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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 07-04-2012, 02:35 PM Thread Starter
 
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NGD - 1986 Proline PL2550

Hello Again,

What can I say, she isnt pretty......Have had her a few weeks and Ive been trying to clean her up as best as possible but..........

1986 Ibanez PL2550 Proline BK. All Original. The neck and frets are in amazing condition. The pickups work perfect as does the switching system. The edge bridge even works great. She sounds really good and tunes up as well as my others. She just does not look great and has been played. The only issues with her is the finish. No neck cracks, no warpage....just the paint is really bad....lol

However I cant stop playing it, she sounds and plays like butter! Pics below...enjoy



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post #2 of 19 (permalink) Old 07-04-2012, 03:08 PM
 
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Damn that's a old one...cool tho. It's nice when you can't put down a new guitar...a good sign. Congrats and happy NGD.
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That's some classic Ibby goodness right there! Paint doesn't look THAT bad. And at least black is easy to touch up!

Congrats!!
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It really does play great.....I remember as a kid looking at this and knowing I couldnt afford it. Then again I said the same for my RG750, RG7620 etc.....lol

Its such a time capsule and the condition is starting to grow on me....naturally aged..lol. The action is as low as my 750.....just butter......
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It really does play great.....


Way more important than a few superficial dings and scrapes.

Great score, really like that guitar.
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If it plays good then, what else matters?
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Congrats!!! Welcome to the club...
Those prolines:1770,1880,2250 and 2660 are VERY well built.
To finish my proline collection,I need a 2550 and (If God see's fit for me to EVER find one....lol) a 2660.
$8,000 the guy was asking on ebay a few months ago for his 2660 was INSANE!!!
Oh, I put a dimarzio super distortion in my 1770 and it really works well.
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Man, I just love those oversized logos.
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Man, I just love those oversized logos.
Yeah, thats my favorite part oddly enough. That and the neck.....I still havnt put it down. Between my 750 and the PL I havnt touched anything else..........
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Congrats!!! Welcome to the club...
Indeed, you're part of an exclusive group, now .

Well, you know that if a guitar has plenty of play wear, it must've been fairly good as the person who had it before kept coming back to it.

I have a gold 1770 and love it. The stock pups are all right but I put some Duncan SSL2s in the neck and middle, and a 59/C in the bridge. Now it gives me the classic Strat sound and a nice bucker sound all in one. The oil finished neck is killer.

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Those prolines:1770,1880,2250 and 2660 are VERY well built.
To finish my proline collection,I need a 2550 and (If God see's fit for me to EVER find one....lol) a 2660.
$8,000 the guy was asking on ebay a few months ago for his 2660 was INSANE!!!
Oh, I put a dimarzio super distortion in my 1770 and it really works well.
A 2550 went for a low price on eBay a couple of days ago. It was a refin (looked well done) with Ibz/Usa pups (I think some very late ones came with them stock - seen one other with them) but it looked like it had no fret wear.

Yeah, I remember the $8k one (had a serious 'wtf' moment!). I'd like 2660 as well, and a maple 1880 - two of the rarest ones .
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post #12 of 19 (permalink) Old 07-06-2012, 11:03 AM
 
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A 2550 went for a low price on eBay a couple of days ago. It was a refin (looked well done) with Ibz/Usa pups (I think some very late ones came with them stock - seen one other with them) but it looked like it had no fret wear.
It looked the same color as my Silver Pearl 2550, and others I've seen, for some reason the PL2550 SP fades into a blueish silver, and the PL1770 SP to a greenish silver.
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The oil finished neck is killer.
You ain't kidding, if I can ever figure out what grit they sanded the back of the necks to and
what oil they used, I would do every guitar I have that way(unless if would decrease the value).
The closest I have came up with is to sand the neck to 220 grit and then tung oil it.

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I'd like 2660 as well, and a maple 1880 - two of the rarest ones .
I paid about $200 more for my maple 1880 then I did my walnut 1880 and the walnut one is
in better shape, and to me, much harder to come by(go figure..) Also, that walnut 1880 has a tone all it's own.
Proline lovers, should you find one, buy it ,you won't be sorry
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^^ Yeah, no more painted necks for me . That's the only downer (for me) about the 2550 and 2660.

How would to describe the maple and walnut ones compared to the alder tonally?

There's a maple one that's been on French eBay for a while - contacted the seller but they never got back to me . 190 Euro! The top is quirky - half is flamed, half birdseye.

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It looked the same color as my Silver Pearl 2550, and others I've seen, for some reason the PL2550 SP fades into a blueish silver, and the PL1770 SP to a greenish silver.
I know, what's with that? The 1770s almost look snotty.

I don't remember SP ones coming with black hardware - the pink and black ones did, but the SP and gold ones had white gold, unless Ibanez were straying from catalogue specs late in the day.

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post #15 of 19 (permalink) Old 07-07-2012, 10:09 AM Thread Starter
 
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Re: NGD - 1986 Proline PL2550

Im starting to see why these are so collectable....At first when you compare it visually to an RG or S its not pretty at all....And the access to the 22nd fret sucks, especially for a neck through however.......

Call me crazy but this thing sounds almost as heavy and thick as my old explorer....and it has the stock Ibanez pickups....

I played explorers and explorers alone for 5 years. I had 5 of them, all gibson all different and although the 2550 doesnt sound exactly the same its the closest I have got to that sound.....Very thick and full....

Love it
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