Re: Help needed! Will a RG220 neck fit a RG550?
Thanks to everyone responding to my plight.
I mentioned I bought the guitar; technically it was a gift from my best friend. He bought it from someone down on his luck for next to nothing. He gave it to me and I reimbursed him for his outlay. (I should have been more gracious about accepting his gift.) That's why it pains me.
It was pretty out of whack. I spent the better part of the night getting it back to playability. It was almost there; I just wanted to have a tech check the truss rod and set the intonation.
My mistake: I went cheap.
This tech is a person I found on Facebook. I checked him out as best I could. He works out of his tiny apartment. It was a cheap setup - those usually end up costing the most. He feels it plays right. He got loud and rude. I realized there would be no use arguing with him. He doesn't have two nickles to rub together.
He ground down the fret edges, making it difficult to bend strings. It's non-reversible. It will cost around $300+ to refret it.
I couldn't agree more he should make it right. I was open to working toward that. I was respectful, didn't raise my voice. He's just an a-hole. The old saying is true: Never wrestle with a pig. You'll only get dirty and the pig likes it.
Hopefully this can be a quick fix until I get the funds together to properly fix the neck. It's an 1989 Japanese model and should have the correct neck.
Again, thanks very much for your helpful input. Fingers crossed.