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Chucke99
Username: Chucke99

Registered: 2-2007
Posted on Tuesday, September 11, 2007 - 7:50 pm:   

Ebay Item #130150834024

Funny, two guys outbid me on this and then over the last 24 hours, both have retracted (well, one was pulled by the seller) so now I'm back on top again at a whopping $99!

Anyway, should I end up winning this, I'm wondering about the finish. The seller says he thinks its the original finish, but to me it looks like the guitar was stripped and then stained. Comparing it to 1976 pictures (I can't find any of Silver Series guitars in any of the available catalogs) I think this guitar should have a white body to go along with the black pick guard and maple neck/black inlays. The only natural-color body bass in the catalog doesn't have the combo jazz/precision pickups.

So do you agree? Stripped and stained? And if yes, what's the best way to paint over the stain and bring it back to white. I can do the lacquer part just fine, but should I prime first? Or can I start with a sealing lacquer, then go to white lacquer, then to clear? (That's what I'm thinking.)

Anyway, all speculation at this point. Nice bass though.

-Chuck
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Chucke99
Username: Chucke99

Registered: 2-2007
Posted on Tuesday, September 11, 2007 - 8:26 pm:   

Funny, that lasted all of about 5 minutes before I was outbid again. Anyway, I'd like to get answers to my questions, because I might bid again.

-Chuck
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Captainibanez
Username: Captainibanez

Registered: 1-2004
Posted on Tuesday, September 11, 2007 - 9:32 pm:   

Chuck, it looks like its been stripped as the 2369B was the only model they made with the toggle switching for the pickups.
It could be restored back to white, but get a proffesional to paint it for you.

Captain Ibanez :-)
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Chucke99
Username: Chucke99

Registered: 2-2007
Posted on Tuesday, September 11, 2007 - 10:54 pm:   

Professional? Aw c'mon, Cappy, what fun would that be? ;-)
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Tbplayer
Username: Tbplayer

Registered: 4-2007
Posted on Wednesday, September 12, 2007 - 9:15 am:   

i saw one of these in '81. it was a sunburst, with a turtle pick guard. it had dot in lays though. a friend had a jazz with the squares. i wonder if is the original body? i'd get it just because, and yeah , it would look good in white.
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Harry
Username: Harry

Registered: 3-2001
Posted on Wednesday, September 12, 2007 - 11:27 am:   

This must have been a white 2369B once. Not some modified "regular" Precision, because you can see that by the position of the split pickup: its slightly more placed towards the neck, compared to the pickup position on a Precision.
The 2369B/WH is also called "The Tetsu" model, because the former bass player of the Faces, Tetsu Yamauchi, was involved in the developement of this bass.
They also came in sunburst, but until now Ive only seen the white version with the addition "Silver Series" (although it also excists with only "Ibanez" on the head).
So: yes, it was stripped and grained, but it might be no problem to restore it to its original white looks.

Kind greetz,
Harry
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Chucke99
Username: Chucke99

Registered: 2-2007
Posted on Wednesday, September 12, 2007 - 12:41 pm:   

It looks like bidding is heating up on this one. I don't know if I feel like paying upwards or over $300 for this just to have to refinish it. Thanks for all the info on it though. It would sure look nice hanging next to my 2365B (Sunburst Jazz).

-Chuck
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Bassassin
Username: Bassassin

Registered: 1-2006
Posted on Thursday, September 13, 2007 - 7:59 pm:   

Interesting coincidence - one of these has just sold on UK Ebay - and the buyer was someone I know from a different forum:

Ebay Item #320157189523

This one's pre-serial and has had some annoying modifications, but might well scrub up nice!

Jon.
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Harry
Username: Harry

Registered: 3-2001
Posted on Friday, September 14, 2007 - 1:41 am:   

Wow...
And another new discovery for me!
This is the first 2369 B/WH Ive ever seen that has pearl(oid?) block position markers. Usually these are black.

Harry
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Bassassin
Username: Bassassin

Registered: 1-2006
Posted on Friday, September 14, 2007 - 8:22 am:   

The only one of these I've seen before "in the flesh" was an Antoria version, which also had black blocks.

The pearl block version appears in a 1974 catalogue from the ibanez.ru site:

http://www.ibanez.ru/info/catalog/1974-2/09.jpg

Probably suggests the black block version was a later variant.

J.

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