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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-28-2010, 03:14 PM Thread Starter
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91 550 body factory w/body filler and laminate

First off I know pics would be great but I can't at the moment

So I have this super torn up 91 550 body. Got around to stripping it, thinking I might do a burn finish or whatever caught my fancy but wait! 3 slabs of basswood. Equally spaced with a basswood laminate on top and back of guitar=5 pieces now. Also body filler on arm contour and a couple other areas. WTF. I guess they can get away with this since it was painted and it did stand the test of time. This project ended up with me pulling the anchors out and that's it for the body. I did find use for the body, I use it to prop up my window in my music room.

I did a small attempt on the burn but I knew it would be in vain. Lots of glue in the body, didn't like the heat. Oh well. Got me thinking if I want to do this again maybe find an unfinished project on the bay that has been stripped and I can view for a solid body.

I have seen body filler from the factory once before. 71 P bass that needed to be redone and I found a small amount of filler on the back. Small enough to sand down the back to match hieght of removed filler. I think this might be more common if I stripped more guitars.
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Re: 91 550 body factory w/body filler and laminate

Pretty muck all Ibanez bodies from that period are that way.

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http://www.jemsite.com/forums/f18/rg...-a-106337.html
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Re: 91 550 body factory w/body filler and laminate

what's the point? you can see those 3 pieces on light reflections too on an unstripped RG, no mistery about. did you expect a 1-piece body? hehehe...
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Re: 91 550 body factory w/body filler and laminate

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. . . I guess they can get away with this since it was painted and it did stand the test of time. . . . I think this might be more common if I stripped more guitars.
Thanks for your post. It's a bummer, but yeah, that's the way it is. This is why some companies will charge more for burst finishes or "10 tops." Good wood ain't cheap.

This question isn't to criticize you, I'm just thinking that if I had discovered that particular body's structure, I would have sanded it, chosen one bitchin' solid color, and painted it. Why didn't you?

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