"Custom Made" S-series - What's the deal with them? - Jemsite
All Other Guitars (including Prestige) Discussion about other Ibanez Guitars not covered in the above topics. Includes J-Custom, USA-Custom, Prestige subforum.

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-14-2001, 06:08 AM Thread Starter
Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: Berlin, Germany
Posts: 2,674
"Custom Made" S-series - What's the deal with them?

I have a chance of getiing a Japanese made Ibanez S540. It is one of the models with the "Custom Made" inlay on *the 21st fret, and I'm wondering if someone could explain to me what it means. I know that they are quite a lot of S540's with this feature, so i'm asking myself whether this is just a cheap marketing trick, or is it really a limited edition?

PS: If somebody had a chance of getting their hands on this thing, i would really appreciate their comments...
pawel is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-14-2001, 08:48 AM
Join Date: Jun 2001
Posts: 39
"Custom Made" S-series

For a while, they ALL said that. *Definitely NOT custom.

But good guitars, nonetheless. *What's the pup config? *Shark or oval inlays? *Color?
Jesse Greenawalt is offline  
post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-14-2001, 09:12 AM
Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: London, Ontario, Canada
Posts: 4,989
"Custom Made" S-series

Yeah, there's one of those at my local guitar shop. *It's really nice, hum-single-hum configuration, Edge, bright yellow body, Wizard neck, Sharkfin inlays, of course "Custom Made" inlay... *All in all, a pretty cool guitar.
Two hands31 is offline  
post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-15-2001, 04:52 AM
Join Date: Dec 2000
Location: San Jose, CA
Posts: 332
"Custom Made" S-series

The "custom made" inlay was common with the 540s.
I know these weren't custom made to the user's specs, and I don't believe these went anywhere near the custom shop.

I think This is just one of those weird yet fascinating idiosyntrasies of the Japanese. I believe the word "Custom" is being used like the "deluxe".

However, I wish I really could get a custom made Ibanez!
rickboot is offline  
post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-15-2001, 06:49 AM
Join Date: Dec 2000
Posts: 427
"Custom Made" S-series

I think the worst bit of it all, is how ibanez newbies get ripped off by dealers and other sellers saying that it's a custom made axe...rip offs!

Christopher Chen is offline  
post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-15-2001, 08:45 AM Thread Starter
Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: Berlin, Germany
Posts: 2,674
"Custom Made" S-series

Thanks for the info, I was sure it wasn't a custom made axe, but I thought it might have ben a limited series or something of this sort...

The guitar is in a brownish burst, has golden hardware, lo-pro edge trem, and the inlays are rombus-shaped, located where normal dots would be...

It is a well playing guitar, but i'm undecided, since I've had bad experience with locking trems... (although i know that the lo-pro edge is probably the best one on the market)
pawel is offline  
post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-15-2001, 01:28 PM
Join Date: Jun 2001
Posts: 39
"Custom Made" S-series

You can always block your trem, but then what's the point of having it?

You might look for an sc620 or sc1620 - they're the "hardtail" sabres. *I just got a 620 and love it. *But the necks are thicker - NOT the wizard type...
Jesse Greenawalt is offline  
post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-15-2001, 09:38 PM
Join Date: Dec 2000
Location: DFW, Texas
Posts: 1,568
"Custom Made" S-series

Hey pawal-
Even thought its not really custom made, it's a great guitar if you like S bodies.
gkelm is offline  

custom shop , edge trem , guitar shop , local guitar shop , locking trems , playing guitar , pro edge , pro edge trem , sharkfin inlays

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Jemsite forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address

IMPORTANT: You will be required to activate your account so please ensure that your email address is correct.

If you do not receive your activation check your spam folder before using the CONTACT US form (at the bottom right of each page).

Email Address:


Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Ibanez S Series "custom made" 95 japan Magnus Classified Ads: Guitars and Gear 15 02-18-2020 08:45 AM
Advice for an old "noobie" - Ibanez Blazer Series Custom Made filtran All Other Guitars (including Prestige) 6 01-27-2010 05:30 PM
A deal NOBODY would pass up; check out my used S series! Stygian All Other Guitars (including Prestige) 34 02-29-2008 07:43 AM
Picked up a mid 80's CUSTOM MADE S Series Aaron360 All Other Guitars (including Prestige) 7 07-21-2003 09:19 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome