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post #15 of (permalink) Old 02-22-2021, 11:31 AM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by bob493 View Post

The good -> For what youre looking for, this is a great guitar.... Its got an edge trem, dimarzio pickups, is quite a good looking axe.... BUT..

To "bad" ->
1) this is a parts guitar, more on that on the list
2) this is a refinished body, going to be an 89 or 90 body. The natural finished 540s' from the factory are not made with 3 pieces of wood. There are also some slight contour issues, but nothing that would stand out. Aside from lookin a little dry (a coat of oil probably wont hurt here), shes fine.
3) Missing the original neck plate. In no way does this impact function, but it should be noted the factory plates are quite expensive usually.
4) I can tell by the screws, that the 5 way switch is a replacement; probably an upgrade honestly, but not original.
5) replacement knobs and pickup ring
6) heres the big one... thats not a saber neck lol.... Thats a roadstar ii neck; but I'll explain...

So, in short, YES get the serial number; if it starts with F, Id HIGHLY recommend getting it. Those roadstar ii necks are FANTASTIC. I absolutely love mine. Its a bit more rounded, its extremely similar to a viper neck if you've played one. For me personally, its my favorite ibanez neck. If it DOESNT start with an F serial, probably pass honestly. At that price, especially comparing to everything else you have available, thats real good. But again, you could *probably* show him its not a 540s neck and talk him down lower. Theres only 1 issue with this; and thats 540s necks are way more expensive than roadstar necks. This can damage long term value, but its relatively cheap as it stands. Everything considered, again assuming its an F serial, this is probably a fantastic guitar. Edge trem and dimarzios, great neck, awesome body, not much to nag on really. Definitely play it a bit and see how it feels, but should be a quality guitar.

That particular neck came on a bunch of different models, but heres an example
The serial is F717023 Here's the full ad:

Ibanez S540. Made in Japan. Fabulous sounding and playing guitar. Looks like a coffee table and it performs outstanding. It has a stripped down mahogany body with an EDGE trem, DiMarzio CrunchLab in the bridge and 2 Chevalier single coils..('57 neck and '62 in the middle), Bourns low friction pot for the volume and a high friction pot for the tone and an Orange Drop capacitior. This is a great shredder that can handle any style of music you want to play on it. Sounds great with high gain and cleans up very nicely when you roll the volume back.

Includes a hardshell case. If the ad is still visible, the guitar is still available. If you have the time, check out my other ads.


I should've figured about the neck being an implant lol, but at least you all told me it's a good neck.

He wouldn't negotiate (I tried) because there was an unexpected amount for interest in the two guitars he was selling, which he posted last night. The market in Ontario on this second hand website (Kijiji) is a bit nuts right now. Basically nobody is selling this kind of guitar at this kind of price.

I think I'm gonna buy it if it feels good to me and if it doesn't seem overly damaged in some way, and then I'm gonna inquire about a neck plate and even maybe keep my eye out for a neck if it somehow comes up or is somehow available for cheap ... But idk if I'll be selling this one. I have an Ibanez S right now and it's honestly great. Playing this one would be even better I think, so if I have to sell it one day, I think I'd be alright with waiting a bit to offload it or having to eat a small loss on it, because it looks like a lot of fun and, thanks to you, I can now make an informed decision about it, and I greatly appreciate that.
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