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Ibanez TMB30 Electric Bass

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While Talman basses normally have the more common 34” “long-scale” neck, the TMB30 offers a “short-scale” 30” neck. The shorter neck is often preferr...Click To Read More About This Product

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Reflecting a classic Ibanez body style, the Talman TMB30 sports a 30" short scale, cool retro look and delivers a sound that inspires.

While Talman basses normally have the more common 34” “long-scale” neck, the TMB30 offers a “short-scale” 30” neck. The shorter neck is often preferred by players of smaller stature who find a long-scale instrument to be unwieldy. It is also a favorite of guitarists who double on bass— the shorter scale having a feel closer to that of an electric guitar.

The TMB30 features include a Mahogany body for a warm, punchy tone, a Maple neck with Rosewood fretboard, a Standard bridge, and a black pickguard to complete the classic vibe. Electronics consist of an Ibanez Dynamix P neck pickup and a Dynamix J bridge pickup for that rich, vintage sound.

FEATURES
Neck 
Shape: Info not available
Wood: Maple
Neck joint: Info not available
Scale length: 30"
Truss rod: Yes
Finish: Info not available
Pickups
Active or passive pickups: Passive
Pickup configuration: P/J
Neck: Not applicable
Middle: Split single coil
Bridge: Single coil
Brand: Dynamix
Series or parallel: Parallel
Active preamp: Not applicable
Special electronics: Not applicable
Fretboard
Material: Rosewood
Radius: Info not available
Fret size: Medium
Number of frets: 20
Inlays: Dot
Nut material: Info not available
Nut width: Info not available
Neck width at 12 fret: Info not available
Body
Cutaway: Double cutaway
Construction: Solidbody
Body wood: Mahogany
Top wood: Not applicable
Body finish: Info not available
Orientation: Right handed
Controls
Control layout: Master volume and balancer
Pickup switch: No
Coil tap or split: No
Tone switching: No
Special switching: No
Hardware
Bridge type: Fixed
Bridge design: Std.
Tailpiece: Not applicable
Tuning machines: Die-cast
Color: Chrome
Other
Number of strings: 4
Pickguard: Yes
Special features: Not applicable
Case: Sold separately
Accessories: Info not available
Country of origin: Info not available

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IbanezTMB30 Electric Bass
 
4.6

(based on 13 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (11)
  • Fun to play (10)
  • Good tone (9)
  • Good pick up (8)
  • Solid electronics (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Recording (9)
  • Jamming (8)
  • Practicing (8)
  • Small venues (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (6), Professional musician (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Awesome beginner or project bass

Bought this one for the kids, but it's so much fun I'll probably play it more. This has to be one of, if not the best short scales in this price range. Mine...Read complete review

Bought this one for the kids, but it's so much fun I'll probably play it more. This has to be one of, if not the best short scales in this price range. Mine came with a great neck, good frets and no sharp ends. Weight wise, its a little heavier than I expected- maybe 7.5 lbs? Fingers, pick, slap, all sound good with no rattles. No neck dive. The only weak point I think is the cheapo bridge. Its really unstable and the E saddle could be bumped and moved too easily. I ordered a Hipshot when I ordered the bass because I hate these style bridges anyway. I'd have had to shorten the screw or maybe just cut off some spring length on the stock saddle for the E (and possibly the A) to get them to intonate.

Get the bass on sale, a Hipshot for another fifty and it's a performer on par with basses that cost a grand or more, and still less than competing Squiers or Epiphones that also probably need upgraded bridges. I mainly just use the P in a PJ setup, but installed a Fender J anyway because this one was noisy at home (but not at rehearsal for some reason). I had to carve away about a millimeter of wood on top and bottom of the bridge cavity to fit the Fender, so be aware that aftermarket pups may not be a straight drop in. Upgrading the pups is not really needed though IMO. The tuners have the large posts so breaking strings is less likely. They seem to be holding pretty well. I can get through a few songs without having to re-tune, then it's only a minor tweak to the E and A.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not bad, but buzz, buzz

It's not bad for the price. There is not much selection for a shot scale bass, so I did not expect much. The pickups are decent, pots are ok, but it had...Read complete review

It's not bad for the price. There is not much selection for a shot scale bass, so I did not expect much. The pickups are decent, pots are ok, but it had a bad fret buzz. I checked the setup and the neck had no relief at all which I thought might be the problem. After adjusting the truss rod, to set the proper relief, it got a little better, but still was there. Raising the string height to almost unplayable height, still there. The frets were pretty good and even tried lowering the pickups without luck. I finally gave up and since it did not cost much, I turned this into my project bass. I stripped off the very thick paint on the body and found a very soft wood that is supposed to be mahogany, I guess. No grain to speak up, so I might paint it again instead of trying to stain it. One thing I do like is the wider fretboard and the feel of the neck. I am not a big fan of the looks of the talman, so I am tempted to change the shape of the top of the headstock, since I already re-carved the body to look sleeker. Bottom line is it is a good beginner short scale or project bass.

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(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great starter bass

By Lauren N.

from Southern Utah

About Me Novice

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording

    Comments about Ibanez TMB30 Electric Bass:

    I needed a bass guitar for recording music. I'm not a bassist by any stretch of the imagination, but a guitarist rather. But this bass has been great so far. It shipped and arrived quickly, and after unboxing and tuning it up it was ready to go from the start. It came set up very well, I didn't have to make any adjustments to the action or the intonation. And it's very easy to play, which is a plus if you're like me and have rather small hands. Overall, I would absolutely recommend this bass, especially if you're just starting out.

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Awesome beginner or project bass

    By Lothar

    from Washington

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • bridge

    Best Uses

      Comments about Ibanez TMB30 Electric Bass:

      Bought this one for the kids, but it's so much fun I'll probably play it more. This has to be one of, if not the best short scales in this price range. Mine came with a great neck, good frets and no sharp ends. Weight wise, its a little heavier than I expected- maybe 7.5 lbs? Fingers, pick, slap, all sound good with no rattles. No neck dive. The only weak point I think is the cheapo bridge. Its really unstable and the E saddle could be bumped and moved too easily. I ordered a Hipshot when I ordered the bass because I hate these style bridges anyway. I'd have had to shorten the screw or maybe just cut off some spring length on the stock saddle for the E (and possibly the A) to get them to intonate.

      Get the bass on sale, a Hipshot for another fifty and it's a performer on par with basses that cost a grand or more, and still less than competing Squiers or Epiphones that also probably need upgraded bridges. I mainly just use the P in a PJ setup, but installed a Fender J anyway because this one was noisy at home (but not at rehearsal for some reason). I had to carve away about a millimeter of wood on top and bottom of the bridge cavity to fit the Fender, so be aware that aftermarket pups may not be a straight drop in. Upgrading the pups is not really needed though IMO. The tuners have the large posts so breaking strings is less likely. They seem to be holding pretty well. I can get through a few songs without having to re-tune, then it's only a minor tweak to the E and A.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Initial Impression

      By M67

      from USA

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      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Ibanez TMB30 Electric Bass:

        Overall, the TMB30 looks and plays really good considering it's just an inexpensive, entry-level, Indonesian made model. As a guitarist needing a bass for my jam room, I'm very pleased with mine.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Killer!!!

        By LOUIS

        from undisclosed

        About Me Professional Musician

        See all my reviews

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Ibanez TMB30 Electric Bass:

            Really great right out of the box. Near perfect set-up, plays great, sounds really good. Really great inexpensive shirt scale. Highly recommended.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Ibanez TMB30

            By Jackson

            from Austintown, OH

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            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone
            • Great fit and finish
            • Solid Electronics

            Cons

            • None

            Best Uses

            • Church camp
            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Ibanez TMB30 Electric Bass:

            I play in a church band and a group that sponsors weekend retreats for adults and teens. I chose the Ibanez bass based on the reviews. It is a very good short scale bass. I have a number of basses.

            The setup was fairly close out of the box. I added GHS Bass Boomers and set it up with a low action. Very happy with the playability and the tone(s).

            I plan on using it for the weekend retreats.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Perfect for people with a shorter wingspan

            By Kmaestro

            from Cincinnati,OH

            About Me Experienced

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            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Tone

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Ibanez TMB30 Electric Bass:

              Perfect for people with a shorter wingspan than the 34" scale basses require. The nut width on this beauty is the same as a Precision neck. Short Scale basses usually have the thin Jazz style nut width and I personally find that to be too thin. The TMB30 has some heft to it and can dial in a lot of tones from low growl to punchy or funk slap. This is my versatile do-it-all bass and I have a Hofner Club (30" scale neck) which I love. I bought the TMB30 as a level 2 blemished in ivory. I love the color and I could only find pick scratches on the guard.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              A lovely beginner bass and a great intermediate bass

              By El Baltu

              from La Plata, BA

              About Me Child

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Recording
                • School Bands
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Ibanez TMB30 Electric Bass:

                This is my personal bass. When I tried it, it was perfect for me and was to fun to play, I decided to buy it because I was very impressed of the sound of the instrument, it was very cool! I play a lot this instrument, buy it if you are a intermediate player.

                (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                Not bad, but buzz, buzz

                By Bob

                from Central Pa

                See all my reviews

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                  Cons

                  • Fret Buzz

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Ibanez TMB30 Electric Bass:

                    It's not bad for the price. There is not much selection for a shot scale bass, so I did not expect much. The pickups are decent, pots are ok, but it had a bad fret buzz. I checked the setup and the neck had no relief at all which I thought might be the problem. After adjusting the truss rod, to set the proper relief, it got a little better, but still was there. Raising the string height to almost unplayable height, still there. The frets were pretty good and even tried lowering the pickups without luck. I finally gave up and since it did not cost much, I turned this into my project bass. I stripped off the very thick paint on the body and found a very soft wood that is supposed to be mahogany, I guess. No grain to speak up, so I might paint it again instead of trying to stain it. One thing I do like is the wider fretboard and the feel of the neck. I am not a big fan of the looks of the talman, so I am tempted to change the shape of the top of the headstock, since I already re-carved the body to look sleeker. Bottom line is it is a good beginner short scale or project bass.

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Better than expected!

                    By Joe E

                    from Egg Harbor Twp,NJ

                    About Me Professional Musician

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                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                    • A switch between pickups, 6 stars easy!

                    Best Uses

                    • Jamming
                    • Large venues. Totally holds it's own live
                    • Practicing
                    • Recording
                    • Rock Concerts
                    • Small Venues

                    Comments about Ibanez TMB30 Electric Bass:

                    Use this at practice and playing out on gigs. Love the 30 inch neck. Makes riffs and runs just effortless. Also have an Ibanez Artcore semi hollow bass with 30 inch neck but the TMB 30 is a harder rocker which is more where my band leans.

                     
                    5.0

                    Great bass for any occasion

                    By studiogorilla

                    from Music City, USA

                    About Me Professional Musician

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                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Fun To Play
                    • Good Feel

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Recording

                      Comments about Ibanez TMB30 Electric Bass:

                      I'm still tweaking the setup a bit, but it plays very comfortably and I love the short scale! I'm surprised at how good the pickups sound, especially for the $$. Sonically, it's surprisingly versatile. I bought one for my daughter, also.

                       
                      4.0

                      Can't go wrong with this!

                      By Stormy

                      from Ok.

                      About Me Experienced

                      See all my reviews

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Jamming
                        • Practicing
                        • Recording
                        • Small Venues

                        Comments about Ibanez TMB30 Electric Bass:

                        I've said it before and I say it again. I apparently have lived long enough to see gig worthy instruments from overseas at amazing prices. I wish there were more colors available, but this is a terrific short scale bass.

                         
                        5.0

                        Surprisingly Good

                        By UsedToBeElvis

                        from CT

                        About Me Professional Musician

                        Comments about Ibanez TMB30 Electric Bass:

                        The first surprise is that it arrived in one piece. The last guitar I got looked like it had been "air mailed"- that is, dropped from a plane onto my front porch. This has the lowest action of any bass I've ever owned, and I've had some pretty good ones over the last 40 years. A little fret buzz at first, but it went away (mostly) before I could try to adjust it. I bought this without even seeing one in person, because the last time Ibanez came out with a good, affordable short-scale bass (the GARTB20), I missed out, and no one will sell their used ones! In the old days, all my stuff had finished necks, now none of them do. One reviewer called the neck "dry". I've never heard that before, but it's a perfect description. So, instead of my usual single coat of Butcher's Wax Bowling Ally Paste, this one needed four, followed by heavy buffing and some Lemon Pledge. The pickups are surprisingly good, too. There's not a lot of tonal range, but I didn't expect there to be. Lots of bass and punch. The neck seems to be unnecessarily wide, with acres of space between the strings for no reason, and it's fairly thick, too, so it is slightly neck-heavy. I think the tmb100 (regular scale) must be way too neck-heavy. All in all, it's a steal at this price. I got the ivory, which is not as striking as the pictures, but it's nice, and it's different. I wouldn't record with it, but if you're small in stature or have small hands, for on-stage aesthetics and ease of playing, short-scale is the way to go! Highly recommend.

                         
                        5.0

                        She loves it.

                        By Minda

                        from Springfield, IL

                        About Me Experienced

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Jamming
                          • Practicing
                          • Recording
                          • Small Venues

                          Comments about Ibanez TMB30 Electric Bass:

                          I bought this for my niece. She is in a band and plays regularly. However she is petite and this bass suits her size.

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