Ibanez RB850

Ibanez RB850

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RB850, 4-string bass guitar from Ibanez in the Roadstar II series.

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  • Manufacturer: Ibanez
  • Model: RB850
  • Series: Roadstar II
  • Category: 4-string bass guitars
  • Added in our database on: 07/05/2006

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Ibanez RB850 user reviews

Average Score:5.0( 5/5 based on 2 reviews )
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danythebass's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Excellent bass goes everywhere."

Ibanez RB850
Made in Japan, Easel piece Accucast BIII, BII mechanical velve tune, bolt on neck maple 3-ply, 24 frets. Body "basswood" (lime) (that's less!) With a convex shape. 2 humbuckers with coils switcheurs single / dual integrated volume controls and tone controls, plus a balance control microphones. I put 9 only because of the basswood body could be better with a wood like alder.


the neck is thin and fast, like a jazz bass neck, the instrument is lightweight, very good access to acute, the settings are effective, the microphones of good quality, but the passive side that all lack a little power , the fine is here!
average balance is there, yet the fault of too light basswood body, bass bites a little nose, but ç'est easily controlled.
9 just for these kinks


This is a low pass across, at ease in the studio and on stage. I played on amps Ampeg SVT, like Trace Eliot or live console, the sound is always good. We can, thanks to the possibilities offered by the two humbuckers with their switches, get all kinds of sounds, from its very greasy to jazz rock and funk, as aa very comfortable in slap.


This is a bass that I use again and again although I have other instruments. as already stated, what can be learned from this bass is that regardless of the place, amplification, it always Sonera, and adjustments are made with disconcerting ease. I do not know its original price, but I made a real case, the day I snapped at Pigalle. Purchase confirmed, and if you ever come across one, you can buy with your eyes closed, as if it were a Jazz bass. I also own a Quérey (luthier) 6-string fretless and fretted an Aria Avante 6-string signature Bailey! but this Ibanez Roadstar II series RB850WH is a marvel nonetheless.

zonzonzon's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Ibanez RB850
it's a cheap ibanez bass, 1986 made in Japan.
I have the 5 string model that has been de-chartered by a pro luthier.
all original except the strings (logic) and the bridge, replace a big block well strong!
this bass is equipped with active electronics that has a lot of potatoes (but it's still reasonable;))
the mechanical origin of the strings take VERY WELL, even after transportation I need not allowed!
the plastic knobs its not great but pretty good, they work!
Ah yes, it has 24 frets and 2 humbucker pickups style (2 large blocks) and has a very vintage look (at the same time it is time!) And the head is very original.
there are 3 knob: Balance mic / volume / tone

9 / 10 because of the volume pot and a few scratches, but otherwise all OK!


to begin, the neck is very comfy, it slips alone.
but the neck is VERY close to a 5 string, it is barely wider than my 4 string, so you must not miss this!
overall ergonomics are good, it stings the nose a bit, but nothing uncomfortable.
something super weird, it is super light! but really! it must make 3 pounds all broken (and again, I count off!) so no problem with her back.
access to acute is impeccable.

I use a preamp EDEN navigator with power amps Crown XLS 202 and baffle homemade INAC a chorus, a volume pedal, a flanger and a big muff U.S. (which works well on bass by the way).

9 / 10 because the handle is too narrow, but otherwise almost perfect, especially for the weight!


so there! but then there is the strong point of this bass!
you can go to a big fat rock sound to his bass (do not forget that it is de-freighted!)
the sound is warm, organic, a little too round on the neck pickups but with 2 microphones we have a great sound with great bass and midrange, and treble a bit muted (but still present).
I use it mostly for slow songs or "noise" to imitate the sound of a bass, and she filled that role perfectly.

10/10 it suits me perfectly!


I've had almost a year.
I do it again this election without eSite (although it is no longer manufactured for a long time).
value for money is EXCELLENT since I pay 250 euros for secondhand (for me it's upscale, well it vau 700 euro, used on the net but it is sold in 300. it's almost demeaning to her!).
I like: the sound, weight, ergonomics, price, vintage hand.
I Witness: the stick a little too narrow, knob plastic.

10/10 a wonder!

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