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post #1 of 38 (permalink) Old 07-29-2013, 02:58 PM Thread Starter
 
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Question Ibanez RG550 1987, is this real?

Greetings good people! I sometimes read this forum, though I have never posted.

I am want to buy an Ibanez RG for some time now, and I've ran into an RG550 1987, but it looks something is not right with this guitar...

It's frrom 1987. but it looks never used... It has 1987 serial number, but the seller says he got it from his friend who lives in Denmark - he bought it in 1994 - when they stopped producing these. I live in Bosnia.

The finish is intact, but the neckplate is worn - a lot. Fretboard looks like it was never used, and also Ibanez logo is missing from the headstock. The seller says his friend from Denmark removes the logo from headstock of every single guitar he has, and that he is a wealthy man so he can afford it. It has Dimarzio SuperDistortion pickups.

Here are the pics, so please, give me your answers... Is this original or is it the reissue, or whatever?

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post #2 of 38 (permalink) Old 07-29-2013, 03:43 PM
 
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Re: Ibanez RG550 1987, is this real?

Looks like the real deal to me. Really nice.
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post #3 of 38 (permalink) Old 07-29-2013, 03:48 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Ibanez RG550 1987, is this real?

Yeah, but is it the 1987. edition...? There is something fishy about it to me..
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post #4 of 38 (permalink) Old 07-29-2013, 05:07 PM
 
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Re: Ibanez RG550 1987, is this real?

Without the pickups to help it can be anything from '87-'91. It IS definitely an '87-'91 RG550 though. Why they removed the logo or moved the serial # sticker is anybody's guess. It may not even be from that guitar.................
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Re: Ibanez RG550 1987, is this real?

Seems kind of weird to remove the logo...but the guys from Denmark so...
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post #6 of 38 (permalink) Old 07-29-2013, 05:11 PM
 
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Re: Ibanez RG550 1987, is this real?

87 is what that serial# says but since the serial number was peeled off the neck and placed in the trem cavity, it would throw suspicions . It looks very clean, pics sometimes makes things look worse than they are and this guitar, even in the pics looks like it is in very good shape. If you could take the neck off, you could see how the body and neck are marked.
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post #7 of 38 (permalink) Old 07-29-2013, 06:27 PM
 
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Re: Ibanez RG550 1987, is this real?

That's real alright, but you don't have Super Distortions in there. Super Distortions have two rows of hex head screw pole pieces.
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post #8 of 38 (permalink) Old 07-29-2013, 06:38 PM
 
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Re: Ibanez RG550 1987, is this real?

It looks like the original pickups but without any lettering on them as well: the white corrosion looks the same as my V7 V8 and S1 did Anyway, if you want to be really sure it needs to be taken apart. In any case it is a nice guitar which will probably play very well. The sound likely depends on your standards and choice.
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Re: Ibanez RG550 1987, is this real?

wow! barely any tarnish on the screws or anything.. nice axe
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post #10 of 38 (permalink) Old 07-29-2013, 10:49 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Ibanez RG550 1987, is this real?

Hm... But why is the neckplate trashed, and the rest is perfectly fine... Even the screws on the neckplate don't have corrosion on them..
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Re: Ibanez RG550 1987, is this real?

Rich, the Ibanez Rules!! guy, talks on his site about wear patterns. So yeah it does not make too much sense to have a neckplate that worn and yet the fret board looks almost new. And how would you get the logo off the headstock without scuffing or scratching it up? Did they just paint over it???
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post #12 of 38 (permalink) Old 07-29-2013, 11:34 PM
 
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Re: Ibanez RG550 1987, is this real?

I would say at least the body, pickups, etc are all 87...Since there is an 87 serial sticker, plus those look to be the stock v1,v2 pickups. They started printing the v1 v2 on the bobbins in 90 so it should narrow it down to 87-89 at least. The neck may or may not be original to the guitar but that is pretty much irrelevant as necks and bodies don't have manufacture dates anywhere on them. The trem looks to have consistent wear to match the neck plate. I wouldn't put too much emphasis on whether things have been changed, even if they were it is all legit Ibanez. They guy may have had really clean fingers but extremely acidic sweat. The finish on those neckplates isn't that durable. Those are just my observations, take it for what its worth.
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Rich, the Ibanez Rules!! guy, talks on his site about wear patterns. So yeah it does not make too much sense to have a neckplate that worn and yet the fret board looks almost new. And how would you get the logo off the headstock without scuffing or scratching it up? Did they just paint over it???
Since the Ibanez logo was silk screened on top of the clear back then it would be fairly easy to polish it off, plus if you look close you can see the ghosting of the letters that used to be there.
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Pozdrav, ne znam da li je dozvoljeno ili ne ali rizikovaću da ti odgovorim na jeziku sa naših prostora. Možda mi zbog toga skinu replay a možda se ništa i ne desi.
Avaj. Najbitnija stvar je da je to zaista originalan RG550 made in Japan u izuzetnom stanju. Najbitniji delovi su najvitalniji, skoro ne korišćeni. Edge skoro kao nov, pragovi takođe, fretboard isto. Ako se ne varam, a mislim da ne u '87. godini se pojavio prvi rg550 što tu gitaru čini dodatno posebnom. U svakom slučaju prava "retka bombonica." E sada ne mogu da ti kažem da li je i najbolja kupovina jer ne znam koliko traži za nju. Što se magneta tiče kao što su ti napisali momci, to su njeni fabrički stock V magneti, znači nisu Dinarzio SD.
Ono što budi sumnju u tebi ne treba da te brine. Bivši vlasnik je samo ispolirao headstock, ali ne dovoljno tako da se natpis Ibanez još uvek nazire na svetlu. Pod 2. Ko zna za šta mu je ta gitara služila, možda je koristio više da je nosa nego da je svira pa je zato pločica sa šrafovima od vrata izgrebana, a opet možda je i zmamenjena, nije originalna njena. Najsigurniji bi bio kada bi mogao da uporediš oznake na telu gitare u neck pocketu, žljebu gde uleže vrat sa oznakama na vratu koji u njega uleže. Praktično odšrafiš vrat i pogledaš šta piše sa druge strane i šta piše na telu na tom mestu.
Mislim da ne bi trebao puno da se brineš, već ako je pristojna cena da je pazariš. Ako mogu bilo kako da ti pomognem stojim ti na raspolaganju.
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Pozdrav, ne znam da li je dozvoljeno ili ne ali rizikovaću da ti odgovorim na jeziku sa naših prostora. Možda mi zbog toga skinu replay a možda se ništa i ne desi.
Avaj. Najbitnija stvar je da je to zaista originalan RG550 made in Japan u izuzetnom stanju. Najbitniji delovi su najvitalniji, skoro ne korišćeni. Edge skoro kao nov, pragovi takođe, fretboard isto. Ako se ne varam, a mislim da ne u '87. godini se pojavio prvi rg550 što tu gitaru čini dodatno posebnom. U svakom slučaju prava "retka bombonica." E sada ne mogu da ti kažem da li je i najbolja kupovina jer ne znam koliko traži za nju. Što se magneta tiče kao što su ti napisali momci, to su njeni fabrički stock V magneti, znači nisu Dinarzio SD.
Ono što budi sumnju u tebi ne treba da te brine. Bivši vlasnik je samo ispolirao headstock, ali ne dovoljno tako da se natpis Ibanez još uvek nazire na svetlu. Pod 2. Ko zna za šta mu je ta gitara služila, možda je koristio više da je nosa nego da je svira pa je zato pločica sa šrafovima od vrata izgrebana, a opet možda je i zmamenjena, nije originalna njena. Najsigurniji bi bio kada bi mogao da uporediš oznake na telu gitare u neck pocketu, žljebu gde uleže vrat sa oznakama na vratu koji u njega uleže. Praktično odšrafiš vrat i pogledaš šta piše sa druge strane i šta piše na telu na tom mestu.
Mislim da ne bi trebao puno da se brineš, već ako je pristojna cena da je pazariš. Ako mogu bilo kako da ti pomognem stojim ti na raspolaganju.
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