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The Talman Bass sports a cool retro look with a sound that will inspire players of all ages.

The TMB300 gets back to basics and delivers a one-two punch by combining a passive P/Double J pickup configuration with a retro Ibanez body design for a bass that delivers in looks and sound. Features include a Mahogany body for a warm, punchy tone, a Maple neck, and a Standard bridge. A bound Rosewood fretboard with Block inlays and a tortoise shell pickguard complete the classic vibe with a stylish, finished look. Electronics consist of a Custom 2-band Active EQ with an Ibanez DXP neck pickup and a DJ2 double J bridge pickup for extra punch. A Split Coil Switch provides a single coil option in the bridge position for heightened definition.

FEATURES
Neck: TMB4 Maple
Body: Mahogany
Fingerboard: Rosewood
Inlay: Acrylic block inlay
Medium frets
Pickups: Dynamix P neck pu, Dynamix J2 bridge pu
EQ: Ibanez Custom Electronics 2-band EQ
Bridge: Std. bridge
Hardware color: Chrome

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IbanezTMB300 4-String Electric Bass Guitar
 
3.3

(based on 8 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

63%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (6)
  • Good tone (6)
  • Good pick up (5)
  • Fun to play (3)
  • Solid electronics (3)

Cons

  • Craftsmanship (3)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (5), Experienced (3)

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(12 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Close, but fails with a resounding crash

By Brent

from Sacramento, CA

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Pros

  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone

Cons

  • Poor Pick Up
  • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

Best Uses

  • Playing Unplugged

Comments about Ibanez TMB300 4-String Electric Bass Guitar:

I wanted this bass to work. It's really beautiful. I saw the other 1 star review, and hoped it was a fluke. This bass looks beautiful. I also bought it in Soda Blue, and really like the look. I like the feel of the neck. I only played it with the stock strings, which buzzed a little, but I'd imagine that the buzz would go away with better strings. But the bass was built so poorly, there was no way easily fix the mistakes. The the knob connected to the 1/4" jack plate was very loose, and was fixable. But the 1/4" jack plate itself was not attached to the bass at all, and had knocked around in shipment, scratching up the bass and pick guard. I found 2 of the 3 screws to the plate, hoping to just screw the thing back in, but whoever drilled the pilot holes messed up so badly, that the wood under the plate had cracked off and there was nothing left to attach the plate. You could tell that 2 holes had been drilled for each screw, one very crooked one, and then one 2nd hole to try to fix the mistake. It was so bad, not even wood filler would be able to fix the mistake. Because of it, the soldering was loose, the body was dinged, and overall it jacked up the whole thing.

I still plugged it in, because I wanted to hear the sound. I love the sound. It's very bright, somewhere between a P bass and a Ric 4001, but only on some of the strings. This was clearly because the pickup height was not properly adjusted. But it has potential. The bridge pickup buzzed extremely loud, making the sound unusable. It buzzed whether you touched the strings or not. So even though the tone was nice, you could never use it because of the buzz.

Overall, this would be a fun bass to play IF it had been assembled with care. But it clearly wasn't. It's so sad because it has the potential to be so much better.

(9 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Poor Quality - Depressing Experience

By Todd Kelp

from Santa Barbara, CA

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Pros

  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone

Cons

  • Fret Buzz
  • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

Best Uses

    Comments about Ibanez TMB300 4-String Electric Bass Guitar:

    Long wait for this bass. When it arrived, notice right away that the color soda blue and displayed on the MF site doesn't look like what I'm holding. Acutal guitar is not as bright. Blue more muted. One of the knobs was hanging on, no nut to hold it inside. Found screw stripped. Had to add a big nut and now sits higher than other knob. Fret buzz on every string. Saddles doing the wave. Truss rod is stripped, perhaps at the factory. Tuner on D string is falling apart. Guitar tech on shop in Santa Barbara able to wedge small piece of steel to keep it from rattling. Really disappointed. Spent another chunk of change to correct these issues. But I still have a bad truss rod that I will have to deal with in the future. And hope that the other fixes hold.
    No, I would not reccomend this to anyone. Pretty guitar. But not worth the trouble. It has a good sound. But this whole experience left a bad taste in my mouth.

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Best bang for the buck!

    By Joe N

    from NYC

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    Comments about Ibanez TMB300 4-String Electric Bass Guitar:

    I've been playing bass professionally for over 20 years. Have endorsements with several companies, and own lots of different basses (Musicmans, Fenders, Warwicks, custom basses, etc). Not many basses available with a P and a humbucker, and the price was so low I thought the Talman was worth the gamble. I should mention that I'm not really a fan of Ibanez basses either. Never liked the ridiculously thin necks on a lot of them, and all the ones I've owned didn't cut very well when thrown into a band mix. Haven't given this one the live band test yet, but I can tell from some quick recordings I did A/Bing it with some basses that cost more than 5 times as much, that it's going to be fine.

    Quality, sound, and feel wise I haven't a single complaint about this bass. Excellent finish and craftsmanship. A substantial neck, no sharp frets, awesome action, no buzzes, great intonation. The bridge saddles were kind of high when it arrived, but for most people that's a simple fix. If you're new to bass and setups, I'd suggest reading the manual or searching online and just dropping the saddles a bit. It's not brain surgery. Doing that, the bass plays awesomely. The pickups are loud, and they can get growly, in a good way, when pushing the EQ. The bass can sound like a P bass, a Jazz, but doesn't really do the Musicman thing, which I was hoping it would. Not a big deal, there aren't a whole lot of basses that can, IMO, do the MM thing - so I don't miss it. Lots of versatility, lots of sound, lots of thump, depth, and cut. That fact that you can switch the bridge pickup to single coil adds versatility, also. This bass is a winner, for sure.

    I got it while it was on sale, and got an extra discount because of another coupon they offered at the time... so this was ridiculously cheap. I honestly don't think you can find a better, more versatile bass for the money. Again, if you're new to bass playing and your on the fence, get off and just buy it. You won't be sorry.

    (4 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Yup, it sux

    By Art Cohen

    from Ocean City, NJ

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    Pros

      Cons

      • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

      Best Uses

        Comments about Ibanez TMB300 4-String Electric Bass Guitar:

        My review will basically mirror most of the others; I was very excited to get and try this and trusted Ibanez reputation, even though it ain't Japanese made. It arrived, looked ok but needed a truss rod adjustment, usually no biggie, unless the truss rod is stripped, which it was. End of story there. I wouldn't ever think of keeping a a bass I couldn't adjust; it's gotta be set up right and easy to play. As far as I know I didn't have the other issues folks had but if they way mine started out is any indication, they're would have been other problems. Really did expect better from the Ibanez name. I just got a BTB33 and absolutely love it. Do not buy the TMB 300.

        (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        4th Time's the charm

        By Brent

        from Sacramento, CA

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        Pros

        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts

          Comments about Ibanez TMB300 4-String Electric Bass Guitar:

          I bought this bass back when it first came out, when there was only one very negative review. I loved the look of the bass and the price range, so figured I'd take a chance. Three returned basses later, I gave up.

          Sometimes, when you're the first in line for a new product, that happens. You get the first batch before they can work the kinks out. I had planned on trying one in person at Guitar Center in a few months to see if the quality had improved, but was instead contacted by Ibanez customer service. They read my other very negative review and wanted to make things right. They told me they'd worked out the bugs this time around, and had me give them another chance. I can honestly say I'm glad I did.

          So the pros: It the bass looks great. It feels great. Not too heavy, but solid enough to sustain notes. The tonal range you can get from the adjustment knobs is awesome. A tone knob for treble that can make your bass sound like a baritone guitar, a tone knob for bass that rumble all windows, a knob for volume, and a knob to adjust the blend between your pickups. The crazy thing about the tone knobs, it's they truly feel like they go to "11." Just when you think you've got all the treble a sane person would ever want in a bass tone, the dial keeps on turning. This isn't a bad thing. This is a GREAT thing! You can sound design the heck out of this bass. Crank the treble knob down, and the bass knob up, and it's pure brown-note thump. You can get such a wide-range of tones that this bass is perfect for that one versatile tool that does a little of everything. Even the volume knob, if you crank it full blast, gets a small amount of overdrive that adds a sweet amount of harmonic color to the mix.

          Cons: For me, Active Pickups-- Vintage look should have vintage sound. But, active pickups have their place, and it's nice having retro look with a modern sound. Assuming Ibanez has ironed out the wrinkles, and all the new basses are like mine, I'd buy this one in a heartbeat.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Amazing bass!

          By Big "O"

          from Gastonia, NC

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          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Rock Concerts
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Ibanez TMB300 4-String Electric Bass Guitar:

            Fell in love with the color, body shape, pick-guard color and headstock at first glance. A little investigation later, plus finding the Soda Blue reduced at Musicians Friend, I made the move to bring it home. Surprisingly, it was in tune and set-up nearly perfectly with a nice straight neck out of the box. I went on and specked everything and the only adjustment that I made was lowering the saddles just a little for my taste. A few different tones are there with the controls, so you can find your sound. Excellent fit and finish. The blue was not quite as vivid as it shows in some photos, but it's still appealing. The volume control is a bit touchy, so plan on making small increases with it.

            (2 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            worth the cash

            By charles fye

            from boynton beach

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            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone
            • Not to heavey
            • Not to heavy
            • Solid Electronics

            Cons

            • Too Much Treble

            Best Uses

            • Anything

            Comments about Ibanez TMB300 4-String Electric Bass Guitar:

            Sorry to hear the above review. I guess now and then one can get a lemon. I had none of the issues described above. It is a beautiful guitar with a pretty good tone. Except, in order to get my favorite sound, I have to turn the treble control down a lot. The bass has a bite that to my ears sounds bad. Makes me wince, much like scraping on a blackboard bothers some people, this bothers me....All in all the bass is not bad for the cash spent. It is a keeper.

            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Sounds and feels great!!!!

            By Tom twin

            from South Jersey

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            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone
            • Solid Electronics

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing

              Comments about Ibanez TMB300 4-String Electric Bass Guitar:

              Sounds great through an Ashdown Mag 600 EVO and 410 Marshall Bottom, feels great!! Super value!! Who would want a green bass??? Love it!!! Playing it now!!! Compares to my 62 P bass!!!! I got a good one!!

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