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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 01-07-2017, 11:07 AM Thread Starter
 
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NGD: 1990 540PII HHGP

Here's a rare one I just brought. Since I have a collection of 540P/PII's this is one I really wanted as it's the rarest of all the PII's, but I pretty much chalked it up as one I'd never find. I ended up getting lucky not only to find one, but to find one in brand new/unplayed condition.








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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 01-07-2017, 11:32 AM
 
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Re: NGD: 1990 540PII HHGP

Grats! That looks great! Always nice to see old guitars in perfect condition.

I've never seen it before. Do you have any more information about this finish?
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Grats! That looks great! Always nice to see old guitars in perfect condition.

I've never seen it before. Do you have any more information about this finish?
Thanks. The only thing I am fairly certain is that they were made for the Japanese market only. This particular finish is not in the US catalogs but can be found in the 1990 and 1991 Japanese catalogs. The other interesting thing is that the typical 540P/PIIs you see from US and Europe have a "custom made" inlay on the 1990 model (no inlay on the 1989 P or PII). This one is a 1990 and does not have the "custom made" inlay. I have seen pictures of 3 or 4 of these over the years in this finish and some appear to have it and some don't...but not sure what years there were made but the inlay doesn't seem consistent at least with the one I have.


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Re: NGD: 1990 540PII HHGP

Oh, you winner! I've never seen any of these models in real life and this one IS the cake. I too would go for this as a bucketlister ever since I saw it pictured here;

http://ibanez.wikia.com/wiki/540P%E2%85%A1-HH.

Such a beautiful guitar. Congratulations and enjoy!
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post #5 of 15 (permalink) Old 01-07-2017, 01:21 PM
 
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That's sweet man. I forgot about those. Unusual neck plate. Still got my 1989 H/S 540P you wanted to buy
I LOVE the necks on these things. These guitars just rip!!!! Congrats on getting a bucket list guitar, as for folks like us, are getting harder and harder to find. My last bucket list guitar was my PL2660 I got 3 or so yrs ago. Feels great when we finally get one off the list..... Any idea who did the artwork or is is a fabric finish?
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Re: NGD: 1990 540PII HHGP

Nice.... I almost purchased a 540s HH with that paisley finish (back in the day)
Always loved the older 540 series
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Re: NGD: 1990 540PII HHGP

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Nice.... I almost purchased a 540s HH with that paisley finish (back in the day)
Always loved the older 540 series
No kidding...where did you find it, was it in the US?

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That's sweet man. I forgot about those. Unusual neck plate. Still got my 1989 H/S 540P you wanted to buy
I LOVE the necks on these things. These guitars just rip!!!! Congrats on getting a bucket list guitar, as for folks like us, are getting harder and harder to find. My last bucket list guitar was my PL2660 I got 3 or so yrs ago. Feels great when we finally get one off the list..... Any idea who did the artwork or is is a fabric finish?
Yeah man...you have the five alarm 22 fret model, right? I LOVE that guitar.
I'm not sure why i assumed artwork, but was surprised to see it was fabric...which i guess makes more sense (making it similar to the JEM floral prints). Congrats on finding your bucket list guitar (PL2660).
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No kidding...where did you find it, was it in the US?
saw it used at a guitar store here in the US ( I think i was in Knoxville) then years later on ebay just assuming it was the same guitar

saw a white paisley 540s before as well
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post #9 of 15 (permalink) Old 01-08-2017, 08:38 AM
 
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Re: NGD: 1990 540PII HHGP

had no idea this even existed...epic score!
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post #10 of 15 (permalink) Old 01-08-2017, 08:56 AM Thread Starter
 
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saw it used at a guitar store here in the US ( I think i was in Knoxville) then years later on ebay just assuming it was the same guitar

saw a white paisley 540s before as well
Wow..interesting they were floating around the US back then as I suspect they were JDM only. Too bad you didn't buy it. Honestlly if it were me back then i probably wouldn't have bought it either. It's a bit of an eye soar lol...but years later I now have a different appreciation for it. Back then i would have wanted a neon instead.

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had no idea this even existed...epic score!
Thanks.

Maybe this is only interesting to me, but I did some research on these. I know someone that bought one of these over the summer on a trip to Hawaii so i was able to compare notes with him. His looks identical to mine in a number of ways. But i have also seen pictures of a few of them online with some different characteristics. Here is what I have learned ...

- Japan only model (i think)
- Appear only in the japanese 1990 and 1991 catalogs. US and EU P/PII's were made in 1989 and 1990.
- My guitar and my friend's guitars both have a 1990 SN and share the following characteristics
* Exact same GP pattern/fabric.
* Do not have the 'custom made" inlay (US/EU models had custom made inlays for 1990's but not 1989)
* Edge tremolo like all other US and EU P/PII
-- I know of at least 1 guitar that has a custom made inlay that has some different characterisics...
* has a different GP pattern/fabric
* Has a loPro edge which seems to indicate the SN is probably 1991 and "custom made" inlays were also characteristic of the 1991.

Here is the suspected 1991 GP as shared by a fellow Jemsiter


There is also this one i suspect is a 1991, but the image is too small so i can't tell which bridge is on it or if the paisley pattern matches any of the others

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Re: NGD: 1990 540PII HHGP

Wow, that is awesome! I've never seen one of those - very classy looking guitar - love it! Congratulations!
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Re: NGD: 1990 540PII HHGP

I don't normally like these kinds of designs but definitely works with this guitar. Looks awesome!
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Re: NGD: 1990 540PII HHGP

That is insane! Great score and a keeper for sure!
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Re: NGD: 1990 540PII HHGP

I never seen before
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post #15 of 15 (permalink) Old 01-19-2017, 04:28 AM
 
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Re: NGD: 1990 540PII HHGP

Pure win! Congrats,i always wanted one too.
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