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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 10-30-2012, 10:28 AM Thread Starter
 
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NGD: '88 S540 in Carribean Blue

Got a new one yesterday. First S series I have ever owned and also the first mahogany body Ibanez.

I got it from GC and they said it was in good shape besides a couple of little dings and a neck pocket crack. Well, both sides showed signs of cracks and the dings are mostly by the maintenance items like the trem and input jack, the rest of the guitar is real clean. I had to spend about 2 hours cleaning the trem cavity, trem, fretboard and the frets but it was time well spent. Yes, the trem is that clean.

The original bridge pickup is gone, replaced by a DP152 which is a Super distortion which I am not real sure about yet. To my surprise, the backstop was still installed!!!!!!!!

Not sure if I'll keep it as I seem to be cycling through guitars but we'll see.

Question: Does Mahogany produce a "smoother" tone?



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post #2 of 22 (permalink) Old 10-30-2012, 11:14 AM
 
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Re: NGD: '88 S540 in Carribean Blue

So hot.

I'm jelly
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post #3 of 22 (permalink) Old 10-30-2012, 11:27 AM Thread Starter
 
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So hot.

I'm jelly
Knowing me it will probably be for sale soon.

Thanks!!!
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post #4 of 22 (permalink) Old 10-30-2012, 02:28 PM
 
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Re: NGD: '88 S540 in Carribean Blue

Well congrats! I just got mine back together. I've not noticed a huge amount of smoothness with the stock pickups unless you roll back on the volume and tone. I'm still deciding if I'm a fan of the stock pickups. Might not have everything dialed in yet so if I were you, I'd give it time.

If that one isn't the one, there's a few nice ones on the bay now. That trem is super clean though. No pimples! I'm replacing one of my lo-pros with an edge pro, seriously hoping it fits.
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Re: NGD: '88 S540 in Carribean Blue

very nice guitar - nice that it came with bridge pup upgrade! I think I need to get me a S one of these days - congrats man!
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It might sound good if I could figure out the switches!!!!!!!!
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Re: NGD: '88 S540 in Carribean Blue

LOL, they're just on or off
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Re: NGD: '88 S540 in Carribean Blue

Nice one, except that I don't think the bridge pickup is missing, I think it's in the neck position I'm 99% sure that's a modified guitar. All '88 540S's should be HSS.
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Nice one, except that I don't think the bridge pickup is missing, I think it's in the neck position I'm 99% sure that's a modified guitar. All '88 540S's should be HSS.
If this is true than I'm Super Jelly. Congrats on a great looking guitar.

::waits for it to be put up for sale::
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post #10 of 22 (permalink) Old 10-30-2012, 04:59 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: NGD: '88 S540 in Carribean Blue

hmmm, well thats interesting. I checked the 88 on IR and I do not see any HSH guitars. did they make them in 87? I do not have an 87 catalog.

What the heck. Now I have to check it out. If they did, you cant tell.
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post #11 of 22 (permalink) Old 10-30-2012, 05:02 PM
 
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Re: NGD: '88 S540 in Carribean Blue

Just pull the pickup. If they routed it themselves, there will be bare wood. If it has paint in it, it's factory. Might be a "custom" job from LA or a really good refin.
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Re: NGD: '88 S540 in Carribean Blue

As far as I know, Caribbean Blue was only offered in 1988. They added an HH guitar, but that finish wasn't available on it. In 1989, they went to a 5-way switch and the fretboard has big dots instead of small dots.

Interesting image from the '88 catalog:



The black guitar in the middle is an '87. They had the narrow knob spacing and the input jack angled down instead of up.

I'm pretty sure you'll see where some wood was routed out if you pull the neck pickup.
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Re: NGD: '88 S540 in Carribean Blue

Thanks guys, I am going to pull it tonight.
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post #14 of 22 (permalink) Old 10-30-2012, 10:25 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: NGD: '88 S540 in Carribean Blue

Yep, it's been cleanly routed, no paint on the edges where there should be paint. It is awesome though. Here is a short tone clip from a song I am working on. I think I am getting closer to what I hear in my head but the pickup in the bridge is a Super 3, a very mid heavy pickup which is not what i'm going for. I have a Hot Rod Deluxe that is already mid heavy. I think I am going with the Tone Zone/Norton combo.
I have the Norton, just got to find a TZ.

http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=11973038

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post #15 of 22 (permalink) Old 10-31-2012, 08:25 AM
 
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Re: NGD: '88 S540 in Carribean Blue

Nice clip! Does sound good.
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