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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-07-2007, 02:14 PM Thread Starter
 
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Japanese S models?

Hello Folks...I'm new here, and have a couple of questions.

I really like the old Japanese S(abre) series models, and was wondering which particular model is concidered to be the best, and why?

I want to look at purchasing one of the older Japanese models as I've read that the current Korean ones are not up to the same level of quality.

Are there Prestige options, as well as the J-Customs?

What sort of price range will I be looking at?

Where should I look for these guitars?

Any assistance would be appreciated.

Thanks.
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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-08-2007, 01:18 PM
 
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Re: Japanese S models?

s1220, s1520, s2120 about the best they made before switching the bridge.

s540 also a good bet

Anything with the lopro bridge really. That said, some like the ZR so don#t be too quick to dismiss them
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Re: Japanese S models?

This may be interesting to read. There are some opinions about the recent and old Ss in there. Aswell as a lot of cool photos.

http://www.jemsite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=60096

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I've got a 98 S2540 that is a sweet piece.

You may also check out the FGM's. Very similar to the S series. I have a 90 FGM100 that plays as smooth as silk.

I hear a lot of great things about the S540 series as well.
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post #5 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-09-2007, 04:52 AM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Japanese S models?

Thanks very much for the advice. Your information was most helpful

Rock on!
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Re: Japanese S models?

ANY 540S and Japanese prestige S made from 98-2004 are the "Good ones"

98-2002 if you don't like the ZR and prefer the LOPro like me.

In 2005 Ibanez moved the WHOLE S series to Korea. In the process the bodies of these guitars aren't as thin. The neck is a clunkier than normal Wizard II shape that sits a lot higher off the body than the originals did.

Giving these new S Prestige's a non-sleek look and feel the older ones have/had.

It sucks to be a S player right now if you want a new decent S. You are forced to buy used. Even Rich wont carry the new ones.

Not saying the 2005-2007 models are CRAP. They just aren't want you are expecting if you have played a S before.

Well their quality control sucks worse. That I can say.

It's more of a butter knife now than a Sabre.
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post #7 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-09-2007, 10:04 AM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Japanese S models?

Thanks for the info Ke^in.

I played a Sabre guitar around the time they first made them. It was flame maple with a purple burst, and had gold hardware, and it was absolutely awesome!

Unfortunately I was too poor to buy it at the time, and have always regretted not grabbing it when I could.

If anyone has any idea which model/year this might be I would be very grateful.

Also, have J-Custom ever produced a Sabre/S guitar?

Cheers folks.

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Re: Japanese S models?

J Custom has made some Ss


The Purple one was probably a S540FMTP from around 1995-1997
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Thanks elcid. That fits the timeframe.

It was one of the best guitars I've ever played, and I would cut my left testicle off with a rusty saw to own one.

Any idea what a 95 to 97 S540FMTP goes for nowdays?

Btw, this site is awesome! I've just discovered it, and I've gotta say that the people here are great. Thanks everyone for the advice, and...

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Also, have J-Custom ever produced a Sabre/S guitar?

Cheers folks.

Rock on!
Here it is.

http://www.jemsite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=61869

It's somewhat of a required taste.

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Re: Japanese S models?

Thanks mate

The top isn't really my cup of tea, but who cares if it plays like a dream (and I bet it does!).

What other finishes are available in J-Custom?

I'm a big fan of clear laquer finishes over plain wood, and don't mind flametops/bursts of most colours either.

As before, many thanks

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Re: Japanese S models?

HeavyMetal4Ever,
I see those purple flame S540s pop up in the auctions pretty often. I never cared much for the way they did the purple finish (real dark around the edges), so I never snagged one. I'd say $300-400 is the usual range, sometimes higher. The gold hardware for those years tended to really tarnish and peel, especially if they were played much, so watch out for that when checking one out.
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Re: Japanese S models?

Thanks stratoskier

I'd love to pick one up locally, so I'm gonna keep my eye out.

Thanks for the advice folks.

Rock on!
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