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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 08-22-2012, 11:24 AM Thread Starter
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2008 S5470FM or 1997 s540FM?

If money isn't so much of an issue, and considering the tops and color are the same, electronics are irrelevant which would you prefer?

I have a 91 540s that I love and has great tone and is a quality guitar. I also have a S570MQM that I really like from a visual perspective but the quality is not quite where the 540s is. It is nice, well finished, and functional, but I can tell the wood and neck quality leaves a bit to be desired. I also had a premium RG that was on the mark for quality (at least from a neck standpoint).

I want something better, Stronger neck, better fret work, more bling, and most important just an overall quality instrument. Is the 2008 S5470 Prestige quality on par with the golden age S series? Are the 2012 S5470 better than the 2008?
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 08-28-2012, 03:48 PM
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Re: 2008 S5470FM or 1997 s540FM?

so i'll chime in even though I technically have both: '08 S5470 + 95/96 S540FM

so the reality here is: 24fret vs 22fret; they're two different beasts despite the near similarities.

- neck is very similar to a modern RG Prestige - 5 piece, volute, pearl + 1 abalone inlays and silky feel. Arguably the "stronger neck", the 1st-12th fret has similar profile to my S540FM
- thinner edges(!)
- ZR2 bridge: haven't had a problem with it and the flutter is insane without the bracket
- stock pickups are ok, not enough bite for my taste, that's why I installed a D-Activator X bridge + D-Activator neck
- stock switch is a 5-way similar/exact to a YM-50... limited to H-S-H config

- "classic" S shape + neck profile - 2 piece, all abalone inlays, with a "light sheen" of gloss ; these are very versatile for any music style
- i'm not into gold hardware but love how it offsets the guitar's appearance; pretty sure they changed the hardware to cosmo black around 97/98.
- Lo-Pro Edge; can't be beat however.
- "flame top" is on both sides
- stock "QM" pickups are slightly better than V7/V8s but not my "style"... so in goes a pair of BKP's
- stock switch is a VLX-91, higher quality switch to wire H-H-H config if needed.

Originally Posted by fly_with_v
Is the 2008 S5470 Prestige quality on par with the golden age S series? Are the 2012 S5470 better than the 2008?
I must admit: i purchased the 5470 new vs the 540fm on the 'bay... both are quality instruments since they're both MIJ but the latter is 1/3rd price of the former. I actually like the 540fm more cause its "broken in" and doesn't have that "new guitar smell" lol

can't say I've checked out a 2012 S5470 (non-FM or FM) recently so I can't help ya with that one :P


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Re: 2008 S5470FM or 1997 s540FM?


I ended up buying another S540FM and a somewhat unique Ibanez neck for my S570... More to come on both.
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