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is this a good trade?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by PhatRon, Nov 14, 2012.

  1. PhatRon

    PhatRon I blow bass

    Feb 29, 2012
    Lake Stevens, Wa.
    '83 (??) Ibanez Roadstar (RB650). offered for my Little Mark III
    on my local CL. I've had the amp listed for a while now with no takers. I am clueless to the value of this bass. going to check it out tomorrow night.
    any pearls of knowledge to offer up anyone?


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  2. RoeyHaviv


    Apr 1, 2011
    Charlotte NC
    Endorsing Artist: Vigier guitars, Pigtronix Effects
    This smells like regret.
    I wouldn't do it.
  3. joebar


    Jan 10, 2010
    that is about a $300 bass IIRC...
  4. MEKer

    MEKer Supporting member

    Overall---the amp is worth more than the bass by maybe $100-200 if the amp is new and in great shape. What shape is the bass in? And does the $100 or so bucks mean that much to you? If the bass is in truly primo shape I'd have to really think about that. Cool bass for sure, but my experience on one is too far back to make a judgement for you. What do you need the most? Man, I am leaning towards the bass IF PRIMO and the amp is not a big deal for you. But if not absolute primo--------I'd not trade.

    I dunno---see if he'll trade AND give you a $150--that would actually be the only way for it to make sense...if the bass is PRIMO and with a case if possible. It is a cool bass.
  5. Bochafish


    Jul 26, 2008
    Chicago, IL
    Never played a Roadstar. But LMIII's are awesome. I see LMIII's sell for $350 shipped all the time. (Probably easier to sell a LMIII than a used Ibanez) I may be wrong.
  6. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    They are great classic basses and that one looks to be in decent shape if the person could throw in a small amount of cash I would go for it I think after you play it you might really love it.
  7. tastybasslines

    tastybasslines Banned

    May 9, 2010
    Los Angeles, CA
    Nope, this sounds right on.
  8. PhatRon

    PhatRon I blow bass

    Feb 29, 2012
    Lake Stevens, Wa.
    thanks for the input all. If I like the feel of the neck and sound of the pups It might be hard to pass up. I am not using the amp. I prefer my Genz shuttlemax and the UPS man is bringing me a walkabout/scout. But then again this wouldn't be my main bass either. My initial thought of the value is about where you all have said, +/- $300. I've had the amp listed for a few months now for $400 or trade. This is the first offer.
  9. FunkHead

    FunkHead Supporting Member

    Mar 10, 2007
    Stewartsville, NJ
    I can get a very nice example of that bass for under $200. Don't know the value of the Amp. I would get the trader to kick in $150 or so.
  10. Bitterdale

    Bitterdale Natural Born Lurker

    Dec 4, 2010
    Ocala, FL
    Ibanez Roadstars are highly regarded as undervalued. Japanese made, good quality wood, hardware and pickups. I see the one pictured has a badass II bridge on it. That's worth about $75 by itself.
    It looks to be in good condition, check it out and see what you think.
  11. Baird6869

    Baird6869 RIP Gord Downey. A True Canadian Icon. Supporting Member

    Yup. Great Japanese made basses, but only worth $300-ish.
  12. PhatRon

    PhatRon I blow bass

    Feb 29, 2012
    Lake Stevens, Wa.
    thanks Bitterdale. forgot to mention the bridge, I did know about it. also after market knobs but pups original.
  13. Jeff K

    Jeff K Supporting Member

    Jul 9, 2005
    Memphis, TN
    I've only played one, but it blew me away. Killer tone. It was in GC, and I thought seriously about buying it. But I simply had too many basses to justify it. If you're looking for a bass, it's worth checking out. That one looks very nice; and if it blows you away, I'd make the deal. If you don't like it, don't make the deal. And like somebody suggested above, you can always ask him to throw in a little cash. You never know...
  14. Spinal Tapper

    Spinal Tapper

    Nov 15, 2007
    I don't think its worth it. Isn't the LMIII worth around $400 or so?
  15. Wallace320

    Wallace320 Commercial User

    Mar 19, 2012
    Milan, Italy
    but I'm an Ibanez appreciater, whereas I don't really dig Mark Bass, so it just could be me after all

  16. PhatRon

    PhatRon I blow bass

    Feb 29, 2012
    Lake Stevens, Wa.
    Thanks to e1 who gave input. Greatly appreciated. After test driving and much thought I went for the trade. It has a very nice feel and lighter than my jazz and P.
    As was pointed out I agree it's an undervalued classic. Dollar for dollar maybe wasn't a good deal but I can find lil marks all day long for 3-4 bones. Not so with a roadstar in that nice of shape. Cheers
  17. purfektstranger


    Apr 10, 2003
    Personally I would have asked the guy to kick in a few bucks but that's me. Roadstars are vastly underrated and are incredible value for money. You traded an amp that was collecting dust for a bass that you dig and are going to use.