Ibanez Studio ST-55 c. 1980Birdhouse Music
At first glance, you'd be fooled into thinking this Ibanez Studio ST50 is a very simple guitar. It's design and layout are very traditional and quite possibly, dare I say it, unexciting. It's not until you play, feel and hear the ST55 that you become truly inspired by it's complexity. Manufactured in February 1980, this Studio weighs in at 7 lb. 10 oz. Its balanced and compact feeling slightly offset body tucks right in close to the rib cage for a "strapped in" feel. The ST55, which was considered an entry level guitar at it's time, is constructed with a multi piece laminated maple neck, rosewood fingerboard, mahogany body, individual tone and volume controls and an unusual 25 1/2" scale length. The acoustic tone is dry, woody and resonant with a pronounced honk to the midrange. The Maxon built V2 humbuckers are smooth and warm with a silky, relaxed treble response. The medium oval shaped "C" profile neck plays great, really fast and slick with a low, easy action.There is some light to moderate wear to the frets in the form of some flattening and divots. The rest of the guitar has mino dings, chips, scratches, impressions, tarnished hardware, etc. Pretty standard fare for a vintage guitar that's been loved and well played for nearly 40 years. Were the ST55 may fall a bit short in visual impact, it more than makes up for that with high end build quality, playability and awesome tone. These are becoming quite the classic little workhorses.