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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-19-2016, 04:26 PM Thread Starter
 
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Ibanez 540S Help

I am hoping that someone here can help me figure out something that has been bothering me. I have an 1987 Ibanez 540S that was purchased by my father in the mid 90's and then given to me and I am hung up on decoding the serial number.

A700255

Now if I am reading it correctly the 7 corresponds to a manufacture year of 1987, and the numbers following that are the production run, so 255th made that year. However the A is stumping me, is it a factory code and if so which factory does it correspond to?
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-19-2016, 05:00 PM
 
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Re: Ibanez 540S Help

A = January.
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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-22-2016, 03:12 PM
 
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Re: Ibanez 540S Help

Sounds like it is one of the very early ones... Enjoy it!!
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-22-2016, 04:31 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Ibanez 540S Help

I think so too, it plays like an absolute dream, even compared to my newer S670.

The only clue I had to go off of initially was the PRO-540S stamped on the base of the neck.
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Re: Ibanez 540S Help

All the hallmarks of a ver 1 saber.
-tight grouping of controls. Ver 2 and beyond have knobs spaced farther apart. Ver 2 that have the three switches the switches are spaced farther apart.
-input jack angles down. Ver 2 and beyond have jack angled up.

Odd thing with the 87 Sabers is that the headstock does not have "Roadstar Series" written on it. The 87 Power doesn't either. But the 87 Radius does. The saber and power have wizard necks and the radius has an ultra neck, so maybe that's why. The wizard necks were finished differently.
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