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The 540S-CT5 is an S series solid body electric guitar model introduced by Ibanez in 1988. 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 540S-CT5 features a flame maple top on a mahogany body bolted to a maple neck with a 22-fret rosewood fingerboard with oval position markers. It uses IBZ/USA pickups made by DiMarzio with F1 & F2 humbuckers mounted in pickup rings at the bridge and neck flanking a C1 noiseless, stacked 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): Cherry Sunburst (CS) / Sunburst Transparent Turquoise (STT) 1989 / Marine Sunburst (MS) 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 Magnum locking
Electronics/ Strings
Pickup configuration:
HSH
Bridge pickup:
IBZ/USA F2 (H)
Middle pickup:
IBZ/USA C1 (S)
Neck pickup:
IBZ/USA F1 (H)
Controls:
Master volume / master tone / 5-way lever pickup selector
Output jack:
¼" stereo barrel (angled face mount)
Factory tuning:
1E,2B,3G,4D,5A,6E (E Std.)

Images

540S-CT5 ( STT ) Sunburst Transparent Turquoise "1989"
540S-CT5 STT front.jpg
Front of body
540S-CT5 STT rear.jpg
Rear of body
540S-CT5 headstock.jpg
Fretboard / Headstock
1990 540S-CT5 MS.png
540S-CT5 Marine Sunburst Red copyright sprite.png

Sources

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