The Ibanez 540PII was part of the old Power series that started way back around the late 80s. The body itself is actually a reversed Power body, making the guitar more radical than most others out there. It features a 24 fret Wizard neck with sharktooth inlays, binding and a variety of pickup options. The one I tried had two humbuckers. The body is made out of basswood, and the neck is maple with a rosewood fretboard.
The body on this is definitely an acquired taste. One real cool thing it does is have an extended lower horn to get to the higher frets easier. While it's easier getting there, I find the back of my hand tends to hit the lower horn since it's extended. The upper horn actually feels fairly normal, so I think it's just the lower horn that's extended and pushed back. The guitar came equipped with the famous Ibanez Edge bridge, and those things are absolutely amazing. It's easily one of my favorite floyds out there.
The pickups in this guitar sucked. That said, the guitar itself was very vibrant. I didn't replace the pickups in this actual model, but I know that DiMarzios tend to work awesome with the basswood bodies that Ibanez mainly uses. I have this problem with most Ibanez for whatever reason. The electronics are a real weak point, and they're only just now starting to use actual production model DiMarzio and Duncan pickups, but even then, they're not in all the models...
These guitars are hard to come by now. If you're an Ibanez fan, it's worth checking out. The Power series was a unique line of guitars that helped push the more extreme looks of guitars in the late 80s. Just be sure not to pay too much for one of these as they can be a bit hit or miss, and if the neck wasn't taken care of, there's a chance it could have warped.
Made in Japan in 1987
Alder body, maple neck and rosewood fingerboard
Top Lock III and Stop Back for Floyd Rose
1 Hambucker IBZ United States 2 Micro simple IBZ United States
Tone 1 has a cross-coupled push / push to split the hambucker
3 inters on / off for the selection of microphones
Black color for mine
Fittings color "Cosmo Black"
The handle end is extra nice to play (against the other, those who have had the opportunity to try my guitar found the handle odd at first, and yes it changes the handle of a Start!).
Its 3Kg580 and its general form allows you to play as well as sitting upright.
Access to the box 22 is easy.
It is quite versatile, great for the Hard Rock and a multi-effect ass we do what we want.
For heavy distortion, the hambucker is accurate with a big sound (lack of hair can be a potato from a Seymour Duncan, but nothing nasty).
For sounds clear, no surprises, my favorite config is:
hambucker the single neck pickup coupled with the (impossible to perform on a classical guitar with the switch)
This gives a warm sound even live in the amp.
Test with a Marshall Valvestate 8080 and Boss ME-5, currently G50RCD Marshall (no sound crazy but very good for the house) and Digitech GSP2101 + Boss GX700.
I bought 18 years ago with his hard-cover adapted to form for the sum of 4000Fr (approx. € 610). I bought a Samick after my first summer job I keep 3 or 4 years before they can invest in a "real" guitar.
What I like about this guitar's neck is extra fine.
What I like least ... well ... uh ... I'm still looking ..
With the Pro540 Power, I found the guitar of my dreams ... after 18 years, this has not changed, I am still not tired.
A purchase that I would do without hesitation. (And that's the time I had hesitated a BC.Rich with an exotic form, thank you for putting me Lolo in the right way