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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-27-2013, 11:19 PM Thread Starter
 
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Is this a 1987 rg550?

Hi guys,

Apologies for my lack of introduction, but I have an opportunity to buy an 87' 550 today and i'm in sort of a pickle, here are the pics:

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The serial sticker has probably fallen off but the fretboard looks like it has never been played which made me think if the neck had been replaced? Dunno?

I'm in Sydney, Australia and the guitar is in the US so all I can only go by are the pics I was sent. Have the pups been replaced too? It looks near mint.

All rg's from 88' onwards were and are stamped with the serial?


thanks in advance

Ritch
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-28-2013, 12:47 AM
 
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Re: Is this a 1987 rg550?

Looks like a nice clean legit 550. Since the serial is gone it would be tough to tell if it is 87 for sure, but its not any newer than 89 as I believe they started marking the pickup bobbins in 90. The serials were always stickers so many have been taken off over the years. None of the 5xx RG's had stamped serials to my knowledge.
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Re: Is this a 1987 rg550?

Welcome to Jemsite Ritch!!!

That's definitely a legit 550 and an excellent example at that. It can date anywhere from 87-91. They were, for the most part, unchanged during those years. The only changes during that period were with the pickups. The guitar your looking at looks like the neck pup was changed. The original would have black poles just like the bridge pup.

If it's in the right price range, I wouldn't let it go. You'll be hard pressed to find another white one in that good of condition.
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Re: Is this a 1987 rg550?

Thankyou so much Fastmerc and RGFanatic for your replies, you have been of great help! The guy wants $700 for it, is that reasonable given it's condition?
It comes with original case and trem bar too.
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Re: Is this a 1987 rg550?

Apologies RGTFanatic, I forgot the T in my previous reply!
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