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Thread: NGD: 1982 Ibanez MC-150 Musician

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quantum Strummer View Post
    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.
    After some years of touring with a heavy-*** 70s Fender Strat, I also came to this realization. The big headstock and dense, heavy body added some serious resonance and sustain that the lighter body models just don't have. I'm willing to compromise.

    Quote Originally Posted by Quantum Strummer View Post
    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:
    Oh man, that's so cool. Why don't I remember this model? Now I've got to add another one to the wish list! Thanks for sharing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jp View Post
    Why don't I remember this model? Now I've got to add another one to the wish list!
    The AM50 wasn't around long. Late '82 through '83, I think. Maybe into '84, though that's when Ibanez overhauled their lineup and dropped lotsa models. There was also an AM205 with a figured mahogany top, "antique violin" finish, a pickguard and fancy block fretboard markers. And in '83 (& maybe early '84) only also an AM100 with a black finish and white guard. Super 58s in all of 'em.

    Edit: looking at the catalogs I see the AM205 makes it into 1986 at least.

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    1973 S-100 "Nature Boy"
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    c. 1971 Foxey Lady

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    So here's an iPhone pic of my AR300. Doesn't show the maple figuring at all. The flame is pretty tight…shoulda taken a closeup. :)



    It's a very elegant sounding guitar. Reminds me, despite being a solidbody, of the ES-350T I used to own. The dual-pickup blend, with the neck in parallel HB mode, has a way cool phasey quality. I mostly just plug into a reverb pedal & then into an amp and play clean. By comparison the MC150 is chimier and snappy while the AM50 is aggressive and likes to snarl & even twang.

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    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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    Gorgeous! It looks like a beefy axe. I suspect that the Gibraltar bridge and heavy tailpiece contribute to a lot of sustain. I also really dig the headstock shape of this Ibanez era as well as the tension-adjustable locking tuners that these guitars had. They seemed to be the one Japanese company that truly broke away and started to define their own brand. My brother had an original Ibanez Paul Stanley Iceman that despite its outright gaudiness perfectly typified the rock and roll guitar.

    I'm really intrigued by the AM series now. I've tried the newer Artcore guitars, but I like the neck profiles on these older 70s and 80s models, which seem slightly slimmer than their newer counterparts. You've really got me intrigued now, and I'm going to keep my eyes open for a semi-hollow.

    Thanks for the pic!
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    Yer welcome! Yeah, everything about the AR300 contributes to evenness in volume and long sustain. I don't always (most of the time in fact) want that but this guitar delivers a primo version of it. The pickups' sensitivity and tonal variety—the harder you play the brighter & edgier they get—saves the overall sound from blandness.

    Further digging suggests that although the AM205 is in the '86 catalog it was discontinued in late '85.

    Last evening I ran across a Premier Guitar video visit to Rickenbacker's "museum," during which John Hall (Ric owner & CEO) talked a bit about Roger Rossmeisl and the "German carve." I think you can see Rossmeisl's influence in guitars like the MC150 and likely some PRS designs too. Hall was also proud to note that Rickenbacker had a humbucking version of its horseshoe pickup back in 1952. Not patented…they didn't think it was that big a deal. :) (National had a humbucker in 1940, BTW. And Adolph Rickenbacker was involved in National…) Hall also made a good case for Rickenbacker as the creator of the first commercially viable magnetic pickup.

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    Last edited by Quantum Strummer; 04-11-2017 at 07:59 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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    Oooo can I get in on this ? Awesome score ,
    Love the artists and might get one one day .

    Here's my girl got her in 78 beat her up playing her but she still rocks . I made a conversation plate under the lead super 88 that allows me screw on a a custom trim plate I made gold anodized aluminum that allows me to install humbuckers with no damage to the guitar :)

    Wish I could find parts for her but there hard to come by :(

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    Yow, that's a sharp looker, Ray! Just gorgeous figuring. Visually I think the late '70s Ibanez designs are their best: they were pulling out all the stops to get a foothold in the market. Do you get on with the electronics? I love lotsa knobs & switches but at the same time I know I can get too easily pulled down the rabbit hole by 'em. :)

    -Dave-
    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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    Nice, Ray. I love the abalone dot inlays and ebony neck.

    Aiigh! Ok, guys you got me. I may have to put aside my next build -- a vintage parts Fender P/J bass -- to find the Ibanez ST200 of my youth.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jp View Post
    …the Ibanez ST200 of my youth.
    There's a minty one on Reverb if that's any help.

    BTW a guy local to me decided he had to sell his '82 (first month of production probably) AM205. I had no choice but to help him out. :) It's another gem.

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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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    Quote Originally Posted by Quantum Strummer View Post
    There's a minty one on Reverb if that's any help.

    BTW a guy local to me decided he had to sell his '82 (first month of production probably) AM205. I had no choice but to help him out. :) It's another gem.

    -Dave-
    I saw that one, but I wanted the one with the dark sunburst, like I used to have. There's one on eBay, but it's got that rash mark on the back and the extra drill hole where someone decided to relocate the strap button. And it's $1000+ which is a bit too much. For that much, I'd like it a tad mintier. And wow! I'm curious about the neck profile on the AM205. Is it like the older Ibanezes or thick like the newer Artcores and Artstars?
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