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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-27-2007, 10:27 PM Thread Starter
 
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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 ...
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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 ...
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-28-2007, 01:02 AM
 
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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.
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-02-2007, 08:49 AM
 
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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.
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-02-2007, 11:24 AM Thread Starter
 
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Re: help ID an ibanez saber

thanks~
does that mean mine was the number 10 made in 1988?could that make it a rare find?haha
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