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Just bought a 1982 Ibanez Musician.

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Marty Forrer, Jan 9, 2013.

  1. klaus486


    Jun 27, 2009
    portland or
    sales geek Portland Music co.
    Love those......
  2. wow: you got a real piece of history and an excellent bass, there!!! Compliments. That was one of the last basses issued with the old body shape, before the Ibanez body standard changed for the Musician/SDGR series...
  3. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    Congrats nice bass I love those also.
  4. Cool!
  5. smcd


    Jun 28, 2009
    Boston, MA
    Those Musician basses are one of the best basses of it's era. Or, frankly, any era.
  6. Sweet score! I got an MC-824(passive, bolt-on, more slab-shaped) recently for a song, and actually talked a guy OUT of selling me a fretless MC-924 for $500(or pretty much whatever price I wanted to set). I had to be straight w/ him, he's a good friend- he kept it. :rolleyes:
  7. jim777

    jim777 Tarantula Lobbyist

    Aug 7, 2006
    South Jersey
    very nice! I love those basses :) I would probably put gold tuners on it but only for cosmetic reasons. Play it in health!
  8. bassgod76

    bassgod76 bass turd burglar

    Mar 13, 2003
    South Florida
    How does this bass stack up against an equivalent model of an Aria Pro?
  9. woodyng


    Dec 19, 2007
    Oregon coast
    I've had an '82 musician fretless on loan for about a month now. It is really well made,and between switchable active/passive modes has a nice variety of sounds. It hasn't quite delivered a "holy grail" of fretless for me,i think the multi laminate body and neck tends to dampen resonance to some degree,even with it being a neck through. OOTH,it does have some old,inexpenisve GHS flatwounds on it. I might throw a set of RW sunbeams on it to see what happens....
  10. Lo-E


    Dec 19, 2009
    Brooklyn, NY
    Well done! Great price, too! These are wonderful instruments. My '83 was stolen, but I still have my two '79s - a fretted (MC924) and a fretless (MC940). Love 'em.
    I'm also sitting on a pair of Ibanez Studio models (ST924), which are very different, but just as heavy! :)

    Very comparable in terms of quality. They sound a lot different, though. Ibanez Musicians from that era have a ton of mids.
  11. Lo-E


    Dec 19, 2009
    Brooklyn, NY
    Sunbeams would be a good choice on these, as would GHS Compression wounds or Ken Smith Compressors. You could try a coated roundwound, too.
  12. Standalone


    Jan 17, 2005
    New Haven
    Nice. I have its bolt-on P/J cousin, the RS924, also a great bass. Bought as a teenager in London in the '90's, it is the last one I would ever get rid of.
  13. lowphatbass

    lowphatbass **** Supporting Member

    Feb 25, 2005
    west coast
    If I borrowed a friends fretless that had flats on it I would make a phone call before switching over to rounds.

    IMO, '78-'86 Ibanez models are among the best basses in their price range.
  14. Maxdusty


    Mar 9, 2012
    Michigan USA
    I had that model bass back when it came out- 1982. Awesome bass, and yes, I remember the weight of the thing! I do remember the neck was a little bit fatter than today's Ibanez basses (or perhaps my hands were just that much smaller). Very solid bass though- I miss having it.
  15. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    You know the rules! No pic = no bass!!!!!
  16. Lo-E


    Dec 19, 2009
    Brooklyn, NY
    Your memory is not playing tricks on you! :)

    The necks were much bigger circa 1977-1982. They went to a narrower neck and different p'ups in '83, but they were still much fatter than today's Ibbys.
  17. zeke917


    Mar 18, 2010
    I would never part with my old-timers! Enjoy your MC-924, there isn't an instrument out there for $450 that comes close to it IMHO
  18. banikek


    Sep 14, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    Must. Post. Actual. Pic.
  19. Eminor3rd

    Eminor3rd BLAAAAARRGGHH!!

    Feb 10, 2008
    Allentown, PA