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1987 Ibanez Roadstar II RB851 Vintage PJ Electric Bass Guitar Deep Wine, Japan


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Up for sale, a 1987 Ibanez Roadstar II RB851 electric bass in 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original form-fit gigbag. Crafted at the Fujigen factory in Japan, the Roadster is the bolt-on sibling to the venerable Musician line, with the same top quality construction and components. Featuring a Deep Wine gloss finish over a solid basswood body, slab rosewood fretboard on a three-ply maple neck, and stock pair of LO-B humbuckers, this Roadstar II bass is versatile rhythmic force. The active electronics offer exceptional sound sculpting abilities, ensuring massive, commanding low end and focused treble cut via the center detent pickup Blend, Treble, and Bass knobs. This Ibanez weight 8lbs 4oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 45-100 roundwound strings, comfortable action, and accurate intonation. The maple neck has a notably slender and fast-feeling C shaped profile carve at the nut with good shoulder in every register and notably more roundness and heft as you travel up the fretboard, measuring .790” deep at the 1st fret and .965” at the 12th. The slab rosewood fretboard features mini dot inlay and pristine stock medium jumbo fretwire. The bass plays cleanly in every register up the straight neck with an ideally adjusted and responsive truss rod. The scale length is a full 34” and the nut measures 1 9/16” in width. The headstock features a black Roadstar truss rod cover, gold Ibanez logo, and set of Ibanez Smooth Tuner II machine heads that live up to their name. On the body, the electronics work as they should with a Master Volume, center detent pickup Blend, and active Treble and Bass controls governing the stock pair of LO-B pickups. The original black hardware is intact, including the heavy-duty top-loader bridge, quartet of knurled knobs, and V-shaped strap buttons. The gloss Deep Wine finish has a metallic burst accent on the body edges, and cosmetic wear includes scuffing in the pick path, a concentration of finish scratches central to the back (yet shy of "buckle rash"), and light marks in the finish mostly relegated to the treble side lower bout edge. An additional mounting hole is present adjacent to the current rear strap button location. The neck sports a matching Deep Wine gloss finish that's smooth to the palm with only a few shallow marks on the profile length. The original Ibanez faux leather fitted gigbag is included.