Ibanez made a name for itself in the early 60s by making phenomenal copies of Gibson and other guitars, and was so good at it that the company was able to survive the lawsuits that the big boys started throwing around. Once the dust settled, Ibanez continued to make phenomenal instruments of their own design.
1979 saw the advent of their aggressively-named Musician series, of which this bass is a fine example. The construction is stout, sturdy, and 5-piece-neck-thru. The neck is comfortable and as hefty as you’d ever want without being gigantic, and has dot inlay all the way up it’s 24 frets. The body is reminiscent of a P-bass in shape and so hangs comfortably.
Harware-wise, the tuners are fine nickel Ibanez equipment, the nut sports a brass edge, and the bridge is almost completely brass. The strap-buttons are original-design Dunlop straplocks and there are two positioned at the back of the instrument so you have your choice of hanging position.
This ol’ champ runs two noiseless active pickups with independant volume controls, a notched blend control, T,M,B, tone controls, a 3-way switch, and – perhaps most importantly – an active-passive switch, so you can get both sounds very easily (and from a more utilitarian standpoint, can bypass the 9-volt battery when it dies mid-set!).
The finish is what Ibanez referred to as their ‘dark stain’ and is in good shape. There are a few dings and scars, which are to be expected on a 37-year-old instrument.
This axe includes the original hardshell case.