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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-19-2008, 12:13 AM Thread Starter
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Ibanez Roadstar S Series??

A local guy is selling what appears to be a S series guitar but he claims its a Roadstar. It even says Roadstar onn the headstock which puzzles me. Was the first year S series called a Roadstar? I tried looking through various catalogues from the 80's but could not find the model I'm reffering to. I currently own an 87 540 Saber which looks almost identical to the guitar for sale. The only difference is the input jack is on a bit of an angle compared to the saber and the fact that it says Roadstar on the headstock. Anybody??

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-19-2008, 01:28 AM
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Re: Ibanez Roadstar S Series??

Could it be a "Power" series guitar? It's the same guitar Joe Satriani is holding on the cover of Dreaming #11. Could it be one of those? I seen one recently and it stumped me. It also said Roadstar on the headstock.
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-19-2008, 03:48 AM
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Re: Ibanez Roadstar S Series??

I believe some early '87 Saber and Radius guitars had the Roadstar on the headstock...
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-19-2008, 09:30 AM
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Re: Ibanez Roadstar S Series??

I have an '87 Radius 540 that says Roadstar on the headstock. It is the model that the JS series was derived from. An '87 will have toggle switches in place of a traditional 5-way switch. Somewhere on here an old ad featuring these guitars was posted. Very cool.

Here's a link with a few pics of my Radius:
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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-19-2008, 12:21 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Ibanez Roadstar S Series??

Take a look for yourself.
This is my 87 540 Saber.

This is the guitar for sale. Almost identical except for the switch layout and jacka and Roadstar logo. The guitar has been routered for the additional neck humbucker. Price is right for a project guitar.
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-19-2008, 01:51 PM
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Re: Ibanez Roadstar S Series??

Looks like a modified '88 540SBC, it looks like the only one with the input jack angled like that.

I saw that ad as well. (Don't worry, I'm not in the market, just bored!)

I wonder if the neck has been replaced with an older roadstar neck? Or it could just be a transition model.
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-19-2008, 02:07 PM
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Re: Ibanez Roadstar S Series??

It's very common for some '87 540 models to have "Roadstar Series" on the headstock, chances are it's the original neck. I believe they put out a flyer with all 3 of the 540 models (R,S,P) that actually shows it on the headstock. I think I have one at home I can try to scan later if I find it.
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