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For other 540S models, see 540S (disambiguation).
1992 540SQM NT
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The 540SQM is an S series solid body electric guitar model introduced by Ibanez in 1992. It was produced in Japan by FujiGen.

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 540SQM features a quilted maple top and back on a mahogany body bolted to a maple Wizard neck with a 22-fret flame maple 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 Lo-Pro Edge double locking tremolo bridge with a locking nut and Gotoh tuning machines. The neck is attached using a sculpted All Access neck joint.

This is one of only a handful of S series models ever offered with a maple fretboard (most are rosewood).

The 540SLTD is a similar model without the exotic wood top and fretboard or the gold hardware and with a traditional neck joint.

The S540QM was available only in Japan and was offered for only one year.

Specifications

Specifications for 540SQM
Model name: 540SQM
Year(s) produced: 1992
Sold in: Japan
Made in: Japan
Finish(es): Natural (NT)
Body
Body type:
Solid body
Body material:
Mahogany w/ quilted maple top and back
Neck joint:
AANJ
Bridge:
Lo-Pro Edge tremolo
Hardware color:
Gold
Neck
Neck type:
Wizard
Neck material:
1-piece maple
Scale length:
648mm/ 25½"
Fingerboard material:
Flame maple
Fingerboard inlays:
Abalone oval w/ 'Custom Made' inlay at 21st fret
Frets:
22 / jumbo
Nut:
Top-Lok III
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:
Master volume / master tone / 5-way lever

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