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my new atk

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by T-birdfan, Aug 24, 2001.


  1. T-birdfan

    T-birdfan

    Jan 29, 2001
    Ontario, Canada
    I just went into my local shop, when I saw and fell in love with a used atk. I played for about anhour, then left and went back and bought it. It was 650 canadian( about 400 american) with a brand new tkl case. Any thoughts on this particular bass, comments, etc.
     
  2. IMO, it's the best buy you will ever make. This is the best bass Ibanez have made since the demise of the Musician. It's nice to play, does'nt have a puny neck like the Soundgear, has way better electronics than the Soundgear, and is pure rawk n roll!
     
  3. Luis Fabara

    Luis Fabara

    Aug 13, 2000
    Ecuador (South America)
    Audio Pro - Ecuador
    Indeed.
    A truly Best Buy.
    I
     
  4. barroso

    barroso

    Aug 16, 2000
    Italia
    it's a really interesting bass. the only ibanez that i like. check the model and be sure if you buy a first or second serie. the new serie has an additional jazz style pickup in neck position. the triple coil pickup is really good and the bass is a rock machine. here in italy you can find them cheaper than the price you quoted. i prefer the wormanship of the first serie, but the newer ones are more versatile and the j pickup is very boomy. i like a lot the atk. new atk 400 here in italy runs for 470$. thay are available in only 2 colors. the bad news is that the bass is really heavy and the neck is too muck big for my personal feeling.
     
  5. T-birdfan

    T-birdfan

    Jan 29, 2001
    Ontario, Canada
    I agree. I think its a really good buy. The condition is mint. I wish I could put a picture of it up so you could see the finish on it. It's a beautiful honey brown. I looked on the net last night to see if I could find out more about the bass but I couldn't. It looks like this model was discontinued. It is an atk 300 with the one triple coil pickup( no neck pickup). I really didn't mind the soundgears, but they don't compare. Thanks for the positive comments guys ( really wish you could see it though:D
     
  6. Luis Fabara

    Luis Fabara

    Aug 13, 2000
    Ecuador (South America)
    Audio Pro - Ecuador
    :)
    I can see it!!
    I had one of those for a long time.
    I sanded the finish on mine, because the Swamp Ash that it is made of is truly beutiful.
     
  7. old_skool

    old_skool

    Aug 17, 2000
    Milwaukee, WI
    could you post some pics? i dont think ive ever gotten a good look at an atk.
     
  8. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    Ibanez ATK 1305

    <img src="http://www.musik-service.de/ProduX/Bass/Instrumente/Ibanez_ATK1305_OL_5string.jpg">

    Ibanez ATK ?305?

    <img src="http://www.basspalace.com/images/inventory/DCP0322.JPG">
     
  9. T-birdfan

    T-birdfan

    Jan 29, 2001
    Ontario, Canada
    Mine is like the bottom one, with the one triple coil pickup, but a four string.It has a real creamy brown colour to it. I'm going to try and get a picture up of it in the next couple of days.
     
  10. shirojiro

    shirojiro

    Jan 24, 2001
    San Francisco
    I succumbed to G.A.S. and just bought a very nice ATK 300 with maple fretboard and sunburst finish.

    It was $299 at the Guitar Center in Sacramento. It had been there for a few months, but apparently, noone was interested.

    At first, it sounded crappy because the battery was dying, and it was strung up with flatwounds. (Why would you use flats on this bass...) I had the salesguy replace the battery and the preamp came to life!

    I promptly bought the bass and a set of DR Highbeams. What a tone! This bass totally rocks. The body is very resonant, and the ash has really nice grain. It's super heavy, but I'll take it for the tone. The strings have a really nice feel on this bass. It's really super solid, and the strings ring out really well. I've got it strung through the body right now.

    I'm still figuring out the selector switch. People say that it's a series/parallel/coil tap switch, but when I tap the pickup with a screwdriver, it sounds like it's only using two coils in the series position. Any info on this?

    The details are superb on this instrument. The battery compartment has brass inserts to keep the screws from stripping out. You can choose to put your stings through the body or through the bridge. The preamp is nice, but the treble is a bit hissy. I don't need it much with the DRs right now anyways. I removed the pickguard (which is really ugly IMHO), and the finish really stands out now.

    One of the good things about the weight of this bass is that it balances really well when sitting or on a strap. No more neck diving!

    I know that people really dig these basses, and I have to admit, I was a bit snobbish about buying an Ibanez (memories of a bad experiences with an early "bean bass"), but this bass is truly awesome.

    -Shin
     
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  11. masaru

    masaru

    Aug 8, 2001
    Okinawa, Japan
    My next bass will be an ATK 705 or 1305. Great instruments...
     
  12. Luis Fabara

    Luis Fabara

    Aug 13, 2000
    Ecuador (South America)
    Audio Pro - Ecuador
    Hello! Great Buy Man!
    Ok, let me explain it to you.

    The Pickup is a triple coil, but only 2 Of them are Magnet/Pole equipped, the other one is a dummy coil so it produces no sound but only a hum cancelling effect.

    Towards the bridge it is in Series , Center is Single-Coil + Dummy Coil, and Towards the neck is Parallel.

    :)
    Hope that helps.

    Those basses rock, sadly there is no 6 String for me, I had a 4 string ATK300 in Black that I sanded to get it in NATURAL finish.
    Very nice woods.
     
  13. shirojiro

    shirojiro

    Jan 24, 2001
    San Francisco
    Thanks Luis -

    I'm still confused, though. I figured that the middle coil is the "dummy coil", but when I put the swithc in the middle position, the tapping from my screwdriver sounds like it's only coming through the neck pickup. Same goes when the switch is in the neck position.

    That said, when I play it, it sounds like the neck position is sigle coil, middle - parallel, and bridge - series.

    I'll double check.

    -Shin
     
  14. Luis Fabara

    Luis Fabara

    Aug 13, 2000
    Ecuador (South America)
    Audio Pro - Ecuador
    The Middle Coil is the Dummy Coil..
    and it produces NO SOUND at all,

    When the Switch is in the middle position, The neck coil is wired to the Dummy Coil, thats why it called a "Faux-Single Coil.

    And iN hte neck position it should produce sound from the Bridge Coil and Neck coil, hence the "Parallel"

    Well, actually it has been a long time since I left my ATK300 Behind, so I cannot check it again.
    However, I reversed the pickup, to get a more Bright tone fromt he "Single-Coil" operation.

    :)
     
  15. shirojiro

    shirojiro

    Jan 24, 2001
    San Francisco
    Yeah, I understand what you're talking about. I realize that the middle coil is the dummy one. The problem is, only one of my switch settings has two active coils. The sound is different on all three settings though.


    Unless my "tapping the coils with a screwdriver" doesn't accurately determine which coils are working.

    Flipping the pickup around sounds like a great idea! I'll definitely do that. I would rather have a bridge single coil picup than a neck one.

    -Shin
     
  16. shirojiro

    shirojiro

    Jan 24, 2001
    San Francisco
    I've been playing my new ATK 300 nonstop, but I've been noticing that the outout was not as high as I would have liked. I was maxing out the level control on my Sansamp BDDI to match to output from my other basses.

    However, I found a gain pot on the preamp circuit board! Mine was all the way down. When I cranked it up, voila! instant volume!

    Now the single coil setting actually sounds more like a P-bass. I'm holding off on flipping the pickup now that it sounds so good.

    I had heard some folks complain that the ATK had a low output for an active bass. I wonder if their preamps were set up like mine was.

    -Shin
     
  17. Luis Fabara

    Luis Fabara

    Aug 13, 2000
    Ecuador (South America)
    Audio Pro - Ecuador
     
  18. Congrats on the new bass guy!!! :D :)