I have this 1983 Ibanez Roadstar II and it never ceases to amaze me. It has an incredible set of passive pickups in it that can get almost any tone out there. I'm still trying to think of another bass that can do this much w/o paying a fortune. The bridge pickup is called a "Super J" and alone gets sort of a MM sound. The neck pickup is essentially a "P" pickup. The controls have one tone, one volume, and a blend knob plus it has a coil tapping switch. Loads of different sounds outta this one. The body is made of alder w/ a birdseye top (it has Ivory binding) and I think it's one of the best lookin' basses out there. The neck has a slim, fast feel like a Jazz bass. The bridge is heavy duty and has great sustain. I think I overpaid for it b/c I think I gave like $400 to the Swami a few years back but these are really hard to find and I think it was worth it. Just wanted to share my thoughts on such an awesome inexpensive Japanese bass. Especially for those Ibanez slammers out there.