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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 12-13-2005, 01:55 AM Thread Starter
 
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MIJ RG470 neckstamp says 'hey i am a 550'???

just took apart a MIJ RG470 for a project, looking at the neck pocket.. the body is stamped 470 but the neck is stamped 'RG550R#2'

is this common? seeing as i guess the MIJ470 and 550 necks would be same diff anyway.. maybe they were just putting 550 necks on there?
or is this a transplant either by ibanez or later by an owner for some reason..

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MIJ RG470 - cool. I thought 470s were Korean Made. Maybe they just put a 550 neck on there in the factory.
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Re: MIJ RG470 neckstamp says 'hey i am a 550'???

my best bet is :
since your 470 and 550 are both MIJ, same factory for sure, so they produce the same neck for 470 and 550, and you metioned it's stamped RG550R, it means rosewood, it makes sense, both 470 and 550R have rosewood fretboard.
so they ( factory) just save a little time by making them as RG550R instead of making other stamp for '470'
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Re: MIJ RG470 neckstamp says 'hey i am a 550'???

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MIJ RG470 - cool. I thought 470s were Korean Made. Maybe they just put a 550 neck on there in the factory.
The earlier years of the RG470 were produced in Japan and even came with an Edge on year or two.

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Re: MIJ RG470 neckstamp says 'hey i am a 550'???

well the reason we thought it was a MIJ 470 is obviously just because the back of the headstock says it..

the guy i bought it from said he bought it new in 2000, and didn't do anything to the neck, so mostly likely it really is a MIJ470

they do have 470 stamps they could use if they wanted, i'd guess they just pulled a few extra readymade(and stamped) 550 necks off the line for these 470's
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Re: MIJ RG470 neckstamp says 'hey i am a 550'???

Trouble is an RG550 from that year would have a bubinga stripe and be a wizard profile.
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Re: MIJ RG470 neckstamp says 'hey i am a 550'???

I've got a Korean 95 RG470 and discovered recently that it has an MIJ neck on it. I thought it was too slim to be a Wizard II!
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Re: MIJ RG470 neckstamp says 'hey i am a 550'???

oh it's made in 98, not 2000, thats just when he bought it
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Re: MIJ RG470 neckstamp says 'hey i am a 550'???

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'RG550R#2'
Couldn't this mean factory second?
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oh it's made in 98, not 2000, thats just when he bought it
1998-2000, doesn't matter. A stadard 550 neck would be a wizard with a bubinga stripe for both those years.

"#2" could refer to Wizard 2, since a lot of the old RG5xx necks had the 550 stamp even if they weren't on a 550. That's more reasonable, IMO.
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1998-2000, doesn't matter. A stadard 550 neck would be a wizard with a bubinga stripe for both those years.

"#2" could refer to Wizard 2, since a lot of the old RG5xx necks had the 550 stamp even if they weren't on a 550. That's more reasonable, IMO.
Wrong, I have two 550's from those years & have owned four in total. All wizard without bubinga stripe
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Wrong, I have two 550's from those years & have owned four in total. All wizard without bubinga stripe
That's odd, because all US RG5xx with the original wizard post 1997 have the stripe. My 1997 RG570 had, etc, etc, etc.

Example, 1997 US Ibanez catalog page from Rich's site:
http://www.ibanezrules.com/catalogs/us/1997/97023.jpg
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