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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-27-2009, 06:14 AM Thread Starter
 
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Need help identifying possible S540....

Went into the local music shop today having not been in a few months. Ask to see new models. Get shown S670. Made in Indonesia. Feels like it. And then....

... out of the corner of my eye I spot another S guitar that has seen better days. I think this may be a bargain waiting to happen.

Neck is super thin one piece, bound rosewood sharktooth fingerboard, 22 frets with the 'custon made' inlay at the 21st fret. Square neck joint.
Headstock says made in Japan. Serial starts F1.... so 1991 model from FujiGen. The neck feels awesome and is in excellent nick.
Awesome I thinks. The original paint has gone and been replaced with an oil finish.
It has a HSH configuration with a USA F1 in the neck, middle missing and something else (possibly a dimarzio) in the bridge. It has a LoPro trem that has seen better days.
It also has those old 'dalek' style knobs, which I loved, though they need repair or replacing.

It is being sold on consignment for a deceased estate so they can't haggle on price too much so I want to know 2 things:
1) Have I found a S540LTD?
2) How much is it worth?
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-27-2009, 06:36 AM
 
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Re: Need help identifying possible S540....

As for the first question: Sounds like a S540LTD (or 540SLTD as it was called at the time) to me. To bad the color is stripped.

Second question: I've no idea how much it's worth in Australia. Since it's not in very good shape I wouldn't pay more than 200/250 Euros if it was over here.
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Re: Need help identifying possible S540....

Has it been stripped or is it the natural "SOL" finish?

I'd wager, yes it's an S540LTD and it's worth what you'd pay for it.

One of the best tones I've ever got out of anything ever, was an S540SOL into a marshall rack rig, so I'd probably pick this one up for anything up to £300 to £450 depending on condition. I'd pay less if it had been painted and then stripped though.
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Re: Need help identifying possible S540....

I don't think I ever saw a 540SLTD in SOL, so it could be stripped and 're-oiled', had a 'neck swap', or I could be wrong obviousy.
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Re: Need help identifying possible S540....

I've seen several, but it could be either a production guitar, a mongrel or one that has been stripped.
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post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-27-2009, 08:47 AM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Need help identifying possible S540....

As far as condition the only issue I have is with the bridge. Which looks very worn.
The finish has definitely been stripped and oiled because the original black paint can be seen in the middle pickup cavity. It still plays superbly though.
My problem is I hardly ever see such a quality instrument round here for sale in the second-hand market so I don't want to pay overs yet I don't want to let it slip by.
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post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-27-2009, 04:32 PM
 
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Re: Need help identifying possible S540....

well how much were they asking for it?
did you play it? if so how did it play?
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Re: Need help identifying possible S540....

They're asking about the equivalent of $650 USD. Which now I think about it is more than it should be worth. It still plays great it's just the chrome on the bridge is peeling off.
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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-28-2009, 02:33 PM
 
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Re: Need help identifying possible S540....

yeah that does sounds high for the condition its in. if your picky you could replace the bridge with one in better condition, although thats even more expensive.

tough call.. I would gladly pay it if the hw looked good though.
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