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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 12-22-2013, 08:53 PM Thread Starter
 
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Did Ibanez do a shocking pink RG550?

Picked up an old, I think '87 550, for dirt cheap on CL. Not much paint left but here's what I found upon tear down. Looks like it might be RFR but it really is pink like the JEM SK. Was '87 the only year for the stickered serial? Sticker is gone but the glue residue is there on the back of the headstock.





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Sweet
You need to restore that baby to pink. I'm not sure about the sticker my 1987 has the sticker but I'm not sure if they changed it later
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Re: Did Ibanez do a shocking pink RG550?

Mine has a sticker but it only denotes the model which is also an rg550. The serial is a decal or something under the finish right next to the model number sticker.
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Re: Did Ibanez do a shocking pink RG550?

it could be a Road Flare Red, but more likely it is a refinish since the inside of the neck pockets has paint in it...
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Re: Did Ibanez do a shocking pink RG550?

Sure looks like SK to me.
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Re: Did Ibanez do a shocking pink RG550?

Road Flare Red came in a few different shades of Orange all the way to Pink.
It was sold as RFR but it looks Pink.
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Re: Did Ibanez do a shocking pink RG550?

That's RFR. If you saw what SK looks like inside the neck pocket, there would be no confusion. The clear alters the look of the paint a lot. Makes it look much more orange.
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Re: Did Ibanez do a shocking pink RG550?

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it could be a Road Flare Red, but more likely it is a refinish since the inside of the neck pockets has paint in it...
this is what I thought too. and they went through the trouble to tape off the RG550 so you could tell what model it was.
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Re: Did Ibanez do a shocking pink RG550?

There is more pink paint all through pickup cavities and some left in the trem route also. I did see a SK 550 body sold on the bay recently. It's still a shame the paint was sanded off. On the plus side the body has some nice grain to it. Never knew the bodies were 3 piece.
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Re: Did Ibanez do a shocking pink RG550?

They DID make an RG550 in pink in 87. Kiko Loureiro talked about his first real guitar in Young guitar this month (as part of promoting his new Signature) and he talked about his pink 550. I dunno what this might be, but TAR knows his stuff so I'd believe him on what you have, but I thought I'd answer your question
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Re: Did Ibanez do a shocking pink RG550?

Here's a shot of what was under the pickguard. Same as what was underneath the neck plate.

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Re: Did Ibanez do a shocking pink RG550?

Well, the early RFRs do look awfully pink in the catalogues too...
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Re: Did Ibanez do a shocking pink RG550?

I own-

RG550RFR
RG1XXV
JEM777SK

Check my Photobucket for pics of all three together.

http://s878.photobucket.com/user/bit...?sort=3&page=1



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Re: Did Ibanez do a shocking pink RG550?

I'm now almost certain that's a respray. You can see where they painted right over the shielding paint and masked the ground wires.
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I'm now almost certain that's a respray. You can see where they painted right over the shielding paint and masked the ground wires.
Hmmmmm

I'm no expert in that but it seems like the sort of thing a factory would do.
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