All user reviews for the Ibanez S540FM
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BODY : MAHOGANY / FLAMED MAPLE TOP
NECK : WIZARD ALL ACCESS / 1Pc MAPLE
FRETBOARD : BOUND ROSEWOOD
INLAY : ABALONE OVAL
BRIDGE : LO PRO EDGE
HARDWARE : GOLD
PICKUP CONFIG : H-S-H
PICKUP'S : IBZ/USA F1 (N), IBZ/USA C3 (M), IBZ/USA F2 (B) (Bridge and Neck changed for duncans however.)
CONTROL : 1VOL 1TONE, 5WAY SWITCH
This guitar features a mahogany base wood with a flame maple top. This gives the instrument a very resident deep throaty type tone primarily because of the warm mahogany wood that is used in the body. When you couple that with the flame maple top which generally is a higher frequency type would you get a great balance of frequencies and tone. One of things I don't particular care about this guitar is the gold hardware that is throughout the instrument. I never been a fan of gold hardware and I usually leaning towards chrome and sometimes black. Overall that doesn't shape or control any of the tone of the guitar but it just cosmetically looks a little strange to me. This guitar still sounds great in pretty much any application you put them in to so don't be afraid to try it in a clean or even an ultra high gain setting.
These guitars have been discontinued now for quite some time so the only way to get one is in the use classifieds online or in many forums. This is a cool guitar for the money but I honestly find that many of the newer Ibanez models feature some great features and are much more accessible guitars. This is a great guitar if you can find one for decent by price than I suggest grabbing it.
heads on fire's review"Great playing axe."
Mahogany double cutaway body with Flame maple veneer
Bolt on Wizard maple neck with rosewood fretboard
22 Jumbo frets
Ibanez high quality Gotoh style modern tuning machines
Ibanez Lo-Pro Edge double locking tremolo bridge system
Ibanez V series pickups - 2 humbuckers, 1 single coil - HSH configuration
1 volume, 1 tone, 5 way switch
1/4" output jack
Very light - around 6 pounds
I'll give this area a 10. It's hard to top the playability of a late 80s, early 90s Ibanez guitar made in the Fujigen plant in Japan. This model is no exception - the Wizard neck is thin, sleek, and very fast, and the fretwork is impeccable. The level of action one can achieve on this guitar is so low, the strings are nearly right on top of the frets, so it takes just a modicum of effort (with a light touch) in order to activate the string. Fret access is great. The body is ergonomic enough, and light to boot, and the S540 balances very well. As an added bonus, the Lo-Pro Edge tremolo system stays in tune very well, even on the wildest whammy tricks!
The stock Ibanez pickups are very good. Good enough that many people leave them in - they are richly defined, with a nice presence and aggressive attack, smooth singing sustain, and great "in-between" Strat funk tones. The 5 different selections on the switch provide ample tonal variety, allowing this guitar to be used in nearly any style. It excels in shred/fusion/metal types, but it's a great guitar for jazz, reggae, and I could even see someone using it in a country band.
This is a marvelous instrument. Ibanez has been known for making great guitars for a long time, but I feel that the 80s and 90s were their golden era for extremely playable axes. There are still a lot of these guitars out there, so finding one shouldn't be too difficult, and it would be well worth the effort to do so just for the neck alone.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
zeetoon's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Specific ..."
Very light and fragile ... because falling from his foot (the dog from behind) the head is cracked. H. Valois, luthier in Evreux, I fixed it for 15 years and it has not budged, phew! This is a guitar shredder, I hate it now, but the handle incites! Microphones (USA Ibanez licensed Di Marzio) are correct, but no real character to send heavy, it's good.
If I still listen to metal, I did not want to play, so it does not suit me at all. I also replaced and now figuration on my stand ... I rarely rebuke.
Bought it 22 years ago, I already had a lot of guitars. I liked this easy handle, extraordinary, I hate the look of the head, and this is a typical metal guitar too. Its clear or crunch, it is bland. Not zero, but it is not his "real" character. It was long ago, but a bad choice at the base.
3 of 6 people found this review helpful
pied2nez's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)
I have this guitar since hummmmmmmm 1995/1996. I have a handle on JAMIS jou also enjoyable (I have small fingers). Access in acute is excellent .... I like the ergonomics forms S. The level I came to change the pickups .... The beginning of the micro grave did not suit me as I put on a low distortion over all it was totally ate innodible. on the other hand I was super happy with the bridge pickup and central. For a year I in Mount Seymour Duncan ...... Oh my beautiful guitar my love of guitar has a deuxime youth .....
(I put that 8 / 10 because of the quality of the neck pickup)
This guitar has Fully should my style of music has morpholofie of my little fingers (I play the rush saga vai dream theater etc.)
I jou it with an old Marshall Valvestate and gt4 .... Now I play with this guitar on a behringer gmx over a loudspeaker and a lamp pramp ..... A rgal with new pickups
I use it for 10 years. What I like more the look cert tigr the handle body, the ACCS aiugus.
Yes I'm gonna essy a lot of other guitar to Monchoix (jackson, lag)
Ben over time I will choose the same except that ibanez did more product: 0 (
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
ejey's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)
Produced until 2000. Replaces up luxury series? (Same logo except the top of handle)
Mahogany body + end table in maple flammbr /> Manche Wizard II Frets 22 "custom made" (idem new prestige series)
Mcaniques oil bath
Floyd Rose type tremolo (licensed) Lo Pro Edge
Micro HSH config: QM1, QM2-Qms1
A 5-way switch, one volume and SETTING THE Tone
-The finish is good and the trs grip of the instrument is enjoyable trs.
The handle is trs-end, a real highway. Comes with 09-42 strings, the action is low and rev the game very easy. Personally, my strings are 09-46 and yet the handle is always faster than me (I will have one day, I get it ). The edges of the frets have t re-polished before purchase as they hung a little (pbm CONTRL quality Ibanez?)
-The body is thin at the edges: the weight of the guitar is lightweight and well equilibrated either standing or sitting. You see the Les Paul? Well it's the opposite level weight and ergonomic, yet it is the same wood species.
-Son: config ultra versatile double (QM1 and QM2) are humbuckers in cramique output level between the PAF Pro situ and in Norton Di Marzio. According to an Internet user who made several changes to its micro-studio sessions, the Qm + versatile and seem to better adapt the S540FM. Forcment they have less personality .... The Qms1, it is a simple micro Alnico V.
-The Floyd ... A rgal. Well, like all the vibrato waves galre it a bit to tune the guitar to beginners, but once given, was not moving! It has almost nothing to envy new series ibanez. Except that for rgler position 0 (rare), it is dvisser the plate on the back of the guitar. FYI, the new ZR possdent floyd sries of a wheel across the plate.
This guitar-match styles Varis trs. It's a bit a intermdiaire between a Les Paul and Strato. Having had an Epiphone Les Paul with Seymour Duncan, I was looking for a more crystal-clear without losing the fat in microwave double distortion.
In his clear, I use bcp positions intermdiaires or double splits that are more slammin and bcp and lighter.
Thanks to the volume knobs and one can raprocher Tone Sound microphones have less gain (especially using an overdrive) without losing too DEFINITIONS (although this is common on other guitars).
-Having pleusieurs multi-effects, pr-amp ... I can say that it goes well with all sorts of things as given the versatility of its electronics in the clear, as saturated.
-The BMOL (because it takes much): its strength is also his "weakness": versatility. I mean who says trs versatile necessarily less typ said (in the analogue world). Indeed, we sometimes regret the "imperfections" and other roughness in the sound that make a guitar legends such as Strato, the Tl or Paul's example. If we want exactly the sounds you have to buy the original ...
I bought it-7790F in July 1999 without having had the last change.
-I love its versatility, the quality of its sound and its finish (small BMOL for frets), exeptional comfort. The sound is more flattering than sries RG sounding more "bland" and more oriented metal.
Think-install a split that allows to use the bridge or neck pickup in single coil alone (= 1 or 5 position selector) and rotate the neck pickup for his party to split the handle and not to the micro environment (a sound and strato +).
-Consider installing "strap locks" because the original belt clips that make you well-scaled fake good one day.
Ngoc-tuit a hard cardboard because the hair mass origin is an insult to the guitar.
In-Brief: A beautiful instrument trs well finished, lightweight, with an exellent lutherie.Un good compromise for those who want / can not have multiple guitars to play in different styles. The sound is not typical but trs sounds enjoyable (as opposed to RG). It is prcis, hot or slamming the following positions.
Trs enjoyable to play, it allows the long hours of rpt / recording without ruining the shoulders (set up) or leg (seated).
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
guitarwild's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)
I used it on stage, in studio, run very pleasant, easy access aus treble, vibrato is stable, it does not damage the strings too, but hey, after a time it breaks, it is more of chords of vibrato, his rating is really a very good deal, whatever the musical style played, I use it with ropes "Dean Markley Blue Steel Cryogenic 09/42" has always been a wonder, this guitar is always curiosities from another guitarist in session, with the studio when I arrive, I'm on me (and her)
I no longer use the amp for a long time (eg JCM900 2CH) on stage I of the branch multi effects pedals (some laughs already) sounds like the engineers who made the concert some of scales, I use a pedalboard DIGITECH RP 10, and when the sound arrives at the console through the amp and speakers on the spring, in stereo, it was quite the wonder, the laughter, no breath no loss, a pure (I gave my opinion on this product soon) the essential use in saturation, I like it, share my musical style in the studio, nothing stoop to the use in clean
Possession in my 10 years, no disappointment, if I bought another guitar for the replacement, I will take the same, I paid at the time around 9500f, cétait my budget
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
LB31's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)
I found my happiness by playing with this S540FM.
I was looking for a guitar that could be one with me. It should be lightweight, easy to play, beautiful.
This scratching at all (for my taste). The handle is the end of the series, the ancastillage gold is beautiful and gives a taste of luxury at all.
The vibrato is very handy, and access to acute on the handle is in a very easy (incredible), the jumbo frets allow a really fast game by helping to accuracy.
It is a very versatile instrument, which uses microphones okay but did not satisfy me completely (used to the sounds and Duncan DiMarzio).
That's if you like this tool, go for it without fear, manufacturing made in japan quality is impeccable
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