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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-30-2014, 06:51 AM Thread Starter
 
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Question about two 540P models

Hello,
I have 2 different 540Pīs. I have had them for a while now and I just realized that they are different.
One of them, with serial number 701390 has bigger dot fret markers and it does not have that little thin metal retention piece in the headstock.
My other 540P, with serial number 721154, has smaller dot fret markers and it has that black metal piece. See pics below.

Please, I would like to know how many different 540P versions are there and which one is earlier?? What neck is better? Why where these changes made? What neck is more similar to the original JS?

Thanks!

This is the White 540P:







This is the red 540P






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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-30-2014, 09:48 AM
 
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Re: Question about two 540P models

I am not an Ibanez expert but I can at least answer one of your question.

Q:What neck is better ?
A:The one YOU think is better.
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Re: Question about two 540P models

Why one would have a string tree and the other doesn't might have just been an oversight, hard to say. Are you sure both necks are original to the guitars? As far as neck profile, the p's should have a wizard 1 profile no matter which dot set it has, so neither are going to be like the JS neck. If one of the necks was swapped with a radius neck then you would have a thicker profile more like a JS.
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Re: Question about two 540P models

Thanks Fastmerc. I believe the necks are original to the guitar, not 100% sure but I believe so. But it is weird that one does not have the string tree...
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Re: Question about two 540P models

I think the one with the big dots is a replacement neck. The serial number sticker looks like it was taken off another neck and placed on that neck. Also, replacement necks come with no holes drilled in them, which is probably why it's missing the string retainer.
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Re: Question about two 540P models

FWIW -- i have an '88 540P in carotene orange; it also has the larger dots. I too questioned whether or not it was the original neck. The person i bought it from told me it was, but in the catalogs they show small dots for both '87 and '88. Although I heard back then it wasn't uncommon for them to come from the factory not exactly as pictured in the catalog. On mine there is some orange paint on the neck that looks like it rubbed off when they painted the body...so i'm inclined to think it is the original neck. mine does have a string tree though
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-02-2014, 05:43 AM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Question about two 540P models

Thanks, that makes it interesting...
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