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The MC350 is a Musician series solid body electric guitar model introduced by Ibanez for 1981. It was made in Japan by FujiGen and replaced the MC300.

Like most Musician models, the MC350 features neck through body construction. It has body wings made up of an ash core sandwiched between two layers of mahogany on a five-piece maple and walnut neck with a 24-fret rosewood fingerboard with pearloid dot position markers. Components include a pair of Ibanez Super 88 humbucking pickups mounted in integrated plastic covers with individual volume and tone controls and a Tri-sound switch for the neck pickup, a Tune-o-matic style Gibraltar bridge with a Gibraltar tailpiece w/ scalloped "cloud" ornament, rubberized Sure Grip control knobs and Smooth Tuner machine heads.

For 1982, the pickups were replaced with Super 58s mounted in traditional plastic pickup rings, a 7-piece neck was adopted, a second Tri-Sound switch was added, and the tuning machines were changed to VelveTune.

The MC350L is a left-handed version. The MC150 is a related model without the sandwich body wing construction and other minor changes. The MC550 is a related model with a koa top and back and active electronics.

It's believed that as few as 84 MC350s were produced in the Natural finish.[1] Production numbers for the other finishes are unknown.

The MC350 was discontinued after 1982 along with the entire Musician series.

Specifications

Specifications for MC350
Year(s) produced: 1981–1982
Sold in: Worldwide
Made in: Japan
Finish(es): Dark Stain (DS) 1981 / Fire Red (FR) 1981 / Natural (NT) 1982
Body
Body type:
Solid body
Body material:
Mahogany/ ash/ mahogany sandwich wings
Neck joint:
Neck-thru
Bridge:
Gibraltar
Tailpiece:
Gibraltar w/ "cloud" ornament
Knob style:
Sure Grip (gold)
Hardware color:
Gold
Neck
Neck type:
Musician
Neck material:
1981: 5-piece maple/ walnut
1982: 7-piece rock maple/ black walnut
Scale length:
628mm/ 24¾"
Fingerboard material:
Rosewood
Fingerboard inlays:
Pearloid dot
Frets:
24
Nut:
Bone
Machine heads:
1981: Smooth Tuner
1982: VelveTune
Electronics/ Strings
Pickup configuration:
HH
Bridge pickup:
1981: Ibanez Super 88 (H)
1982: Ibanez Super 58 (H)
Neck pickup:
1981: Ibanez Super 88 (H)
1982: Ibanez Super 58 (H)
Controls:
1981: Two volumes / two tones / 3-way toggle pickup selector / Tri-sound switch
1982: Two volumes / two tones / 3-way toggle pickup selector / 2 Tri-sound switches
Output jack:
¼" mono
Factory tuning:
1E,2B,3G,4D,5A,6E (E Std.)

Images

Additional finishes/ details
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Dark Stain (1981)
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Fire Red (1981)
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Pickup switching (1981)
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Pickup switching (1982)
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Controls layout (1982)
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Tri-sound switches
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Sandwich body
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Details of construction

Sources

  1. Ibanez musician mc350nt; Captain Ibanez on Ibanez Collectors World (forum); January 27, 2004; accessed September 2020
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