In retrospect I had no idea what I was doing back in 1981 when I was looking for a new guitar. I had been playing the Travis Bean for four years but Max Creek was getting ready to record “Drink The Stars” and the Bean had intonation issues because of the aluminum neck, so it was time. I had been looking around and I read a bunch of things about a guitar that Ibanez had on the market, the Musician series, patterned somewhat after the Artist model that Bob Weir was using at the time. There seemed to be a few models of Musicians, some with active EQ and some without; some with “dual sound” pickups and some with “tri sound” pickups.
Creek had a weekend playing at Jonathan Swift’s in Harvard Square so since we were hanging out in Boston on Saturday a few of us when to Wurlitzer Music in Boston to check out what they had. It turns out that they had one model of Ibanez Musician, an MC350. I played that thing for probably an hour in the store and every five minutes this very rude sales dude would come over asking if I was going to buy the thing. At one point he asked, “Do you even have money?” Yes, you dick, I have money.
Long story short, I did get the MC350. And I still use it today. It’s pretty much all original except for some brass knobs to replace the plastic ones, and a small wiring change I made in 1985. But all the hardware, including the pickups, is original.
Well, relatively recently I found out some information about this particular model. There were only 84 of them ever made, and mine is one of the earliest ones, and one of the few made in 1981. Most of the rest were made in 1982.
A couple weekends ago I had the rare experience of seeing one of these other MC350s. My friend John is a collector and brought his to a Creek show and we couldn’t help but take some photos of the twins: