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