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Need Help Identifying

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by ebe9, Mar 29, 2006.

  1. ebe9


    Feb 26, 2006
    South Africa
    Hi all

    I have spotted the following at the local music store and am contemplating purchasing it as a "project bass" i.e. to upgrade and customise it a bit. It is in pretty good condition and has a nice feel to it.

    This is what I know about it:

    Make: Ibanez (Made in Japan)
    Circa: 1970's
    Price: US$ 192

    Things that are wrong with it:

    - Bridge pickup is pretty much broken, almost zero volume coming from it and it is out of phase with the neck pickup.
    - The frets are very worn down and will ultimatley need to be replaced but at this point it is not a "need to be done" affair. (I already own a nice little fretless so am not wanting to defret it and make it a fretless)

    Upgrades to be made: (this will be done over an extended period of time)

    - New pickups and electronics
    - New Frets
    - New bridge (more than likely a Badass or similar)
    - New Nut
    - String through conversion (still undecided on this one)

    Basically I am trying to find out which model it is and any information you guys might know about it.

    Also I would like your general opinion as to whether it is a worthwhile buy or if I would esentially be wasting my time (I want to start with something that is remotely decent and work up from there).

    Here are some pictures:

  2. ebe9


    Feb 26, 2006
    South Africa
  3. it looks like one of those Fender Lawsuit models...i know they did that with Rics too.
    i hear that they are pretty cool basses though
  4. Hi ebe9 from a fellow S African ::)

    I remember a friend with one shortly after I left school and it did have a good sound. However, it seems like you'll have to spend quite a bit to get it into serviceable/playable condition and I wonder if it's all that good value. You may even have to import some of the replacement parts.

    How much can you afford to spend on a 'new' bass? Depending on where you are in SA, it may be better value to buy something else second hand. What part of SA are you in and how reputable is the seller/dealer? I know of a good place in Cape Town selling second hand instruments that I could recommend.
  5. ebe9


    Feb 26, 2006
    South Africa

    Hi Graham

    I esentially would not be looking to spend anything a new bass as I already own a Warwick Corvette $$ (Double Buck) and a Cort B4FL (Fretless). I esentially would be wanting this as a project bass, something to do up nicely and test my modification skills a bit.

    I do understand that I would have to obviously have to import a lot of the stuff for the mods I am wanting to do, but then again the most immediate one would be repalcing the pickups which is nothing serious. I know the guys at the store where the bass is and for R2700 I can get the bass and a set of EMG pups and pre-amp so I was considering it as a gigging bass and a backup should I need a fretted and not want to use the warwick.

    As far as location goes I am in JHB and the store is Music Connection, reputable in my opinion, plus being friends with the staff does have advantages.

    Otherwise if anyone has any idea as to the exact model, besides thew obvious fender jazz clone that it is it would be much appreciated
  6. Dude

    Dude Commercial User

    Mar 19, 2000
    Owner: The Dude Pit Forum (closed) Producer: School of Bass

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