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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-31-2016, 01:36 PM Thread Starter
 
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87/88 540s Wiring, Very confusing

Ok, first, I have looked for probably no less than 12 hours total for the solution to my problem. Found many answers, but mine seems to have a slight hiccup.
The guitar is a early 1988 540S, original everything. It has the three toggles, with the bridge toggle being on/off/on. Every wiring diagram I have seen, including the one I got from Ibanez.com shows the bridge humbucker with white, black, red, green and bare wires. This is where it gets strange. The IBZ/USA humbucker doesn't have the red lead. I have stripped the wire back to see if it might have been buried, but no red lead. Everything I have seen says this should be an IBZ F2, but being early model (made in Jan and number 84 of the year) I have read that Ibanez used an early model IBZ/USA that didn't have an actual designation to it.
So, which wires would be what leads from the humbucker in this situation?

Thank you in advance for any help in this. I haven't been able to play this wonderful guitar since I bought it through an amp. It has been sitting on my bench for almost 6 months waiting to breath again.
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-31-2016, 04:57 PM
 
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Re: 87/88 540s Wiring, Very confusing

thought i read this some where
http://www.jemsite.com/forums/f35/ib...lp-103023.html

almost forgot to mention the bridge toggle is supposed to be bridge series, off, bridge tapped if remember right that is


enjoy

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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-31-2016, 06:49 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: 87/88 540s Wiring, Very confusing

IT'S ALIVE !!!!

Thank you very much. I have been waiting for this beast to breath fire since I traded for it. After I got it breathing on a respirator, I applied basic electronic fundamentals to the rest of the wiring. And it is freaking sweet sounding.

I would have posted sooner...but well...it was so hard to put it down. The wife finally told me I had to stop to get ready to go out tonight...

Thanks again.

BTW, I traded an Epiphone Les Paul Standard for this early 1988 540S...I definitely made out on this trade.
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-31-2016, 07:19 PM
 
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Re: 87/88 540s Wiring, Very confusing

cool you are welcome

and yes you made out on that deal
what color is she btw?
I used to have an 88 540shh dy fun guitar but i never could get used to the 3 switches
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I believe it was call Sunset Red...almost has a goldish tint to the red when you look at in the light.
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-01-2017, 06:56 AM
 
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Re: 87/88 540s Wiring, Very confusing

nice yeah i remember it was kind of a orange\red burst?
enjoy they are getting rare
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