I can't believe that both of them look as good as they do for being 26 years old! Perfect age for a woman (give or take a few years), but most Les Pauls & Strats I've seen this age are beat to hell. The binding still looks great, plenty of meat left on the frets, etc.. They really seem to be well built. Plus, the bodies are much more sleek than my Strat!
Yeah, it looks like EMG's or Lace Sensors will fit, but that's about it.
I think on the 2550, I would just do an up-route. As it is, the trem only goes up about a step and a half. Not bad, but not enough.
That looks really sweet! I like that color a lot more than the Cherry Ice!
Yeah, I've seen that a lot with these old Ibz. They're pushing 30 but have hardly any miles on them. I think a lot of people bought them at the height of the widdle craze, which petered out in the 90s, so many of these guitars went into wardrobes and under beds because they were no longer 'cool' with their eye squinting finishes and Floyds. Prolines were made for a short time and nobody famous used them, so they've become sleepers.
The neck, fyi, is a five piece maple/walnut sandwich, just like on more recent neck through RGs. One of the things mine impressed me with when it arrived was the build quality of the neck and binding.
I think the body is a tad smaller than a Fender, so it won't fit so snug in a Strat case. I'm often on the lookout for chainsaw cases.
I don't know much about DiMarzio (someone here had to carve out their pinky 2550 to get a Chopper in), but Duncan Classic/Custom Stack, Duckbucker, Hot/Cool Rails, and true single coils like newer SSL3, and SSL4, 5, 6, 7 should fit, because they don't have the flange.
The gold has gotten a little more muted warmth over the years; under the scratchplate it's more yellow. The clearcoat is tinted to give it the goldiness.
I have a question that I forgot to ask....
On the 2550, the high E string is dangerously close to the edge of the fretboard. Most notes played above the 6th fret sound terrible because the string falls off the fretboard.
What can I do about this? I can't simply adjust the neck like a bolt on.
It looks like if I were to move the nut over a little, this would be fixed. Do you think there is enough slop in the holes to loosen the bolts, slide the nut over and then re-tighten them?
If not, is it ok to drill the holes out slightly larger?
Hmm, try moving the nut to the left, there should be a little room to play. I'd be a bit leery of widening the holes for the bolts, because the truss rod cavity sits in the middle, so there's not much wood left or room for error.
If it can't be fixed like that, the only choice would be to relocate the trem studs. Occasionally they're drilled a bit off, unfortunately. Friday afternoon guitar?
Or you can take it to a tech and get a professional opinion.