- Hey all, just thought I'ld post some pics of my modded 1979 Ibanez musician MC200. I did previous mods myself (see before pic), which was basically just replacing the pups with two super 2s and installing the 4 conductor wiring and the three way switch. Brian at www.9mileskid.com has some serious luthier skills and set me up with the full garcia works. check out his link on his site of the radical ibanez makeover to check out what he can do for the full garcia works on ibanez musicians and possibly other guitars. I have been in bands for 10 years now (currently moonshine mountain in northwest montana) and do some dead covers, other covers, and originals, and i have owned over 10 electric guitars. I can personally say that what Brian did to this guitar has made it my new number one and easily the best guitar i have ever owned, and probably have ever played. I have owned an MIA highway one Strat that I put Kinman MK11 pups in (very jerry), cheap Tele's, a Guild Bluesbird, other vintage Ibanez's among other guitars. I play fender tube amps (deluxe reverb reissue with a tone tubby ceramic, blues jr, and a champ). I will never stop playing this guitar. It is as perfect as a guitar can be now. Brian's attention to detail and thoroughness on the finish and the electronics, as well as the fabricated pickup ring/pickguard have transformed this guitar from an ordinary descent guitar into a guitar that could most likely rival any of the jerry clone guitars out there for a fraction of the price. He even corrected some problems on the fretboard by fabricating and installing a new nut that has made the setup and intonation as good as it can be. I am not a huge gear snob, and have always played through professional, yet moderately priced gear, although i do like pickups and speakers. I do have to say that this is so worth the investment. I am writing this as a letter of thanks to Brian for making my music so much better in so many ways and don't mean to sound like an advertisement. I am just so stoked for this axe!
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