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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 05-18-2016, 12:56 PM Thread Starter
 
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NGD RG550 and help with dating it...

Was not on the lookout for one but I came across that good deal and could not let it go... The poor guitar was in need of love!

Pics are just after I got it, so setup was pretty bad (Edge was pulled up!!!).

https://goo.gl/photos/jqBJA8uqCB9aZ17u6
https://goo.gl/photos/4EZZbEx6B7s9n9Ah8

Seller told me it's a 1987 but the serial number is gone... Anyway to date it anyway? For sure it's from 1987-1989 by the volume position (closer to the bridge PU).
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 05-18-2016, 01:32 PM
 
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Re: NGD RG550 and help with dating it...

Nice guitar!! Congrats! I think ibanez used the stick serial number from 87 to 88 and stamps from 89. And the serial numbers on sticks that iīve seen begin with F7xxxxx, i never saw one with F8xxxxx
E.G. my rg560 have the F7 stick but they only came out to market in 1988
Summing up, i think it's from 87/88
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post #3 of 10 (permalink) Old 05-18-2016, 01:44 PM
 
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Re: NGD RG550 and help with dating it...

I mean stickers LOL
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post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old 05-18-2016, 02:08 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: NGD RG550 and help with dating it...

Thanks Tuga666.

As said. the sticker is off the back of the headstock on that RG550 guitar. I also have a RG750 that lost it... But for the RG750, I was able to identify it as a 1992 from its "candy apple red" color.

Ah well, probably seller was honest and it's a 1987. Anyway, he told me he was the only owner and as set up was so easy to do (trust me I owned over 20 guitars), I bet he was not lying.

For an almost 30 years guitar... I'm impressed. Set up was a breeze! I just put 9 to 42, tuned it and voilā, it was perfect: string action and Edge angle, nothing to do. Except for the dings and paint chips, I think the guitar was not played much. No rust on the bridge, pickups numbers are looking new and neck wear is minimal. I think I got an awesome deal. Now, if I could just have more spare time!!!
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post #5 of 10 (permalink) Old 05-18-2016, 02:23 PM
 
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Re: NGD RG550 and help with dating it...

Sweet deal!!
BTW if your rg750 itīs from 1992 it should have a stamp instead of a sticker. Are you shure itīs a candy apple... or maybe a 87/88 lipstick red?? Those colors are very close.
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post #6 of 10 (permalink) Old 05-18-2016, 08:32 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: NGD RG550 and help with dating it...

Well Tugga666, I revisited all the back of my headstock...

As said above...
My latest RG550 has lost its serial, same for my RG750.

but my other RG550s, a 1989 HP and a 1994 that looks like emerald green both have stickers...

My RG7620 from 1998 has a printed serial.

I'm confused... lol
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post #7 of 10 (permalink) Old 05-18-2016, 08:41 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: NGD RG550 and help with dating it...

lol... me again... I headed to Ibanez wiki http://ibanez.wikia.com/

According to them my RG750 would be a 1992 as it has a Lo-Pro Edge. So the red color would be Candy Apple Red.

As for my latest RG550... I need some distinct details to figure out its year of fabrication.
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post #8 of 10 (permalink) Old 05-18-2016, 11:37 PM
 
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Re: NGD RG550 and help with dating it...

Oh okay, if it has a Lo-Pro you're absolutely right.
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post #9 of 10 (permalink) Old 05-24-2016, 11:55 AM
 
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Re: NGD RG550 and help with dating it...

The block letter writing on the pickups means its probably an 89'
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post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-04-2017, 07:46 PM
 
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Re: NGD RG550 and help with dating it...

I thought mine was a 1989 and just looked the serial up and it states it's a 1990:
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