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Alower (Alower)
Posted on Thursday, May 20, 2004 - 12:28 pm:   

Hello there, just bought a beautiful Ibanez 4 atringer and need some aid on the following:
1) Can anybody identify it positively? I guess it is an SR1500 or similar (based on the pictures I saw in this list), but am not sure at all. Can you tell the year of manufacture (serial F428677)?

2)I'd like to positively identify the function of the knobs. The two higher ones (nearest the strings) are the obvious Volume and Pan Pot, but I am yet to establish the purpose of each of the two coaxially-stacked, lower knobs. Any idea?

3) Regarding general quality, how would you guys rate this instrument? Can anybody guess its market price in the US (am just curious)?

4) Which pickups are these "AFR" on it? Ibanez made or licensed "something"?

Thanks for helping. Best regards,

Andre Lower

Alower (Alower)
Posted on Thursday, May 20, 2004 - 12:36 pm:   

Here are some other pictures of my bass. Regards,

Johns (Johns)
Posted on Thursday, May 20, 2004 - 6:47 pm:   


It looks nice, but I can't see enough detail to "positively" identify it. Can you get some larger pictures showing details of the headstock and controls? Does your's have an engraved fretmarker at the end of the fretboard? What does it say?

From the serial number, I'd say it was made in '94. They don't have anything called an SR1500 in the '94 or '95 catalog. The highest model numbers are 1200 (which looks like your's, except you have black hardware and it should be teal green) and the 1300 (which came in a reddish mahogany/paduak sandwich).
Alower (Alower)
Posted on Friday, May 21, 2004 - 9:04 am:   

OK, I did not succeed in posting the rest of the pictures yesterday (could not get this site to prompt me for the pictures), but will try again now. Hope it works this time.

By the way, the last fret engraving is black text over white peralish bckground and reads "Custom Made".

Alower (Alower)
Posted on Friday, May 21, 2004 - 9:13 am:   

And here are a better image of the whole body and a detail of the engraving.

Johns (Johns)
Posted on Friday, May 21, 2004 - 4:16 pm:   

I think it's a 1300.
2roadsters (2roadsters)
Posted on Wednesday, June 23, 2004 - 6:35 am:   

It's very close to my soundgear. The only difference is that yours seems to have had the pickups replaced (good thing IMO) and has black hardware.
Previous searches I performed make this a 1300 or 1500 custom made for the German distributors meinl.
Take a look at my first post - 2 roadsters and a soundgear.
2roadsters (2roadsters)
Posted on Wednesday, June 23, 2004 - 12:11 pm:
Username: Telstar

Registered: 04-2006
Posted on Tuesday, June 27, 2006 - 6:19 am:   

That (or a very simular) bass is in the 1994 (page 35) and 1995 (page 34) catalogues at also explaining the Vari-Mid 3-Band EQ. It's a 1300 indeed; if my memory serves me right, it came in a choice of exotic woods (paduak, bubinga, wenge).
Nice bass, Andre!
Username: Lesliegl

Registered: 03-2005
Posted on Wednesday, June 28, 2006 - 2:11 am:   

It most certainly is... its a SR1300PM...PM being Paduak Mahogany..Paduak is the timber on the top an bottom..the middle is Mahogany..i nearly bought one of those off a friend of mine in 95..he wasnt keen on its compressed dull sound..i treid it for a week an agreed with him bout the sound and gave it back to him..beutiful bass tho' lots of postiive commnets from other muso's bout the looks..

regards Leslie

ps those AFR pick ups..ACTIVE FULL RANGE.. are the stock pickups it came with ..along witht the three band vari-mid eqP system..which is execellent i have it one my 1998 SR800A bass

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