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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-07-2020, 04:24 PM Thread Starter
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Ibanez S540LTD questions


I have a S540LTD from 1997, at least the serial number starts with F97.

However it has the 3 piece wizard neck which was introduced in 1998, if I'm informed correctly. That's odd.

Question #1, what strings were these shipped with back*then, 9-42 or 10-46?

Sometimes I use Standard tuning.

Question #2, if I want to go one whole step down in tuning, which strings should I use to not put too much stress on the neck? 11-52ish?

Question #3, the Tremolo arm is missing, could someone please tell me the part number for a fitting trem arm?

Thank you*

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Re: Ibanez S540LTD questions

Hi Chris,

It’s quite common for the ‘next year’ model guitar to have the previous year’s serial number. Ibanez has them built and stockpiled ready to ship to dealers when a batch is ready. Early guitars are built in the latter part of a year and get an earlier serial number but don’t go on sale till after the new year.

They should have been shipped with 9-42 gauge strings.

I go up a half size for each semitone down, so d-standard, I’d be using 10-46s

Can’t help with the trem arm though, sorry
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Thank you sir! Great info, I appreciate it!
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Re: Ibanez S540LTD questions


trem bar Edge/Lo Pro/Edge Pro 2LE21B
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Super, now I got everything! Thanks guys!
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Re: Ibanez S540LTD questions

Absolutely fantastic guitars. I've been playing Ibanez guitars for almost 7 years now. Even one of low-end models (RG120) was solid. I played it for 3 years, left in a cold attic without a gigbag (foolish, I know) and still played fantastically after a set up 4 years later. I had an S420 (similar idea to the RG - shred guitar, 24 frets, similar pickups, trem etc) and it never failed me. I recently bought an RG2550Z Prestige and it's been great.

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