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Ibanez TMB30-IV 30" Short Scale Bass in Ivory



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Product Description

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.

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Short Scale

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.

Comfortable Build

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.

Versatile Electronics

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: Ivory

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
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Customer Reviews


21 reviews





Mr Paul Raymond29th Jun 2022

This short scale bass is very well made, plays well , sounds super, really is a bargain thanks Andertons πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

Value 5Looks 5Durability 5Sound 5

Trusted Customer10th Feb 2022

Plays great straight out of the box, just needed a small adjustment on truss rod!

Value 5Looks 5Durability 5Sound 5

Mrs Julie Brown-King11th Nov 2021

Value 4Looks 4Durability 4Sound 4

Mr Ric Gingell11th Jun 2021

Value 5Looks 5Durability 5Sound 5

Mrs Suzanne Roach11th Jun 2021

Excellent value. My first bass and I’m really enjoying it

Value 5Looks 5Durability 5Sound 5

Mr Paul Colgrave9th May 2021

Value 5Looks 4Durability 4Sound 4

Trusted Customer31st Oct 2020

Value 5Looks 4Durability 4Sound 4

Mr Richard Owen14th Oct 2020

Great for those tunes that ya fingers struggle to really h on a standard bass.

Value 5Looks 5Durability 4Sound 4

Les Latham6th Oct 2020

Value 5Looks 5Durability 5Sound 5

Trusted Customer2nd Jul 2020

Im mainly a guitarist and bought this bass for recording, and had it setup to a lower tuning with heavier strings in the store before shipping. Still hunting for the best sounds out of it, and the intonation & action are not spot on, but good enough for my purpose. The build quality and feel of the neck are amazing considering the bass costs next to nothing. No sharp frets and can't spot any faults in the finish.

Value 5Looks 5Sound 3

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