Ibanez MC2940 Musician Bass Black 1987
Ibanez MC2940 Musician Bass, black, made in Japan 1987. The Musican is a 80s icon, finding fame with esteemed players like John Entwhistle, Sting and Adam Clayton, among many others. The model disappeared from Ibanez's international catalogs in 1987, so this was a 'last year' example before they vanished. These later models had a body shape more akin to a Soundgear bass; the slightly wonky shape of the earlier versions was smoothed out somewhat. It’s a great sounding bass: heaps of precision and pluck, plenty of sustain and when you boost the bass via the EQ, heaps of heft. The neck is a superb piece of craftsmanship: the luxe dark ebony board tops a sturdy and slim 5-ply maple/walnut neck with a gorgeous slick neck-through construction... these were ahead of their time in design and inspired a heap of other models. The bridge is also a great design, the tuners are super smooth and stable, and the ash-winged body is perfectly balanced. There’s a reason these were so well heralded in their day and for the decades that followed: it’s a very, very good bass.
Model: Ibanez MC2940 Musician
Made: Japan, Fujigen plant, 1987 (serial K870519)
Finish: satin natural over walnut stained ash and natural maple
Body: sen ash wings, rock maple centre
Neck: 3-pice maple with ebony board, 12" radius, 34" scale
Pickup: Ibanez 'LO-B' humbucker x2
Case: basic non original gig bag
Cosmetic condition notes: minor finish wear. Headstock has some minor scuffs on the end. The neck is clean and smooth in the hands, just a few minor dimples on the back. The back has light scuffs only, no major marks. The sides have a couple of dimples near the top horn and jack, nothing nasty. The front is very tidy, just some dimples near the knobs and in the elbow area and rub wear near the neck pickup and top horn. Overall: excellent condition (8/10)
Playing condition notes: Action is low, neck is straight, intonation is good, truss rod works. All electrics tested and working properly. Frets look great, minor wear only, 9/10 for life left. Set up with fresh 45/105 strings.