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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 05-17-2010, 04:02 PM Thread Starter
 
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Beaten Up 550s. Whose got one?

Well, who's got one? I got my 87 that I just love. I'm pretty sure that I'm the third owner. The neck is completely worn out, the body is full of nicks and the finish around the back of the bottom of it is completely worn off. Somebody drilled a third hole in the guard. One of the knobs isn't original. Just so many things about just screams awesome. Something tells me that this is not the first thread like this but whatever.

Tell me about yours if you got one. I doesn't even have to be a 550, any worn out guitar.
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 05-17-2010, 04:50 PM
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Mine is a '92, and a total chip collection. I sent the neck to a guy who used to post here to do a refret and change out the dots, you know - some custom work, not particularly huge work, you wouldn't really say leviathan type work , and the neck came back slightly warped. I got a Manhattan luthier to grind the frets a bit so the warp was made irrelevant.

So, she plays great, has Evos in it now, a Les Paul switch, contact paper on the pickguard to (poorly) cover the single coil slot, and literally 100's of chips and dings. To be honest, I'm not playing it all that much, as it's fallen to about 6th in the pecking order.
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Rode hard...put up wet...modified...parted out...and recently pieced back together...









1991 RG565 Neck - Fully Scalloped w/Ibz-Gotoh Hardware

1987 RG550 Body - Aftermarket "Swirl"

Pickups:

DiMarzio Air Norton - Neck
Seymour Duncan Twang Banger - Middle
DiMarzio Tone Zone F - Bridge

Controls:

500K Gibson Volume
Fender TBX Tone
Fender 5 Way Super Switch
Original Output Jack

1999 Ibanez Edge Tremolo Cosmo Black with Upgraded Massive Brass Sustain Block

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post #4 of 12 (permalink) Old 05-17-2010, 07:23 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Beaten Up 550s. Whose got one?

That's pretty cool looking. These are the kind of things I was hoping for.
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post #5 of 12 (permalink) Old 05-18-2010, 04:36 AM
 
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Re: Beaten Up 550s. Whose got one?

Got a RG550RFR, lover her to bits! got epoxy on the strap button, war scars from my time in Japan! worn out/in maple neck, have never needed to change the stock pup's.
This is the only guitar I will never part with.

Also have a 440r in white (or creme/beige now), it has its fair shares of scars, pups changed to a fred and mo joe (during my satch phase).
This will be repainted over the summer!
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Rode hard...put up wet...modified parted out...and recently pieced back together...









1991 RG565 Neck - Fully Scalloped w/Ibz-Gotoh Hardware

1987 RG550 Body - Aftermarket "Swirl"

Pickups:

DiMarzio Air Norton - Neck
Seymour Duncan Twang Banger - Middle
DiMarzio Tone Zone F - Bridge

Controls:

500K Gibson Volume
Fender TBX Tone
Fender 5 Way Super Switch
Original Output Jack

1999 Ibanez Edge Tremolo Cosmo Black with Upgraded Massive Brass Sustain Block
That's a great looking axe
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Re: Beaten Up 550s. Whose got one?

Thanks! I'm really enjoying having another old square heel RG550, esp. liking the scalloped RG565 Neck, after not having one for about 10 years.

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1990 in white with white cliplock strap. Black DiMarzio Evos and and HS3
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GREAT swirl. I'd strip the headstock to natural though. But then you lose the logo...
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Wow. I only have seven posts. I can't post a pic!
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post #11 of 12 (permalink) Old 05-21-2010, 10:24 PM
 
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I have a '98 570gr that is beat to pieces... the hardware is new and great though.
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post #12 of 12 (permalink) Old 05-24-2010, 02:52 PM
 
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Re: Beaten Up 550s. Whose got one?

i have a 98 mij rg570 that i bought used from a music store after i had traded 2 guitars and an amp to them. it has a massive dent on the bottom when my original strap gave out and it fell a few inches into my desk. it has a steves special pickup in the bridge, a chopper in the middle, and a paf pro in the neck (i bought the paf pro used from another shop). i also put a push-pull pot in the tone position and had a shop wire it for coil splitting.

i hope to put a jpm neck on it, locking tuners, home-made monkey grip and a few other things
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