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01-15-2021 01:01 AM
Re: NGD! 1988 540P

Very nice playing you nailed it!!
12-17-2020 12:53 PM
Re: NGD! 1988 540P

^^ Yes, it seems to have been the case for the early years. I have two 1986 guitars and both have black blocks, don't know when they stopped doing it. The block is painted, fwiw, the alloy itself is not black.

Killer example of a 540P there!
12-11-2020 07:03 PM
Re: NGD! 1988 540P

The people who own these guitars for 20+ years and keep them in perfect condition are angels. I'm as old as this guitar but in much worse condition haha

Also, random.. but I've never seen a black sustain block for the trem. Did Gotoh/Ibanez paint them back in the day?
12-11-2020 06:51 PM
Re: NGD! 1988 540P

Damn, I somehow missed the notifications for all your posts, awesome stuff!

Here is it in action.

11-25-2020 06:53 AM
Re: NGD! 1988 540P

I have a black one, 1st owner
11-23-2020 06:06 PM
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11-19-2020 01:44 PM
Re: NGD! 1988 540P

here's a pic of me back in 87 with one of my 540p's (jr high school talent show, we played Metallica:Sanitarium) .. i'm the original owner. :-)
11-19-2020 01:39 PM
Re: NGD! 1988 540P

i didnt realize this was the main difference between 87 and 88 guitars. i guess i have 3 87's. :-)
11-19-2020 01:12 PM
Re: NGD! 1988 540P

Here are 2 of my 540p's. I want to find a maple wizard neck for the one on the left.
11-19-2020 01:05 PM
Mr Bungle
Re: NGD! 1988 540P

My '88's are configured same as above...wasn't the PII the "Alex Skolnick" one?
11-19-2020 12:59 PM
Re: NGD! 1988 540P

I think thats a PII ? All of my 540 P's have two knobs and the switches are underneath them
11-17-2020 04:07 PM
Mr Bungle
Re: NGD! 1988 540P

This was my first "real" guitar and still have it since new!!!

Enjoy that neck!
08-19-2020 10:47 PM
Re: NGD! 1988 540P

Nice find!
08-19-2020 07:47 PM
NGD! 1988 540P

Always wanted one of these ever since the Ibanez Racer X ads in Guitar Player back in 1988! Stumbled over one on eBay and couldn't hit "BIN" fast enough!

Arrived today and wow what a stunner, and in great shape for a 32 year old guitar.

Came perfectly set up with fresh strings and plays beautifully.

Need to load down the neck pickup a bit, too bright with a 500k volume and no tone control, but that's an easy fix.

Could not be happier!

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