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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-02-2009, 03:40 AM Thread Starter
 
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Ibanez S540? What model is this exactly?

Hey, since you all are the wizards of this, give mine a try please. I got this used about a year ago. The cosmo hardware was pretty worn, so I swapped it with black hardware (bridge, 2 new knobs and 2 new pickup rings). Everything else on it is stock. It was made in '89 and has the Bensalem, PA neckplate.

So obviously, everything about it screams S540, but there are some subtleties I've noticed.

There is no "custom made" inlay at the 21st fret. And it has a 3 position mini toggle between the vol and tone, which splits each pickup. So those two features puzzle me. Any ideas on what exact model it is?


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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-02-2009, 04:50 AM
 
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Re: Ibanez S540? What model is this exactly?

Yes,S540. The custom made logo did'nt become a standard feature until 89/90 so yours may have just missed out or the neck has been swapped. The toggle swith is a modification performed by a previous owner. Nice score.
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Re: Ibanez S540? What model is this exactly?

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Yes,S540. The custom made logo did'nt become a standard feature until 89/90 so yours may have just missed out or the neck has been swapped. The toggle swith is a modification performed by a previous owner. Nice score.
Early S540s were HSS if I'm not mistaken. I would say that this one came later, not earlier. Replacement neck maybe?
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Re: Ibanez S540? What model is this exactly?

it was an '89 S540 LTD with a mod for the mini toggle switch.
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-02-2009, 09:39 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Ibanez S540? What model is this exactly?

If you guys look at this catalog page the S540 at the bottom has a toggle in the same place, so I wonder if mine got one at the factory too for some reason. Anybody else seen any of these with a mini toggle?

(btw, I just noticed the red S540 in the catalog is like mine with no "custom made" inlay, so that sort of answers my first question.)

http://www.ibanezrules.com/catalogs/us/1990/s.jpg

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