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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 04-18-2010, 03:14 AM Thread Starter
 
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Golden Age S540? What model is this?

I found a second hand Golden Age Ibanez S series in a store, it's just that I have no idea what model it is :O

The shopkeeper told me its a 1996 S540, but I want to know what you guys think about it. I hope it's not a fake. On the back of the headstock, there's only the serial number (I think it doesn't have an 'F' before the number) and 'Japan' written on it.

They also told me it might be an order made S from the owner/a music store. I tried it and it's an AWESOME guitar (the feel, the sound etc), way better than the newer prestige S series I tried side by side.

The guitar was in good condition, priced around 59000yen. The only thing that gripes me was the thumbnail sided chip at the edge of the body :P

What do you guys think?









Usually how much does an '96 S540 go for btw?
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post #2 of 21 (permalink) Old 04-18-2010, 03:54 AM
 
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Re: Golden Age S540? What model is this?

I've never seen an S540 with direct mount pickups. Maybe its a Japan only model? I havent seen any the same as that though.
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Re: Golden Age S540? What model is this?

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I've never seen an S540 with direct mount pickups. Maybe its a Japan only model? I havent seen any the same as that though.

right ! looks legit but a bit weird
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post #4 of 21 (permalink) Old 04-18-2010, 04:19 AM
 
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Re: Golden Age S540? What model is this?

That top is awesome!!! Id buy it just for the top!!!!!!

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post #5 of 21 (permalink) Old 04-18-2010, 04:29 AM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Golden Age S540? What model is this?

The top looks even more awesome in person

I guess from the looks of it it's not a fake?
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post #6 of 21 (permalink) Old 04-18-2010, 05:00 AM
 
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Re: Golden Age S540? What model is this?

Never saw a 96 ibanez with ibz usa pickups. 540 of that era had qs pickups IIRC. Not a production finish that's for sure. I don't think it's a fake (you're in japan, not china) and this might be one of the few 540 that really deserve the "custom made" inlay lol.
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for that price, I'd buy it !
If you feel it, take it
I don't think it's a fake
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Re: Golden Age S540? What model is this?

Looks real, looks awesome too. Probably Japan only model. Go for it!!!!
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post #9 of 21 (permalink) Old 04-18-2010, 05:17 AM
 
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Re: Golden Age S540? What model is this?

NOT FAKE!!! I want!!!

Like lilphil said,it will probably be a Japan only special.

Very nice find.
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post #10 of 21 (permalink) Old 04-18-2010, 05:27 AM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Golden Age S540? What model is this?

Seems like I'm getting positive replies thanks guys!

Before I pull the trigger, anyone can tell me how much S540s should cost second hand? Especially one with minor dents/dings and a thumbnail sized chip on the body edge :P

I'm trying to haggle down the price if possible
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Re: Golden Age S540? What model is this?

Someone ban the above user from jemsite !!! spammer removed :P



Awesome guitar by the way...

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post #12 of 21 (permalink) Old 04-18-2010, 08:39 AM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Golden Age S540? What model is this?

Agreed :O

Btw, this is the first time I'll be buying a second hand guitar, any advice anyone can give me?
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Re: Golden Age S540? What model is this?

I would of already bought that guitar!! What are you waiting for ?
Its already priced well,its rare,its awesome and probably 1 of a handful made.

WTF!
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Re: Golden Age S540? What model is this?

Very uncommon model, the model number is definitely something S540QM-ish, but probably not exactly. The direct-mount pickups and round inlays are uncommon if you compare this model with other models from that era (for instance, the S540FM). I found this Japanese auction with the same guitar in a red finish: http://page4.auctions.yahoo.co.jp/jp/auction/d103482902
There it's also called the S540QM, but that wouldn't necessarily be correct (the seller also lists the wrong pickups).

Edit:
Another one:
http://page7.auctions.yahoo.co.jp/jp/auction/g81198650
For what a model name is worth, I'd settle for S540QM
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post #15 of 21 (permalink) Old 04-18-2010, 09:19 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Golden Age S540? What model is this?

What am I waiting for? My pay that's scheduled for this week :P I'll get it then!

According to the auction site, it's a limited edition model only available in Japan. The owner got the specs wrong because he didn't find any info on the internet. Seems pretty rare to me!
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