help ID an ibanez saber - Jemsite
All Other Guitars (including Prestige) Discussion about other Ibanez Guitars not covered in the above topics. Includes J-Custom, USA-Custom, Prestige subforum.

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-27-2007, 10:27 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 5
help ID an ibanez saber

so this is my saber, lipstick red, the neck has been modded to for humbucker, used to be single coil. original pups have IBZ/USA logo.

3 individual switch for on-off.

the serial number is A80..(some zeros)..010

A should be january, but would that be 1980 or 1988?

im sure saber didn exist in 1980...

but the serial is supposed to start with F for made in japan since 1988...

is there a possibility that someone changed the neck plate??

i was looking at the roadstar 540s pro, but i found that the switch for bridge is supposed to have 3 positions, which i dun have ...
here are some pix

i was looking at the roadstar 540s pro, but i found that the switch for bridge is supposed to have 3 positions, which i dun have ...
geofreesun is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-28-2007, 01:02 AM
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: US - MD
Posts: 1,762
Re: help ID an ibanez saber

Looks like a 1988 540S. It also looks like someone change the pups and couldn't solder very well.
S-man is offline  
post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-02-2007, 08:49 AM
Join Date: Dec 2000
Location: California
Posts: 1,895
Re: help ID an ibanez saber

It's an '88, and that was a transition year. They moved the output jack to aim toward the strap button. The first generation aimed toward the floor like a Strat jackplate. The next thing to change was the 5-way switch instead of the 3 mini-toggles. That happened during 1988 but showed up in the 1989 catalog. So the "January" part could be right too.

That's a great guitar.
frankfalbo is offline  
post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-02-2007, 11:24 AM Thread Starter
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 5
Re: help ID an ibanez saber

does that mean mine was the number 10 made in 1988?could that make it a rare find?haha
geofreesun is offline  

neck plate , strap button

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Jemsite forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address

IMPORTANT: You will be required to activate your account so please ensure that your email address is correct.

If you do not receive your activation check your spam folder before using the CONTACT US form (at the bottom right of each page).

Email Address:


Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
how many Ibanez guitars do you own? spacenuke All Other Guitars (including Prestige) 1687 09-19-2015 08:15 PM
Ibanez & Vai timeline of events - working together jemsite Archived Topics and Common Questions 16 04-02-2009 02:38 PM
Enquiring about 2nd guitars GuitAust Vendors, Auction & Reseller Talk 27 09-24-2006 09:40 AM
for trade , ibanez usrg30 j.arledge Classified Ads: Guitars and Gear 2 03-07-2006 09:14 PM
Ibanez Telecaster Type guitar - looks like a Saber, *searche MorbidAngel All Other Guitars (including Prestige) 2 03-08-2002 12:32 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome