Ibanez Talman Bass - Ivory

4-string Electric Bass with Mahogany Body, Maple Neck, Rosewood Fretboard, P/J Pickups, and Black Pickguard - Ivory
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Ibanez Talman Bass - Ivory image 1
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Solid Bass Value, Classic Good Looks

Step up to a value-packed bass guitar in the Ibanez Talman Bass. Expect powerful, punchy tone from the mahogany body and solid playability from the maple neck with rosewood fingerboard. Dynamix P/J style pickups give the Talman Bass impressive tonal versatility, with a single-coil bridge pickup for smooth and woody lead work and a split neck pickup for meaty picked tones. Whether you're searching for an easy-playing first bass or a reliable second instrument, Sweetwater bassists stand behind the Ibanez Talman Bass for its looks and playability at an affordable price.

Ibanez Talman TMB30 Electric Bass at a Glance:
  • Big tone from Dynamix P/J pickups
  • Classic good looks
Big tone from Dynamix P/J pickups

The Talman's Dynamix P and J single-coil pickups bring you the sound of some of the most famous bass players in history. From fat, thumping rock tones to soft, mid-rich R&B and jazz lines, the Talman has a wide range of sonic territory to explore.

Classic good looks

The Talman wins style points in Sweetwater's book with its thin-waisted body, chrome hardware, and oversized tuning knobs. The Talman's classic good looks and modern sleekness make it a good fit for most stage shows.

Ibanez Talman TMB30 Electric Bass Features:
  • Value-packed electric bass guitar
  • Classic style for great stage looks
  • Mahogany body for warm, punchy tone
  • Fat tone from Dynamix P- and J-style pickups
Tap into big retro tone with the Ibanez Talman Bass!

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Tech Specs

Body Shape Talman
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 4
Color Ivory
Body Material Mahogany
Body Finish Urethane
Neck Material Maple
Neck Shape TMB4
Radius 9.4"
Fingerboard Material Rosewood
Fingerboard Inlay White Dots
Number of Frets 20, Medium
Scale Length 30"
Nut Width 1.614"
Bridge/Tailpiece Standard Bridge
Tuners Chrome
Number of Pickups 2
Neck Pickup Dynamix P
Bridge Pickup Dynamix J
Controls 2 x volume, 1 x tone
Manufacturer Part Number TMB30IV

Customer Reviews

4.5/5
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5/5

Great Little Bass!

I have always preferred a short scale bass but there aren't many options available. I ordered the TMB30 from Sweetwater based on my experience playing a TMB300 in a music store. I was completely blown away! The finish is perfect, the workmanship is superb. The hardware is good for the price. I may replace the bridge at some point but, then again, it sounds so good that I may just leave it alone. I have played basses costing five times what I payed for this little bass and they didn't come close. What a HUGE tone! I'll be keeping this one.
5/5

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Additional feedback: We replaced the stock tone capacitor with a traditional orange drop, and this bass became a 5 star investment. The stock pickups really shined, the tonal options available by backing off the volume of either one pickup or the other, and using that orange drop's legendary mojo on tone....amazing change. Didn't realize a cap could be so essential. The body cavity had a thorough shielding job,very good job on factory solder points,too.Tight,very good wiring by Ibanez.Excellent buy.
4.5/5

Ibanez TMB30 Short Scale Bass - Great buy!!

I amazed at the quality of this bass for the price. I have been playing short scale basses exclusively for the past six years or so, after playing 34" long scale basses for twenty years. Short scale basses are sometimes seen as beginner models that you will outgrow when you get more experience or become "serious" about playing bass. Make no mistake, this is a perfectly gig-worthy bass!! The tones and play-ability are great! These are not the cheap, unplayable, crappy sounding basses of yesteryear. I also own a Squier VM Jaguar bass that I've had for a few years and likewise, it is perfectly gig worthy bass. The neck on the Ibanez is a little chunkier than what I was used to and took just a little bit to get used to, but now it's great and I can switch back and forth instantly. Before these affordable short scale basses were available I had a custom short scale Jazz style bass made. It cost me eight times as much as the Ibanez TMB30 or the Squier VM Jaguar. It is a "nicer looking and built bass" and I enjoy it for sure, but they all do the same thing for me. They get the sound of the music in my head and heart, out to the audience and sound great doing it. You can definitely pay more if you wish, but nowadays you do not have to!!!
4.5/5

Very Nice Bass

Just wanted to start the love for these Talman short scale basses. Pretty amazing what you get for the money. Bass is light. The finish is flawless. The tone is great. Balances very well. Solid alternative to Squier SS Jag. In fact, if you find the Squier neck too thin, check out the Talman. Very comfortable neck. The chrome hardware is on par with the price point, but will get you by. The pup really do have nice tone. There is no need, imo, to swap the pups. The ivory is very creamy. A buddy online bought the Coral Red and says it looks like prehistoric tomato soup. I take that as a good thing!A lot of bass for short cash and plays VERY well stock out of the box. And as always, Sweetwater is the best place to buy gear. Mine arrived ready to play after minor tuning.
4/5

jam on top a bass through a looper!

This is a solid bass,$179 gets you an instrument thats fun to play, pick ups sound great,finish is perfect, electronics great. I chose this one after a year of compairing the cheapest short scale basses. I am a guitar player that wanted some thing different to mess with,and throw in my sound when making a loop,its great to jam on top of a bass through a looper.
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