Ibanez Musician - hippie sandwich - opinions?

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  1. thunderbyrd

    thunderbyrd Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

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    I have been offered an Ibanez Musician in trade. I couldn't find a picture of one exactly like this one, but it is set-neck with 2 weird looking humbuckers, double cutaway. it looks like it was built by Vikings, or hobbits. I don't know what year it was made. this one does not have the small switches for coil splitting. I think it has a 24 fret neck.

    I remember when you saw guitars like this one in all the shops, but I've never spent much time with one. I know that there must be some folks here that own/owned one. would you recommend it?
     
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    Do any of these look similar?
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  3. dan1952

    dan1952 Friend of Leo's

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    For the most part, those are great guitars!
     
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    I love the moniker “Hippie Sandwich.” That is perfect.
     
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    Phenomanal guitars, altho can be a bit on the heavy side.
    Date code / serial # on back of headstock - first two digits gives you the year (Fujigen built guitars start with a letter, then 6 or 7 digit serial)
    It's probably a 78 or 79.
    values vary depending on which model it is - top of the line Musician models in top shape can fetch in the high hundreds to modest thousand(s).
    (Asking prices often do not reflect actual sale prices)
    warning - players often end up developing GAS after their first vintage Ibby ;)
     
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    backporchmusic Friend of Leo's

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    I had a '78 350 many many years ago. Solid, well built, played great. Don't recall the sound particulars as I didn't demand much from it and mostly played through a fuzz pedal and sketchy SS amp. It broke strings at the bridge and I was too dense to simply sand the saddle groove so I traded up(?) for a salmon pink HM Strat.
     
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    Very well-built, good sounding guitars of the Hippie Sandwich Genome. (Think Alembic...))
    Get it; you won't regret it. (Even just in terms of appreciating the Japanese craftsmanship...)
     
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    Geez, I just checked some prices on eBay, and those are NOT going for cheap...
     
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    Sold this Musician about 10 years ago - an '81 MC3000. Had it for about 20 years. Got rid of it because it was heavy and complicated, but a true work of art. 11 piece neck going through the body, Ebony fretboard with Mother of Pearl inlays. Only 18 made that year. IMO more interesting than the old Artists, which are still very cool guitars.

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    I have one.
    Heavy af. (think coffee table or such)

    But a great guitar as you would expect from a vintage Ibanez.
     
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    I have an Ibanez Studio 50. Very similar to the 150DS above, but in black with 2 controls.
    Bought it new in 1980 & still have it. Quiet heavy. beautiful neck & powerful pickups (V2 I think).
    The Musician is obviously the upmarket version of mine. Grab it with both hands.
    You won't regret it.
     
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    Oooooooh, yes please!
     
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    this one would be the MC-350DS. still thinking it over. it is not noticeably heavy, loud and proud pick-ups.

    do you think this guitar is a good choice for classic rock and southern rock?
     
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    My '82 MC150 isn't particularly heavy either. '82 has the splittable (push/push) PAF-style Super 58 pickups. Very good unless you need a real Fender or real LP sound. Mine balances a little neck heavy, but not bad with a strap that isn't slippery.

    It is not set neck, it is neck through.

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    It's a well made guitar, and if in good condition, I wouldn't have much problem pulling off classic rock/so rock with that guitar. I like the super 88 pickups. A Marshall and a few pedals and I'd be on my way. Yet, every player is different. Some may get an extra boost of encouragement from an instrument that immediately inspires them to play a certain style.
     
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    Yes, grab it!

    The 70’s and 80’s Ibanez Artists are known for their excellence. I’ve got two 1981 Artists and an 84 Artist. I would have musicians too but I got bit by the Tele and Strat bug. That said, I’ll never part with my Ibanez’s.
     
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    Exactly, only the uneducated are drawn to the bait fish mentality. Insecurity & lack of self confidence. Probably dreams of owning a HD.
     
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    I used to sell them. They’re incredible. The basses were amazing.
     
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  19. StrangerNY

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    My bass player's got a Musician bass. It's a beast tone wise, but he refuses to play it live because it's so damn heavy.

    That said, you can't go wrong with that old IBZ stuff. Just about uniformly great guitars (Artist owner here).

    - D
     
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