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2roadsters (2roadsters)
Posted on Tuesday, April 20, 2004 - 7:46 am:   

Hello everyone,
This is my first post so here's a little about me.
I played guitar for 20 years but recently switched to bass.
I'm not a big fan of Ibanez guitars but over the years, somehow the best guitars and basses in my collection have almost all been Ibanez...
I started playing bass on a SR1500 custom shop which was very expensive and has fared well over the years. In the last 2 years I've been playing more and more bass and have acquired a couple of roadsters - which are by far the best bass guitars for the money IMO.... although they're really cheap if you're buying by weight at 10-12lbs / bass
My 2 roadsters:

1980 and 1982 roadsters

The 1982 (brown one) was completely passive and had the original electronics in it but that soon changed... Rumour has it that some Japanese engineer made a mistake and use twice the amount of wire on the pickups (which were dimarzio copies). The 1982 is now fitted out with custom wound 2.5kHz/coil split pickups and a new switch which is designed for series pickup operation. The Tone control operates a series/parallel switch for the J pickup. When I get round to it I'll do the same for the P.

For those that don't know, series wiring has 3 main effects on sound:
1)increased output
2) more compression
3) Reduced high frequency output due to the greater incudtance

The 1980 was an active model and someone's put in a set of EMG's before me.
Both basses have a great sound and weight.
I'm missing a truss rod cover on one of them but that's not so bad...

My first bass is in fact my newest ibanez being a soundgear custom made job (well - custom for the German market I believe) and also has some modifications wrt the electronics... It's sound is very compressed with the wenge/bubinga thin neck combination so I devised a circuit that provides separate volume controls for each pickup in series and in parallel. The pickups have been replaced for a set of seymour duncan quarter-pounders which really make it a rock bass.

Well I hope my roadsters tickle your fancy - anyone's welcome to try them... I'm in Cologne, Germany...

Thanks for reading.

Johns (Johns)
Posted on Tuesday, April 20, 2004 - 1:49 pm:   


Thanks for sharing your basses with us! The brown one looks like an RS824BB. According to the '82 catalog specs it's laminated mahogany. I never saw a swirl grained mahogany.
2roadsters (2roadsters)
Posted on Tuesday, April 20, 2004 - 6:14 pm:   

Laminated Mahog????
Wow That's a nice surprise.
It's not a swirl grain wood texture but a swirl paint job.
Have you by any chance got a scan of that catalogue page? I'd love to have a copy.
Johns (Johns)
Posted on Tuesday, April 20, 2004 - 11:03 pm:   


Ahhh, I thought that was some wild looking grain.

Thanks to CraigC you can see a scan of the catalog. Look for a message from CraigC at the end of this thread: Miscellaneous: Catalog Scans. Click on the link.
2roadsters (2roadsters)
Posted on Wednesday, April 21, 2004 - 5:23 am:   

Thanks John,
the other one looks like the RS924 TR - solid ash.
Mine has a "quadra-lock system" or had one at least. Is there any catalogue scan of that system anywhere? I suspect mine's been doctored but have no idea where to look for photos of it.
2roadsters (2roadsters)
Posted on Friday, May 07, 2004 - 2:23 pm:   

Some more photos of my Ibanez collection
passive portrait
passive body
active portrait
active body
Soundgear portrait
Soundgear Body

Thanks for looking.
Acetan (Acetan)
Posted on Saturday, May 08, 2004 - 1:56 am:   

I played a couple of late 60's p-basses and a mid 70's p until I tried an 81 Ibanez 924. It was the best playing bass I've ever tried. I have since picked up an 85 924 and it is just as nice. You really should try one.


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