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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 09-21-2014, 12:36 PM Thread Starter
 
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540P (Skolnick) /P2 question

Hi,

Just saw that some 540P (Skolnick sig) and 540P2 have a block inlay
at 21th fret, some others have the sharktooth one

Can someone tell me more about that ?
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post #2 of 25 (permalink) Old 09-21-2014, 01:05 PM
 
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Re: 540P (Skolnick) /P2 question

Pics?....Ive never seen one with a block inlay.
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Re: 540P (Skolnick) /P2 question





maybe I'm wrong with the 1st version, but on the second... ?
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Re: 540P (Skolnick) /P2 question

Check the serial number of the guitar. I believe the difference is '89 vs. '90


1989...


1990
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Re: 540P (Skolnick) /P2 question

THis explains that, thanks

now I'd like to know what's written on that inlay - "custom made" ?

never seen it on a 24 frets fretboard
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Re: 540P (Skolnick) /P2 question

Yes, it says "custom made". The label seems to appear on both US and EU models for 1990, and in 1989 both models have the regular shark tooth inlay.

'89 540PII DY (EU)


'89 540P BK(US)


'90 540P WH(US)


'90 540P PN(US)
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Re: 540P (Skolnick) /P2 question

Thanks a lot Pwsusi, that seems to explain the whole thing
until you see that on a 1990 catalog :



some are with the block inlay and some aren't !
(The PHH has got the block inlay)
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Re: 540P (Skolnick) /P2 question

While I would say they switched to the neck with a block inlay for model year 1990, I don't think it was an exact science back then. If during the 1990 model run there were still some leftover necks lying around from the previous year I would think they would have used them....especially an early built '90 model built in '89. Or it could simply be that they used a picture of an old guitar in the catalog.

I think seeing a non-block inlay neck on a '90 is probably more likely than the other way around.
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Re: 540P (Skolnick) /P2 question

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maybe I'm wrong with the 1st version, but on the second... ?
Oh, that is mine It is 1990. The block inlay is "custom made". It has different neck heel in the back. The purple pups are super distortion bridge and FS2 neck. It is probably for Asia market.

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Re: 540P (Skolnick) /P2 question

Many of the pictures in catalogs are not necessarily of new guitars. There are lots of pics of guitars in the 1990 catalog that are clearly '89 models, especially RG's.

All those 560's and 570's are '89's with the volume knob really close to the pickup. The 550's are '90 models.

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Re: 540P (Skolnick) /P2 question

There can be surprising factory variety in the 540P family.
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Re: 540P (Skolnick) /P2 question

I had no idea they came in 22fret and 24 fret models??
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Re: 540P (Skolnick) /P2 question

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I had no idea they came in 22fret and 24 fret models??
The US-model 540p had 22 frets. The EU/Asia-model 540pII had 24 frets.
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Re: 540P (Skolnick) /P2 question

I have never seen one with block inlays. I currently own my original 540P and they are great guitars
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Re: 540P (Skolnick) /P2 question

here's mine, from 1987

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