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post #16 of 31 (permalink) Old 09-22-2006, 07:55 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: My "new" to me S-540FMTP

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nice s540ltd!!! i love those. $425 is a steal for those. they still fetch around $500-800 on the used market. i love the green ones with gold hardware, though. for that price, i wouldnt sweat it. the lo-pro with the aanj...mini ovals...killer. those quantums would have to go, but oem pickups always go by the wayside with me. awesome score!!!


rich
It's not a S540 LTD. Its a S540 FMTP.

This is a S540 LTD.....



And yeah.. these guitars are going for $500-800+. Both of them. Which is ridiculous.



Thanks...
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post #17 of 31 (permalink) Old 09-23-2006, 05:17 AM
 
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Re: My "new" to me S-540FMTP

I just got a good player condition '92 540SLR that looks like this one here except that mine has a lo-pro.

the funny thing is that I've always hated the S-series after playing a S-540FM-TK back in '97. Now I've got my own that either cures or causes eye cancer hehe. With 4 HSH and 2 HH guitars I knew it was time for a HSS setup. I paid E275...after trading in my Bad Horsie wah for E100 hehe.
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post #18 of 31 (permalink) Old 09-24-2006, 04:54 AM
 
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That's cool ! I like the colour.

Ben
+1

Regards

André



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post #19 of 31 (permalink) Old 09-25-2006, 12:10 AM Thread Starter
 
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Re: My "new" to me S-540FMTP

Thanks...Turns out they only charged me $420

Now I can afford strings.


Includes Brand new Ibanez Deluxe gig bag....I'd prefer the proper OHSC but I have a few of them. Oh well.


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post #20 of 31 (permalink) Old 09-25-2006, 12:11 AM Thread Starter
 
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Re: My "new" to me S-540FMTP

I like the LR....especially the S540LTDLR
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post #21 of 31 (permalink) Old 09-25-2006, 12:13 AM
 
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Re: My "new" to me S-540FMTP

Definitely prefer the later year ones like that with the cosmo hardware to the earlier 'FM's that came with gold. Very cool man!
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post #22 of 31 (permalink) Old 09-28-2006, 08:49 AM Thread Starter
 
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I, personally, don't care for the gold.



Anyway, I setup the new guitar.

It had the wrong knobs - set screw instead of push on...they looked correct.
I replaced them. How do people lose guitar knobs?

The volume pot was a little loose, so I tighten it.

The trem arm holder was loose - I tightened that as well.

It had 4 springs and 10 gauge strings. The setup with those strings was really nice...no buzz and LOW action. Four springs are just toooo stiff for me.

I took out the 4th spring and put 9's on it. Of course I then had to ...adjust the trem angle, truss rod, bridge hieght, etc.

As with almost all **** guitars. The description failed to mention some pick scratching/surface scratches, etc. So I buffed it out with some 3M Rubbing Compund, Swirl Remover, Carnuaba Wax. I did it by hand...my arm is sore.

I will eventually do it with a machine. That will have to wait until I completely disassemble the guitar.

I tighten the neck bolts, locknut, etc. They just needed to be snugged.

The fretboard wasn't too bad. I cleaned it and applied some bore oil. I will polish the frets with some steel wool later.

I replaced the horrible sounding QM bridge pup with a Dimarzio Tone Zone.
It took 2 minutes of playing to realize I hated the QM's. I knew that though.

The TZ sounds good in it. I'll get the other QM's out of there soon.

I installed a Dimarzio Clip Lock Strap. I had an extra one laying around...so I figured I'd use it. I like them anyway.

I wound up installing a new trem bar. Even after replacing the plastic bushings on the old one it was loose. I had an extra bar laying around so I popped it in there and it was nice and SNUG, just how I like it.

I cleaned up all the misc. screws.

The locking screws for the trem post were loose when I got it. I tightened those after I got it setup. Thank god they weren't stripped, broke or who knows what else.

So I still have to replace the other 2 pups.

I want to sand and tung oil the neck on this guitar. I guess I'm going to do the entire back of the neck including the back of the headstock.

Here it is with my other S guitars....








My attempt at an artsy type photo.....



I can't post these pics enough
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post #23 of 31 (permalink) Old 09-28-2006, 09:05 AM Thread Starter
 
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That covers alot of S history. From left to right.



Wizard I - Standard neck joint

Wizard I - All access neck joint

Wizard II - All acess neck joint

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Original Edge Trem

Lo Pro Trem

ZR Trem

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Dimarzio/USA pups

Ibanez QM pups - stock

Dimarzio/IBZ pups

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Sharkstooth

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post #24 of 31 (permalink) Old 09-28-2006, 09:45 AM
 
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It's not a S540 LTD. Its a S540 FMTP.

This is a S540 LTD.....



And yeah.. these guitars are going for $500-800+. Both of them. Which is ridiculous.



Thanks...
oops, my bad...i must have just just woke up when i posted that...


rich
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post #25 of 31 (permalink) Old 09-28-2006, 09:49 AM
 
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Re: My "new" to me S-540FMTP

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I just got a good player condition '92 540SLR that looks like this one here except that mine has a lo-pro.

the funny thing is that I've always hated the S-series after playing a S-540FM-TK back in '97. Now I've got my own that either cures or causes eye cancer hehe. With 4 HSH and 2 HH guitars I knew it was time for a HSS setup. I paid E275...after trading in my Bad Horsie wah for E100 hehe.
yeah, i had one of those. mine had black pickups in s/s/h. i swapped the f2 for a tone zone and ended up trading it and a kramer baretta for a 5150 half stack. i almost miss that guitar sometimes. then i remember the old heel. then i don't. i also swapped the cosmo parts for black when i acquired a black lo-pro for it. the rg550 is swapped hardware for looked super sweet with the cosmo. neither are in the collection anymore.

rich
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post #26 of 31 (permalink) Old 09-28-2006, 10:42 AM
 
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Re: My "new" to me S-540FMTP

Really like the colour. Looks very nice indeed. Congrats S-man.
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post #27 of 31 (permalink) Old 09-28-2006, 09:12 PM
 
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Re: My "new" to me S-540FMTP

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It had 4 springs and 10 gauge strings. The setup with those strings was really nice...no buzz and LOW action. Four springs are just toooo stiff for me.
I took out the 4th spring and put 9's on it. Of course I then had to ...adjust the trem angle, truss rod, bridge hieght, etc.
Is there an easy way to tell the difference between 9s and 10s installed on a guitar?
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post #28 of 31 (permalink) Old 10-17-2006, 07:17 PM
 
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Re: My "new" to me S-540FMTP

I've seen some of these before..
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post #29 of 31 (permalink) Old 10-18-2006, 02:24 AM
 
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Re: My "new" to me S-540FMTP

Man I love those . CONGRATS!!!

Regards

André



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post #30 of 31 (permalink) Old 02-23-2019, 08:36 PM
 
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Re: My "new" to me S-540FMTP

I had a 1997 S 540 FMTP. It was my favorite guitar. I have been looking for another one ever since I got rid of it to help someone out.
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