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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-05-2011, 12:29 PM Thread Starter
 
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Q's about used Custom "S" and 540R

Hey guys I need a little help here. My local music store has 2 used Ibanez guitars in stock. One is a 540R with blue burst finish and it has a "Custom Made" inlay on the fret board, the other is a "S" series custom that is a transparent red over a quilted maple top, also with a "Custom Made" inlay on the fret board. They both have the edge pro trem, and Ibanez USA pups btw. The little I know about Ibanez guitars tells me that these are earlier models, but I've never seen one, let alone two, with a "Custom Made" inlay. The shop is only asking $500 for each (individually) and I'm thinking about getting the custom "S". But I was wondering if someone here could tell me something about the "Custom Made" inlay. Are these made in USA, or some kind of custom shop? Also do you think the price is too high. The "S" played nice, as did the 540R, but they could use a set-up as there was a little buzzing on the upper end of the fret board.

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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-05-2011, 12:45 PM
 
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Re: Q's about used Custom "S" and 540R

nothing to do with a custom shop, it's only for commercial

IIRC, that appears on the X540 or 540X in 1991

have a look at the serial #

it' s "F Axxxxx" where F is for Fujigen Plant (JAPAN) and A for 198A or 199A (from 1987 to 1996)

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Re: Q's about used Custom "S" and 540R

The "S" custom looks to be exactly like like this purple one (middle "S") in S-man's pic, but the one I'm looking at is transparent red over quilted maple with no black edges:
http://www.jemsite.com/forums/f18/th...ead-67243.html
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The "S" custom looks to be exactly like like this purple one (middle "S") in S-man's pic, but the one I'm looking at is transparent red over quilted maple with no black edges:
http://www.jemsite.com/forums/f18/th...ead-67243.html
I vote for S540 BMAV


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Re: Q's about used Custom "S" and 540R

Thanks for the help Agent 540, I'll check the serial # when I go in to look at it today. Are these 540's supposed to come with the Ibanez "Backstop" addition to the trem?
That's a really nice 540 you got there!
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Re: Q's about used Custom "S" and 540R

the backstop unit is only found on '87 and '88 540r/s guitars.

The blue burst is a finish that was offer in the US only on 1987 540Rs. Those guitars don't have the custom inlay. The blueburst you are referring to was marketed in Japan only. This one came from across an ocean to find you.

Check ehay for past auction prices. I think that 500 each is too much.
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Re: Q's about used Custom "S" and 540R

Price may be a bit high depending on condition, case etc. Those typically are in the 350-500 range though.
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Re: Q's about used Custom "S" and 540R

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The blue burst is a finish that was offer in the US only on 1987 540Rs. Those guitars don't have the custom inlay. The blueburst you are referring to was marketed in Japan only. This one came from across an ocean to find you.
Well, technically they ALL came across an ocean...But this was marketed in the 1992-93 USA catalog, with a LoPro and Custom Made inlay. I had one but didn't like the late-model shape differences. Also the burst pattern was very wide. Great guitar though!
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Re: Q's about used Custom "S" and 540R

Sure enough, the 92 catalog has BB listed as a color for the 540R.

I bow to Frank's greater knowledge.
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