Hack in training.
Join date: Nov 2011
1,137 IQ
Found a 5 banger Ibanez on my local CL for $175. Even though I just started playing bass a week ago I felt it was too good of a deal to pass up. After a few texts it was mine.

When I picked it up I immediately noticed a few issues. The guitar was horribly dirty. I felt needed condoms on my fingers to touch it. There were a few dings on the edge of the fretboard, and there was a loose pot. However, it played nice and smooth and the action was set really nice IMO.

So I brought it home to start cleaning. Here are some pics that show how dirty it was. Notice how bad the strings are and all the gunk on the fretboard and the bridge.

I polished up the body with a little bit of rubbing alcohol. I wouldn't just do that with any guitar though. This being what it is I felt fine with that. It got all kinds of grunge off the guitar. Used some steel wool and the gunk started coming away and the frets got some good polish to them. Went into the controls and tightened up that pot and replaced the 9v battery. I got a kick out of the pups catching all the steel wool fibers for me.

Used some of this stuff to condition the fretboard. I picked it up on a whim today while I was buying some new strings for it. We'll see how well it works over time, but right now the fret board feels good. I don't know how much of a difference it really makes though. I think it only cost $7, so it wasn't all that much and worth a try on what is really an experiment guitar anyway.

Here is a finished shot with my 4 string. The idea was to find out which played better and sell the other one. Without a doubt the 4 stringer that I bought last week is going to be posted on my local CL tonight. The 5 plays really well and has a good setup, so it stays.

Well, back to practicing "Welcome to the Jungle."
Ibanez SR1200E
Chirp and Swirl
Join date: Mar 2005
2,967 IQ
Quote by classicrocker01
Only on UG would I say I got engaged and bought a jet city and get congratulated on the amp

Join date: Jan 2009
868 IQ
Love those basses, HNBD!
Composite Aficionado

Spector and Markbass
Hack in training.
Join date: Nov 2011
1,137 IQ
Quote by Spaz91

Hnbd all the same, I love the SR series.

I know man, those strings were disgusting. After touching them I felt like I needed to get a tetanus shot and some antibiotics.
Ibanez SR1200E
oh the horror!
Join date: Aug 2006
3,136 IQ
HNBD. That bass looks like my old SR800s cousin. Great basses, I regret selling mine at times!
Hack in training.
Join date: Nov 2011
1,137 IQ
Quote by Deliriumbassist
But the gunk keeps the funk!

And it might keep the herpes too.
Ibanez SR1200E