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NBD: 1991 Ibanez SR886

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Standalone, Apr 15, 2020.

  1. Standalone


    Jan 17, 2005
    New Haven

    I was on the fence about this bass for a long time — I think I first saw it listed three months ago. I did some homework and one review I read on TB panned the pickups. But after finding this video, I decided I disagreed with those posts.

    The woman I picked it up from had a matching black 886 with a Les Claypool “Bass Sucks” autograph, which was cool and worth the extra dollars but so went with the less expensive offering.

    This bass is more comfortable than my Tune, which was just too much of a monster for me, no matter how amazing it sounded. This feels much more comfortable. I’m looking forward to a new set of strings and doing a little setup tweaking.
    Last edited: Apr 15, 2020
  2. two fingers

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

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Those MIJ Ibanez basses from from that era are REALLY nice instruments. I had an aqua blue 4 banger that was fantastic.
  3. bordinco90


    Dec 7, 2011
    SW Louisiana
    Congrats on your new bass. It looks really nice.
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  4. Standalone


    Jan 17, 2005
    New Haven
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  5. Standalone


    Jan 17, 2005
    New Haven
    Clearly stoked
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  6. 1991_Catalog_for_USA_14.jpg

    A friend of mine had the SR1500PD. That was a sweet bass...
  7. LowEndLobster

    LowEndLobster Bass reviewer and youtube dude guy. Gold Supporting Member

    Oct 29, 2003
    Northern MA
    Congrats! That's a sick looking six stringer! A fujigen gem :) (I think they built it)
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  8. Standalone


    Jan 17, 2005
    New Haven
    I have that SR885 in black. I think I like these pickups in the 886 better.
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  9. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    I am a sucker for the look of those skinny soap bar pickups. I was not familiar with them on Ibanezes. I remember them on Yamaha and Heartfield basses.
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  10. tindrum


    May 2, 2007
    Suffolk, VA
    Oh yeah they are! I remember about 20 years ago I went to someone's house to demo one that listed for sale in a local trading post. It was neck thru with an amazing flame top, ebony board (fretless). Man it flat out sang. Just incredible! After playing it I said "I'll take it". She then got real weird and refused to sell it to me (!!) I pleaded with her to no avail. Just strange. Hopefully my awesome playing made her decide to keep it as it sounded so good. At least that's what I tell myself LOL.
  11. dalkowski

    dalkowski Supporting Member

    May 20, 2009
    Massachusetts USofA
    Far right is one of my all-time fave headstock designs. Nice flock!
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  12. Standalone


    Jan 17, 2005
    New Haven
    my #1
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  13. garp


    Feb 7, 2009
    Connecticut USA
    Congratulations! Them 886s aren't easy to find these days, and yours is in pretty good shape given the vintage. A very nice addition to your Ibanez stable. Rock The Elm City with that puppy...but only when it is safe again to do so, of course.
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  14. Standalone


    Jan 17, 2005
    New Haven
    I like them too. Kind of a classic “modern” look.

    I am intending on using this hiatus and quarantine to finally work up a decent thumb pop technique And these pickups definitely create a lot of space for me to try different techniques and see where my hands work well with popping the D, G, *and C* :)

    There is a white Heartfield on Reverb that I covet. I like to play white Basses on stage but it was $1k... This was the local inexpensive alternative.

    I’ve been researching the pickups. The 1991 catalog posted here lists them as Lo-J6 but the 1992 catalog is different. My 885 has the AFR and they’re ok but I feel like these are better. I have to A/B them once I throw some fresh strings on this baby.
    Here is a review that seems to indicate that the 1991 Lo-6 pickups are EMG’s sirius1o1's review - Ibanez SR886

    This bass has a very nice straight ahead two band active jazz tone. I am liking it a lot, even with these old strings. Prev. owner seems to have the neck pickup lowered a bit.
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  15. I can’t imagine there were a lot of production six string basses floating around in 1991, so it might actually be kinda rare.
  16. dalkowski

    dalkowski Supporting Member

    May 20, 2009
    Massachusetts USofA
  17. Standalone


    Jan 17, 2005
    New Haven
    Yes, opening for Max Creek
    Joe at Toad's 2019.jpg
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  18. dalkowski

    dalkowski Supporting Member

    May 20, 2009
    Massachusetts USofA
    Max Creek will never die. I remember them from ads on WPLR in the 70s when I was in jr. high school. I understand their blood is being tested as a c'virus vaccine.
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  19. Standalone


    Jan 17, 2005
    New Haven
    She had two of them! The other had the Les Claypool autograph lol. She and her husband brought out both for me to check out. I didn’t pick up and try out the Claypool one. I should have!
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  20. Standalone


    Jan 17, 2005
    New Haven
    Ha! Veterans for sure. Our guitar player gigs around with Mark Mercier — and Scott Murawski has offered to produce our next album. We’re kind of in the Max Creek orbit. There’s a great New England jam band scene. I can’t wait for things to clear out.
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