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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 09-28-2009, 03:35 PM Thread Starter
 
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540 S Ltd Hollywood, CA USA

Hi all,
Im usualy a strat freak and like gibsons as well, but I have always wanted to get a 540 sltd just like the one used by Alex Skolnick of early Testament fame.
My desire was to get one of my hero's guitar, but now I come to find that this model was built in the USA. AWESOME !!! that really is cool and fills my USA guitars only moto, for me anyway.
I just found one at a store and they marked it as a 470 s. So I got a really good deal. I took it home and sure enough the neck, body and trem block have H+S stamped on them!
does anyone have any info on these beauties and what they are really worth?
The guitars screams and I love it.
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post #2 of 25 (permalink) Old 09-28-2009, 03:57 PM
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Re: 540 S Ltd Hollywood, CA USA

Sorry to break it to you, but they're not made in the USA. The 540S was made in Japan, but some of them were badged with US office addresses on the neckplates.

Fantastic guitars all the same. The price will depend on the exact model, pickups, trem and so on.
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Sorry to break it to you, but they're not made in the USA. The 540S was made in Japan, but some of them were badged with US office addresses on the neckplates.

Fantastic guitars all the same. The price will depend on the exact model, pickups, trem and so on.
Im sorry, I meant to say built in the USA with Japanese parts at the North Hollywood custom shop. I think they called them 540 S Ltd custom. around 1991.

Are you familiar with these models?
thanks in advance.
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Re: 540 S Ltd Hollywood, CA USA

Your guitar will have an inlay at the 20th fret saying 'Custom Made' right?
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Your guitar will have an inlay at the 20th fret saying 'Custom Made' right?
that is correct.
It also has the shark tooth neck inlays and some type of trem/spring tension addition to the trem springs for the tremelo.

Ill try and get a photo up in a couple of days

any ideas IbanezDaemon?

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Re: 540 S Ltd Hollywood, CA USA

Again, I'm prety sure JONO is correct, it was made in Japan. Why they have the 'North Hollywood' plates on them is a mystery. I have three similar ones, but if you run the serial # I'll bet it comes upJapan. I have spent many hours researching and e-mailing young grasshopper, never to prove that any of these were made or put together in the USA. There is one person that would know on this site, but I can't remember his name. We'll have to see if he responds.
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Awesome link Rich, thank you.
It does confirm american built custom shop Ibanez guitars with Japanese parts.
I saw this somewhere on the internet but could not find it again.

any suggestions on value? in general?
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American assembled very non custom regular production catalog models, from Japanese parts. It's extremely rare to find one that is not a standard model.
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Re: 540 S Ltd Hollywood, CA USA

Well, it was a great article and I stand totally corrected. That was more info on one page than I have found ever. I have three 540s, all original bodies, necks, and hardware etc.. (all re-wired and different pkps) and when I run the SN's through the guitar dater project site, they all come back 'made in Japan'. Unfortunately, I'm still confused (sorry)
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Necks made in Japan obviously have Japanese serial numbers.
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Re: 540 S Ltd Hollywood, CA USA

This is what I get when I punch in the #

Your guitar was made at the
Fuji-gen Plant, Japan
1990
Production Number: 51111

Does that mean just the parts?
Sorry to beat this to death, but I've always wanted to know.
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Where the parts are made IS where the guitar is made. Assembly is nothing.
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Re: 540 S Ltd Hollywood, CA USA

Got it. Thanks. I have one in particular, a black R540ltd that still makes the blood rush whenever I play it. The others go with me, but that one never leaves the house. I always knew it was special.
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Re: 540 S Ltd Hollywood, CA USA

Oh, by the way Skolnic, I didn't mean to highjack your thread.
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