What is the difference between a *540S and S470 Sabre ?? - Jemsite
All Other Guitars (including Prestige) Discussion about other Ibanez Guitars not covered in the above topics. Includes J-Custom, USA-Custom, Prestige subforum.

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-23-2002, 08:45 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Mar 2002
Posts: 4
What is the difference between a *540S and S470 Sabre ??

Wondering what the difference is between a circa 1990 540S with S-S-H and one of the earlier Japanese version of the S470 Sabre S-S-H? *Hardware looks to be identical. *Was there a diff just in the stock pickups ? *How do you identify a 540S ... there are no distinct model markings? *The 540S I am looking at used was manufactured in Bensalem, PA as marked on the neck plate. * Is this the real diff?

Much appreciated.
SurfMonster is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-23-2002, 09:31 PM
Join Date: Jun 2001
Posts: 2,234
What is the difference between a *540S and S470 Sabre ??

It may have been ASSEMBLED in Bensalem from parts made in Japan...

I think at that time the diff was mostly the pups. *As a lower line, the parts may have had lower QA, but that's only a possibility; I dunno. *But those old ones had the Edge, and since that's the most popular beef with newer 400 series axes, the 470 should be nice.

I know with the Radius 540 vs. 440, the dot markers were bigger on the 440...
JESTER700 is offline  
post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-23-2002, 11:27 PM
Join Date: Dec 2000
Location: Ottawa, ON
Posts: 739
What is the difference between a *540S and S470 Sabre ??

The S470 was introduced in the '92-'93 catalog in the US as a stop-tail version only, but there were vintage trem and an Edge equipped versions in the 1993 catalog. The 470 was available exclusively with dot inlays, and the 540's that were it's contemporaries had oval or shark's tooth inlays... The '91-'92 catalog has the 540SFM with dots, but there's the "Custom Made" inlay at the 21st fret, which is absent on the 470... Production prior to '92 probably assures a 540... Otherwise, the 540 has the Dimarzio-made IBZ/USA "F" and "C" marque pickups to distinguish it from the 470's "V" pickups... Both models are mahogany, but the 540 offered maple fretboards with oval markers from time to time...
Jimi D is offline  
post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-24-2002, 09:44 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Mar 2002
Posts: 4
What is the difference between a *540S and S470 Sabre ??

Thanks for the great info. *Big help! * One other question... The 540S is a 1990 and goes by the nomeclature 540S-LR. * What does the "LR" mean? * BTW it plays WAY better than a current day S470. * This particular one is in fantastic shape with comfortable break in. *
SurfMonster is offline  
post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-24-2002, 10:06 PM
Join Date: Jun 2001
Posts: 2,234
What is the difference between a *540S and S470 Sabre ??

"Lipstick Red"
JESTER700 is offline  

dot inlay , dot inlays , maple fret , maple fretboard , neck plate , vintage trem

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Jemsite forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address

IMPORTANT: You will be required to activate your account so please ensure that your email address is correct.

If you do not receive your activation check your spam folder before using the CONTACT US form (at the bottom right of each page).

Email Address:


Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Sabre id? kramersteen All Other Guitars (including Prestige) 16 04-17-2013 07:01 PM
ngd- sexy sabre stratcat69 All Other Guitars (including Prestige) 4 10-02-2012 05:00 PM
WTB Sabre Body reedy Classified Ads: Guitars and Gear 1 09-24-2010 12:05 AM
Joe's NGD - Ibi Sabre Jem7RB MK All Other Guitars (including Prestige) 19 03-27-2009 06:19 AM
JEM + Sabre - Who's got/had at least one of each? Patrick Deno All Other Guitars (including Prestige) 12 12-02-2002 07:14 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome