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

The Ibanez 540R is a Radius series electric guitar model introduced in 1987 as part of the Ibanez Roadstar Pro series together with the 540P Power and 540S Saber models (and therefore also known as the PRO540R). Features include a basswood body, DiMarzio made IBZ/USA pickups, a 22-fret Ultra neck and a double locking tremolo.

Specifications

Specifications for 540R
Name: 540R; PRO540R
Years: 1987-1994
Areas: Worldwide
Made in: Japan
Finishes: 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 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
Fingerboard:
Rosewood
Inlays:
1987-1989: Small pearl dots
1988-1992: Pearl Dots
1990-1992: 'Custom Made' on 21st
Frets:
22 / Jumbo
Electronics
PU Config:
SSH
Bridge PU:
IBZ/USA F1
Mid PU:
IBZ/USA C1
Neck PU:
IBZ/USA C1
Controls:
1987-1989: 1 Volume / 1 Tone (with Coil tap) / 3 on/off switches
1988-1992: 1 Volume / 1 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 BB (1987 model, with 3 toggle switches for pickup selection) Red copyright sprite

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