My 1990 RG550 project thoughts
I'm sorry for the lack on pics, but, I am at work and will be taking/post some later this evening. I've recently acquired a 1990 RG550 that is missing a volume pot, edge trem is a little shot, fretboard is dirty/worn, paint is decent (but not the color I want), and there are some other small issues in the finish. I've had the 20th Anniv reissue and it was AWESOME! So, I hope I can get this one close to that quality/feel. I've seen the great thread of fretboard cleaning and neck sanding (which gets me very excited), but, as for other mods, I'll list them and see what your thoughts are!
-Custom Pickguard for an H-S configuration (Tone Zone/Air Norton or Tone Zone/Paf Pro) I love the Air Norton, but, I hear the Paf Pro is awesome!
-Single push/push vol knob (Gold)
-I love the edge trem, and since it is so worn, it will be replaced with an OFR in Gold.
-I can't tell a lie; the DY is sexy! But, I am going to do my own thing for once and go with maybe a hot pink, bright red, neon green, neon blue or something that 'pops' but compliments the gold hardware. Bright colors add atleast 200 bpm to my shredding (j/k).
-I would like to match the headstock as well. I see you can buy decals, so, that should be an easy mod.
-I plan on painting myself as well.... wish me luck in that endeavor!
-I plan on getting that sucker cleaned with the tips found on this forum because, it is hella-dirty and worn! Maybe a neck replacement might have to happen if I can't get the 'gunk' off.
-If I can get the neck looking spiffy, I want to sand the back of it and get that gloss off it. I love the feel of a satin finish neck. The instructions found on here don't seem too intimidating.
-I will embark on polishing my frets as well.
-Scalloped from frets 12-24
I think that really covers the meat n potatoes. This will be my first restoration! I've done stuff like, install pickups and other electronics, and have always wanted to get into doing some real body work like, paint and such! That way, I can really look at the end product and feel really good for doing it all on my own.
I don't plan on doing this until I have another guitar in my possession though. I will be receiving an RG7420 in a month, so, once that is on hand, I am tearing the RG550 APART! I'll have pics every step of the way!! Thanks for looking, and please, leave your input. I'm sure I'll have a lot of questions, but I will make sure to do my research. Thanks again!
Last edited by feilong29; 04-20-2012 at 01:12 AM.
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