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Ibanez ICB300EX Iceman Extreme 4-String Electric Bass

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The Ibanez ICB300EX Iceman Extreme brings back a metal and hard rock classic and one of the most distinctive 4-string basses ever. Its black-on-black...Click To Read More About This Product

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A classic revisited.

The Ibanez ICB300EX Iceman Extreme brings back a metal and hard rock classic and one of the most distinctive 4-string basses ever. Its black-on-black look, active electronics, and Ibanez pickups make the Iceman a chilling bass.

FEATURES
  • Black pearloid inlays on fretboard
  • Black finish
  • Black hardware
  • Bound body
  • EQB-IIDX 2-band EQ
  • Ibanez PFR-4 pickups
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4.7

(based on 19 reviews)

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a reasonable compromise

That this bass survived a sloppy packing job and rough UPS handling was impressive on it's own. My other basses have been heavy neck-thrus like the Guild 302 and Rickenbackers, which I use to...Read complete review

That this bass survived a sloppy packing job and rough UPS handling was impressive on it's own. My other basses have been heavy neck-thrus like the Guild 302 and Rickenbackers, which I use to play fast and heavy metal/rock. I had to tighten the treble boost pot and the input jack, which were both loose on arrival.The neck took a little getting used to, but no buzzes, very smooth, and now I can't put it down. It looks good, sounds good, but don't expect any sustain like you'd get from a neck-thru. The weight imbalance might be an issue for weaklings, but I'm used to basses that handle like trucks. Finger players might want to add a thumbrest between the two pickups because the neck pickup is too far up and the bridge pickup is too far back.I'd like to see Ibanez issue a heavier, pricier neck-thru like my guitarists' Iceman guitar which totally smoulders. I'll be putting a switch in place of the pickup selector knob, and I don't know if I'll disconnect the preamp, which is a little heavy for my SWR500 amp input.All in all, this was a good purchase for the money, and I bought it as a backup, but with the sound, playability, and sex appeal, I'll be using it full time with my cranky old ric as a backup. Rock on!

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I'm disappointed

This bass was an unbelievable disappointment. The action is too high, and even after being lowered it's difficult to play. It's not as hard to play with a pick but it doesn't have...Read complete review

This bass was an unbelievable disappointment. The action is too high, and even after being lowered it's difficult to play. It's not as hard to play with a pick but it doesn't have a good feel to it if you want to play with your fingers, unless you bring it all the way down to B. Also, the sound is really bad: the pickups may be huge but the sound is awful and it buzzes a lot. It's hard to play it standing because all the weight is on the neck so if you don't have a hand on it at all times, it tips right down. I'll admit, it is nice looking, it's got a fast neck, and it's light so if you jump around a lot on stage you'll have no trouble, but overall it's a horrible instrument. It's not worth paying for good looks but awful playability.

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2.0

I'm disappointed

By BassmanFurch17

from Montreal, QC

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This bass was an unbelievable disappointment. The action is too high, and even after being lowered it's difficult to play. It's not as hard to play with a pick but it doesn't have a good feel to it if you want to play with your fingers, unless you bring it all the way down to B. Also, the sound is really bad: the pickups may be huge but the sound is awful and it buzzes a lot. It's hard to play it standing because all the weight is on the neck so if you don't have a hand on it at all times, it tips right down. I'll admit, it is nice looking, it's got a fast neck, and it's light so if you jump around a lot on stage you'll have no trouble, but overall it's a horrible instrument. It's not worth paying for good looks but awful playability.

 
4.0

a reasonable compromise

By Texas Pete Reviled

from Virginia

That this bass survived a sloppy packing job and rough UPS handling was impressive on it's own. My other basses have been heavy neck-thrus like the Guild 302 and Rickenbackers, which I use to play fast and heavy metal/rock. I had to tighten the treble boost pot and the input jack, which were both loose on arrival.The neck took a little getting used to, but no buzzes, very smooth, and now I can't put it down. It looks good, sounds good, but don't expect any sustain like you'd get from a neck-thru. The weight imbalance might be an issue for weaklings, but I'm used to basses that handle like trucks. Finger players might want to add a thumbrest between the two pickups because the neck pickup is too far up and the bridge pickup is too far back.I'd like to see Ibanez issue a heavier, pricier neck-thru like my guitarists' Iceman guitar which totally smoulders. I'll be putting a switch in place of the pickup selector knob, and I don't know if I'll disconnect the preamp, which is a little heavy for my SWR500 amp input.All in all, this was a good purchase for the money, and I bought it as a backup, but with the sound, playability, and sex appeal, I'll be using it full time with my cranky old ric as a backup. Rock on!

 
5.0

Bass for the Masses

By Iceman777x

from Morenci, Az

First off the look of this bass just kills, I really like the subtle pinstripes on the body of the guitar. The neck is the fastest thing i have ever played on (ibanez's are good at that). The pickups are played best in a low tuning. overall playing i would say this is a mix between the srx series and the gsr series (my last two products i owned)The bass is top heavy so whenever you are playing you do have to hold onto it. But it is really minor the issue. the one you will want to worry about is whenever you play this for a long time standing up your shoulder just rips (definetly going to be sore) I would suggest getting a soft strap that is thick. Other than that this bass is a definite buy not just for the looks either this thing booms man

 
5.0

Ibanez ICB300EX Iceman Extreme 4-String Electric B

By TheIcemanICB300EX

from Corning Ny

This is a sick bass, the active electronics are amazing to begin with and the speed of an Ibanez is wicked to say the least. I play mostly heavy metal and hard rock, but I do some jazz slap/pop lines too, and this iceman can handle them all. Currently I have my bass in a drop B, which is so much fun to play, this bass can handle the lows with no problem. The only bad thing about it is the placement of the strap and unbalance of the neck, it puts strain on your shoulder when playing and the bass its self doesn't stay balanced at all when your playing. But over all the pros out weigh the cons of this bass by far, its a good buy. Get it.

 
4.0

DREEEEEEDDDDDGEEEE!!!!!

By Bad Welds

from Deserts of Idaho

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This mother wails!!! slick fast neck, groans hi low , big fat frets , looks cool, it's light..what else is there? Only drawback thus far is after 2 months of playing it, the g string neck lip is wearing, guess I have move one up more often...

 
5.0

Iceman commeth

By ICEMAN

from St. Louis

I have had an Iceman since 1994 it was the first bass I bought myself when I was in highschool. Mine is Passive and older than the model shown here but it has been the best, it takes a beating been dropped on a concrete floor more than once.. I love it and will never let it go! It is top heavy that is my only complaint but I have had i for so long it doesn't matter anymore and is a big bad bass. I haven't heard the Active pickups on it but even with the Passive through my Hartke this thing shreds. The neck is extremely fast and now I think its time to buy a new Iceman.. wish they had a five string.

 
5.0

Amazing

By Stray747

from Connecticut

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The Ibanez ICB300EX is easily the best bass I've ever used. The neck is fast, the body is beautiful, great sustain. The pickups on this are terrific, I can go from playing Slap Bass style to Lead Bass style in a few turns of the knobs. The inlays are really good looking, but the neck. I can stop raving about the neck, it's just plain awesome. It's fast and smooth as butter. NO FRET BUZZ ANYWHERE. The stock strings are great, so don't bother replacing them (Elixir stock). Tuning knobs are nice, as well. I've never used a bass that comes close to the sound quality I get on this one. Even when played through a low quality amp, the bass sounds better than basses costing hundreds more played through a high quality amp. If you buy this, I guarentee you that you won't regret it.

 
5.0

I Rather love it!

By your Cat

from Spruce grove

I really like how versatile this bass is. I can switch from playing heavy metal straight to some old school rock to grunge, while only having to change the tuning. It has a really fast neck which I need for some of the music I play. this bass rocks, and I would defiantly suggest it to anyone. The only thing I do not absolutely love about it is that the high g-string doesn't seem to come out as prominently, but with a bit of fiddling with the controls on it it comes out nice.

 
5.0

One of the Best Basses Ever!

By Wrathchild337

from Louisiana

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I bought this bass after playing one in a music store. The thing I like most about it is that it is easy to play. The thing I'm not particularly thrilled about is that every few weeks I need to adjust the bridge, but that only takes a few seconds to fix. All-in-all, it's worth the money.

 
5.0

This bass is in the top ten.

By Eric-bZ-6T

from South Carolina

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I use this bass with a Carvin 4x10 cab, and a Crate BX160 head. This bass roars. It has 4 knobs; a volume, treble, bass, and one other that I don't know it's function. Having bought it from a music store that I trust; it was set up beautifully. The active pickups give you that growl that passives will never come close to. The body design itself is well worth the hefty price tag. What I'm trying to say is, buy this bass. If you're serious about playing bass, this one is for you.

 
5.0

iceman great bass

By tomkatt8

from chicago

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This is the best version yet. This bass was well thought out. The first thing you will notice is it's very light.You can reach every fret with ease. The pickups and electronics sound great, it even comes with elixir strings factory installed. Out of the box it was set up perfectly. The peghead is pitched back with a scarf joint for strength and the neck shape has a very flat radius and plays like butter. Maybe not for everyone but, if you like the shape and the price, you wont be disapointed.

 
5.0

WOW

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I am in LOVE with this bass! the shape is 100% pure metal. The pickups have the edges half carved out for maximum comfort when playing with your fingers. Half of the edge remaines square giving you the option to use the grove or the edge. The neck feels so smooth. Its not just a piece of rounded wood. It actualy fits your hand. Its left natural which gives optimum speed and comfort. But the best part is the price.

 
5.0

Great Bass

By ibringthunder

from Texas

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This is a very good bass. I've owned mine for a little over a year and haven't had any problems. The only complaint I can give it is the balance problem. It tends to take a nose dive when you're not holding on to it. This bass can do it all. I play reggae, metal, classic rock, funk, it sounds great on everything. The look is killer. As far as speed goes, i can play it faster than any of the Fenders out there. Great Bass.

 
5.0

I LOVE IT

By Zombie'sbassist!!!!!!OMG

from NJ

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i just tried it out among an american P-bass, a standard Jazz bass, a 5 string peavy millenium, a 5 string Ibanez, and an Ibanez SXR of some sort. I found the iceman the best besides the American fender (it was too expensive). it was surprisingly light, comfortable, and had great tone. Also the neck was great even after I had gotten so used to my J_bass's neck. I STRONGLY RECCOMEND THIS BASS!!!!

 
5.0

Sweet piece of bass

By MC G-Rath

from Maple Ridge, BC

Back in the day I saw a video of Sascha Gerstner of Helloween playing an Iceman guitar. It was love at first sight. I loved the shape for so long, looking to get it at the first chance I could. Then I discovered it comes in bass. Long story short, it is a beautiful instrument!As far as playing it, I couldn't really ask for much better. Between the two pickups and the bass and treble boosts, you can get a lot of versatility out of it. I can go from slapping a Chili Peppers song to slamming out a some metal with the turn of a few knobs. The boots also provide some sweet distortion, without the need of a pedal. It holds up pretty well as far as durability, and stays in tune fairly well. My only complaint is the top heaviness of it; but with the addition of a decent strap and strap locks, I don't really have that much of a problem.

 
5.0

Ibanez...Im Impressed

By BassMan06-v_TXn

from Chicago

Well first off i'd like to say congratulations to Ibanez for making a bass that didn't feel like a piece of garbage when I picked it up. Now, I've had some bad problems with Ibanez basses in the past, but this thing just looked way too cool to pass up. I saw Arch Enemy Using it in "my Apocolypse" the video and i knew i had to try it. When I first played it, i noticed the low action. This mad it comfortable and easy to play. The bass growled, especially with a pick.(i can see why its the new thing 4 metal) It also got a sweet warm hum that definatly rocked. The pickups are just great and the satin black is a color of the gods. Also, the neck was thin and buttery, like most ibanez necks. The quality surprised me. i tried a Soungear 5 before and it fell apart after 6 months. Therefore, Ibanez has alwasy left a bad taste in my mouth... untill now. Overall I really like this bass and am considering picking one up.

 
4.0

Nice

By SadFaceMic

from Savannah, GA

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I have 3 basses and this one get's all the attention. The active pickups are just amazing. It's lightweight and balanced. Only problem I have, the smaller guage strings aren't read by the pickups as well as the the larger guaged. This is a common problem and you have to adjust your EQ to compensate. Plus, it cost an arm and a leg. Overall, I love this thing and you will too.

 
5.0

Want it Badly

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I love the Iceman Extreme by Ibanez. I myself have a GSR 200 and this thing is far superior. Not only does the Iceman have the looks, it sounds awesome as well. I play with a pick and I did have a slight problem with scratching the pickups. Also when I would stop playing and let my hand go of the neck it would take a nose dive. I will personally buy as soon as I have the money

 
5.0

own it and play is all the time

By DK-dhBuU

from japan...for now

Amazing bass for metal. Play in dropped D standard and this bass really comes through on both the highs and lows. Great playability that comes with an Ibanez neck, and the tone is awesome for playing with your fingers. Only two drawbacks; you need to get a long strap and you have to either get the special case for it or a gig bag.

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