Ibanez 540 Radius (540R) Guitars and some others that have passed through my hands.
Except for the few I still have, the pictures are from auctions where I sold them.


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2 Goldtops

1987 Magenta 540P Power
540P-1987
Magenta_1

1987 White 540 Power 540P
540P-1987
White_1


1987 Black 540 Power 540P
540P-1987
Black_1


1987 Blue Burst 540 Radius
540R-1987
BlueBurst_1


1987 Blue Burst 540 Radius
540R-1987
BlueBurst_2


1987 Blue Burst 540 Radius
540R-1987
BlueBurst_3


1987 Blue Burst 540 Radius
540R-1987
BlueBurst_4


1987 Blue Burst 540 Radius
540R-1987
BlueBurst_5


1987 Blue Burst 540 Radius
540R-1987
BlueBurst_6


1987 Blue Burst 540 Radius
540R-1987
BlueBurst_7


1987 Blue Burst 540 Radius
540R-1987
BlueBurst_8


540 Radius
540R-1987
BlueBurst_9


Pro540 Radius in Pearl finish 1987
540R-1987
Pearl_1


Pro540 Radius in Pearl finish 1987
540R-1987
Pearl_2


Pro540 Radius
540R-1987
Pearl_3


Pro540 Radius in Pearl finish 1987
540R-1987
Pearl_4


1989 Pearl 540 Radius
540R-1989
Pearl_1


1987 Red Burst Radius
540R-1987
RedBurst_1


1987 Red Burst Radius
540R-1987
RedBurst_2


1987 Red Burst Radius
540R-1987
RedBurst_3


1987 Red Burst Radius
540R-1987
RedBurst_4


1987 Red Burst Radius
540R-1987
RedBurst_5


1987 Red Burst Radius
540R-1987
RedBurst_6


540 Radius
540R-1987
RedBurst_7


1988 540R Oxblood
540R-1988
Oxblood_1


540 Radius
540R-1988
FountainBlue_1


540 Radius
540R-1988
FountainBlue_2


Donnie Hunt fake Faces 1988 540R
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Faces


1988 Jewel Blue 540R
540R-1988
JewelBlue_1


1988 Jewel Blue 540R
540R-1988
JewelBlue_2


1989 JB HH 540R
540R-1989
JewelBlue-HH_1


1990 HH 540R
540R-1990
JewelBlue-HH_1


1991 HH 540R
540R-1991
JewelBlueHH_1


1991 HH 540R
540R-1991
JewelBlueHH_2


1988 Jewel Red 540R
540R-1988
JewelRed_1


1988 Jewel Red 540R
540R-1988
JewelRed_2


1988 Jewel Red 540R
540R-1988
JewelRed_3


1989 540 Radius
540R-1989
JewelRed_1


1990 HH 540R
540R-1990
RubyRed-HH_1


1990 HH 540R
540R-1990
RubyRed-HH_2


Ruby Red 1991 540R
540R-1991
RubyRed-HH_1


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540R-1988
ShockingPink_1


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Black-HH_1


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BlackCherry_1


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BlackCherry_2


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BlackCherry_1


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SunsetRed_1


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CaribbeanBlue_1


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AtlanticBlue_1


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4 guitars on couch

glossy photo of six 540R guitars

wall 2011


Above: Mine or used to be mine

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Below: Catalog shots and other things


540 Radius Guitar Plans

1988


1989


      1990      1990 EU
  

      1991      1991 EU
  

1992 EU












540r aerofoil 540 Radius aerofoil 540R profile

1987 Pro540 Flier 1

1987 Pro540 Flier 2

1987 540R Radius Flier

1988 German Summer Collection

Click on a guitar below to see a larger version.
Roadstar II PRO540 Custom
The 1987 poster
http://www.ibanezregister.com



The 1988 Pro 540 Custom Collection is featured on a poster (I have a print of that). It dates to 1987 but the guitars were intended to be sold in 1988 to celebrate the 80th anniversary of Hoshino Gakki. It was the president himself, Joe Hoshino, who invited Japanese artists from within and outside the company to create unique designs for the Pro540 range of guitars, including all three types, namely Radius, Saber and Power. The Frankfurt Musikmesse trade show in the year 1988 featured a huge Ibanez booth with a guitar display shaped like a pyramid that held a total of 40 of these custom guitars.

Information on this series is extremely scarce on the interwebs. The poster is the number one source of information - it talks about the so-called "Ibanez Freedom Office" that approached a group of artists named "Nagoya Illustrators Club". This group was founded in 1973 and is still active today. I'm not familiar with the Japanese art scene, but if you are, you might recognize names such as Hideo Shimoda, Akio Taya or Takeshi Kuwahara. Mr. Hoshino also came up with a number of eight designs of his own.

The guitars were made at Fujigen and given to the artists in an unfinished state, maybe with a primer coat. The poster features a total of 80 guitars, that's 56x Radius 540R, 16x Power 540P and 8x Saber 540S. It makes me wonder that the numbers go from CF1 to CF100 but there are large gaps in the numbering scheme and there is no pattern whatsoever. One possible explanation is that 100 designs were submitted and Hoshino's president selected 80 from that pool. In that case, the questions arises what happened to the remaining 20. Also it is unclear if each guitar is really unique in terms of a one-off, or if more than one copy of a design were made.

The designs are most diverse in looks and execution, the range goes from airbrush over other painting techniques to cloth applications, special effects finishes, engraving or even carving. The appearance can be either subtle and calm but also loud, colorful, visually striking, or it can be totally radical - there is even one covered with an artificial tiger fur. Many designs carry an Asian guiding theme such as Samurai warriors, or references to neon-style pop culture of the 80s. I suppose that most of the processed bodies came back to Fujigen to receive a clear coat, but others were left untouched after the artist finished them before final assembly and setup.

The vast majority of guitars was equipped, as shown on the poster, with IBZ USA pickups (OEM items from DiMarzio USA) in HSS configuration, plus two pots and three mini switches for pickup selection; this is pretty much the standard electronics as found on the 540 series as of 1987/1988. Three of the Powers have a lone bridge humbucker with a plastic cover (active? Low-Z?) and two of the Sabers have the triple-coil monster pickup with oversized bezel at the bridge. A Rosewood fretboard (possibly Ebony on some models) with small dots was very common, but there are 13 with Sharktooth inlays and white binding as well as 11 with Maple fretboard. Further statistical evaluation shows that 35 of the poster guitars feature black hardware, 22 gold, 11 chrome and 12 cosmo black.

So far I was able to track down only a small handful of CFs in real life or at least prove their existence through pictures. According to a trade show review published in "Fachblatt" 1988, about 40 guitars with graphic finishes were shown at the Ibanez booth during the Frankfurt Musikmesse in 1988. I found two pictures in other magazines from that time that show a few CFs. Also I was able to take pictures of different CFs at the Meinl Guitar Festival in 2009 when they were on display as part of the Meinl Ibanez Museum (Vintage Show) exhibition.

from Ebay ID usedguitargoods





^ CF84 has been listed on Ebay on and off for several years.
Here it is below from a December, 2012 auction.


CF3 is listed on Ebay in 2016 for about 10K.
Here it is below.




This one on Ebay in 2016 for about 5K.
It isn't on the poster. The body is a 540R from 1987 but the neck is from 1989 or later.









Big white radius

Big blue saber


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