NBD - Ibanez ATK300 Wow.

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Gustopher, Jan 25, 2021.

  1. Gustopher

    Gustopher Supporting Member

    Jul 30, 2018
    Hey there! Snagged this beauty today, owner bought it new in around 2006 and has barely touched it. It’s showroom new all around and sounds fantastic. To get a good idea of the sounds, check out @LowEndLobster YouTube vid on the higher end version of this bass, same pickup. It’s heavy but not t40 level, it also balances great with no neck dive. I love how it feels and looks, I can’t wait to play it with my band at rehearsal this week. Here are some pics!
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  2. SgtHulka

    SgtHulka Inactive

    Mar 29, 2019
    Nice pickup, I have an ATK 300 myself. Truly a Stingray killer. FYI, the pickup is NOT the same as on the 810 that Lobster reviewed. I believe that is a dual coil while the 300 is tri coil. @LowEndLobster ?

    IMO, it's the electronics that partly makes these basses special. The pre amp is nasty and snarly. They changed that and the pickup after the last old Indonesian batch of the old design was made in 2007 before being revamped and rereleased with a more polite tone.
    Last edited: Jan 25, 2021
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  3. Gustopher

    Gustopher Supporting Member

    Jul 30, 2018
    Interesting! I had no idea about the differences, I made an assumption based on the uniqueness of the pickups themselves. Thanks for the information, I am super happy with the bass for sure.
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  4. Bitterdale

    Bitterdale Natural Born Lurker Supporting Member

    Dec 4, 2010
    Ocala, FL
    Beautiful example of an awesome bass! Enjoy it!
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  5. Yahboy


    May 21, 2008
    OH Man!!! She just look like new from box ! Absolutely beautiful!!!!

    Some ATK fans prefer this earlier pickups version than later CAP version.
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  6. Riff Ranger

    Riff Ranger Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2018
    Bigfoot Country
    Congratulations on your excellent choice.
  7. Riff Ranger

    Riff Ranger Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2018
    Bigfoot Country
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  8. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    IMHO, the ATK is a genuine classic. It is a great take on the things that make Stingrays cool without being a copy. A fresh take on something as good as a Stingray is a great thing.
  9. JeezyMcNuggles

    JeezyMcNuggles Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2018
    Santa Maria, CA
    I suck, but nobody really notices
    Hella word! I've wanted one of these for a good while. Great basses. Probably Ibanez's greatest line. And, like all fast food chains recently, They've taken them off the menu. I can't believe taco bell stopped the Enchiritto, and Quesaritto. I mean c'mon man! Best things on the menu. Now I'm limited to a chalupa, and a talman. Shame
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  10. Quin Harris

    Quin Harris

    Sep 27, 2020
    Thing looks awesome man. Have fun with it!
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  11. cataract

    cataract Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2007
    Columbia SC
    Solid purchase! I had a ‘94 that I sold to fund another bass a few years ago. I miss it & wanna buy another one now.
    In the meantime— time for some mods OP
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  12. SgtHulka

    SgtHulka Inactive

    Mar 29, 2019
    TY. This is exactly what I meant. LOTS of ATK fans prefer it for the better pickup and preamp combo than the revision.

    Lots of people feel they even did it better. The tri coil pickup with the switch still have a killer MM sound, but with many other options the MM didn't have. And honestly, that preamp is special. It's not afraid to be impolite.
  13. tommyr01

    tommyr01 SI VIS PACEM, PARA BELLUM Supporting Member

    Feb 25, 2004
    Tucson, AZ, USA
    Nice score !!!!!!... always loved these...one of the many "I should have never sold ! ".... Enjoy :bassist:
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  14. SlowpokeJoe

    SlowpokeJoe Supporting Member

    Do you guys have an opinion on the two pickup ATK? I think it’s the ATK800?
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  15. That's a great bass right there. Congrats!
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  16. JeezyMcNuggles

    JeezyMcNuggles Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2018
    Santa Maria, CA
    I suck, but nobody really notices
    Even better
  17. SgtHulka

    SgtHulka Inactive

    Mar 29, 2019
    I've had both at the same time and the 810 is a fine instrument in it's own right. It lacks the aggressiveness of the 300, but looks great, is lighter, feels nice...and still has a great tone, just much more friendly.
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  18. Kukulkan61

    Kukulkan61 Inactive

    Feb 8, 2011
    Northern Arizona
    I had an early 90s ATK, that Bass was awesome, I gigged it for a couple years, sold it to a music teacher in Korea, he bought it for one of his students..
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  19. Clutchcargo

    Clutchcargo Supporting Member

    Jan 28, 2006
    Southern Illinois
    Gustopher, that's a beautiful bass mister. If it plays/sounds half as good as it looks it's a keeper....... Enjoy...
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  20. sonojono

    sonojono Supporting Member

    Feb 13, 2013
    Cool bass! Not a StingRay killer for me but glad people think so :thumbsup:
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