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Re: Ibanez BTB1005 opinions

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Posted by Milan on February 09, 2001 at 16:58:44:

In Reply to: Ibanez BTB1005 opinions posted by Jaybois on February 09, 2001 at 09:05:50:

I just played 5 or six of the BTB basses last week. The were very nice...the pickups and electronics were
less detailed and more "drastic" than what I'm generally used to(basslines)..but not bad. I was looking for
a backup to my main bass, a Matt Pulcinella Guitars "Level5" five string. I also checked out a Musicman 5,
some USA Tobiases(I got rid of all three of mine after I got the Level5, but looked at a couple any way to
make sure I wasn't missing anything). I found the BTB necks a wee bit too thin for my liking, and the
fretwork on all of them needed looking at(this could be blamed on the store as much as the maker-I'm in Hawaii,
and all that travel CAN affect things). I like the wider string spacing. I ended up getting another Pulcinella,
for less than the BTB would have cost. Check out his website: If nothing else,
there's some good reading about bass design there. The only problem is he's a small maker, so you can't try his
basses out in a store.

Try to play as many BTBs as you can before making a choice...and if you can, stay away from the mahogany bodies-
Ibanez doesn't use the best mahogany, and it doesn't sound as clear as the good stuff(Honduras mahogany). Also,
ask where they are made. Some are made in Korea, and some of the "higher end" models are made in Japan. The Japnaese
ones are generally of better quality all around, but more expensive as well.

Goood Luck!!

: I am considering an Ibanez BTB 1005 for my next bass purchase. I have owned
: other Ibanez basses before and they were fine but this time I wanted something
: different. I hated the string spacing on a sound gear i owned but lved the way
: that this cheap ATK played. I guess I would just like to know how other bass players feel about it.

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