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  1. I've tried a few of these out in shops and on the whole, the quality of materials and craftsmanship does live up to the suggestion of a "Premium" bass. However, I have noticed some disparity between different basses - perhaps not the consistency of the old Japanese models - so if at all possible, try the exact instrument you're interested in before committing to buy.
  2. I've seen these go for anywhere between £500 and £900, though really depends on who's buying. The quality of the bass certainly puts it at the upper end of that range, but the often low demand for Japanese high-end basses means that they often go for less. Is it an SR3005E? I.e. with the Bartolini pickups rather than Ibanez-own?
  3. [quote name='Bassassin' timestamp='1455128692' post='2976271'] 9/10. Got the Slipknot one wrong. \m/, then. [/quote] Ditto. Though I guessed most of them. Let's be honest, completing a BBC quiz entitled "How metal are you?" is probably the least metal thing one can do.
  4. Based on this old catalog, definitely looks like a 1996 SR1005 SOL: http://www.ibanez.co.jp/anniversary/expansion.php?cat_id=222&now=15
  5. Looks like a Japanese-made late 90s model. I would say an SR1005 or SR1015. If you can remove the neck, you should find the model number stamped on the neck heel. The 'Custom Made' inlay was often found on these models, though sadly they're not actually custom made.
  6. My radio is permanently set to Absolute 80's. 'Nuff said...
  7. Is that the Sharlee D'Angelo signature model? Loads of places stock Ibanez but most of them will just have a limited range of the most popular models, so probably not this bass. Best thing would be to phone around the stockist list on the Ibanez website if a web search yields nothing.
  8. [quote name='andybassdoyle' timestamp='1423340620' post='2683764'] Great bass, especially at this price...Glwts [/quote] Thank you sir! Thursday bump...
  9. Bump! I'm open to offers...
  10. [quote name='hairychris' timestamp='1415363679' post='2599598'] Bump.... If I wasn't in the process of buying a flat I'd be all over this. [/quote] Shame - but accomodation is obviously more important. Hope the buying process runs smoothly for you. Price drop bump...
  11. Bump - my ears are open to offers...
  12. I know of a couple of cases in the past where South American girls in their early 20s have arrived in the UK on a student/tourist visa and been turned-back by Immigration, despite having correct paperwork. Rightly or wrongly, the authorities did this because they suspected the girls would seek paid work while in the country, something their visas naturally wouldn't cover. Apparently, South American girls working illegally as Au-Pairs was a problem at the time. Obviously, I don't know any details of this girl's plight to see Level 42 so this could be completely meaningless, but it might give a possible example as to how someone in that position might have all the right paperwork and yet still be denied entry. Regardless, I hope she gets the opportunity to fulfill her dream.
  13. NOW SOLD After much deliberation, I've decided to put my Ibanez SR20th 5-string up for sale. As is so often the case, it's just not getting used and it seems crazy to have 5 basses when 3 of them seldom get any use. Those familiar with the Ibanez Soundgear range will know that these basses are lightweight, amazingly easy to play and with really versatile electronics, offering a huge range of sounds. This particular model was manufactured in 2007/08 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the start of the Soundgear range and brings together all the features that made the range so popular and enduring to that point. It was apparently released as a limited edition (though I've heard mixed reports of how many actually were produced) and comes with it's own 20th anniversary case and strap. Here are the specs: - Body: Mahogany Neck: 5-piece Wenge/Bubinga Fretboard: Wenge (abalone inlay at 12th fret) Bridge: Mono-Rail III Pickups: Bartolini Custom Pre-Amp: Ibanez Vari-Mid III Controls: Volume; Pick-up pan; Stacked bass boost/cut, treble boost/cut; Stacked mid boost/cut, mid/frequency The streamlined design of both the body and the neck make this one of the most natural-feeling basses I've ever played. With a tight 16.5mm string spacing, the narrow neck is fast and smooth, sitting comfortably under hands of all sizes. The vari-mid III parametric mid-range eq allows you to dial in a huge range of tones, so it's likely you'll be able to find a sound for most situations. This is a Prestige model, which means it was manufactured in the Japanese Fujigen Gakko factory and the overall build quality is exactly what you would expect from Ibanez's top-end grade. I'm yet to try any non-Fujigen Soundgears that play and feel quite like the Japanese ones. I bought the bass new from Machine Head in Hitchin, in 2008 and it was my faithful main instrument for several years. While it's still in very good condition, it was well-loved and has it's share of dings, though these don't show up very obviously on the mahogany body. I've tried to show the dings in the attached photos. Note also that the handle of the case is showing signs of wear, though I never used the case for transporting it around. I'm not looking at trades at the moment as I'm not doing a huge amount of playing. Ideally I'm looking for collection (from North London), though I could look into courier options if required. [attachment=172690:inCase01.jpg][attachment=172689:headInCase.jpg][attachment=172688:fullBody.jpg][attachment=172681:bodyZoom.jpg][attachment=172693:fullBack.jpg][attachment=172684:ding02.jpg][attachment=172686:ding04.jpg][attachment=172692:ding05.jpg][attachment=172682:Case.jpg][attachment=172683:caseZoom.jpg][attachment=172687:extras02.jpg]
  14. As if by magic... http://basschat.co.uk/topic/241070-fs-spector-ns4cr-ibanez-1305-pm/page__fromsearch__1
  15. [quote name='visog' timestamp='1405626315' post='2503865'] £2K! sh*t the Bed! I'd go the whole Dingwall hog for that... [/quote] Considering a new Canadian-made ABZ was around £1800 new (when I last checked), that's probably a sensible option.
  16. Woooahh... As someone who's been a fan of SR's for a good decade, though recently switched to Dingwalls, this just blows my mind! I agree though - 35.5 isn't long enough for a B string. The Yen's up at about 170 to the pound, which makes it a bit over 2k at face value.
  17. They do turn up every so often and are usually fairly affordable, asking prices around the 500 mark. I've seen a couple on here over the last few years, both the original, solid paduak body and the later, more common, mahogany with paduak top. The first version of the K5 bass is virtually identical to the second SR1305, but made in Korea rather than Japan. These are usually easier to find and around the same price. The second K5 is similar, but solid mahogany and with a different finish. Ibanez currently do a huge range of SR's in all sorts of woods and specs. Give their website a look and you might find something you like.
  18. Interesting comments... sorry to hear there was some disappointment at their show. I've seen them live quite a number of times over the years, going back to 1997. Last night was the first time i'd seen them since Portnoy left and the first time in about 4 years. Personally, i was blown away by the setlist (particularly Space Dye Vest :-o) and had an awesome time. That said, their sound seemed a bit 'woolier' than usual and lacked the crystal sharpness that i've experienced in the past. It didn't detract from my enjoyment, but it was just something i noticed. Interestingly, i thought if anything, the bass was higher and more prominent in the mix than it's ever been before, but maybe that was just down to where my seat was (near the back). Mangini was a monster technically, but for me he doesn't have the presence and charisma on stage that Portnoy has. Not necessarily a good or bad thing, just different. Final thought: The suite of Scenes tracks at the end made it worth the price of entry alone. :-)
  19. I used to have one. I got rid of it because it was too heavy and i wanted to move away from 6 strings. It was a very good bass for the money (around 600 quid, if i remember correctly), sounded awesome, played brilliantly, good neck etc. As with most Yamaha basses, the quality exceeded the price point. The going 2nd hand price seems consistent to me, particularly considering that basses from the Far East rarely retain the value corresponding to their quality.
  20. The TRB II range were made in Japan, but retailed around 500 - 700 quid, from what i remember. They are very nice instruments and great value. The TRB P range retailed for a lot more, though like most MIJ basses from the 90s, sell for a lot less than their quality would suggest.
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