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1988 540S-CT5 CS
540S-CT5 Cherry Sunburst (more images) Red copyright sprite

The 540S-CT5 is an S series solid body electric guitar model introduced by Ibanez in 1988.

The S series is distinguished by the sleek double cutaway body shape which is arched on the top and back resulting in a fairly light guitar with thin edges.

The 540S-CT5 features a mahogany body with a flame maple top bolted to a maple neck with a 22-fret rosewood fretboard with oval position markers. It uses IBZ/USA pickups made by DiMarzio with a humbuckers mounted in pickup rings at the bridge and neck flanking a single-coil. Components include an HQ synchronized tremolo bridge and locking Gotoh tuning machines.

The 540S-CT5 has a sculpted All-Access neck joint without a metal plate. It was among the first models offered with this joint type which has since become the standard for Ibanez guitars.

The 540SC is a near identical model which was sold in the US market. The 540SLTD is a related model with a double locking tremolo and sharktooth fretboard inlays.

The 540S-CT5 was discontinued in 1990. It was replaced by the 540S-CT6 which is very similar but adds a coil-tap switch.

Specifications

Specifications for 540S-CT5
Model name: 540S-CT5
Year(s) produced: 1988–1990
Sold in: Europe / Japan
Made in: Japan
Finish(es): CS (Cherry Sunburst) / MS (Marine Sunburst) 1990
Body
Body type:
Solid body
Body material:
Mahogany w/ flame maple top
Neck joint:
AANJ
Bridge:
HQ tremolo
Hardware color:
Chrome
Neck
Neck type:
Wizard
Neck material:
1-piece maple
Scale length:
648mm/ 25½"
Fingerboard material:
Rosewood
Fingerboard inlays:
Pearloid oval
Frets:
22 / jumbo
Machine heads:
Gotoh SG38 MG-T locking
Electronics
Pickup configuration:
HSH
Bridge pickup:
IBZ/USA F2 (H)
Middle pickup:
IBZ/USA C1 (S)
Neck pickup:
IBZ/USA F1 (H)
Controls:
1 volume / 1 tone / 5-way lever

Images

1990 540S-CT5 MS
540S-CT5 Marine Sunburst Red copyright sprite

Sources

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