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1992 540SBM-R AV
540SBM Antique Violin (rosewood) (more images) Red copyright sprite
For other 540S models, see 540S (disambiguation).

The 540SBM is an S series solid body electric guitar model introduced by Ibanez in 1992.

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 540SBM features a mahogany body with a burl mahogany top and back bolted to a maple Wizard neck with a 22-fret fingerboard with oval position markers. It uses IBZ/USA pickups made by DiMarzio with humbuckers mounted in pickup rings at the bridge and neck flanking a single-coil (which Ibanez describes as "vertical humbucking" pickup). Components include a double locking tremolo bridge with a locking nut and Gotoh tuning machines.

The 540SBM which was sold in the USA had a maple fretboard. The version sold in other markets has a rosewood fretboard. The 540SBM has a traditional bolt-on neck joint with a stamped metal plate.

The 540SLTD is a similar model without the exotic top and back.

For 1993 the 540SBM was replaced by the S540BM which is quite similar except that it has a sculpted All Access neck joint, gold hardware and a rosewood fretboard in all markets.

Specifications

Specifications for 540SBM
Model name: 540SBM
Year(s) produced: 1992
Sold in: Europe / Japan / USA
Made in: Japan
Finish(es): AV (Antique Violin)
Body
Body type:
Solid body
Body material:
Mahogany w/ burl mahogany top and back
Neck joint:
Bolt-on (traditional)
Bridge:
Lo-Pro Edge tremolo
Hardware color:
Cosmo black
Neck
Neck type:
Wizard
Neck material:
1-piece maple
Scale length:
648mm/ 25½"
Fingerboard material:
Europe/ Japan: Rosewood
USA: Maple
Fingerboard inlays:
Abalone oval w/ 'Custom Made' inlay at 21st fret
Frets:
22 / jumbo
Machine heads:
Gotoh SG38
Electronics
Pickup configuration:
HSH
Bridge pickup:
IBZ/USA F2 (H)
Middle pickup:
IBZ/USA C3 (S)
Neck pickup:
IBZ/USA F1 (H)
Controls:
1 volume / 1 tone / 5-way lever

Images

1992 540SBM-M AV
540SBM Antique Violin (maple) Red copyright sprite

Sources

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