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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-13-2010, 10:37 AM Thread Starter
 
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1989 S Series Thoughts

So I picked up an original all stock 89 S540LTD. My only other ibanez is an RG, which I've rigged out with EMGs and thick strings (downtuned C Standard). So the S series is my passive/higher tuned guitar. I'm wondering what peoples thoughts are on the stock IBZ F1/C2/F2 pickups (dont know much about passives), and came with strings 10-46. I'm curious if 10-52s will hold tension properly (seems like it might throw off balance? lows being tighter?). Any help is appreciated, as I'm already in love but i can tell its not quite setup the way i'd want it (I need thicker strings...)
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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-13-2010, 11:12 AM
 
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Re: 1989 S Series Thoughts

Awesome guitars,IBZ pick ups are excellent.They are real Dimarzio pickups,the F1 is basically a Breed,the F2 is a tonezone with more gain and less bass and the C2 a stacked humbucker.
Check here for string tension charts with standard and better custom gauges.
http://www.jemsite.com/forums/f21/st...tension+charts
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Awesome guitars,IBZ pick ups are excellent.They are real Dimarzio pickups,the F1 is basically a Breed,the F2 is a tonezone with more gain and less bass and the C2 a stacked humbucker.
Check here for string tension charts with standard and better custom gauges.
http://www.jemsite.com/forums/f21/st...tension+charts
I mean i understand string tensions fine, I've just never owned an S series, or an EDGE. the claw is already insanely close to the wall...with 10-46, im just wondering if anyone knows off hand if its possible to calibrate 10-52s with this setup or not.
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Re: 1989 S Series Thoughts

sounds like you need a new set of springs...
I've strung a S540 with 11 - 54's tuned to C standard with 3 springs, it's fine...
with 11 - 52 tuned to E standard , i think you'll need an extra spring or two.

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Re: 1989 S Series Thoughts

thanks man.
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Re: 1989 S Series Thoughts

I've done it and its possible.
You need to ad an extra spring or two to you tremolo.
And for shure you need to intonate your trem again.

Personaly i had no problems with my neck but then again i didn't used this set up for long.
(It was shortly before i tried a 7string,and changed the 6 string back.)

A friend of mine did the same thing but had to readjust the neck after a few weeks.

P.S. your strings can get to high above the fingerboard because of the thicker strings going through the V shaped nut.
you may have to loose a nut spacer.(if you have one?) or adjust the nut in an other way.

Cheers!
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Re: 1989 S Series Thoughts

Also, I noticed the neckplate is stamped PA USA and is "blank"....though the serial number on the neck is clearly 'F 89....is this a bad sign?
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Re: 1989 S Series Thoughts

Interesting,

Is this on your s series or on your rg?

I have the same issiue with my U.S Custom rg
But in this case i know why.

Because the parts came from Japan to US and in the states the guitars were routed,painted and assembled.
So you have an Fujigen serial on the headstock and an U.S. neckplate.

It could well be the same case with your guitar.
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Interesting,

Is this on your s series or on your rg?

I have the same issiue with my U.S Custom rg
But in this case i know why.

Because the parts came from Japan to US and in the states the guitars were routed,painted and assembled.
So you have an Fujigen serial on the headstock and an U.S. neckplate.

It could well be the same case with your guitar.
Yeah the '89 Fujigen headstock serial, US neckplate Desert Yellow body on the S series. No serial or anything on the US neckplate
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Re: 1989 S Series Thoughts

i suspect they didnt care to stamp in the serialnumber on the neckplate because there already was one on the headstock deliverd from Japan.

This is my guess,i can't say for sure.

Maybe there's an other owner out here who can verify this.
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Also, I noticed the neckplate is stamped PA USA and is "blank"....though the serial number on the neck is clearly 'F 89....is this a bad sign?
not even... my 89 RG760 is the same. I think most PA plates don't have a serial number stamped on the plate; just on the headstock.

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post #12 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-13-2010, 06:32 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: 1989 S Series Thoughts

Cool, thanks for the input guys. This guitar is almost as old as me, so I just wanted to make sure everything was Kosher. This thing is so sweet!
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Cool, thanks for the input guys. This guitar is almost as old as me, so I just wanted to make sure everything was Kosher. This thing is so sweet!
Totally agree,this era of Ibanez saber are sweet!! I love them too and those pickups are just awesome,i fit them to my newer guitars often,the F2 is my all time favorite pickup. I've run some of my sabers tuned down to low C for years without issue with 11-56 strings. Obviously they took a little setting up and settling in,but no more than any other tuning change. With the neck plates,yes,the guitar can only have one serial number so if the neck was already numbered the plate would be left blank.

It's a great guitar mate,enjoy it and be sure to post a picture in the 'S series' thread.
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post #14 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-13-2010, 08:27 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: 1989 S Series Thoughts

I'll definately post a picture after it gets an introduction with my luthier
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