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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 12-29-2012, 08:42 AM Thread Starter
 
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RG550 1989 Cracks on body - Serious or not?

Hi there,

Are these cracks serious or not? (both on body, one from trem to base)

I am planning to buy this RG550 at around $400, so is worth it or am I asking to get in trouble?

My beloved 1989 540R is in mint condition, so I am looking for a RG550 bargain, otherwise I'll pass...

Thank you in advance,
George
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 12-29-2012, 12:46 PM
 
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Re: 1989 RG550 Cracks on body - Serious or not?

Look man the paint on that guitar is over 20 years old.
my 91 rg770dx is cracking all over.
just paint, i dont know why people ar so weird about body paint cracks.

now a neck crack is serious.
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Re: 1989 RG550 Cracks on body - Serious or not?

Nah, they're fine. Are there cracks in the neck joint? Those can sometimes be an issue but are usually just finish cracks too.
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Re: 1989 RG550 Cracks on body - Serious or not?

Thank you guys for your quick and valuable feedback!

Unfortunately the Evilbay seller told me today that he does not ship outside US (might have to swim from the States all the way to Europe...?)

Since I think its price is really good (so far) for this RG, here it is:

EVILBAY.com /itm/1989-Ibanez-RG550-Desert-Yellow-All-Original-Made-in-Japan-FujiGen-/221169549830?pt=Guitar&hash=item337ebb8206

And if someone get's it, drop me a line how it plays!!!

Have a Happy New Year!!!
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Re: 1989 RG550 Cracks on body - Serious or not?

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Look man the paint on that guitar is over 20 years old.
my 91 rg770dx is cracking all over.
just paint, i dont know why people ar so weird about body paint cracks.
Thank got my 540R is still minty! :
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Re: 1989 RG550 Cracks on body - Serious or not?

The cracks aren't only in the paint.
It is dissalignment of the body pieces over the years.
I had this problem on some guitars.
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Re: 1989 RG550 Cracks on body - Serious or not?

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The cracks aren't only in the paint.
It is dissalignment of the body pieces over the years.
I had this problem on some guitars.
So who's right?

Could this be because of the guitars room atmospheric conditions?

Dimitar, can you post pictures of what appeared on your guitars?
Thanks
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Re: 1989 RG550 Cracks on body - Serious or not?

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So who's right?

Could this be because of the guitars room atmospheric conditions?

Dimitar, can you post pictures of what appeared on your guitars?
Thanks
I dont have photos right now, but yeah the room atmospheric conditions
humidity..
I had it on one of my 2550E prestiges. You can feel the different wood pieces with your finger touching the body. The Glue is causing the movement.
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Re: 1989 RG550 Cracks on body - Serious or not?

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The cracks aren't only in the paint.
It is dissalignment of the body pieces over the years.
I had this problem on some guitars.
My thoughts exactly...

However I cannot tell how much they will affect sustain and overall sound, maybe very little.

So if the price is right...I would go for it.

Anyway, until the next one...
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Re: 1989 RG550 Cracks on body - Serious or not?

yeah wood moves over time it is wood.
but still just paint cracking due to not flexing very slightly.
who cares .

i hate mint looking guitars from over 20 yrs old.

if the frests and neck are good and it stays tuned then it is a perfect axe to me.

paint is just paint.
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