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FDP Forum / Fender Bass Guitars and Bass Amps / So far I like this Ibanez, just un-boxed it.

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North Florida

A Friend of Bill W.
Jul 20th, 2016 07:18 AM   Edit   Profile  

I don't really go for the relic'ed thing, it seems like a kind misrepresentation. I liked the looks of this bass though and couldn't find the model any other way. It looks more like worm wood than the contrived road wear I see on the relic'ed stuff, I can live with it.

It's a 30.3" scale, I ordered it from Sweetwater, I jumped on it when I saw it weighed 6 lbs 4 oz. short and light is working well for me these days.

The Model number is AFBV200. I just opened the box and played it for a few hours, changed the strings to these Deep Talkin' 3/4 rounds, which probably won't last the day, I thought they would be like flat wounds but with more twang, They are nothing like flat wounds, feel wise.

The tone control isn't all that effective but I can play around with that. It's a nice instrument, unplugged in a quiet environment I can hear it just fine. The pickups give me a nice range of tone variation. It hangs nice and feels right at home.

The case for it is expensive, I was hoping I had something it would fit in, but no. I can't seem to find a gig bag/dust cover for it either, so for now it'll be staying in the house, and I'll continue to use basses more suitable for self defense and bar fights "o)

This is the exact bass, picture taken by Sweetwater.



Jul 20th, 2016 07:55 AM   Edit   Profile  

Very nice! I would like to get an Ibanez short scale. I have no talent and very little skill so I would like something at least a little easier to handle.

Enjoy that awesome bass!

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Jul 20th, 2016 08:44 AM   Edit   Profile  

If the hot truck thing is still in debate, here's my take:

First, heat is different than cold. Coming up from a very cold temperature very quickly can cause damage. Cooling from a warm temperature won't do quite the same thing. The problem with heat is that it will make all the glue joints a bit gooey. This means the neck will bend easier, that laminate top will bend easier and so forth. My suggestion would be to not apply tension until the instrument is cool to the touch.

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olde New England

If you can't play good, play loud
Jul 20th, 2016 09:37 AM   Edit   Profile  

I get the whole 24 hour acclimating thing, but I thought it was more critical in the winter. I learned the hard way when I bought an Epi Korina Flying V many years ago. Brought in from the cold UPS truck during a New England winter, I opened it up soon after it arrived. I couldn't say if they were there when it arrived but within a day I noticed cracks in the clear poly finish around the neck. I notified Epi, who told me it wasn't covered by the warranty since it was probably done by thermal extremes, and that I'm supposed to allow the package to acclimate for 24 hours before opening. Now you tell me!

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North Florida

A Friend of Bill W.
Jul 20th, 2016 10:25 AM   Edit   Profile  

Yeah, like I mentioned in the other thread, when I opened the cables and they were warm I gave the bass time to aclamate. As far as I can tell this bass may not be laminate, everything I've seen just indicates Maple back, top and sides.

It is hot today, I've been down in the shop working on the SS Tele fretless. I'll post about that in my other thread in this sub forum.

(This message was last edited by hushnel at 12:55 PM, Jul 20th, 2016)


Northern VA

"Mongo only pawn in game of life"
Jul 20th, 2016 07:53 PM   Edit   Profile  

I bought one of these about 4-6 weeks ago, same finish. I love this thing! I'm not a bass player, but I wanted one to play around with and haven't put it down since I got it.
Other than the tuners, the build is top notch. I was really impressed with the quality.
I put flat wounds on it and prefer those to the rounds...really like the way I feel the strings vibrate the hollow body.
True, the tone control isn't really much of anything. I'll do something about that at someplace point. The case is pretty good. Mine came with it, but they do seem overpriced.
Hope you enjoy yours as much as mine.

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North Florida

A Friend of Bill W.
Jul 20th, 2016 08:39 PM   Edit   Profile  

It's a good player, I've tweeked the action but it came pretty well set up. I've got a set of TI flats but they're a light set. I think the short scales are better off with a little heavier string, this bass came with the 50-105 and I may put them back on, I'm just not used to the jangly tone of round wounds. I have round wounds on the Starfire too, which is a really great bass but a good bit heavier than the Ibanez. I like the RWs for a change, the starfire is working well in live situations too. The tuners on the Ibanez seem a little jerky but they are holding tune.

I haven't put it down either. The Starfire and the AFBV are both in easy reach.


Newberg, Oregon

Fender...never say never.
Jul 21st, 2016 05:02 AM   Edit   Profile  

I like the look of the matte finish on your new bass, as well as I've always been a softy for the two-tone "tobacco" finishes popular with guitar makers in the 1950s and in numerous reissues today.

It's the same approach Fender has been using with its Road Worn series guitars and basses since they were first introduced in January/February 2009.

I have a Road Worn P in two-tone and right after I got it I took Brasso and worked it into the finish and the Matte went away and now the body shines like a new penny. Absolutely beautiful. Same with the neck.

I thought of Brasso the first time I saw the finish on your body. Not saying you should do it, just saying.


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Eat. Sleep. Guitar.

Jul 21st, 2016 07:02 AM   Edit   Profile  

The other issue about cold-to-warm is condensation. This is another reason you want the instrument to acclimate slowly inside the case.

If you remove it from the case to speed the warm up, moisture will condense on all the metal parts. This includes switch contacts and inside potentiometers.

Kept in the case, the dry air in there prevents condensation from forming.


Long Island City, NY

Jul 21st, 2016 02:52 PM   Edit   Profile  

Love the looks of this--just wish I could find something like this in 34" scale.

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Jul 21st, 2016 07:44 PM   Edit   Profile  

Nice Looking Hushnel!

Hadn't thought of Brasso George. Thanks for the suggestion

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