Distinguishing S-Series Models (80s to mid 90s)
I'm new here, but I've looked around and haven't found a thread that directly answers this. First, are there any sites that have good descriptions (ideally with pics) of all the various S-series guitars, especially those from the late-80s through mid-90s? I've picked up bits and pieces from this group and others, but I'm still a bit confused. I've been looking for S-540s and S-540-LTDs for sale around the web, but it seems like there may be a bunch of other 540-like S-series guitars that are being advertised as 540s but have cheaper features. Some have IBZ pickups, others have various other pickups (V and Q series), some have an Edge, some have a LO-TRS, some have the AANJ, some don't... So, I'm confused. How to distinguish the various S-models? I know that the 540s changed features many times, but what about these other older S-series guitars? Do I understand that the 540 was pretty much the top of the line during the period I mentioned? Any clues as to when the 540s made the transition from IBZs to other pickups, traditional neck joint to AANJ, and so on?
Thanks to all: this group is well-moderated and very helpful!