BGRA: Ibanez Verdine White Signature

Manufacturer Ibanez Model Verdine White Signature
Reviewer Mike Hoekstra
Experience Item owned
Review Date Price paid $1200 retail
Neck TypeBolt on maple (painted/finished)
FingerboardEbony w/ abalone inlay
Body TypeAlder
FinishBanana Pudding (It's more yellow than a vintage white color) with chrome hardware
Pickup(s)P/J pickups
ControlsActive bass/mid/treble boost/cut with volume and blend
EMail :mikeyh76@hotmail.com I traded a bass to get this one. I didn't know what to expect, but my curiosity was peaked a little bit when Ibanez introduced the line. Very modestly priced for a "Signature" bass. Much more reasonable by comparison to most Signature basses that retail for $1600 and up for a mere signature on the headstock. The person whom I traded with spoke highly of the bass and what he described was about dead on. The bolt on neck is painted to match the rest of the body. I'm not particularly fond of this, but I got used to it (plus I've owned a couple Yamaha's that had finished necks and didn't cause me problems). I mainly seem to think this is a good way to use lesser quality lumber in the neck. After setting it up and adjusting things, the neck is straight and in good working order. The ebony fretboard and jumbo frets add to the "eye candy" factor. A good chunk of wood all in all. The body is alder and fairly resonant. The sustain is rather short - either due to broken-in strings or the body or both. The bridge has good mass and adjusts smoothly. There is also a pickguard on the face of it. It does add greatly to the aesthetic value to cut back on the "banana" factor. On the back is also a belt scratch plate. It's across the top-back of the bass. It's not in any real place to prevent belt buckle scratches. The bass has a P-J setup with master volume, pickup blend, and bass/mid/treble boost and cut. Pull up the volume knob, and you have an added volume boost for times you need to cut through the mix more. The electronics have a very passive tone about them, even though they are active. Very Marcus Miller sounding. I was undecided at first, but after playing the bass, I've come to love the tone. It's definitely useful and a sound that the other 6 basses I own can't get. It's a fantastic bass for finger funk (ala Verdine White, Rocco Prestia...), playing with a pick (for that ZZ Top and hard rock sound), blues, and funk(Marcus Miller-esque). The best part is that the electronics are QUIET! No real buzz/hum like other active pickup systems. As far as playability goes, the neck is very straight. The fretwork is very well done also. I'm a huge fan of LOW action. It doesn't buzz anywhere on the neck and plays well. One big difference between this bass and the rest of the Ibanez line is the nut width. It's a wider P-bass width that's very comfortable to play. The neck also has a deeper/rounder profile across the back. Not as big as a Fender, but close. Customer service from Ibanez...They offer a 1 year warranty (which if anything's gonna go wrong, it'll usually happen in that time). I've worked at a music store for 5 years, and from my experience, I'd have to give them an above average rating. For the price of roughly $8-900, you can probably get one new. Compared to other signature basses that cost twice as much from other companies, this one can hold it's own. Very well done and priced reasonably. It's worth the price of admission.
construction (90%)
What's the finish cover on the neck?
playability (94%)
appearance (85%)
I dig it, though some will raise an eyebrow at it.
sound (85%)
It takes some getting used to. But once you figure it out, it'll fit.
value (93%)
Good versatility and quality sound at a below "Signature Series" price.
overall (90%)
The BGRA is generously underwritten by David King of Bass Guitar Systems.
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