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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 06-13-2006, 06:07 PM Thread Starter
 
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Misrepresented 540LTD beware

This guitar keeps changing...3bay of course. 7422639793

First it was a custom shop guitar and was going for about 1,300.00

It has a plate on the back that says Bensalem PA. That doesn't mean it's a custom shop guitar.

My 1990 s540ltd, that I have had since brand new, has that. It is not a custom shop guitar.


Now it's 899.99 no mention of custom shop.

It's a 1991 FGM now...but amazingly it has the standard neck joint.

Well the last standard neck joint was 1992 for the S series. -edit- as pointed out by torsiho

1991 they switched to the AANJ - For the FGM series. -edit- as pointed out by torsiho

There is so much oxidation on the hardware it makes me sick.

It is a crusty piece of crap. The frets are nasty, the fret board shows too much wear.

The case is wrong for THAT year. etc. etc.

STAY away is my advice. Oh... as a point of referance....I paid about 700 bucks for mine 16 years ago brand new. Sure list was alot more...but you know how that goes.

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Re: Misrepresented 540LTD beware

This is something like what it should look like.

Mine....











My guitar is a player...I have played it for a loooong time.
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Re: Misrepresented 540LTD beware

Just in case....anyone was looking for a "FGM"



Don't get that

It was so horrid I couldn't help but post.

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This guitar keeps changing...3bay of course. 7422639793

First it was a custom shop guitar and was going for about 1,300.00

It has a plate on the back that says Bensalem PA. That doesn't mean it's a custom shop guitar.

My 1990 s540ltd, that I have had since brand new, has that. It is not a custom shop guitar.


Now it's 899.99 no mention of custom shop.

It's a 1991 now...but amazingly it has the standard neck joint

Well the last standard neck joint was 1990.

1991 they switched to the AANJ.

There is so much oxidation on the hardware it makes me sick.

It is a crusty piece of crap. The frets are nasty, the fret board shows too much wear.

The case is wrong for that year. etc. etc.

STAY away is my advice. Oh... as a point of referance....I paid about 700 bucks for mine 16 years ago brand new. Sure list was alot more...but you know how that goes.
Um, they didn't put the AANJ on the S-series untill 1993. 1991-1992 should have the old heel still.
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Just in case....anyone was looking for a "FGM"



Don't get that

It was so horrid I couldn't help but post.
That's not a FGM at all, dirty or not, the pickup rings aren't recessed.
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Just in case....anyone was looking for a "FGM"



Don't get that

It was so horrid I couldn't help but post.
What a rusty trem.

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Um, they didn't put the AANJ on the S-series untill 1993. 1991-1992 should have the old heel still.
Yes they did.

This is from the 1991 Ibanez catalog



Beyond that, I remember when they came out. It was the year after I got my 1990 S540LTD.



Additionally, you could get a AANJ as early as 89. In the form of an 540SC

This from the 1989 catalogue


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My geuss is that it's a 1989 540SLTD DY.

I'm almost certain they said it was a 80's guitar yesterday.

Though it is possible it's an 89. The serial number would tell us that.

It has got to be a 89 or 90 with that neck joint, that neck with sharktooth and headstock , and color.

Maybe it is a 89 with that case...I'm not sure if they were still using those cases in 89. I know it's not correct for 90.

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From the 1990 catalog



Another thing...they didn't have a FGM until 91 they were all Sabers/S series up to that point. All the FGM's were AANJ.
S series guitars were known only as Sabers before 89 and, as far as I know, were never referred to as Sabers after that. In the catalogs at least.

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Yes they did.

This is from the 1991 Ibanez catalogue



Beyond that, I remember when they came out. It was the year after I got my 1990 S540LTD.



Additionally, you could get a AANJ as early as 89. In the form of an 540SC

This from the 1989 catalogue

Only on those models, an S540LTD would have the block heel until 1993. Notice the block heel on the one in th lower left. I think you're confusing the Gambale with the LTD, they are not the same guitar.

Ibanez went so far as to feature it in 1993's catalog:
http://www.ibanezrules.com/catalogs/us/1993/s_3.jpg Since it was the first year the whole S-line had it.
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That's not a FGM at all.....
EXACTLY
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Only on those models, an S540LTD would have the block heel until 1993. Notice the block heel on the one in th lower left. I think you're confusing the Gambale with the LTD, they are not the same guitar.

Ibanez went so far as to feature it in 1993's catalog:
http://www.ibanezrules.com/catalogs/us/1993/s_3.jpg Since it was the first year the whole S-line had it.
I agree...but the guy on 3bay is calling that guitar an FGM.

In the 91 catalog there are clearly 2 models FGM and S. Up to that point they always just showed Frank with an S in the
pictures.

But, you are right. I must remember seeing the FGM or custom S in 91.

At the same time, all the 91 S series had the lo-pro edge. So that guitar is not a FGM and is not a 91 of any model.

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I agree...but the guy on 3bay is calling that guitar an FGM.

In the 91 catalog there are clearly 2 models FGM and S. Up to that point they always just showed Frank with an S in the
pictures.

But, you are right.
Evilbay is full of wierdness though. I mean, my LTD was in much better condition than that, though it has a large paint chip near the rear strap button on the edge, and I grabbed it for $300. I dunno what's driving the prices of used Ibanezs up, but it's getting idiotic. $500+ for a beat-up used RG is insane, not even thinking about stuff like this. He's using the "FGM" just for search hits though, I hope.
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Maybe he lives down here, I've seen 2-3 yr old guitars rusted like that. Still you're right, unless the bridge has been swapped it's 90 or earlier, it's not a negative though, sometimes I wish I had a regular Edge on my 540, if it wasn't rusted and about $400 it would be a nice guitar.
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if it wasn't rusted and about $400 it would be a nice guitar.
I agree I'd buy it then. Maybe $300. As long as there wasn't a crack somewhere in the neck or something.

BTW.... I love my edge

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