ST50 is a model from the Studio series and it comes with stripped down styling. Studio series is made primarily for players who need more performance than they need flash. ST50 is an introduction model into this series. It has a solid, double-cut body reminiscent of the legendary SG. It`s made of mahogany and it`s paired with a mahogany neck, as well. Maximum sustain and tone strength are provided by neck-through-body construction and strong V2 pickups. Bridge section is a series standard two-piece with tune-o-matic bridge in the front and stoptail bar in the back. Pickups have separate volume and tone knobs. Mahogany neck is equipped with a standard back contour and it`s topped with a 24-fret fingerboard made of rosewood.
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Great simple guitar in the Studio series. Basically Ibanezs take on the Gibson SG.
i just bought one pleased with the vintage sound from mahogany neck and my v2 pick ups give nice bass sound on single notes but losing treble bite and punch when open chords are played not sure if the pick ups are just like that or need to change them
Maybe your pickups are fried
Before you change the pickups, I would recommend a new tone capacitor. Most manufacturers use the cheapest stuff they can find and it will sometimes have an adverse effect on the tone. I expect that your tone pot is probably a 500k, but I would check it with a meter to make sure. If it is 400k or less, then it is not helping the situation and I would replace it with a good quality audio taper 500k pot like a CTS. I prefer to use a .022uf tone cap on regular humbuckers with a coil resistance under about 11k. For the hotter pickups over 11k, I generally go with a .018uf cap. The best tone capacitors that I have found for humbuckers are the Sprague Vitamin-Q or the Aerovox paper in oil (PIO). There are several vendors on Ebay that carry a large selection of pots and capacitors so it is not hard to get the parts. Another thing to try is to put a treble bleed capacitor and resistor on your volume pots. These are available as simple kits on Ebay and are designed to prevent the treble from rolling off as you turn down the volume. If these two steps do not improve your sound, then you can start looking at your pickups.
Ibanez ST50 4.73 out of 5 based on 3 ratings
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