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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-25-2012, 04:29 PM Thread Starter
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Question about my 540r

Hello all!
I am a relatively new guitarist, and have a guitar that up until 20 minutes ago I was telling people was a USAC (thats what it said on the pickup, and I am a newbie).
Thanks to some web research, I found out what I have is a 540r from 1989. Though, I noticed my serial number on the plate has no letter in it, it is only numbers. I thought I read somewhere that these guitars had serial numbers that started with an F. Does this mean anything that mine doesn't? Is this just another beginners observation?

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-25-2012, 05:13 PM
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Re: Question about my 540r

Look on the back of the headstock.
It could also be a replacement neckplate.

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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-26-2012, 03:02 AM
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Re: Question about my 540r

An 80's Ibanez! Had a couple those myself. Awesome!
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-26-2012, 08:44 AM
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Re: Question about my 540r

The late 80's 540's were all assembled in the US and if the serial number is on the neck plate, with the Bensalem or California plate it will not have a letter. The parts were shipped over from Japan and put together in the states. Many people have changed necks, plate, etc so it is not always a positive indication, but if you have a 540r (radius) it should have the USA neckplate.
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