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540R JR
540R Jewel Red 1988 (more images) Red copyright sprite

The 540R is a Radius series solid body electric guitar model introduced by Ibanez in 1987. It was made in Japan by FujiGen.

The 540R was part of the Roadstar Pro series together with the 540P Power and 540S Saber models (and therefore also known as the PRO540R).

The 540R features a sculpted basswood body with rounded edges bolted to a maple neck with a 22-fret rosewood fingerboard with pearloid dot position markers. Components include DiMarzio IBZ/USA pickups with a humbucker mounted in a pickup ring at the bridge and a pair of C1 single-coils in the neck and middle positions, a double locking tremolo bridge and Gotoh tuning machines.

The Edge tremolo was replaced by the Lo-Pro Edge when that bridge was released in 1991.

The 540R was discontinued after 1994.

Specifications

Specifications for 540R
Model name: 540R/ PRO540R
Year(s) produced: 1987–1994
Sold in: Worldwide
Made in: Japan
Finish(es): 1987: BB (Bright Blue Burst) / BK (Black) / BR (Bright Red Burst)
1988-1989: BK (Black) / JB (Jewel Blue) / JR (Jewel Red) /

SK (Shocking Pink) / JW (Jewel White)/FB (Fountain Blue) (1988)
1990-1991: BK (Black) / CM (Coral Mist Metallic) / JB (Jewel Blue) / RR (Ruby Red) / WH (White)
1992-1994: BB (Bright Blue Burst) / BK (Black) (1992) / BR (Bright Red Burst) / WH (White) (1992)

Body
Body type:
Solid body
Body material:
Basswood
Neck joint:
Tilt Joint
Bridge:
1987–1991: Edge tremolo
1991–1994: Lo-Pro Edge tremolo
Hardware color:
Black
Neck
Neck type:
Ultra
Neck material:
1-piece maple
Scale length:
648mm/ 25½"
Fingerboard material:
Rosewood
Fingerboard inlays:
1987-1989: Small pearl dot
1988-1992: Pearl dot
1990-1992: 'Custom Made' on 21st
Frets:
22 / jumbo
Nut:
Top-Lok III
Machine heads:
Gotoh SG38
Electronics
Pickup configuration:
HSS
Bridge pickup:
IBZ/USA F1 (H)
Middle pickup:
IBZ/USA C1 (S)
Neck pickup:
IBZ/USA C1 (S)
Controls:
1987–1989: Master volume / master tone (w/ coil split) / individual mini-toggles for each pickup
1988–1992: Master volume / master tone / 5-way lever

Inlays

The type of fingerboard inlays have been changed two times for the 540R. First year's models have smaller pearl dots. This changed somewhere around 1989 to the more standard sized pearl dots. On 1990-1992 models these dots were combined with a 'Custom Made' inlay on the 21st fret. Unlike what is stated, the 540R models with this inlay were not actually 'custom made' specially ordered personalized guitar models, all standard production models featured them. Other models with this kind of inlay are the 540S and 540R-LTD.

Images

540R BB
540R Bright Blue Burst 1987 Red copyright sprite

Sources