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The 540SC, or 540S Custom, is an S series solid body electric guitar model introduced by Ibanez for 1989. 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 540SC features a flame maple top on a mahogany body bolted to a maple neck with a 22-fret rosewood fingerboard with oval position markers. Components include IBZ/USA pickups made by DiMarzio with F1 and F2 humbuckers mounted in pickup rings at the bridge and neck flanking a C1 noiseless, stacked single-coil, an HQ synchronized tremolo bridge and locking Gotoh tuning machines.

The 540SC 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 540S-CT5 is a near identical model which was sold in Europe and Japan. The 540SLTD is a related model with a double locking tremolo and sharktooth fretboard inlays.

The 540SC was offered only in 1989. It was replaced in 1990 by the very similar 540S-CT6.

Specifications

Specifications for 540SC
Model name: 540SC / 540S Classic
Year(s) produced: 1989
Sold in: USA
Made in: Japan
Finish(es): Cherry Sunburst (CS)
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/ 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.)

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