NBD: Oh Mighty Lord...

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Camarillo, Jun 8, 2021.

  1. ...what an incredible sound and feel in those vintage Ibanez basses!
    After the lucky discover of a RS924 this January, another great shot (in my opinion).
    I traded a Sire V7 for it (adding money) and some of you will disagree whit this move, but...I feel at home with my new Musician MC924 in Polar White.
    It's an 1984, with some scars, but in perfect working condition.
    I always considered myself as a passive Fender guy, Precision oriented, and I was on the path to discover some Yamaha Pulser, Tokai, all that Fujigen pre legacy copies, and the alerts for the topic "bass japan" guided me into the (vintage) Ibanez world.
    I have to admit that probably, this is the best bass I ever played (along with my japanese 91 Fender Precision).
    Stunning neck, balanced weight (I was expecting another 16 tons piece of wood like the RS924 but the MC series are clearly superior even in that), extremely useful active electronics. I absolutely love the passive tone know it's not excluded with the active eq on.
    Well, I wrote too much. Pictures...

    EYWT4429.JPG VMKJ6474.JPG GCHJ1348.JPG JUST8782.JPG
     
  2. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Gold Supporting Member

    nice looking ax! if it feels good to play it = you win! i also gotta believe that as far as a variety of sounds are concerned: you're covered --- congratulations on your new instrument! :thumbsup:
     
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  3. Ibanez made some great instruments back in the day back before they got the beginner instrument label. Congrats!
     
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  4. Ah and I forget to mention...24 frets, ebony fretboard and wonderful people pearl dots
     
  5. What a beauty! Loving two 80's Roadstar basses, I wouldn't mind inspecting this one closely.

    Have you seen this video?

     
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  6. Yes I did. And it was one of my inspiration to go for that buy.
     
  7. lowendblues

    lowendblues Supporting Member

    Oct 8, 2004
    Ohio
    I had one just like it back in the day. If I could only go back in time....
     
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  8. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Inactive

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Great looking bass!
     
  9. A9X

    A9X Inactive

    Dec 27, 2003
    Very good bass. I owned one briefly years ago until I got my MC824* and RS924 pair (both since gone). Have fun.

    * Sold on epay to a kid that turned out to be very good which is nice because he got it at a bargain and I lost $. Oh well...
     
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  10. I didn't know that Benny Hill played bass.
     
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  11. SteveCS

    SteveCS

    Nov 19, 2014
    Hampshire, UK
    I would have done the same. I remember those first time around. They look great, sound great and feel great.

    Just curious - on the ones I remember having in my hands the pickups were the same size. What's the difference there? I assume the bridge is a single-coil. Is the neck pickup a full-size humbucker or a 'P' in an oversize housing, which was quite common on a lot of Japanese basses at the time?
     
  12. A9X

    A9X Inactive

    Dec 27, 2003
    To the best of my recollection it was the MC824 that had the same size PUs. I expect Hypercarrots to come along and show me to be wrong...

    Here was the one I had.

    MC824 body front.JPG
     
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  13. Spidey2112

    Spidey2112

    Aug 3, 2016
    Incentives, or volunteers?
     
  14. B-Mac

    B-Mac Happiness is a warm puppy and a great bass Supporting Member

    Scott Whitley plays in the Scottish rock band ‘Big Country’. He replaced Tony Butler in 2015.

    Scott Whitley also has a signature bass as well as provides online bass lessons.
     
  15. SteveCS

    SteveCS

    Nov 19, 2014
    Hampshire, UK
    Perhaps. It was a long time ago, probably 1984/5, but I do recall a multitude of knobs and heavily chamfered body compared to your MC824. Either way it was only a casual question for the sake of a little nostagia.
     
  16. Abner

    Abner

    Jan 2, 2011
    Mississauga
    I'm not Hypercarrots, but perhaps I can help: as mentioned in the video, they changed up a lot of stuff for the 1982 model year, that included the pickups. The original Musician pickups were the brown single-coils shown in post #12 above (turns out they did come in black, too, but were somewhat rare) (and yes, the coils under the epoxy potting were as big as the covers).

    For 1982 they changed to the P/J as shown in the OP (and the video), typical single coil J-pickup at the bridge, and a split-coil P-pickup in a big cover. Interesting thing to note about the bass in the video (which has a late 1981 serial number), the P-pickup is reversed — E/A coil closer to the bridge. Don't recall ever seeing one of those in the big Super-P4 cover before.
     
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  17. MYLOWFREQ

    MYLOWFREQ Supporting Member

    May 13, 2011
    Congrats! I really like the look of these basses, and the basswood body makes them pretty light.
     
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