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post #1 of 29 (permalink) Old 05-21-2009, 11:59 PM Thread Starter
 
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Need help dating my RG550DY

Hey All,
I recently purchased an Original RG550 DY.

The previous owner had removed the orginal sticker serial and wanted to know if you all could help me approximate the manufacture year of this RG

Here's a link to detailed pics
--->http://web.me.com/colao1976/Gear_For...e/RG550DY.html

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks!
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post #2 of 29 (permalink) Old 05-22-2009, 01:43 AM
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Re: Need help dating my RG550DY

I think it's an 87.

The key giveaways are that it hs a matching headstock and pickups with no logos on them. This places it as an 87 or an 88 as in 89 the headstocks didn' match and in 90 the pickups got the V1, V2 and S1 logos on them.

As I understand it the 87 guitars had sticker serial numbers (my 87 does) and the 88s had transfer serial numbers but I've not got an 88 to verify this from. Hopefully someone else can confirm or deny this.

Edit

Scratch that, I can see a logo on the bridge pickup but none on the neck pickup.

OK I'm stumped!
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Re: Need help dating my RG550DY

Any stamps on the bottom of the neck or on the body?
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post #4 of 29 (permalink) Old 05-22-2009, 08:00 AM
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Re: Need help dating my RG550DY

Have you removed the backplate already? The serial could also be on the block of the trem.

(I've got a sticker on the block of the trem and on the back of the headstock of my 87 RG550)
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post #5 of 29 (permalink) Old 05-22-2009, 08:48 AM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Need help dating my RG550DY

I've removed the trem to clean up the cavities a bit.
I didn't see any serial stickers on the block.
I'll remove the neck tonight and see if there's a stamp.

Also, curious to know what these are going for lately.
Thinking of selling this b/c it doesn't get much play since I purchased the Anniversary model.

Thanks!
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post #6 of 29 (permalink) Old 05-22-2009, 09:27 AM
 
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Re: Need help dating my RG550DY

Dude! I know some of us guys fall in love with guitars quite often but dont you think dating it is a bit over the top?

And you may think you are being a responsible adult by finding out its 'Date of birth' to make sure its of 'legal age' for consent...but I find it a little disturbing really

:-)
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Re: Need help dating my RG550DY

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Dude! I know some of us guys fall in love with guitars quite often but dont you think dating it is a bit over the top?

And you may think you are being a responsible adult by finding out its 'Date of birth' to make sure its of 'legal age' for consent...but I find it a little disturbing really

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I think knowing the year of the guitar is very important. In the case of RG550's I think the earlier models were best so it pays to know the year of the guitar. Lots of guitars vary in spec over the years as well. Knowing the year and the spec also helps you from getting ripped off when you're about to part with you hard earned cash.
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Re: Need help dating my RG550DY

dont date guitars..... they will only break your heart.....
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dont date guitars..... they will only break your heart.....
lol!


If you choose wisely, they will be yours forever, same as with girls/women.
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Re: Need help dating my RG550DY

must take care of them.... my wife doesnt like me to oil her neck..... or tweak her truss rod....
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Re: Need help dating my RG550DY

sometimes she will let me touch her curves...... my guitar must be a slut. it never says no....
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Re: Need help dating my RG550DY

I was wondering when the puns were going to start...
Better late than never!
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Re: Need help dating my RG550DY

They also offered matching headstock colors in 1991.

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Re: Need help dating my RG550DY

Here's what I found under on the neck and neck pocket...




These next pics are from under the pickguard:


Middle Pickup #


Pickup switch#
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Re: Need help dating my RG550DY

I'd date-rape that gtr.
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