Up for sale, a 1985 Ibanez MC924 DS Musician Series bass in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original gigbag. 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. 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 stock pickups. The active Low Impedance Pickups are big and bold, with plenty of fullness and thump at the neck, and more attack and top end grind at the bridge. This Ibanez weighs 9lbs 2oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 45-100 roundwound strings, easy-playing action and spot-on intonation.
The neck has a moderately slender C-shaped profile carve with lightly rolled fretboard edges and just enough roundness in the shoulders, measuring .830” deep at the 1st fret and .950” at the 12th. The thick slab 24 fret ebony fretboard features dot inlay, and the medium jumbo fretwire is nigh flawless, only exhibiting a hint of wear beneath the strings on the crowns of frets 1-2. This bass plays cleanly up the 34” scale with a straight neck and responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod, and the nut measures 1 9/16” in width. The headstock features an 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 D85-prefix serial number dates this bass to April, ‘85.
The electronics work exactly as intended, with the active pickups governed by independent Volume and Tone controls. The dome-topped knurled knobs exhibit some surface patina, and the heavy duty top-loader Accu-cast B II bridge has notably clean gold plating. Both pickup covers even retain their model stickers. The gloss finish is abbreviated as "DS" in the Ibanez catalog for Dark Stain, and cosmetic wear includes some scuffing and a cluster of tiny dings on the top along the treble side of the pick path, an area of buckle rash central to the bass side of the back, and a handful of minor nicks on the body as a whole. The smooth gloss finish on the neck profile is flawless.
The original Ibanez-branded faux leather gigbag is included. The zipper is functional, and one side of the handle is ripped. The original Japanese owner’s manual is also included.