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The 540P is a Power series solid body electric guitar model introduced by Ibanez in 1987. It was part of the Roadstar Pro series which also included the 540R Radius and 540S Saber models. It is also referred to as the PRO540P.

The Power or P body is an offset double-cutaway shape with thin horns. It is reminiscent of the RG body, but the sides are tilted toward the top, making the top smaller than the back.

The 540P features an alder body bolted to a maple Wizard neck with a 22-fret rosewood fretboard with dot position markers. Components include DiMarzio built IBZ/USA pickups with a humbucker at the bridge and single-coils at the neck and middle positions, an Edge double locking tremolo bridge with a locking nut and Gotoh tuning machines.

Instead of a typical 3-way or 5-way lever selector for the pickups, there is a mini-toggle to activate each pickup. In addition the bridge humbucker can be coil-tapped to get a single-coil tone. The 1988 model lacks a tone control.

The 540P is based on the first of two body shapes designed for the Power series. The 'reverse RG' styled Power body style was introduced in 1988 with the 540PⅡ-HH and 540PII-SH. The 540P was discontinued after 1988 in favor of these new models.

Specifications

Specifications for 540P
Name: 540P / PRO540P
Years: 1987–1989
Areas: Worldwide
Made in: Japan
Finishes: BK (Black) / CK (Cosmo Black) 1987 / CO (Carotene Orange) 1988 / DG (Dark Grey) 1988 / MG (Magenta) 1987–1988 / VP (Violet Pearl) 1988 / WH (White) 1987–1988
Body
Body type:
Solid body
Body material:
Alder
Neck joint:
Tilt Joint
Bridge:
Edge tremolo
Hardware color:
Cosmo black
Neck
Neck type:
Wizard
Neck material:
1-piece maple
Scale length:
648mm/ 25½"
Fingerboard:
Rosewood
Inlays:
Pearl dot
Frets:
22 / jumbo
Nut:
Top-Lok III
Machine heads:
Gotoh SG38
Electronics
PU Config:
HSS
Bridge PU:
IBZ/USA (H)
Mid PU:
IBZ/USA (S)
Neck PU:
IBZ/USA (S)
Controls:
1987, 1989: 1 volume / 1 tone (w/ push/pull coil-tap) / 3 pickup mini-toggles (on/off)
1988: 1 volume / 2 mini-toggles (on/off) for single coils / 3-way mini-toggle for humbucker (off/coil-tap/humbucking)

Images

Other available finishes
1989 540P BK
Black
Cosmo Black
Carotene Orange
Dark Grey
540P MG
Magenta
White
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