NBD - Very Rare Ibanez BTB !!!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by 21DaHoagie12, Jan 20, 2021.

  1. 21DaHoagie12


    Feb 21, 2019
    New Jersey
    Here’s a little story of a wonderful Facebook marketplace find.

    As I’m sure a lot of you folks do, I’m always browsing the classifieds for a bass that catches my eye. Usually I’m looking here or on reverb, and on the random occasion I’ll try craigslist or Facebook marketplace and see if anything interesting pops up, but usually I don’t find much more than squire p-basses or Ibanez gsr or things of the sort. So when I see a listing on the Facebook marketplace titled, I kid you not, “Inanez 5-string bass” I kind of assumed it was probably a POS. But the picture looked like a BTB so I clicked it and was curious.

    Upon seeing the first picture I was surprised it seemed to actually be a higher end Ibanez. Though I couldn’t tell which model at first glance. I could see the Gotoh tuners and what appeared to be maple and something over a mahogany body. I was pretty sure at that point it was a prestige model despite no indication on the headstock. I really don’t know how I ended up tracking down what this bass actually is, lots of research and catalog browsing didn’t yield much until I stumbled upon a talkbass page from 15 years ago that seemed to check all the boxes.

    It appears that this bass is an Ibanez BTB5CRW.

    It was made in Japan at the Fujigen factory, and apparently only 50 where ever made. I believe there is one other similar model with the name BTB5CPD and I believe the situation is the same in which only a very few were ever made. I’m not sure if they made 50 total between them or 100 total or what exactly. I cannot find any information in any catalogs about these models, however based on pictures I believe the 5CRW has rosewood/maple/rosewood facings, and the 5CPD has Paduak in place of rosewood facings. Aside from the use of rosewood or paduak, the remaining specs seem to be the same for these rare beauties.

    - Mahogany Body
    - Rosewood (or Paduak) top with center strip of flamed maple
    - 5-piece maple/buninga neck (bolt on)
    - bubinga fretboard w/offset dots
    - 35” scale
    - 19mm spacing at the bridge
    - Bartolini 76P45 pickups
    - Bartolini ITMB-18 preamp (bass/mid/treble w/3-way mid frequency switch)
    - Gotoh tuners
    - Mono-rail 2 bridge
    - like 13 pounds :roflmao:

    Apparently these originally went for around $1800 or thereabouts back in 2003-2004 when they were released. The hard shell case was included for an extra $150. The seller had both and sold them to me for, well, so ridiculously cheap I feel kinda bad, like I robbed the guy. I basically got it for less than one fourth of its original price.... after having my tech set it up and throwing on some fresh strings, I finally sat down to experience it, and my goodness does it sound and play AMAZING!! It’s the perfect bass to go with my BTB1605 with nordy singles.

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  2. 2cooltoolz

    2cooltoolz Typing 1 hand lefty for about a month. Slack! Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2009
    Lake Conroe, TX
    Congratulations!! Not an Ibanez authority, but I can tell that's one beautiful bass!!
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  3. hypercarrots


    Jan 28, 2009
    cool find and great deal!
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  4. Kristian Hansen

    Kristian Hansen

    Aug 21, 2018
    FANTASTIC find! Beautiful combination of woods! I bet it has really nice mids!
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  5. Bass V

    Bass V

    Dec 11, 2008
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    not my thing at all yet I'm still stoked seeing such a vintage beauty and hearing the tale.
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  6. 21DaHoagie12


    Feb 21, 2019
    New Jersey
    thanks you guys, I really appreciate the kind words :) this bass has been a joy to play since I got it, I think some of my other basses are getting jealous haha!
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  7. songwriter21

    songwriter21 I have an obsession for wood. The musical kind. Supporting Member

    Jul 31, 2005
    I had the other model...rare, indeed.

    SOLD - LOTS OF PICS--My beloved and rare Japanese Ibanez Prestige BTB 5CPD-NTF w/ NHSC
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  8. 21DaHoagie12


    Feb 21, 2019
    New Jersey
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  9. By the sounds of it you'll be doing a lot of playing sitting down! :D
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  10. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    Beautiful bass, I used to lust for one at a local store.
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    Feb 10, 2016
    Michigan USA
    13LBS! A streamlined T40.:laugh:
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