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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 08-28-2014, 01:39 PM Thread Starter
 
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N540Day ! my newest and oldest one !

Hi,

Just bought at a very fair price that 540S in a stunning color
I think it's called Atlantic Blue and is a subtle greyish blue dépends on the light

It's my oldest 540 (have to do a 540 family pic now !)
1987 is the year I start playing the guitar, it's also a symbol

It's sounds like perfect and versatile, very stratish with the neck PU, surprisingly.

some little nick on the back of the neck (I don't care) and a little paintchip near the vibrato
(I don't care either)

Fantastic guitar ! Enough blabla, pcis :















it needs now some cleaning, and I have a question
Do the vibrato came originaly with that spring system ?
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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 08-28-2014, 02:13 PM
 
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Re: N540Day ! my newest and oldest one !

That spring system is an Ibanez Backstop, and is worth a hefty chunk of change if you elect to sell it on. Whether it's original or not I don't know.
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post #3 of 13 (permalink) Old 08-28-2014, 02:50 PM
 
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Re: N540Day ! my newest and oldest one !

very nice guitar.
the backstop looks original too
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post #4 of 13 (permalink) Old 08-28-2014, 05:10 PM
 
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Re: N540Day ! my newest and oldest one !

Thats a real beauty! I was going to ask about that trem stabilizer thingy too... Never seen one before, looks nice and beefy.

'87 is when I bought my first guitar too.
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post #5 of 13 (permalink) Old 08-28-2014, 05:47 PM
 
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Re: N540Day ! my newest and oldest one !

Very nice! Although that's really an '88 model

Looks like someone has the Backstop set up very stiff. If you crank it down like that, you can screw the spring claw in farther and it becomes almost a hardtail.
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post #6 of 13 (permalink) Old 08-29-2014, 05:25 AM Thread Starter
 
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Very nice! Although that's really an '88 model

Looks like someone has the Backstop set up very stiff. If you crank it down like that, you can screw the spring claw in farther and it becomes almost a hardtail.
The serial (sticker) is F7*****
Maybe late 1987 ?
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post #7 of 13 (permalink) Old 08-29-2014, 07:40 AM
 
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'87 production, but '88 model.

'87's are very distinct. The input jack angles down (only year it does that) and the controls are really tightly clustered. They also had chrome hardware.

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post #8 of 13 (permalink) Old 08-29-2014, 07:59 AM Thread Starter
 
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Thanks for the info
It´s quite confusing looking at this

Www.ibanezrules.com/catalogs/us/1988/s_3.jpg
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post #9 of 13 (permalink) Old 09-01-2014, 11:24 AM
 
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Re: N540Day ! my newest and oldest one !

There were two runs of 540S in '87. The first is the one TAR shows. The jack points down, there are toggles instead of a blade, and the vol and tone controls are close together. Then the second run is the one the OP has. All same as first run but vol and tone controls are wider spaced.

Backstops were standard on this guitar in 87 and 88.

Pups were made by dimarzio.
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post #10 of 13 (permalink) Old 09-01-2014, 11:50 AM
 
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Re: N540Day ! my newest and oldest one !

That thing is so mint for its age (no rust on pole pieces from sweat or wear on thin black finish on hardware). I wonder how people find stuff like this. The double locking Ibanezes I see are such great guitars and usually played to death. They don't sit idly on stands/cases unless the owner has other Ibanezes that get the air time.
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post #11 of 13 (permalink) Old 09-01-2014, 12:20 PM Thread Starter
 
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thanks Ashbass, that explains
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post #12 of 13 (permalink) Old 09-01-2014, 01:34 PM
 
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Re: N540Day ! my newest and oldest one !

Mine looks like TAR but has black humbucker pickup ring and doesn't have the "backstop" logo on the bridge. It does have the backstop tho. Pretty sure it's all stock. I've had it since 1989.

Nice guitar Agent! Congrats!
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post #13 of 13 (permalink) Old 09-02-2014, 01:27 PM Thread Starter
 
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better pics if you mind

















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