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Re: New Ibanez or old Ibanez?

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Posted by Mickster ( on September 26, 2002 at 12:09:30:

In Reply to: New Ibanez or old Ibanez? posted by Tristan on September 26, 2002 at 01:24:10:

: I found a Ibanez Roadstar II bass (I think it 's from mid-eighties) in a pawn shop for $500 Australian (about $250 US). It has 2 active soap bar p/ups which sound reasonably good (although they only had guitar amps), but the best thing about it is the playability, this bass rips IMO and the action is low with no buzz. Does anyone have any experience with the roadstar and the new ibanez basses, which is better. I could get a new Ibanez or Yamaha bass for around $700 AUS.

Hey Tristan, the old Ibanez models are mostly of VERY good build quality. I am the original owner of a 1979 Ibanez Musician which I bought in 1981 and believe me, it was a great bass when I bought it, and it has stood the test of time. I would compare its quality of construction to an Ernie Ball Musicman bass.(I own one of these too) Most of the 70s and 80s Ibanez models were built extremely well because I believe Ibnaez was trying to make a name for themselves. As for the new Ibanez models, the only ones I can comment on are the BTB series. I've played every model of BTB, and I think they are very well built, and they sound very good too. I've played a few in the SR and EDA series, and these instruments seemed O.K. to me, but, others say that they're not put together that well and have flimsy/cheap electronics. I don't know about that. So, being an Ibanez fan myself all I can say is: Old is good - New BTBs kick butt. It's up to you, but, Ibanez is definitely O.K. in my book. They have a Vintage Ibanez page. Just type in Vintage Ibanez in your search box and it should take you there.

Good Luck.

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