The Official Ibanez TMB Talman Bass Club

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by ERIC31, May 28, 2015.

  1. Code Brown

    Code Brown

    Apr 9, 2022
    Good idea! I've been a hobbyist level woodworker for over 10 years. I'll just throw out some unsolicited advice. I'll be happy to try and answer any questions.

    Plywood from HD, Lowes, etc. generally sucks. You can find some decent sheets there, but I always have to sift through the entire pile and I'm lucky to get a couple nice sheets. Try to get your plywood from a local cabinet builder place, woodworking supply, etc. Baltic birch is the best ply, but more expensive and hard to find.

    After cutting plywood, the sides are very rough. I put wood filler on all the sides then sand it smooth. I sand all surfaces up to 320 grit. For a pickguard, I'd definitely round over the top edges, but probably not around the pickups.

    My first finishing step is to wipe on a dye. I use Rit clothing dye. The dye is cheap, won't conceal the wood grain, easy to apply and reduces blotching. The dye is water based and it'll raise the wood grain, so lightly sand with 320 grit after dying. Unfortunately, the color of the dye is usually not great, so next I wipe on a thin layer of stain, then quickly wipe off. When the stain no longer has a strong smell (24-48 hours) you can apply the top coat finish. Finishes can be very confusing due to marketing crap. For a pickguard I'd use polyurethane (it's the most durable finish). Wipe-on poly is easier to apply than brush-on. Wait at least 12 hours after the first poly coat then *very* lightly sand with 600 - 1000 grit to remove dust nibs. Clean off sanding dust and apply another coat. Repeat 3-4 times.

    Other finishing options (in order of my preference) are spray-on lacquer, shellac, or just an oil - like danish oil or BLO (boiled linseed oil).
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  2. SmhBass0710

    SmhBass0710 Commercial User

    Jan 25, 2021
    Thanks for the details…..yeah I found some Luaun wood sheets at Lowe’s for 6 bucks which is basically mahogany or so the web says and some simple two in one stain….100 percent not a woodworker so first one will be proof of concept with admittedly minimal effort lol
  3. Blues Bass 2

    Blues Bass 2 Supporting Member

    Oct 3, 2001
    Davenport Iowa
    I know this is late but I put Ultralite Lollipops on my 605 . Big headstock weight difference . I used the stock bushings and it worked pretty well . 20211007_094353.jpg 20211007_094434.jpg
  4. bigthemat


    Jan 25, 2008
    Salt Lake City
    oh man those look great. Ok, I need to do this
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  5. SmhBass0710

    SmhBass0710 Commercial User

    Jan 25, 2021
    image.jpg Getting there…..looked like crap when I first cut out but been sanding and sanding and sanding…..took a break to medicate…..sanding, sanding….first coat dried overnight and now…..
  6. SmhBass0710

    SmhBass0710 Commercial User

    Jan 25, 2021
    Forgot to take a pic pre stain but looked really good and if I hadn’t have been set on black might have just sealed like it was…..
  7. mr80htz


    May 15, 2018
    I had to get a new neck for this TMB300. Truss rod stopped working and some of the frets we're not well done. I regretted it but ended up looking bad as the the binding got a bit messed up. Found this neck on Reverb and the Grover tuners are waaaay better. Only had to drill screw holes for the bottom side of all 4 tuners. Easy. It's a bit weird looking to me right now but I love TMB necks so I'm still happy :)

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  8. SmhBass0710

    SmhBass0710 Commercial User

    Jan 25, 2021
    Gotta say, it’s far from perfect but looks pretty good to me…..and I know it’s my head but I swear it sounds somehow “fuller”……who knows…… image.jpg
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  9. SmhBass0710

    SmhBass0710 Commercial User

    Jan 25, 2021
    Debated on “aging” the wood a little and taking the “shine” off it but it looks pretty great in person without the glare I keep getting….decided it will be nice to age it naturally image.jpg
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  10. SmhBass0710

    SmhBass0710 Commercial User

    Jan 25, 2021
    Was worried that the 5mm ply was a bit thick but actually really like the way it lined up…. image.jpg
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  11. Good for you! Definitely, go put some miles on it. I insist these Talman's are the BEST modding platform! I still love my Tal(Glam)man, and it sees a lot of action.
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  12. ztbishop


    Jan 11, 2021
    Short-Scale version:
    Has anyone found a cheap-ish noiseless bridge pickup for the TMB-30? There is a ton of EMI in my room (desktop gaming PCs) and shutting the main one off isn't an option, as it is my workstation. I've had to replace all guitar pickups with noiseless pickups which just makes it tolerable. Single coils are out of the question; it's like listening to banshee robots fighting. I've tried making a faraday cage with 5 layers of foil and a metal plate. It didn't do anything and looked horrible.

    I've been poking around the following ideas to fit a noiseless pickup:
    -Routing the pickup space wider for a normal bridge pickup size (I'd probably do a hack job).
    -Cut a bigger space for the screws and use a noiseless neck pickup in bridge spot (would look bad).
    -Add a dummy pickup to combat noise (I really don't know how to go about this).

    Again -
    The problem seems to be that the bridge pickup on this bass is a Neck size pickup with Bridge width spacing.
    Ideally I'd like a noiseless pickup that just drops right in...but I can't seam to find one.
  13. SmhBass0710

    SmhBass0710 Commercial User

    Jan 25, 2021
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    Hey so if you take a aguilar neck pickup it will fit in that bridge spot and according to aguilar at least for the dcb pups there isn’t a difference other than the size…..I think there are some MIM fender pups that were made for smaller string spacing that may direct fit……..on that note finally found someone willing to part with just the neck dcb pup so all aggies now!!!!

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  14. I was thinking of going Lollipops as well!
    I think they match the overall shape of the bass more than Clover’s do.
    I have a set of Hipshot HB7 Lollipops sitting in a box…I am tempted…
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  15. Clark Westfield

    Clark Westfield Floyd Pepper is my mentor!

    Jan 30, 2012
    Central New Jersey
    Looking for one of these TMB100’s for an office bass at work.

    Quick question, can the bass play with a dead battery?

    I like the idea of passive pickups, just no a fan of a battery bass at work.

    Love them for gigging.

    Also, has anybody just ripped out the preamp and went fully passive?

    Not really in need of crazy sound at work, just want a great bass to jam with to reduce stress.

    Dead batteries create stress.
  16. Bob E

    Bob E

    Nov 18, 2012
    Nope, won't play without the battery.
    The short tmb30's are passive with the same pickups.
    I've hotwired the volume/blend knob straight to the jack on my 100. Sounds about the same as having the bass/treble knobs at detent with about half as much volume on tap.
  17. EDH37855


    Jun 16, 2020
    Thanks Kevin for so many important tmb-30 details on your website.
    Last edited: Oct 24, 2022
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  18. Let me just say this- Don’t worry about the battery.
    I have a TMB100 that I use exactly the same way you propose - at work; it’s actually in my work truck 24/7/365. I have had it since April 2021, I play it maybe 3 times a week for about a half hour to an hour each time, depending on how much time I have to kill. I am still on the original battery, and it doesn’t seem like it’s even on its way out either. The preamp is very small and has a low power draw, so one battery can last a very long time.

    Oh, and I am also still on the original strings. They went dead about 2 months after I got the bass. I boiled them once and they’ve been nice and lively ever since.
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  19. SmhBass0710

    SmhBass0710 Commercial User

    Jan 25, 2021
    You can always rip out the electronics and make it fully passive and use that cavity for storing….stuff……this bass sounds pretty amazing purely passive too!!
  20. Naigewron


    Jan 5, 2018
    Considering a TMB35 as a backup/home/alternate bass to my main fiver.
    I was very happy with my old TMB100, considering the price, so I reckon I can't really go much wrong.

    - What flats will fit the TMB35?
    - Are the pickups standard size, in case of future replacement desires?