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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 12-31-2007, 07:23 PM Thread Starter
 
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On the local craigslist theres a guy selling an Ibanez 540s. The question I have is on the headstock it says roadstar. Now I own a 93 saber that was bought new and mine doesnt have that and I have never seen a saber with that. Is that a legit neck, did they put that on the headstock on certain years or is it a different model? Any info would be appreciated. Thanks
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 12-31-2007, 07:37 PM
 
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Re: 540s question

No S series guitar came with a headstock that says Roadstar.

Lol.
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post #3 of 11 (permalink) Old 12-31-2007, 07:53 PM
 
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Re: 540s question

earliest models came with that on the headstock.... roadstar series....

check in the catalog pages on ibanezrules.com
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post #4 of 11 (permalink) Old 12-31-2007, 08:35 PM
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On the local craigslist theres a guy selling an Ibanez 540s. The question I have is on the headstock it says roadstar. Now I own a 93 saber that was bought new and mine doesnt have that and I have never seen a saber with that. Is that a legit neck, did they put that on the headstock on certain years or is it a different model? Any info would be appreciated. Thanks
No. Don't take the bait! There is 0% chance that's a 540s.
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post #5 of 11 (permalink) Old 12-31-2007, 08:43 PM Thread Starter
 
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The body almost looks like an old radius body, I would post pics, but it wont let me post them??? IT says I cant post attachments. The body has the 3 toggles like the old radius???
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post #6 of 11 (permalink) Old 12-31-2007, 09:43 PM
 
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Re: 540s question

It is not a Saber or an S series or a gambale...if it says roadstar on it.

That should be pretty obvious. Just trying to help.

I suggest you do some research.
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post #7 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-01-2008, 12:15 PM
 
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Re: 540s question

Yes let's do some research...

In 1987 when the Radius, Saber, and Power debuted, many of them had roadstar on the headstock. By 1988 they mostly disappeared. The original cut sheet calls these guitars "Roadstar II Pro540" and all three have Roadstar on the headstock. All three guitars also have the 3 mini-toggles.

I can't tell you whether that particular guitar is all stock, but it would seem so. If it's that old it should also have chrome hardware, although there were some with cosmo between '87 & '88, then they switched to cosmo.

Finally a unique feature of those older Sabers is that the output jack is angled toward the floor, in the same manner as a Strat. Then, in '88 they angled it up toward the strap button, where it has stayed ever since.
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post #8 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-01-2008, 12:53 PM
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Frank's on the money - Japanese flyer from '87
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post #9 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-01-2008, 01:37 PM
 
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I've never seen that in the US. I was expecting the typical roadstar shaped headstock as well. But anyway looks like I was wrong.

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post #10 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-01-2008, 03:07 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: 540s question

Bingo, That red is a spitting image. Thanks for the pic and all your guys help. Now does $400.00 seem a fair price? I do love the way my neck feels even though I havent played it in almost a year as I am waiting for herc to send it back with a new swirl. Does anyone know if they changed anything on the neck except for the roadstar tag? Thanks again
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post #11 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-01-2008, 04:41 PM
 
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Re: 540s question

The necks feel the same regardless of the Roadstar designation, assuming you're referring to the same models. The Saber and Power are original Wizard necks (these 87's are also some of my favorite Wizards of the bunch) and the Radius is the Ultra shape, which has also gone through different carves. The 87's & 88's are also my favorite Ultras.

$400 is very fair, and I assume it has the Backstop loaded in it, which is worth some money as well. So $400 With Backstop is well worth it, and without Backstop it's still worth it.
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