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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 09-26-2012, 10:37 AM Thread Starter
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NGD: '87 PRO540 Saber

Finally getting to some updates! Actually got this some time ago from a member here. It's a first year Saber, but in an amazingly well-preserved DY. I'm not sure if this was a limited release color, but it isn't listed in the catalog.

The guitar had an unfortunately crack at the nut when I got it, but I was able to find another perfect neck for it eventually. So I finally got around to cleaning the guitar up, installing the new neck and figuring out the Back Stop, which is pretty neat. The only change I've made from stock is I put a chrome humbucker ring on in place of the original black plastic one. '87 Sabers had plastic rings and they changed to metal in '88. The other odd feature of this guitar is it's the only Saber where the input jack angles downward.


And I got around to updating my family portrait pic with this guitar, my project RG and my reassembled J.Custom. Link only because it's a huge file:

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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 09-26-2012, 10:47 AM
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Re: NGD: '87 PRO540 Saber

lucky man ! Congrats, it's niiiiiiiiiiiiiiice !
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Re: NGD: '87 PRO540 Saber

Wow! Pretty clean for a 25 years buddy!
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Re: NGD: '87 PRO540 Saber

Ultra cool. That colour is so vivid!!! Amazing collection you have, I love the variety in it.
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post #5 of 12 (permalink) Old 09-26-2012, 11:58 AM
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You don't see that every day!
Nice family pic too!
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post #6 of 12 (permalink) Old 09-26-2012, 01:00 PM
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Re: NGD: '87 PRO540 Saber

That is a nice looking guitar. DY is such a different color. It takes on whatever lighting is in the room and is not easy to photograph either.

HNOGD Happy New Old Guitar Day!!!
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that guitar looks fantastic - and incredibly fresh for a 25 year old guitar!

Amazing collection too - great variety - and a particulary awesome swirl on the the grain on the J Custom too
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post #8 of 12 (permalink) Old 09-26-2012, 05:29 PM Thread Starter
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Re: NGD: '87 PRO540 Saber

Thanks everyone! Photographing this thing is really pretty much impossible. It's so bright that a lot of the pictures come back whitish. I think the seller had the best description of the color, that it looks like a tennis ball.

I've had two different DY Jems in my possession for short stints and I think this Saber (and my 540P ) are by far the closest representation of the original paint that I've seen. Both of the Jems had some ambering of the clear coat which gave the guitars a tint and knocked down the brightness.
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post #9 of 12 (permalink) Old 09-26-2012, 06:21 PM
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Re: NGD: '87 PRO540 Saber

DY is awesome when it isn't faded, and your pics capture it pretty well. Just like a fluorescent highlighter. Does anyone know if it glows under UV?

I have always wanted one of the early HSS Sabers with the three toggle switches. Just get some beehive knobs and it'll be perfect!
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post #10 of 12 (permalink) Old 09-26-2012, 07:10 PM Thread Starter
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Re: NGD: '87 PRO540 Saber

Beehives were actually not found in 1987. They first appeared in '88. They're also only made in cosmo, which the Saber switched to in '88.

I actually have a totally mint beehive sitting around that I might eventually use for another project, but I need to find a mate for it first!

I've got a beehive on my 540P and I'm always on the lookout for more!

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post #11 of 12 (permalink) Old 09-26-2012, 09:57 PM
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Re: NGD: '87 PRO540 Saber

Looks nice...and i think i said it before but i'd say it agian-very cool family pic. I envy you ..hehe.The GMC is so cool. Congrats on another nice guitar,have fun.
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post #12 of 12 (permalink) Old 09-27-2012, 01:58 PM
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Re: NGD: '87 PRO540 Saber

Wow that's clean for its age. Nice touch with the chrome ring.
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