Ibanez MSC550 Montage Hybrid Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar  

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Electric and acoustic guitar sounds with effects in one highly playable and affordable guitar!

The Ibanez MSC550 acoustic-electric guitar brings the unplugged and plugged-in worlds together in new and exciting ways. From the Montage Series, it merges two acoustic sounds, two electric sounds, mix capability, onboard reverb, chorus, distortion, phase canceling, plus a dual notch filter and tuner. These groundbreaking, innovative electronics are possible with the combination of the B-Band® UST acoustic pickup, Ibanez AP9 electric pickup, and the Ibanez HBP multi-function preamp with Onboard Tuner. Controls are conveniently mounted on the face of the upper bout. The preamp operates on a standard 9-volt battery and has balanced 1/4" outputs.

The Ibanez MSC550 guitar also features a flamed maple body with a transparent red gloss finish. Montage series acoustic guitars have a sleek, comfortable cutaway semi-jumbo body style and the exclusive Ibanez adjustable mahogany F.A.S.T. (Fast Action Set-Up Technology) lets the player quickly setup the action to their personal playing style. Other appointments include a rosewood fingerboard and bridge, Advantage™ bridge pins, and chrome die-cast tuners.

  • Body Style: Semi-Jumbo Body with Cutaway
  • Top: Flamed maple
  • Back and Sides: Flamed maple
  • Neck: Ibanez exclusive adjustable mahogany F.A.S.T. (Fast Action Set-Up Technology) adjustable
  • No. of frets: 20
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Nut: Ivorex II™
  • Binding: Maple body and neck
  • Bridge: Rosewood
  • Bridge Pins: Advantage™
  • Tuners: Ibanez Chrome Die-cast
  • Pickups: B-Band® UST Acoustic Pickup and Ibanez AP9 Electric pickup (magnetic)
  • Preamp: Ibanez HBP Multi-function Preamp with Onboard Tuner
  • Output: Balanced 1⁄4"
  • Strings: D'Addario® EXP Strings
  • Saddle: Ivorex II™
  • Finish: Transparent Red High Gloss
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Ibanez Montage: Is it the Swiss army knife of guitars?


from Hannibal, Mo.

Before answering this question let me first say that this is a very nice looking guitar. The bound flame maple top is gorgeous and matching headstock with gold tuners add to the pizazz. I personally like a bound neck on an acoustic guitar but for the price and features you can't have everything. When it arrived the action was a bit high for my tastes so I tried the patented neck adjustment. I was a little disappointed because it didn't work as well as one would expect; I had to make a shim to put between the neck and body to keep the neck in place. This works OK but is not ideal. I do like the sound of the guitar, especially when running the acoustic output through one amp and the electric through another. It sounds like two guitar players playing together. The built in distortion is good and the chorus effect on the acoustic side is a nice touch, although I wish one could adjust the depth and rate, not just on-off. Also you must plug a cord into the output jack to be able to operate the tuner. As for the action or playability of the guitar, it is good for an acoustic but don't think you're going to shred on it. After all, it's not an electric solid body. It will probably get you by for most styles of music, except metal or thrash of course and can excel at folk, country, blues and light rock. Most could get by playing this guitar all night long. I personally did a gig playing country, rock, and praise and worship Christian music with the Ibanez Montage. So is it the Swiss army knife of guitars? To be honest, I won't be selling all my solid body electrics, but I am impressed with the versatility of the Montage. If you could only take one guitar with you to the gig, and you have to play a variety of music, it would be hard to find a guitar that would fit the bill like the Ibanez Montage.

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