The Ibanez Talman guitars were originally launched back in 1994, but it was only after they were discontinued in 1998 that people really got attached to the guitars. Now, the Talman is coming back, including this TMB30 short scale bass that captures the sound of some of the world’s most popular vintage alternative basses.
With just 30″ of space between the bridge and the nut, this bass is a lot smaller than some. This makes it much easier to play not only for beginners, but also for pros who may want to take advantage of a smaller neck for long stretches.
It also makes a slight difference to the tone of the bass as well. As you have less tension on the strings, your tone gets a lot more of a throaty midrange that can cut through the mix like a dream.
While the Talman may not be a conventional bass shape, neither really fitting in to traditional or modern stylings, it has still been carefully designed for comfort. Made from Poplar, the body has a bit of weight to it but adds a lot of low end thump to the sound. The Maple neck, adorned with a Jatoba fretboard, adds a bit of snap to your tone keeping the balance in check.
Simplicity is key to the setup here. While Ibanez are known for their very powerful active setups, they also know when they need to tone it down. So the TMB30 has a very simple P/J pickup configuration from Ibanez’s selection of Dynamix pickups. These were designed after classic passive electronics from the 60s and 70s, that helped give the first short scale basses their signature sound.
Body & Bridge
- Body Material: Poplar
- Bridge: B10 Bridge (19mm String Spacing)
- Finish: Black
Neck & Fingerboard
- Neck: TMB4 Maple
- Fingerboard: Jatoba
- Fingerboard Inlay: White Dot
- Fret Size: Medium
Hardware & Electronics
- Hardware Colour: Chrome
- Neck Pickup: Dynamix P
- Bridge Pickup: Dynamix J