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    NGD: 1982 Ibanez MC-150 Musician

    I'm posting this mainly to highlight apparent inspiration re. some of Ibanez's late '70s & early '80s guitar models. This one is from the short-lived Musician series. Its body shape reminds me of early Rickenbacker solidbodys like the Combo 850. But the headstock and pickups remind me of another brand. :) Have a look:





    Some trivia re. the pickup: it's a Maxon-made "Super 58" from shortly before Maxon got out of the pickup biz. The six-digit code tells us it was made on 13 Feb 1982. (The initial "8" is a production line code…it's the "2" that indicates the year.) When found in a Greco guitar this same pickup is known as the DRY model, or DRY Z since most samples were ink-stamped with a "Z" in addition to the numerical code. Short AlNiCo 3 magnet typically, though some examples feature AlNiCo 4. Lightly potted. All documented examples to date use poly-coated wire, despite claims of NOS 1950s plain enamel wire also being used. The coating is thinner than typical and the coils have been machine-wound using higher-than-typical tension. By mid-1982 Maxon had sold their pickup-making machinery, and apparently some of their pickup designs too, to the FujiGen Gakki company. FujiGen continued making this design, keeping the Super 58 name for Ibanez and creating a new name, "DRY 1982," for Greco. Whatever the name these are fab pickups, sounding to my ears very much like early Gibson patent #s. They sound great in split coil mode too, as (optionally) in this particular guitar.

    -Dave-
    Last edited by Quantum Strummer; 04-01-2017 at 08:55 PM.
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    nice! can we get a full frontal shot?

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    Sure, I'll add a "full frontal" to this post as soon as I take it. :)

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    Last edited by Quantum Strummer; 04-06-2017 at 05:20 PM.
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    1971 S-100 "Black Cherry"
    1973 S-100 "Nature Boy"
    1990 Nightbird Custom
    2013 NS M-75 Aristocrat
    2016 NS S-200 Thunderbird

    c. 1971 Foxey Lady

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quantum Strummer View Post
    Sure, I'll add a "full frontal" to this post as soon as I take it. :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by AcornHouse View Post
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    What he said.

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    Wait…what?!

    Edit: better get a placeholder pic in here! :) From the previous owner:



    When I first saw it listed it reminded me of this early Rickenbacker, a Combo 800:



    There's also a resemblance to this Rickie, my '59 Model 450. Both are neck-through-body guitars too:



    -Dave-
    Last edited by Quantum Strummer; 04-07-2017 at 07:46 PM.
    1962 F-20 Troubadour
    1970 M-75 Bluesbird
    1971 S-100 "Black Cherry"
    1973 S-100 "Nature Boy"
    1990 Nightbird Custom
    2013 NS M-75 Aristocrat
    2016 NS S-200 Thunderbird

    c. 1971 Foxey Lady

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    That's a beautiful axe, Dave! I used to lust over these Musician and Artist models in the 80s. I soooo badly wanted an MC500 or an AR300, because of the pickups and build quality. I've only learned recently, and many guitars later, that Maxon made many of these pickups. I also suspect that these Musician models and early Hamers may have been an influence on the first PRS builds.

    My first quality solid body guitar was a 1979 Ibanez Studio in the classic brown, triangle-shaped, green interior case. It had two humbuckers, one master volume knob, two other black knobs, a 3-way pickup selector, and a little black button that was an active/passive switch. As a young guitarist obsessed with Santana, these pickups got that pure, thick tone when I pushed that little black button. Although I'm certain that the TRC said "ST300," I think it was actually an ST200 according to pics on the net. I've always wondered if Maxon also made these pickups. If I ever spot another one, I'm gonna grab it.

    Have fun playing! It looks to be in amazing condition. Did it also come in one of the indestructible, brown triangle cases?
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    jp, the Musician came in a rectangular Ibanez case. Not positive it's original but I think so 'cuz the guitar fits in snugly.

    Another of my recent Ibanezes is in fact an '82 AR300. (Basically a double-cut LP. Much closer in construction, if not in cosmetics, to an LP than the so-called "lawsuit" copies.) Lovely flame-top 'burst, easy player, killer sound. Fit & finish are as good as it gets. Crazy high price/performance ratio. Heaviest guitar I own at 9lbs 4oz. This one came in a brown wedge case.

    I'm pretty sure Maxon made most of the '70s & early '80s Ibanez pickups. Gotoh may've made some too. Maxon hit the sweet spot with the DRY/Super 58 pickup IMO. It doesn't have quite the airiness of the earlier U-1000/Super 70 but it's even more responsive to pick/finger attack.

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    Last edited by Quantum Strummer; 04-09-2017 at 07:44 PM.
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    1970 M-75 Bluesbird
    1971 S-100 "Black Cherry"
    1973 S-100 "Nature Boy"
    1990 Nightbird Custom
    2013 NS M-75 Aristocrat
    2016 NS S-200 Thunderbird

    c. 1971 Foxey Lady

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    Ah. This is the case I'm thinking of. I guess a trapezoid is more accurate.



    My Studio was also super heavy. I'd love to see a pic of your Artist if you get a chance to post it. Those are fantastic guitars with sustain for days.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jp View Post
    Ah. This is the case I'm thinking of. I guess a trapezoid is more accurate.
    Oh, neat! That's a different shape to any of the '80s Ibanez cases I've seen so far. The AR300's case has the same colors and outer texture but is shaped more like a typical LP case.

    My Studio was also super heavy. I'd love to see a pic of your Artist if you get a chance to post it. Those are fantastic guitars with sustain for days.
    Yep, those were the days of "heavier is better." :) I rebelled against that for many years, most of my playing life in fact, but more recently I've come around to understand that it has its pluses.

    I don't have a good AR300 pic, but here's a couple of an '83 AM50. A mini-semi, like Gibson's ES-339 but earlier. Same size & basic shape as the AR300 if otherwise very different (for one thing it only weighs 7 lbs). Another great playing & sounding instrument:





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    Last edited by Quantum Strummer; 04-09-2017 at 08:20 PM.
    1962 F-20 Troubadour
    1970 M-75 Bluesbird
    1971 S-100 "Black Cherry"
    1973 S-100 "Nature Boy"
    1990 Nightbird Custom
    2013 NS M-75 Aristocrat
    2016 NS S-200 Thunderbird

    c. 1971 Foxey Lady

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