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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 06-01-2010, 02:14 PM Thread Starter
 
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1987 RG550 vs 2002 RG1570

Hey guys, so here's the deal. I have the chance to buy either a 1987 black RG550 in great condition or a 2002 gray RG1570 in good condition. The 550 has the old tilt joint and the 1570 has an AANJ. Both have an edge bridge. I'm leaning towards the 550 but what would you guys choose?
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post #2 of 21 (permalink) Old 06-01-2010, 02:28 PM
 
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Re: 1987 RG550 vs 2002 RG1570

To me it's no contest whatsoever..............87' 550 all the way!!
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Re: 1987 RG550 vs 2002 RG1570

+1 for '87 550
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post #4 of 21 (permalink) Old 06-01-2010, 02:33 PM
 
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i have both .and the 1570 is the way to go ,unless you prefer maple. the reason is the basswood bodies are weak and the trem studs get loose over time and that sucks alot.my 1570 is my best axe. i get lower clean action with it ,and the 550 has a thinner neck with no reinfocement in the neck making it less stable. a reissue rg550 is a different beast.p.s. i got evos in the 1570.and also the silver 1570 is the rarest ,it was only done in 2002 and has a different neck than the other 1570 which have a stamped team jcraft with the wood stripes the silver one is simply a prestige neck and has a 3 piece neck.
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post #5 of 21 (permalink) Old 06-01-2010, 02:45 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: 1987 RG550 vs 2002 RG1570

Ha well thanks guys! They both have a rosewood board and basically this is where it stands.
(550) (1570)
Tilt joint vs AANJ
$370 vs $450
original wizard vs super wizard

My plan is to replace the body with a DNA swirl jem one that I have.
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To me it's no contest whatsoever..............87' 550 all the way!!
yep me aswell
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Re: 1987 RG550 vs 2002 RG1570

you are getting an absolute classic in the '87 RG550. You shouldn't change a thing on it! and that price is a relative steal for 'great' condition!

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Re: 1987 RG550 vs 2002 RG1570

550!
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Go with the 550!



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you are getting an absolute classic in the '87 RG550. You shouldn't change a thing on it! and that price is a relative steal for 'great' condition!

Dan
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post #11 of 21 (permalink) Old 06-01-2010, 07:18 PM
 
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Re: 1987 RG550 vs 2002 RG1570

550 FTW! I've had a 1570, I like the old Wizard much more.
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Re: 1987 RG550 vs 2002 RG1570

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Hey guys, so here's the deal. I have the chance to buy either a 1987 black RG550 in great condition or a 2002 gray RG1570 in good condition. The 550 has the old tilt joint and the 1570 has an AANJ. Both have an edge bridge. I'm leaning towards the 550 but what would you guys choose?
If you can, play both. Let your hands and ears decide for you, not us.
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post #13 of 21 (permalink) Old 06-01-2010, 07:49 PM
 
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Re: 1987 RG550 vs 2002 RG1570

hmmm.... either selection is a good one. that one is tough. I wish all my decisions were easy to make like this one. I would probably go with the 87 because it is in great condition and the 1570 you stated is in good condition. great > good.
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Re: 1987 RG550 vs 2002 RG1570

550 for sure!
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post #15 of 21 (permalink) Old 06-02-2010, 02:40 AM Thread Starter
 
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Re: 1987 RG550 vs 2002 RG1570

Thanks a ton guys. 550' it is. Hopefully I can pick it up in a few days.
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