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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-12-2012, 03:53 AM Thread Starter
 
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NGD - RG550 finally!

I haven't added to the herd in quite some time cuz I'm pretty happy with what I have (Jem7vwh, RG2550z, Warmoth Strat and an early 80's Fender Strat) but this is a special acquisition for me cuz I've always wanted an original RG550 but they never seem to come up for sale around here.

Anyhoo, a good one finally came up for sale locally on CL and I jumped at it and was able to get it for $450. She is a 1990 with no cracks behind the nut or anywhere else - some fret wear but that was ok cuz I didn't buy this guitar to be a wall piece - she's going to be a workhorse for me jammin every week with the boys in the band

Right after the purchase she went straight in to the shop - she got all cleaned up and the frets were dressed, all the old yucky screws replaced, a new super switch, new volume & tone pots, a Duncan JB for the bridge & a Dimarzio Air Norton for the neck, a tremolo-no (with a custom cut back plate by my super cool tech and good friend Steve at http://theguitarrepaircentre.ca/ ) It was my also my good fortune that he had a mint Ibanez pearl pick guard that replaced the black pick guard that was originally on the guitar - when I saw the guitar with the new pearl pick guard it totally breathed new visual life into the guitar...thanks Steve!!!

anyhoo, I'm jacked about this guitar - I spent over 1/2 what I paid for it to get it customized but I'm super happy - my main guitar for years was my maple neck Strat so it was nice to finally get an Ibanez that gives me that nice buttery maple feel with the bright spanky sound pics:








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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-12-2012, 07:56 AM
 
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Re: NGD - RG550 finally!

Glad to hear you finally got her back Ron!! Great guitar. New plate looks sweet and the slot on the backplate is a great idea for the tremel-no. You can't beat those early RG550's. Congratz!!!
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post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-17-2012, 02:10 AM Thread Starter
 
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Re: NGD - RG550 finally!

hopefully it's not lame to post on your own NGD thread but I had to add a comment about how happy I am with this guitar after having it for awhile - I've been playing it constantly for a week now and I am sooooo happy with this guitar.

Now I finally know why the original RG550's are so highly praised...I am not a newbie to high end Ibanez guitars - I have a 2004 jem7vwh and a rg2550z prestige model - but this guitar has something special about it...such great feel and sustain and sound - sooooo nice...now I know why people say that this was a golden age for RG's and 550's in particular...

Also, the tremol-no really adds to it by making it such a versatile guitar - I would highly recommend it - a very cool little device

cheers,
Ron
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Re: NGD - RG550 finally!

Classy!
I like it--congrats!



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Re: NGD - RG550 finally!

Very nice, Ron! Super classy RG! Enjoy!
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Re: NGD - RG550 finally!

That is one clean RG550! I just picked up a 1990 that I'm going to restore!
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Re: NGD - RG550 finally!

thats a sweet guitar, HNGD
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post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-21-2012, 08:26 AM
 
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Re: NGD - RG550 finally!

Awesome. Love the 550s.
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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-22-2012, 01:49 AM Thread Starter
 
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Re: NGD - RG550 finally!

Thanks guys! Feilong29 - Looking forward to you posting some pics of your 550 project
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