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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 01-24-2010, 03:57 PM Thread Starter
 
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Question about my 540S Saber

I have a project 540S Saber.
I am wondering if my neck is a replacement.
The USA marked neck plate has the serial number 884201 and the headstock is marked F911674.
Do I go by the headstock number (1989) or is this thing a spare parts machine?

I am just curious as it is a very nice guitar and after a little work will be awesome, again

Thanks in advance
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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 01-24-2010, 04:06 PM
 
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Re: Question about my 540S Saber

Edit - Learn to read, Mark.

The rule of thumb would be to go off the headstock number, not the neck plate.
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post #3 of 13 (permalink) Old 01-24-2010, 04:15 PM
 
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Re: Question about my 540S Saber

my 1989 S has a USA neckplate with no serial.
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Re: Question about my 540S Saber

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my 1989 S has a USA neckplate with no serial.
As does mine.
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Re: Question about my 540S Saber

That is why I was wondering. I have heard of guitars with numbers on both but have not seen that before personally...
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Re: Question about my 540S Saber

From Rich's site :

http://www.ibanezrules.com/catalogs/...nce/dating.htm

"Plate serial numbers have nothing to do with headstock serial numbers. In a case where a guitar has both the true serial number will always be the headstock number."

I wouldn't worry about it - it probably just means your neckplate was sitting around stamped for a few months before it got fitted to a guitar.
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post #7 of 13 (permalink) Old 01-24-2010, 05:43 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Question about my 540S Saber

Thanks Mark!
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post #8 of 13 (permalink) Old 01-24-2010, 07:52 PM
 
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Re: Question about my 540S Saber

Well, one way I believe to check the body is the pickup switches. I think the 87 and 88 models had mini-toggles for each pickup but they started using 5 ways in 1989. So, while the neck is definitely and 89, the body may be an 88.

That being said, other than general curiosity or some "all original" value (whatever that may mean), I'm curious why this would be an issue. I've swapped necks on literally dozens of older Japanese Ibanez guitars over the years sometimes out of necessity and sometimes because I wanted that reversed neck on my 540P Tiple Coil instead of the DY Saber it came on. And a lot of people obviously are always parting those guitars out on the auction site we dare not mention, plus a lot of those older necks crack and warp over time so they made need to be replaced, but you still have a nice Japanese neck made in the exact same factory by likely the same workers, so the quality is the same. There's no magic when they put the neck on at the factory, and the Japanese are pretty well known for keep standards tight, so the necks are generally easily interchangeable.
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post #9 of 13 (permalink) Old 01-24-2010, 11:52 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Question about my 540S Saber

It has the way 5 way switch so maybe 89...
I guess it only matters from a collectors' perspective.
To a collector a guitar with mismatched parts is only worth the sum of its parts (partscaster).
Like you I play what I own so I am not really worried about it...just curious.
I agree about the necks, they are simply amazing.
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Re: Question about my 540S Saber

Sorry man, I didn't mean to sound jerky about it - I've just seen a lot of people say guitars are "thrown together", and it drives me nuts because they are still using the same quality parts regardless of whether they are all original or not.

Anyway, hope you enjoy the Saber (540S), I've got a few of them and they are great guitars.
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post #11 of 13 (permalink) Old 01-25-2010, 12:45 AM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Question about my 540S Saber

You didn't sound jerky at all

Thanks!
She is a keeper
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Re: Question about my 540S Saber

what color
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Re: Question about my 540S Saber

It is black.
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