order to get some outside opinions and not make a hasty (GASsy) purchase. If anyone can offer any insight into this particular instrument I'd appreciate it. The serial number starts with L7722XX, which I take to mean it was made in late November 1977. The hardware looks to be all original except the pickups, and the bridge is severely tarnished. There is no pickup cover.
  2. bjelkeman

    bjelkeman Bass player wannabe Supporting Member

    May 9, 2013
    Stockholm, Sweden
    I have never played one myself, but many say that they are really nice. I don't think $300 is expensive. It will probably be hard to find original pickups, so you'll have to decide if it it worth the money replacing them or the J if you aren't happy with them.

    Good luck with it! :)