540S project - Jemsite
Tech: Setup, Repairs and Mods Guitar workbench discussion such as setup, repairs, mods, installing new parts and more.

 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-04-2017, 02:32 PM Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Portland, Or
Posts: 298
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!



tobe is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-11-2017, 02:41 PM Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Portland, Or
Posts: 298
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.

Last edited by tobe; 03-11-2017 at 04:16 PM.
tobe is offline  
post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-13-2017, 07:24 PM Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Portland, Or
Posts: 298
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!
tobe is offline  
post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-14-2017, 01:42 AM
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Croatia
Posts: 509
Re: 540S project

Waiting for pictures.
peromucho7 is offline  
post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-01-2017, 07:14 PM Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Portland, Or
Posts: 298
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.
tobe is offline  
post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-04-2017, 11:13 AM Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Portland, Or
Posts: 298
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.
tobe is offline  
post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-16-2017, 03:21 PM Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Portland, Or
Posts: 298
Re: 540S project

Quote:
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

Last edited by tobe; 08-16-2017 at 03:32 PM.
tobe is offline  
post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-16-2017, 09:00 PM
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Canberra, Australia
Posts: 9,164
Reviews: 120
Re: 540S project

Looks pretty cool. Looking forward to more pictures
LonePhantom is offline  
Reply

Tags
ibanez 540s project

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

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

Password:


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:
OR

Log-in










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
WTB 540s HH DY and/or 540s HxS manfromplanetX Classified Ads: Guitars and Gear 1 12-25-2012 02:52 PM
FS: Ibanez 540S Project cheap jairic Classified Ads: Guitars and Gear 1 06-11-2012 08:50 PM
Ibanez 540s pickup change to Dimarzio DP160 DP181 DP188 project and sound check video cryptonet All Other Guitars (including Prestige) 0 02-26-2012 08:16 PM
New $75 Project Guitar Day - Ibanez Pro 540S USA? guitarzan1143 All Other Guitars (including Prestige) 17 02-28-2011 03:45 PM
89 540S Project eruji Tech: Setup, Repairs and Mods 37 08-21-2009 12:05 PM

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