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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-30-2012, 03:30 PM Thread Starter
 
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NGD: Ibanez 540r (Arrived and set up)

So, I figured I'd do a proper NGD thread now that I have received the guitar and done a proper set up. The guitar had a very weird string set. It looked like the 1st, 3nd and 3rd belonged to a .10 set, and the rest from a .09 set. So I took those out, removed the neck as well to make sure that the guitar was all Ibanez, which it is. Both the body and neck have the original stamps on them, though a bit faded. I'm not entirely sure if the fingerboard is original. It looks like it, but it might have received new frets, cause they are in nearly perfect condition. Might need a fret level later on. Also, I thought it was a bit weird that the truss-rod wasn't adjustable with an allen wrench? Not sure if that's part of the guitar being 1988. Anyway, I thought the truss rod was already good, but the angle of the neck was a bit weird, so I put a shim on it, added .09s on it, adjusted the springs and now it plays fantastic. Best guitar I've played so far, without a doubt. Really loved the ultra neck. The bridge cavity is a bit shallow though, might bring it to a luthier later on to get it recessed properly for the ultra high pull ups

The pickups are also really good, especially the neck and middle positions. The bridge pickup is good, but it doesn't give me the same harmonics and clarity that the Fred does, which is a bit of a downer. Since the guitar has been modded already though, I think I might plug a Fred on it later on

All that said, I'm thinking of where to go with this guitar. I could leave it like it is right now, and just enjoy the hell of it, or I might try and restore it to its original glory. That would mean sending the body to a luthier to sand, fill the third knob hole, ajust the trem cavity to my liking and refinish it on the same color. Maybe to the same for the headstock. Afterwards I would probably enjoy the hell out of it I'm not the type of guy that buys a guitar to let it sitting in a case But I do like my guitars to look mostly new.

Anyway, here's a couple of pics before the setup:




Also, here's a whole gallery of me working on it: Click for more

I'll take more pictures of it finished today/tomorrow
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-30-2012, 04:16 PM
 
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Re: NGD: Ibanez 540r (Arrived and set up)

Sweet...great score with the maple board!
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post #3 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-16-2012, 09:01 AM
 
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Re: NGD: Ibanez 540r (Arrived and set up)

you gonna leave the headstock as it is or get it re-sprayed with new logo?
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Re: NGD: Ibanez 540r (Arrived and set up)

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you gonna leave the headstock as it is or get it re-sprayed with new logo?
I say leave it,, battle scars! love the maple board!
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post #5 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-16-2012, 10:14 AM Thread Starter
 
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Re: NGD: Ibanez 540r (Arrived and set up)

I was going to refinish the whole guitar, but after playing a while with it, I decided to leave it as is for now. It's just such a freaking awesome guitar, and fells so good to play that honestly I don't care much about the scars But in a distant future, I might. Right now, I'm focusing on improving the rest of my gear. Going after a valve amp and got some pickup improvements to do in this guitar. Although the stock ones are good, they don't give me the sound I need

I'm also looking at a 24-fret guitar...already have too many 22 and 21 fretted guitars for now, heh.
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post #6 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-16-2012, 10:31 AM
 
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Re: NGD: Ibanez 540r (Arrived and set up)

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you gonna leave the headstock as it is or get it re-sprayed with new logo?
This may not be a major issue with a non-collectible, but the old Ibanez RGs and Ss can be collector's items someday, if not already. Just like people don't mess with tattered headstocks of Fenders and Gibsons, it's probably not a good idea to mess with this particular Ibanez.

In another couple of decades, some of these heavy metal warriors will look as battered as a vintage Fender and collectors will prefer it that way and pay the top dollar for original and unaltered examples, no matter how worn they look. It would be a crime to re-decal and overspray this (below), so why do it to an old Ibanez which will bring in top dollar in the future?

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post #7 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-16-2012, 11:05 AM Thread Starter
 
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Re: NGD: Ibanez 540r (Arrived and set up)

You make a good point. Never thought from that point of view. Besides, worse than it already is, I know it won't get cause I take very good care of my guitars For now, as I said, it stays this way
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post #8 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-16-2012, 11:28 AM
 
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Re: NGD: Ibanez 540r (Arrived and set up)

Beautiful guitar just as it is
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post #9 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-16-2012, 03:26 PM
 
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Cool guitar for sure. I wouldn't be overly concerned about a mark or two here and there.
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post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-16-2012, 11:31 PM
 
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Re: NGD: Ibanez 540r (Arrived and set up)

Maple fingerboard, ummmm yummy!

Nice addition to your collection.

Once you get it all cleaned and setup should be a workhorse for ya.
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