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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 01-27-2015, 10:50 AM Thread Starter
 
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NGD: 1990 540 SCT6

I have a rather modest collection of older Ibanez guitars. I prefer to buy "player" guitars, and actually use them, although I do have a few that are in such fantastic condition that they are Studio only guitars.

Here is a 540 SCT6 from 1990 in absolute perfect condition. The seller must have never used it. Even the chrome is mint.

It features the HQ trem, that was also used on the Artfield, and Maxxas guitars, and was also used by Jackson/Charvel on top of the line Made in Japan guitars.

I believe this was one of the very first models that featured the AANJ neck joint.

It has an awesome Flame Top. Another unusual feature for Ibanez of this period, it actually has Flame on the backside.

Will try and modify post to actually embed pics, but until then, here are links to Instagram




http://www.instagram.com/p/yXOCO3QokY/
http://instagram.com/p/yXOQWZQokm/
http://instagram.com/p/yXObPKwok1/

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Re: NGD: 1990 540 SCT6

Nice !
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Fantastic guitar!
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Nice Guitar- Clean!
That's the exact neck Ive been looking for to put on my 540!
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Re: NGD: 1990 540 SCT6

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I believe this was one of the very first models that featured the AANJ neck joint.
Yes, but it's actually a very different design under the hood. I once owned a couple of these S540-CT6 guitars (one like yours and one 2-tone tobacco burst). Great guitars, but I was very surprised when I removed the neck for some reason and found how it was built. I can't find my old pics of the neck joint, but here's an old thread with some pics:

http://www.jemsite.com/forums/f18/we...hlight=540SCT6

This "AANJ" was actually a very clever design, but I expect it was overkill so they soon went to the much simpler AANJ style joint that we are familiar with.

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Yep, that is exactly how mine is "under the hood". Fortunately for me, I don't have any problems with it. I have been having all my "N-used" guitars scanned on the Plek, and if needed, then proceed with having the frets cut as necessary. This one came out of Fugijen with an awesome fret level, and dressing 30 some years ago, and all it needed was less than 1/4 turn on the truss, and she was good to go.
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Yes, I think the original design was arguably superior to the final design. The matching "ledge" on the neck and body makes any lateral motion virtually impossible. It's a pretty cool design, and I believe some other companies are now doing similar things to beef up their AANJ-like joints.
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@ strat,

Thanks for the link of the sct6 neck pic, never saw that before and never would have guessed that was designed so differently. Do you think it was designed for more stability or were they trying to get more mating surface of the body to neck in order to provide more sustain?
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Now I'm curious to see what the JS neck joints look like?? Sounds like he made a lot of mods, wonder if the joint was one of them.
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Re: NGD: 1990 540 SCT6

JS neck joints are all standard square heel with the contoured body sculpting -- nothing unusual under there.

I think the "ledged" AANJ style only appeared on a few models: 540S-CT6, Vinnie Moore sig (according to the linked thread), and maybe the Maxxas, since that was another early AANJ-like model. Someone here will know about the Maxxas.
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Re: NGD: 1990 540 SCT6

I have the same guitar (and would kill to find another one in tobacco sunburst!) and they came with different knobs. Also looks like the coil tap switch has been replaced.

I bought mine new in 1991, it's all original other than replacing the O rings on the knobs and the 5-way switch since it failed.

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if I remember correctly, if you take out the neck pickup, you will see a very peculiar neck joint
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if I remember correctly, if you take out the neck pickup, you will see a very peculiar neck joint

I see stratoskier already briefed you
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Re: NGD: 1990 540 SCT6

it's a fantastic looking guitar and i love the HQ trem. Pity i sold mine.
I once saw a version in Green.Congratulations with you catch !!
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Re: NGD: 1990 540 SCT6

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JS neck joints are all standard square heel with the contoured body sculpting -- nothing unusual under there.

I think the "ledged" AANJ style only appeared on a few models: 540S-CT6, Vinnie Moore sig (according to the linked thread), and maybe the Maxxas, since that was another early AANJ-like model. Someone here will know about the Maxxas.
That's correct, the MAXXAS had this sort of 2-step neck heel construction with countersunk threads.



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