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The R540LTD is a Radius series solid body electric guitar model introduced by Ibanez in 1991. It was made in Japan by FujiGen. It was initially named the 540RLTD (or 540R-LTD), but it adopted the modern naming convention which starts with the series code in 1993.

The R540LTD features a sculpted basswood body bolted to a maple neck with a 22-fret rosewood fingerboard with binding, sharktooth position markers and "Custom Made" placard inlaid at the 21st fret. Components include IBZ/USA pickups (made by DiMarzio) with a pair of humbuckers mounted in pickup rings flanking a single-coil, a Lo-Pro Edge double locking tremolo bridge and Gotoh tuning machines.

The initial model in 1991 had an Ultra neck with a U-shaped profile and a tilt neck joint. For 1992 the Ultra neck was replaced with the thinner Wizard neck with a D-shaped profile. For 1993 the tilt neck joint was replaced with the sculpted All-Access joint.

The R540LTD was discontinued after 1993.

Specifications

Specifications for R540LTD
Model name: R540LTD / 540RLTD / 540R-LTD
Year(s) produced: 1991–1993
Sold in: Europe
Made in: Japan
Finish(es): Black (BK) / Candy Apple (CA) 1992 / Jewel Blue (JB) / Ruby Red (RR) 1991–1992
Body
Body type:
Solid body
Body material:
Basswood
Neck joint:
1991–1992: Tilt Joint
1993: AANJ
Bridge:
Lo-Pro Edge tremolo
Hardware color:
Black
Neck
Neck type:
1991: Ultra
1992–1993: Wizard
Neck material:
1-piece maple
Scale length:
648mm/ 25½"
Fingerboard material:
Rosewood w/ binding
Fingerboard inlays:
Sharktooth
"Custom Made" at 21st fret
Frets:
22 / jumbo
Nut:
Top-Lok III
Electronics
Pickup configuration:
HSH
Bridge pickup:
IBZ/USA F1 (H)
Middle pickup:
IBZ/USA C3 (S)
Neck pickup:
IBZ/USA F1 (H)
Controls:
Master volume / master tone / 5-way lever

Images

Additional images/ details
1991 R540LTD BK
Black
1992 R540LTD RR
Ruby Red
HSH 5-way both-splits
Pickup switching diagram
Controls VT5
Control layout
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