1994 Ibanez Japan Radius Series 540R Bright Blue Burst & new hard case
This beautifully made Superstrat from Ibanez, Japan was produced at the Fujigen facility in the mid 90s. It features USA Dimarzio pickups and a Floyd Rose Tremolo System. It is finished in a stunning "Bright Blueburst"
I always like to find slightly more unusual guitars in Japan if I can & if i think they may prove popular. This Ibanez really is nice. It's obviously been used over the years and has some crazing to the lacquered finish and some scratching but overall it's very good for a 26 year old guitar. I also noted that it was missing its backplate but otherwise it's all original. A check on other sales platforms around the world indicates that this is quite an unusual guitar
Floyd Rose tremolo type systems aren't my favourite things to set up but this proved to be quite straightforward & the guitar has a nice straight fast neck & low action. There were some dents on the back of the neck which I hate to feel when I'm playing so these have all been filled smoothed & polished & yes, you can see where they were but they are smooth to the touch.
Regular visitors to the site will recognise this guitar as it was listed back in 2020. The guitar sold & was shipped & very unusually suffered some damage during transit despite being in a hard case (I suspect that it was trodden on) A small piece of alloy was broken off the top of the bridge. This section is cosmetic as the tremolo is worked using the steel plate behind. The alloy section just covers it & makes it look nice! Anyway, if you look at the last 4 photos in the gallery, there are some "before & after" photos of the damage showing the repair. In view of this I have reduced the price on this guitar from £729.00 to £679.00. This damage does not affect the playability or action of the tremolo in any way.
Here are some specifications
Ibanez RS 540R Specs:
Neck: Bolt on neck, Maple, Rosewood fretboard, dot position markers.
Scale length: 24.75"
Width at Nut : 42mm
Pickups: Ibanez USA F1/C1
5 position lever switch
Licensed Floyd Rose Tremolo
GOTOH Rotomatic tuners
Here is some other useful info I found online relating to this guitar:
Ibanez Radius series:
The Radius (R) series is a line of solid body electric guitars produced for Hoshino Gakki and sold under the Ibanez brand. The initial Radius models were introduced in 1987.
The Radius body features an offset double cutaway shape with an aerofoil profile which is thicker at the bottom and thinner at the top. It has a flat areas in the center of the top and back flowing into gently rounded edges on the perimeter. The other innovation that was introduced with the Radius is the tilt neck joint, which would be used on the early RG models.
The 540R was the first Saber model, introduced in 1987. The 540S was offered as part of the Roadstar Pro series which supplanted the Pro Line series. The initial Roadstar Pro lineup consisted of five new original body shapes: the Radius, the Saber (or S), the Power, the Turbot and the Ballback. The Roadstar Pro designation was phased out between 1990 and 1992 in favor of separate designations for the S series, Power series and Radius; the Turbot and Ballback were abandoned after just one year.
The Radius shape was developed by a design team at Chesbro, the West Coast United States distributor for Hoshino. The creative team was led by Mark Wittenberg. The parent company conducted an informal design competition pitting Chesbro against their East Coast subsidiary, Hoshino USA. This competition resulted in the Radius shape from Chesbro and the Saber and Power shapes from Hoshino USA.
For 1987 the Radius, Saber and Power models had several commonalities including DiMarzio IBZ/USA pickups in an HSS configuration, Edge double locking tremolo bridges, and an unusual control layout which eschewed a pickup selector in favor of individual mini-toggle switches to control each pickup and a push/pull switch on the tone pot to coil split the humbucker.
Guitarist Joe Satriani was an early fan of the Radius shape. He suggested a few tweaks to the design such as the shape of the horn on the inside of the cutaway and this updated design became the basis for his first signature guitar, the JS1000. So although the Radius was discontinued after 1994 its shape lives on in the Joe Satriani series which it inspired.
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