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NBD: Fender Aerodyne 5er

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by eKay, Dec 7, 2017.


  1. eKay

    eKay

    May 8, 2014
    Ever since I started experiencing shoulder pain while gigging with my 13 lb ‘78 jazz, I’ve been a fan of light weight basses. My Ibanez that I got a couple years back has served me well at 7.5 lbs, but it’s the dual single coil sound that I love. I discovered the Aerodyne and was instantly taken with it, but bummed that I could only get it in the US in the PJ configuration. The lucky Japanese got the 2J. Plus I really need the 5 string these days. Oh well, hopes dashed.

    Stopped at my local music shop for some strings or some other small thing, but I always take a look around. My eyes popped out of my head (well almost) when I spotted a black Aerodyne for the first time in the flesh. And it was a “true” jazz, no P pickup to be found. And... it was a 5 string. How could it be true? I purposely did not play it, lest I become too attached.

    Did some research and can find almost nothing on this one. I knew about the non-export models but I was unaware they made a 5. What were the odds? Well I confess I went back the next day.

    I tried it out and it felt great. About the same weight as my Ibanez but with that meaty J tone. This thing is badass. Just to make sure I wasn’t jumping ahead too much I tried a dozen other basses. Much more expensive and fancy models. They were all fine, but crap by comparison with the Aero. I was sold.
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    8F0E2249-E9B3-4709-B6D1-0C7E690CD7E4.
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  2. Malak the Mad

    Malak the Mad Over the River and through the Looking Glass Supporting Member

    A rare find, indeed! Well done! :thumbsup:

    I've done a lot of research on The Almighty 'Dyne and to the best of my knowledge, the "AJB-V" fivers were exclusively non-exports and only came in a J/J configuration. :bookworm:
     
  3. eKay

    eKay

    May 8, 2014
    Thanks! :D I didn't get it for the rarity of it... well mostly not. It's a fantastic bass as far as I'm concerned. I've never been this pleased with an instrument purchase before, and I've had a lot! I do wonder how many of these were made of course.
     
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  4. Malak the Mad

    Malak the Mad Over the River and through the Looking Glass Supporting Member

    Given the vast amount of photographic evidence, I'd say…I dunno, four or five?! :facepalm: Seriously, they are stoopid-rare!
     
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  5. That's a beaut! I'm GASing for a five string, active, PJ Aerodyne. May have to kitbash it myself from a donor Aerodyne.
     
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  6. two fingers

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

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    My unicorn bass!!!!

    I shall find one someday!!!!

    Nice score!
     
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  7. eastcoasteddie

    eastcoasteddie

    Mar 24, 2006
    NoVA
    This is simply bad-added. I had no idea they made a 5...
    I like how all the more expensive models were “crap by comparison”...
     
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  8. Crusher47

    Crusher47 Tattoo'ed Freak Supporting Member

    Apr 12, 2014
    Fort Worth, TX
    Very cool and great find, Congrats!!
     
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  9. eKay

    eKay

    May 8, 2014
    This made me LOL.
    Love it. Good name for it: the Black Unicorn!

    I looked up the S/N, it's a U+6 digits MIJ which puts it at 2010-11.
     
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  10. EddiePlaysBass

    EddiePlaysBass

    Feb 26, 2009
    Belgium
    Congrats! An Aerodyne is still high on my list... Enjoy it!!
     
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  11. ghoulcaster

    ghoulcaster

    Jan 13, 2017
    wow never knew they made a 5! very nice, whats the weight on this one?
     
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  12. mikeyjm2

    mikeyjm2 Keepin' it simple.

    Dec 31, 2014
    Houston, TX
    An Aerodyne 5er... wow! I'd no idea they even existed. Great find and congrats.
     
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  13. Obese Chess

    Obese Chess I'm Your New Dad Supporting Member

    Sep 4, 2005
    Portland, OR
    Sweet damn!
     
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  14. Duder

    Duder

    Dec 6, 2014
    Florida
    Never seen an Aerodyne 5er! Well done and congrats!
     
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  15. +6dB Dan

    +6dB Dan Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 8, 2015
    Chicago, IL
    Very cool! I had no idea these existed. Congratulations!
     
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  16. eKay

    eKay

    May 8, 2014
    I haven't tried to weigh it yet, no access to a scale. But holding it in one hand and my Ibanez in the other, they feel the same, and the Ibby I was told is 7.5 lbs. :thumbsup:
     
  17. mellowinman

    mellowinman Free Man Gold Supporting Member

    Oct 19, 2011
    Minneapolis
    A thing of beauty.
     
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  18. Malak the Mad

    Malak the Mad Over the River and through the Looking Glass Supporting Member

    They're exclusively passive, so a little surgery would be in order.

    A perfect nomenclature for something so "thin on the ground". In the meantime, here's some photographic evidence of at least one more in existence. And no, it's not mine, merely the fruits of my research…

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  19. How do we know that’s not the same one that ekay just got?

    The original ibanez sr885 came in 2 j pickup configuration.
     
  20. Malak the Mad

    Malak the Mad Over the River and through the Looking Glass Supporting Member

    All things considered, it just might be. hmm_zpsjrfywaas.~original.
     
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