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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 12-18-2012, 11:08 AM Thread Starter
 
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GAS Advice...

Short story long, I've been through a couple Ibanez's (EX/RG/7DBK/90HAM) and right now I've only got a PRS CE24 and a Strat so I'm looking to add one back. After a bit of lurking, I think I've made up my mind and have my eyes set on a 20th RG550 in desert yellow.

It seems to match my budget (about 700 max) and wants (thin and flat maple neck, Edge trem, AANJ, Japan..)

A few questions...Is the ubiquitous neck crack still pretty standard? And, anything else I should consider? I've found one online for 600 that is in great shape except for the neck crack and is more stock and is in overall better shape than those on the bay currently. Comes with case, strap, etc.

Thanks in advance all and sorry for the damn noob question!
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Cracks can be deep or shallow. I stay away from them if avoidable, too much of a chance of it being deep even if it only appears to be on the surface. That being said the neck or body can always be replaced for a price. If I had to take a choice I would take the neck nut crack before the neck joint crack. If you feel it is a really good price, the instrument seems stable, and plays excellent do it, otherwise keep looking.
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example of said crack - rest of body is beautiful.

I've had the crack before and it's been fine...
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I've never had a problem with the neck joint cracks. Every one I've ever seen has been superficial. Never beyond the paint. It wouldn't sway me on a purchase.
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I've never had a problem with the neck joint cracks. Every one I've ever seen has been superficial. Never beyond the paint. It wouldn't sway me on a purchase.
Gotta agree with my stunt double.
The cracks are typical, usually unavoidable and don't affect the guitar...other than aesthetics.



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Me neither...But then again I have zero experience with newer Ibanez's!

600 bucks in said condition pretty fair then?
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Absolutely a good price. Neck pocket cracks are never a problem.
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I went and saw an early '90s 550DY about a year ago from craigslist. He said in the add it had the regular neck joint cracks. When I went to look at it, it was cracked all the way down into the back of the trem routing like EVO. He wanted $500. Needless to say I passed.
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Me neither...But then again I have zero experience with newer Ibanez's!

600 bucks in said condition pretty fair then?
I paid a little less for my '98 550DY (not a 20th), but it does have an AANJ.

I bought it from a friend.

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I usually go back to what Rich has said before, the cracks are into the wood almost always, the degree of damage is variable.
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Neck pocket cracks are, most of the time, only on the finish, NOT in the wood.

If it is in the wood, I would'nt touch it
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I own one and a half guitars with neck pocket cracks. The first is my Prestige Bubinga. It looks like it's just in the finish (clear finish). The other is a S540 AANJ body that I'm trying to strip (poorly) which had neck pocket cracks. I removed the paint and the cracks are into the wood. The paint cracks were very small. Naturally, since it's stripped (or will be some time within the next 10 years) I'll fix any structural defects. But I'd say most cracks are probably into the wood. Doesn't seem to affect my Prestige at all though. Great sounding and playing guitar.
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Man - so that steers me away from it.
Should I even consider an RG350 or the next option for maple just seems to be the 3250 or gamble on something used? Maple, good F&F, great trem...I ain't askin' too much!
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I'd still go with the RG20th. Those necks are amazing. Even if something happened to the body down the road that neck will be amazing for a build with a custom body.
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