Vintage 1981-’82 Ibanez ST90 Studio Series Brazilian Red swirl finish - $900 (Metuchen)
condition: excellent make / manufacturer: Ibanez model name / number: ST90 Studio Series
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1981-’82 Ibanez ST90 Studio Series "Brazilian Red" swirl finish.
Serial number L810076 translates to the 76th instrument made in December of 1981. Brazilian Red “swirl” finish. There are no markings stamped in the neck pocket or on the heel of the neck (see pics).
These are pretty rare guitars, only produced for a year and they don’t seem to come up for sale very often.
Very good condition. Some scratches and nicks in the finish, as you’d expect to see on a 42 year old guitar. There are some noticeable scratches on the upper edge of the pickguard above the pickups.
Nicely set up. Straight neck, truss rod works as it should, low action, electronics work fine, no cracks or repairs. NO fret wear, frets have their full height. Currently strung with/set up for .010-.046 strings. It could use new strings.
The trem bar is missing (it’s a heavier gauge bar, probably similar to a Floyd Rose bar) but peering into the hole with a flashlight reveals that the threads appear to be intact). All five trem springs are installed.
All parts are original except that the wires from the pickup selector switch to the pots and jack appear to have been replaced (white and green non-shielded wire, the rest of the guitar’s wiring is shielded wire with black insulation. The pickup selector switch may not be the original, it’s the correct type but looks too shiny to be 41 years old. However, it does have the original unique flat top Ibanez switch tip.
It’s a fairly heavy guitar, (I’m sure the brass trem assembly adds a pound or two to the guitar) weighs 9 pounds 5.6 ounces on one of my digital scales, 9.36 pounds (i.e. 9 pounds 5.76 ounces) on the other one (a “fish scale” type for weighing luggage). Feels even heavier to me!
There’s a knot and a line in the grain of the wood near the heel of the neck on the bass side by where it meets the body (see pic). This is a natural flaw in the wood under the original finish and is NOT a repair, and of course the knot in no way affects the functionality of the guitar.
Includes the original hardshell case. A small piece of foam was added where the bottom strap button wore through the lining. There are some areas where the vinyl covering is separating at the seams due to natural shrinkage of the material over time. All of the latches and hinges work fine.
Please be sure to check out all 20 pics in the listing! Sold AS IS, no returns or price adjustments.
The ST90 is a Studio Series solid body electric guitar model introduced by Ibanez for 1982. It was made in Japan by FujiGen.
The ST90 features a laminated mahogany body with a Brazilian finish bolted to a maple neck with a 22-fret rosewood fingerboard with pearloid dot position markers. Components include a pair of Ibanez V2 humbucking pickups mounted on a 3-ply black pickguard with individual volume and tone controls and a toggle to put the pickups out of phase, a brass tremolo bridge and Smooth Tuner machine heads. The output jack is mounted on the face of the guitar.
The ST80 is a similar model with a fixed bridge.
The ST90 was discontinued after 1982 along with the entire Studio line.
Specifications for ST90:
Model name: ST90
Year(s) offered: 1982
Sold in: Worldwide
Made in: Japan
Body type: Solid body
Body material: Laminated mahogany
Neck joint: Bolt-on
Bridge: Brass tremolo
Pickguard: 3-ply black/white/black
Knob style: Sure Grip (gold)
Hardware color: Gold
Neck material: 3-piece maple
Scale length: 628mm/ 24¾"
Fingerboard material: Rosewood
Fingerboard inlays: Pearloid dot
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