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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-04-2017, 02:32 PM Thread Starter
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540S project

Hi everyone,

I am slowly getting ready to modify my 1987(8?) 540S again. Years ago, I went through a phase where I did not want a tremolo on my guitars anymore, so I had it removed and the cavity filled. I was going to paint it, but I never got around to it. Later, I sold it to a friend. A couple years ago, it found its way back to me, but was in sad shape. It needs a set up, and new tuners at the very least. I started kicking around the idea of painting it silver sparkle, changing all the hardware to chrome, getting a maple fretboard, and reinstalling an edge in it. However, I am now thinking about getting it chromed, instead of silver sparkle. Do any of you out there that have a chromed guitar have any thoughts on how the chrome effects the tone? Thanks!

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-11-2017, 02:41 PM Thread Starter
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Re: 540S project

Well, I am moving forward with this project. I am not sure what the finish will be. Coat of Chrome seems slow to respond, so I may not get it chromed. Here is what is going to happen for sure:

Install Ibanez edge tremolo. Chrome. Thanks Rich
Replace existing rosewood fingerboard with maple.
No fret markers, just dots on the side at the 7th, 12th, and 15th fret.
Scallop frets 13 to 22, to the Malmsteen strat profile.
Install new chrome machine heads. Thanks Rich.
Refinish the guitar and head stock in????

Looking forward to getting this all done.

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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-13-2017, 07:24 PM Thread Starter
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Re: 540S project

Well after a month the Coat of Chrome guys responded. Seem like good guys, I hope their delay in communication is not indicative of how the business runs overall. Lots of good reviews though, so I am going to risk it, and send it off to be chromed. Guitar is already stripped and ready for paint, original edge ready to go as well. Getting excited!
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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-14-2017, 01:42 AM
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Re: 540S project

Waiting for pictures.
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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-01-2017, 07:14 PM Thread Starter
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Re: 540S project

Here is a small update. I stopped by my local luthier today to pick up two other guitars and saw that the 540S had made it back from Coat of Chrome. I was able to snap two quick pics. The chrome looks great!

It looks like a few more weeks and this project will be finished! Super excited.
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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-04-2017, 11:13 AM Thread Starter
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Re: 540S project. Finished!!!

Good day everyone!

Well, its finished! The guitar plays, and sounds great. The chrome job looks really good as well. Is it 100% flawless? No, but I am still very happy with the outcome. Since Photobucket has changed their rules, I post some pictures this weekend, when I remember how to access my other hosting options. This project definitely breathed new life into this 540S.
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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-16-2017, 03:21 PM Thread Starter
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Re: 540S project

Originally Posted by peromucho7 View Post
Waiting for pictures.
Not the best quality, but here is one picture of the finished project: http://i.imgur.com/outrwgK.jpg

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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-16-2017, 09:00 PM
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Looks pretty cool. Looking forward to more pictures
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