Up for sale, a 1983 Ibanez MC924 DS Musician Series bass in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. Built from 1979-87, the Ibanez Musician basses were known for their top-notch quality, used by artists ranging from Sting to U2’s Adam Clayton to Fleetwood Mac’s John McVie.
The MC924 features a full 34" scale length and neck through body design, with a neck comprising three pieces of maple reinforced with strips of walnut. The dark stained ash body wings sandwich a core of mahogany for a very complex and rich tone. Weighing 9lbs 10oz, the bass has healthy natural sustain with thick low end, offering both ample growl and broad thump. The slab ebony fretboard ensures ideal note attack and treble articulation, and the commanding, detailed natural properties of this bass translate well through the pickups. The Super P5 pickup is an ideally placed split coil humbucker with a big burly sound, subtle growl, and tons of fullness. The J5 bridge pickup in contrast offers more attack and top end cut. This Ibanez has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 45-100 roundwound strings, comfortable action and accurate intonation.
The neck has a moderately slender C-shaped profile carve with lightly rolled fretboard edges and just enough roundness in the shoulders, gaining a hair more heft in the upper registers, measuring .820” deep at the 1st fret and .945” at the 12th. The thick slab 24 fret ebony fretboard features abalone dot inlay, and the medium jumbo fretwire is in great shape, only exhibiting light wear beneath the strings on the crowns of frets 1-7. This bass plays cleanly up the 34” scale with a straight neck and responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod, and the carved bone nut measures 1 9/16” in width. The headstock features a dark stained ash veneer with the original gold "Musician" truss rod cover. The VelveTune B II gold tuning machines (as the name would suggest) turn smoothly and hold pitch well. On the back of the headstock, the gold “Made in Japan” script is intact, and the C83-prefix serial number dates production to March, ‘83.
The electronics work exactly as intended, with both pickups wired to a center detent Blend knob that provides a smooth gradient between the two pickups as well as a Master Volume, passive Tone knob, and Treble, Mid, and Bass knobs. A mini toggle switch activates the active preamp/three-band EQ. Hardware includes the heavy duty toploader Accu-cast B II bridge, which retains its gold plating. All of the original knobs are intact, with ridged grips for easy on-the-fly adjustments and swells.
The gloss finish is abbreviated as "DS" in the Ibanez catalog for Dark Stain, and cosmetic wear includes a number of dings along the lower bout perimeter, a few areas of limited buckle rash on the back, and a few faint finish scratches in the clear coat. The neck profile retains its smooth gloss, with only very light wear on the profile length.
A faux leather gigbag is included.