After the infamous Norlin v. Hoshino lawsuit in the late ‘70s, Ibanez had to rewrite their playbook to stay viable. Having been ordered to cease production on their now legendary Fender and Gibson copies, Ibanez was in a great place to produce new designs based on the knowledge they gained from producing the copies. From this knowledge came the Iceman, the Musician, and the Studio; three models that represent Ibanez’s first serious foray into quality guitar design. While the Iceman made a big splash in the hands of Paul Stanley, and the Musician would see the spotlight with Sting, the Studio is an oft overlooked gem. The guitar shows the dual influence of the main guitar giants, with a long scale length, dual humbuckers, and a contoured dual cutaway body. The guitar also breaks away from the norm with 24 frets, foreshadowing Ibanez’s later shredder guitars. This piece is a fine example of the ST-50 model Studio, with the most basic finish, build, and electronics configuration. The pair of V2 humbuckers are inspired by DiMarzios of the time, and they sound great with a clear and defined bridge sound and a raunchy bottom-heavy neck. The neck is fast and smooth with a nice low action and medium frets. There are some dings and chips on the body, but they have been touched up effectively and don’t show from a distance. The tuners have also been replaced and the rubber rings around the volume and tone knobs have been removed. Sorry, no case for this one.
Weight: 7 lbs. 13 oz.
Nut Width: 1 11/16”
7/10 (very good condition) 1980 Made in Japan
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