Ibanez ASB 140 F-Hole Acoustic Thin Body Reviews
I was trying out an amp and I took this
bass off the wall to check the amp cuz
it was the closest thing in the store to
the type of bass I'd be using. This was
at "The Only Guitar Shop" in Clifton Pk.,
NY [where there are about 4 guitar shops].
This bass was "used" but you can't tell
by looking at or playing it. Payed $210
incl. a really nice also "used" gigbag,
equally like new as the ax.
She's just my style; everything about her
drives me wild; d'hoom dat dewdap dhawmn.
F-hole thin bodies, sunburst & humbuckers,
2+2 headstocks, full neck/body bindings,
these are a few of my favorite things....
And this bee can sting and this doggie
can bark, all without losing that bottom.
It's a passive 2-knob ax and it feels good.
Lack of a top horn means balance does not
favor a "neck-up" angle, but it's only
*very* slightly off balance that way.
There is no rear access panel for cleaning
the pots or fixing the jack when needed.
It's a bit large, but it goes into it's
RoadRunner gigbag, barely fits but the
zippers are not stretched. Many other
bags are just too small. It should also
fit in a Coffin Case 'Body Bag'.
Looking thru the dark amber finish on the
neck, I think I see mahogany. Body has a
cedar center block that carries the single
exposed-poles humbucker plus seperate stop
tailpiece and 'tune-o-matic' type bridge.
Set neck with 34" scale, 2+2 Gotoh style
pegs, and rosewood fretboard. Peghead is
large, with over 2" from nut to nearest
peg. Excellent sunburst finish. Whole ax
seems very well made [in PRC]. The 8-pole
humbucker seems to be a very good one but
I'm wondering what a BassLines MM will do
for this ax.
Another "Poor man's Jack Cassady" bass and
the poor man has nothing to complain about
in this instance. I have a JC as well, and
it's much heavier. The JC has the somewhat
richer big bottom, but the Ibanez is not a
clear loser there. It's a subjective call.
This Ibanez has a big enough bottom that
not every rational player will feel the
need for yet more. Also, the Ibanez has a
much more practical bridge system so that
it can be set up easier to play.Golem
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