Re: Maple Fingerboards
Pretty much every RG550 has a maple fretboard, but there are several 1987 RG550's that had rosewood. The RG1550 was a prestige version of the RG550, and it had a maple fretboard as well. They were discontinued in the US (which REALLY REALLY Baffles and angers me, because I really wanted one, but didnt have any money when they were still for sale. WHY did they get rid of them? BAH!)
Ive seen numerous RG565's with maple fretboards, and matching dot inlays, that match the color of the guitar's paint. These are less versitle than the RG550's with a Humbucker in the bridge, no middle, and a single coil in the neck postion setup. A nice an clean looking RG. If they didnt have maple, most had a sharktooth'd rosewood board.
Then there are the RG770DX. These go on **** all the time, and a frequently overpriced, but very very nice and a bit nicer in quality than the RG5XX series.
There are plenty of exceptions, but those are the 3 most common Maple fretboarded RGs.
Then theyre are the JEMs with maple, which are the neon JEM777SK, JEM777LNG, and JEM777DY. These are some of my favorite JEMs. The only other maple fretboard JEM I can think of is the JEM77BFP, which in my opinion is the most beautiful guitar ive ever seen and it is my dream guitar. Someday......someday...