Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Central Coast California
Re: Ibanez S Series info
Excellent guitars. Really without a case and no seller fees $300 to $350 would be a good deal for both. $350-$400 or so with the case.
The reality is that you can find these all day for $500 -$600 on eBay, but then you have selling costs and shipping which really takes the seller net profit down to the $400-$500 range. Then there is the worry about it actually arriving safely.
These guitars are the best available in my opinion, I have four. If you like the basic tone qualities and the body and neck shape (try it sitting and standing) I have no doubt this could become your favorite guitar. I am/was an LP guy until I purchased my first indo S. I really liked a lot of things about it, basic neck shape, weight, body shape, basic tone. But it really did not replace my LP's as my go to guitar. Then I purchased a 91 S540 and found something special there. The neck is just sweet. Played with swapping pickups and it started to become the go to guitar. Then I purchased a 97, then a 96, and now a s470 body (that I have special plans for). I had to search a bit for pickups for each as each was a bit different. In the bridge I ended up with a Parallel Axis in the 97, a Custom Custom in the 91, and an F2 with an A5 magnet (very close to a tone zone) in the 96.
These give me the sounds I want, but not quite my ideal sound in my head, close but not perfect. Then I purchased a custom set of Seymour Duncan EVH Frankenstein pickup from MJ and installed in the Indo and changed the neck to a Japan made RG770 reissue. This guitar has all the sound I want. Thick distortion, ton of sustain, evh PAF tone with more push, love it.
One other note, I have installed brass block and various trem stops in each (except for the indo ZR), just because I prefer dive only most of the time (one has a tremol-no). The brass block is a substantial upgrade for the S series because of the thin body. It adds depth, thickness, and sustain for sure.