Ibanez S1540

Ibanez S1540

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S1540 , STC-Shaped Guitar from Ibanez in the S Prestige series.

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Ibanez S1540 tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer: Ibanez
  • Model: S1540
  • Series: S Prestige
  • Category: STC-Shaped Guitars
  • Added in our database on: 07/16/2006

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Ibanez S1540 user reviews

Average Score:4.8( 4.8/5 based on 5 reviews )
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 1 user review20 %

Hatsubai's review"Revision of the S-540"

Ibanez S1540
The Ibanez S-1540 is part of the famous Ibanez S series. These guitars are a thin bodied strat shaped guitar that feels absolutely wonderful to play due to its light weight yet huge tonal properties. The S-1540 is a Japanese made Prestige S series guitar that features a mahogany body with a maple top, maple neck, rosewood fretboard, 22 jumbo frets, a unique center inlay, an Edge trem, HSH configuration, one volume, one tone and a five way switch.


The Ibanez S series are some of the sleekest guitars out there. The thin, lightweight body lends itself to be one heck of a shred machine. The neck heel on these is very minimal, so getting to the higher frets is a breeze. The fretwork on the Japanese Prestige models is also great, so no issues there. The Edge tremolo that's in this model is also one of the best floyds on the market. It has no issues with even the most extreme whammy bar action.


Since the guitar is made out of mahogany with a maple top, it has a reminiscent sound of a flamed top Gibson SG. The biggest problem with these guitars is that the pickups suck. However, once you replace those, you're good to go. I like using the Air Norton in the neck, a True Velvet in the middle and something like an Evo 2 in the bridge. When you put an Air Norton in the neck, the neck position becomes super fat and absolutely sings for lead tones. The Evo 2 in the bridge helps accentuate the natural frequencies of mahogany along with giving the guitar some amazing harmonics. The five way switch on this guitar also helps make this thing more versatile as you have the split options on the middle pickup to utilize.


These guitars are absolutely wonderful, and they look great too. While the newer ones offer two extra frets on certain models, I find that the Indochina ones aren't quite up to par as the older ones once were. If you're looking for an Ibanez S series, I recommend checking out the older models instead of the newer ones.

Sl!pKoRn's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Ibanez S1540
This guitar comes from the prestigious series of Ibanez Sabre ... Its features include a mahogany body and flamed maple top ... Its Prestige Wizard neck flat and comfortable to perfection ... Its rosewood fingerboard fitted with 22 frets, its jumbo frets and Floyd Rose bridge ...

As for the pickups, you are entitled to a humbucker neck pickup IBZ QM1, a micro medium QMS1 IBZ single coil, and finally a humbucker bridge pickup IBZ QM2 ... There is also a 5-way switch and two buttons (volume and tone) ...

On the aesthetic point of view, this guitar is simply beautiful ... Two finishes are available in this model: amber and green transparent ... Personally, this is the transparent green made me melt, and all mechanical golden ...


The handle is really nice, and that is, with its aesthetic, which makes this guitar a marvel ... On the ergonomic point of view, nothing wrong ... Single detail that could prove embarrassing for Gibson or other worshipers, his body is fine! This also makes it a very light instrument ... But that does not alter the sound wonderful that we can get the first grip ...


A priori, this guitar is categorized in a style rather rock or metal, largely because of his appearance ... However, there is only one of many early advantages of this instrument is its versatility! Personally, I do blues and metal, and I feel no need to change the guitar to go from one style to another ...

The sound of this guitar is very versatile ... Not that one can obtain a multitude of different sounds (although mics allow much), but the sound fits everything we want to do! Sustain a beautiful big sound metal, and a perfect and precise to attack a beautiful solo blues ... Note also the high quality of its light, which gives a soothing air and agreements ...

Here is the amp that I play (Peavy Ultra Plus, 120-watt lamps, 3-channel ...)


I use this guitar for 4 years now ... And I have never felt any disappointment in what I have done ... I was captivated by this model and I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to invest in a top model ... Unfortunately, this model is difficult to find since it is no longer manufactured ... However, a new edition of it appeared in this year Ibanez (S1670 FM) ...

And finally, a small photo of the beast in action ... : P


spacejay's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Ibanez S1540
It is Japanese, but then what class ...
It has a handle of a fine (which will not suit everyone, I think) is one of the best race I've tried in my little life as a guitarist. It is really fast.


It is a very light guitar, but have very good sustain.
There is just a small detail, I use a Samson HF system, the system is miniaturized in the jack that plugs into the guitar (the plug has a size equivalent to a big lighter)
And unfortunately the area connecting the jack is too small ... The HF system can not connect to the guitar without having to go through a fitting .... shame.


The neck pickup is particularly good for blues sounds, jazz.
The bridge pickup has a big potato.
The single coil well balanced overall.
For cons, I feel they are quite sensitive to background noise.


It's really a good guitar, even if its versatile playground is the big rock.

CHAM-NEwTT's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Ibanez S1540
They are in the advice dj lists previous ones.


The handle is fine and enjoyable trs is what primarily ddid me to buy this MODEL.
It is really enjoyable to play, prcis, hommogne.

Ngatif point: the 22 boxes, I have AIM 24.
But I chipotte.

This guitar rete balance and lightweight. Dtest the weight of some guitars such as Gibson, I am delighted!

In short, a versatile product trs with superb finishing.


I jous with mtal, 70's rock, funk ... This guitar goes everywhere. Of course, it will not replace a barython for mtal extreme, she said that even when dfendra.

I jous on mesa boogie roadster and comes fully find a heavy distortion sound that I like, the crystal clear prcis trs, a catchy crunch ...
The microphone is a serious and powerful trs IDAL for blues, funk.
The microphone operates acute trs much for everything. Distortions aggressive crunch ...


I have for many years. This is the only guitar that I did not lass. I never believed me spare. It has a distinctive sound that can be very useful in the studio. Prcise and incisive trs she marries well with a team of second guitar gibson les paul or prs ...

Trs a good acquisition really.

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