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The 540S is an S series solid body electric guitar model introduced by Ibanez for 1987. It was originally called the PRO540 Saber as part of the Roadstar II/Roadstar Pro series. The 540S was produced in Japan by FujiGen.

The 540S was the initial model in what would eventually come to be known as the S series. The 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 features a mahogany body bolted to a maple Wizard neck with a 22-fret rosewood fretboard with dot position markers. It uses IBZ/USA pickups made by DiMarzio with an F2 humbucker mounted in a pickup ring at the bridge and C2 noiseless, stacked single-coils (which Ibanez describes as "vertical humbucking" pickups) in the middle and neck positions. Components include a double locking tremolo bridge with a locking nut and Gotoh tuning machines.

The 540S has a traditional bolt-on neck joint with a stamped metal plate.

For 1991 the original Edge tremolo was replaced by the new low-profile version.

The 540SL is a left-handed version. The 540SFM is a similar model with a flame maple top. The 540SLTD is a similar model with a humbucking pickup in place of the single-coil in the neck position (i.e. HSH pickup configuration).

In 1992 a new version of the 540S was sold alongside this model in the United States. The new version has a humbucker replacing the single-coil pickup in the neck position and a maple fretboard. For 1993 the HSH version would be renamed the S540 and continued while this HSS version of the 540S was discontinued.


Specifications for 540S
Model name: 540S / PRO540 Saber
Year(s) produced: 1987–1992
Sold in: Worldwide
Made in: Japan
Finish(es): Atlantic Blue (AB) 1988–1990 / Black Cherry (BC) 1987–1991 / Black (BK) / Caribbean Blue (CB) 1988 / Crystal Pearl - Paisley (CP) 1990–1992 / Cranberry Red (CR) 1990 / Desert Sun Yellow (DY) 1988–1989 / Laser Blue (LB) 1991 / Lipstick Red (LR) 1988–1992 / Oil finish (OL) 1991 / Ruby Red (RR) 1991 / Sunset Red (SR) 1987–1990 / White (WH) 1989
Body type:
Solid body
Body material:
Neck joint:
Bolt-on (traditional)
1987–1989: Edge w/ Back Stop
1990: Edge tremolo
1991–1992: Lo-Pro Edge tremolo
Hardware color:
1987: Chrome
1988–1992: Cosmo black
Neck type:
Neck material:
1-piece maple
Scale length:
648mm/ 25½"
Fingerboard material:
Fingerboard inlays:
Pearl dot
1990–1992: 'Custom Made' placard at 21st fret
22 / jumbo
Top-Lok III
Machine heads:
Gotoh SG38
Electronics/ Strings
Pickup configuration:
Bridge pickup:
Middle pickup:
Neck pickup:
1987–1988: 1 volume w/ push/pull coil split / 1 tone / 3 pickup toggles (see below)
1988–1992: Master volume / master tone / 5-way lever pickup selector
Output jack:
¼" stereo barrel (angled face mount)
String gauge (factory):
Factory tuning:
1E,2B,3G,4D,5A,6E (E Std.)


Before it was equipped with the now common five-way lever pickup selector, the 540S had individual on/off switches for each of its three pickups. On the 1987 models, the volume pot had a push/pull switch for coil splitting the bridge humbucker.

For 1988, this functionality was provided via a three-way toggle (position 1: off; position 2: coil split; position 3: on) in the 540S sold in the United States. In the 1988 European 540S these three switches are replaced by a five-way lever. This simplified 5-way switch approach was adopted worldwide in 1989.


Other available finishes
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Atlantic Blue
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Caribbean Blue
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Cranberry Red
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Crystal Pearl - Paisley
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Laser Blue
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Lipstick Red
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Oil finish
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Ruby Red
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Sunset Red
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