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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-17-2001, 09:41 PM Thread Starter
 
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Scored an S guitar! - Is this a Gambale model?

I really loved my DSY S540LTD, but after a few years the yellow and sharkfins outlived their welcome so I sold it on ebay. *After a more natural look, I picked up a used S520WFN, nice but didn't have the same feel...out it went. *My real desire is an S540fm...we'll see.

So I'm scouring the online classifieds, and stumble upon this S, and through correspondence discover it has an Edge, so I'm suspecting a S540. *For $150 shipped to my door, could I go wrong?

It arrives...I pleasantly surprised by some aspects, and somewhat bemused by others. *Here it is after a much-needed cleaning, neck tweak, and trem setup. *(Shown with nut clamps borrowed from my RG...it's were missing, will contact Rich).

http://209.25.234.11/uploads/gambaletop.jpg
http://209.25.234.11/uploads/gambalehead.jpg

It's in VG-EX condition...the neck is near perfect, minimal fretwear, and the body has some minor wear, but no dings to speak of. *SS# = F118066. *Plays and sounds great.

When I was cleaning the Edge, the corner *fell* off...not sure what happened there, I was not abusive, I promise! I suppose it's not a big deal since it does not affect function. *May need to dremel the sharp edge down.

http://209.25.234.11/uploads/gambaleedge.jpg

Now for the interesting part. *One of the first things I noticed were the knobs...I don't recall seeing these on any 540 models. *Next is the pups...standard F1 in the neck, but has a DP101 Dual Sound in the bridge and an HS3 in the middle. *Nice. *This could be a case of mere part swapping, but the solders look original. *Next is up on the head...no string tree like on S540s, no holes for it at all. *The pickups are recessed a bit, but I can't recall if all 540s are like that. *Also, has the AANJ.

From the above clues, my suspicion is that this might be an early Gambale model. *The only older catalog I have is from 94, and it shows the FG300 with no string tree and those funky knobs (and different Dimarzios). *Did the 540 ever come like this? *Or possible just some clever part swapping?

Anybody have an old catalog that shows this puppy...or can help identify?

Either way, I don't really care...I'm quite pleased to have another old S in the quiver. *I got this cheap enough...may be a candiate for a swirl? *Nah.
Greg
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-17-2001, 10:08 PM
 
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Scored an S guitar!

Seems to me like you scored a FGM100BK from 1991, I would give a leg for a FGM100SB( Sky Blue)
Congratulations

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Stefano Giusti
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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-18-2001, 12:25 AM Thread Starter
 
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Scored an S guitar!

Thanks for the ID, Stefano. *Looks like even a better deal than I had thought.
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-18-2001, 06:54 AM
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yep - it's the recessed pickups that give away the gambale model
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-18-2001, 08:44 AM
 
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Scored an S guitar!

Blimey! Talk about luck! for $150 no less!?! I'm beside myself with envy

Hope you enjoy it...

Me, I'd like to fine one of the DY ones with the matching inlay - can you say cheese :biggrin:
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