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NBD...X2. Let's get 80s!!!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by two fingers, Jun 15, 2019.

  1. two fingers

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

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    It started here.

    I want a fun bass that screams 1980s, BUT....

    That brought about the search.

    Then came the purchases.....

    And here we go.

    First up, the bone stock Ibanez. This bass really "needs" nothing. It sounds great. And the neck is ridiculously fast. My phone is unable to capture the proper color. It (and the roses in the background) are somewhere between magenta and hot pink....but closer to magenta. It is NOT the red it looks in these pics. It's in great shape. It's likely early 90s, but it looks 80s enough.
    20190615_114025. 20190615_114031. 20190615_114049.

    Now comes the oddball. The neck is from an Ibanez destroyer. I have no idea about the body or bridge. The electronics are EMG. This bass needs a nip here and a tuck there. The upper horn strap button is loose. The neck adjusts at the base and there's (obviously) no hole for that in the body. So I'll have one routed. There's a faded shape of a sideways heart (maybe where a sticker was?) near the upper horn. It has tons of potential. And it sounds..... freaking amazing. If I can't make it play like the other one, I'll swap the electronics from this one to that one. If anyone has a clue as to the origin of the body, I would love to know. The bridge is a little rough so I'll likely post a pic of the screw pattern to make sure I get one that matches. If I can get this one dialed in and modded up to come together, it'll be my favorite.... quirks and all. The black and pink looks really sharp.
    20190615_113824. 20190615_113832. 20190615_113853.

    I like them both. They're a lot of fun.
  2. BeefPie84


    Mar 29, 2019
    I love the head stocks on those basses. So metal! :bassist:
  3. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    Ah, the 80s, when a sunburst/tort bass couldn't be given away...

    I want my MTV...
  4. ajkula66


    Sep 23, 2016
    I once owned an Aria Pro II - can't recall the series - with the body that looked exactly like your FrankenBass' in the second set of pictures. The same finish as well, from what I can tell.
  5. two fingers

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

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Possibly a good clue. I'll look into it. Thanks!
  6. Sweet! Congrats on a successful hunt! Have fun!
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  7. two fingers

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

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    The dark one still looks too red in these pics.

    20190614_221546. 20190614_221421.
  8. Wisebass


    Jan 12, 2017
    Lost in Space
    Here we go!!!! :)

    Jailbird! :laugh: (in her late 30s :roflmao:)

    Doesn' t look like an Ibby body to me. (but I am not an Ibby guru)

    I love the idea to mod! The 80s were about modding! (don' t get cream pup covers though :roflmao:)


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  9. Nice basses. Brought back memories of my first 5er. It was a passive Ibanez TR series with jazz pickups that had that style headstock but with a 4+1 tuner layout for the extra string.
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  10. EatS1stBassist


    Apr 15, 2016
    So cal
    Nice score on those beauties!!:thumbsup:
  11. SpazzTheBassist


    Jun 20, 2006
    Awesome.......As a guy that occasionally gigs with Explorer shapes, big thumbsup :D........now, see if you can find a mullet on eBay
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  12. I loved the 1980's & I think as bass players it was a golden time for us. So many brands, colours & styles I doubt we will ever have it that good again.
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  13. Smooth_bass88

    Smooth_bass88 Groove it

    Do you play in an 80s tribute? Those basses should come with zebra patterned spandex
    MCDufour, two fingers and tindrum like this.
  14. SpazzTheBassist


    Jun 20, 2006
    The music...in every genre from hairband rock to pop to euro to funk, was chock full of great basslines...The biggest thing about the 80s: It was a creative push-the-envelope era, where players of any instrument really started pushing the boundaries, limitations, and breaking rules. No biggie nowadays, but back then, it was all new territory..it was also the main decade where many pop music hits featured fretless bass dominately as par for course

    <---nostalgic thinking, thats all
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  15. sludgetail

    sludgetail Supporting Member

    Feb 26, 2018
    Orange, CA
    I think I remember the start of the search; glad you found her! Play her in great health man, awesome bass!
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  16. P. Aaron

    P. Aaron Supporting Member

    Cool basses. You gotta Poison or Cinderella Tribute band goin’ on there?
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  17. FishDub

    FishDub Supporting Member

    Jun 12, 2011
    Charlotte, NC
    Damn I WOULD NOT want to be the poor soul who trips and falls into that headstock..:roflmao:
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  18. wintremute

    wintremute mediocrity at its finest

    Oct 16, 2014
    Endorsing Artist: Langstrom Carrot Farms
    nice lawn
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  19. two fingers

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

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Nah. We do some 80s songs. And most of them happen to be tuned down a half step. So I figured I would kill two birds with one stone and whip one of these out as my 80s bass when the time comes.
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  20. two fingers

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

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Thanks! We just came out of a mini drought. We had zero rain and well over 90 degrees for three weeks. Then the bottom fell out and the grass woke up.

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