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Hi, I wonder if there are any 540P/40PII owners on this board.
I don't see them passing by that much overhere.
Let's gather in this thread and talk about what you like/dislike about them.
Modifications you did, colours and maybe we can set up some kind of archive of serials to see how much of these were actually made.
I own two 540PII's. Both 24 frets. Both black. One has a h-h configuration and the other one h-s. I'm thinking of repainting the h-s in white, with a blue pickguard and blue knobs. Would that be cool?
 

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Have 540P in collection. Really like body shape, and love strange pup combo.



Would like to add 540PII to collection. But as the are quite hard to get hold off (patience is not my virtue!!!), I might build one and do something special with it (Bigsby, Tele trem, etc), although Maxxas 7 string copy will be first on the list.

Recently bumped into 540PII that owner had attacked with paintstripper and bandsander. It put tears to my ears.
 

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Oh yeah that's a 540p TPC, right? Triple coil! Nice one! I also have a 540P in exact the same colour but with a h-s-s set up. Fast necks!
Mine is from 1987, yours? Hey by the way you're from Holland?
 

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I have a white 540P EXACTLY like the one Joe
is holding on the cover of "not of this earth"
Super sweet axe. I do have a question about the neck profile.
Ibanez had what they call a "ultra" neck. The profile on my 540P
is very thin, is that what Ibanez considerd a "ultra" neck??
 

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Mmm, I always thought that the Ultra necks were a little wider at the nut?
These necks are on the 540PII's.
Never knew they were on the old Radius' as well.

jl2556- show us some pics of that white one. I'm posting some pics of mine today.
 

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marianozz said:
So thats why old radius guitars feelt that good...

I wonder if the necks also changed when Joe changed the shape...
They changed the body a bit (moved some mass around). I think, I'm not quite sure though but the neck was speced after his Kramer Pacer I think.

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StoneHands said:
I always thought that the Ultra necks were a little wider at the nut? These necks are on the 540PII's
those were W-type necks, 45mm wide at the nut. the U-type neck was 42mm wide, like on Fenders i guess, and they also were a little thicker than W-type and Wizard necks.
 

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Oh yeah that's a 540p TPC, right? Triple coil! Nice one! I also have a 540P in exact the same colour but with a h-s-s set up. Fast necks!
Mine is from 1987, yours? Hey by the way you're from Holland?
Mine is an 1987 too. Nuno inspired me. I bought it mainly for the "triple coil" but the body shape has grown on me. I really like it.

Similar thing happened to my Maxxas. At first I found it an odd guitar, but reading about it I discovered it's mistery side.......I added one to my collection and now it's my most favorit Ibanez.

Same process I'm currently going through with 540PII. At first I thought it was a stupid looking guitar. The shape irritated me......but like most things that irritate you....slowly you start to appreciate it.....and now I want one.
I asked guy in Holland to copy the body contour on piece of paper, so I have the option of making one.
 

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nuno said:
those were W-type necks, 45mm wide at the nut. the U-type neck was 42mm wide, like on Fenders i guess, and they also were a little thicker than W-type and Wizard necks.
Okay thanks for the info on that! My knowledge keeps expanding..
 

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The Euphor said:
I've got a player P540 SSH, in the same red as the red ones above. Very nice guitar! I really like it a lot. Bought it without trying it, as I've never seen one in Norway before. :)
Welcome friend! Maybe you are going to see a second one.....
 

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Jemmm said:
Same process I'm currently going through with 540PII. At first I thought it was a stupid looking guitar. The shape irritated me......but like most things that irritate you....slowly you start to appreciate it.....and now I want one.
I asked guy in Holland to copy the body contour on piece of paper, so I have the option of making one.
Ah okay I see. You said you saw that 540pII that had been sanded. I saw that one too. Why do people mutilate guitars like that?
I saw once one on **** that had the lower horn cut off! What a waste!
 

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Choose your weapon...



I have another one with the H-H set up.
I took that apart to sand the body and repaint it because it has some chips.
Not that I really mind but I also would like to have a different colour (white).
I love these guitars, one thing that troubled me when I got my first was reaching at the higher frets. The lower horn get's a little bit in the way.
Now I'm kinda used to that.
 

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You said you saw that 540pII that had been sanded. I saw that one too. Why do people mutilate guitars like that?
Over email I asked the guy why he butchered up his 540PII like that. He said he thought it looked cool like that. But my gosh.....did that fool not know what treasure he had in his hands. ;-(

I saw once one on **** that had the lower horn cut off! What a waste!
Some people just lack some vital brain cells.
 

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Why do people mutilate guitars like that? I saw once one on **** that had the lower horn cut off! What a waste!
even Paul Gilbert's got a PII with the lower horn cut off. you can see it on the Terryfying Guitar Trip instructional video. he's my hero, but that's pretty bad, not only for the cut itself but because the lower horn looks so cool as it is. you may kill someone with it!
 

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nuno said:
even Paul Gilbert's got a PII with the lower horn cut off. you can see it on the Terryfying Guitar Trip instructional video. he's my hero, but that's pretty bad, not only for the cut itself but because the lower horn looks so cool as it is. you may kill someone with it!
Hey I saw his 540PII on that video. A red one. He used it in the studio while recording the solo for "Nothing but Love". I'm sure the guitar was intact at that point. Is it somewhere else in that video that you saw the cut off?
I totally agree with you that the lower looks cool. That feature makes this guitar look like a mean machine....
 
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