Iceman Issues

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by ojane7, Sep 21, 2004.

  1. ojane7


    Sep 21, 2004
    I just bought an Ibanez Iceman bass, to be honest, because I think it
    looks cool. Other than looking pretty cool, it seems that just about everything
    else about it kind of sucks. However I have this twisted sense of challenge,
    like a personal quest in which I want to make this thing playable as well as
    look cool. The Iceman's odd shaped body combined with it's strap lock placement
    make it extremely neck heavy. If you're not holding the neck up, it will plummet
    to the floor, which is sort of distracting if you have to be conscious of
    holding the neck up as you play. (It's not even particularly comfortable to play
    while sitting.) Also the neck is a bit wide for my taste. But my biggest
    complaint is that the pickups seem substandard as the E and G string have a
    significant drop in volume. I did try replacing the strings thinking that perhaps
    they shipped it with dead strings, but it didn't help. (I acknowledge that a
    quality maker can occasionally ship a turkey, so I am not bashing Ibanez in
    general.) So my current dilemma is replacing the pickups, but with what? The
    Iceman has a mahogany body, maple neck and rosewood finger board. The pickups
    are stock MHC4s for both the neck and bridge. These pickups are unfortunately
    smaller in size than all of the replacement pickups I've looked at (which could
    possibly account for the signal loss toward the edges.) I'd like to find
    something acceptable that wouldn't require routing out the body. I've looked at
    the passive EMG, Seymour Duncan, and Bartolini soap bars, but they are all
    larger than the pickup space provided by the Iceman. Any suggestions (other than
    selling the bass ;-)) would be greatly appreciated.
    As a side note, I read that
    Pete Way of UFO is playing a "customized" Iceman. I would love to know what he
    did to make his more playable.
  2. Squidfinger

    Squidfinger I wish I could sing like Rick Danko.

    Jan 7, 2004
    Shreveport LA
    Ahhh, Ibanez. I went through 3 of them before I learned my lesson. Wish I could help you.
  3. Rumzini


    Feb 14, 2004
    Jackson, MI
  4. Is it a new Iceman bass?? I just looked at the Ibanez website, and the pickups do look like they are not quite wide enough. Hard to tell for sure from the picture. That sucks. You could put in a set of the EMG HB's, but if the stock string spacing is to wide they will probably not help. As I recall, the older Iceman bass had a P-J pickup set-up that would have solved that problem. Maybe you should get rid of this bass and look for one of the older Iceman basses. Throw in a set of EMG P-J's and you will have the "look" that you wanted with a sound that is awesome. :hyper:

  5. ojane7


    Sep 21, 2004
    Yes, it is the new one. I look at this thing on it's guitar stand everyday with a boat load of mixed feelings. I may eventually go the way of routing out the body to make space for a more substantial pickup, but I will probably wind up spending more for the new pickups and custom work to route it out than the damn bass cost in the first place. Aarrrrgh
  6. Don't even go the way of routing and modifying the bass, it will cost you a small fortune. New pickguard, pickups, routing, etc., and you might not like the end result!
    Look for one of the older Iceman basses. I did some digging on the net today and found this:

    Old Iceman Bass

    Big Beefy pickups! I think these were made in the mid 90's and this looks like it might be what you need. :hyper:
  7. ojane7


    Sep 21, 2004
    Thanks WildeStarr, that looks like something I could be happy with, or at least work with. I will start stalking ebay and elsewhere for the older model. I like the black finish compared to the new wood tone anyway. Thanks again!
  8. Here you go! Iceman IC300 Bass on ebay!

    Iceman bass