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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-22-2014, 01:04 PM Thread Starter
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NGD w/ video: 1989 RG550 Heather Pearl

RG550 Heather Pearl- overview and clean test:

From there you can see my metal test, including Ozzy and Opeth two favorite metal artists.

I had a ton of pics documenting me bringing this abused guitar back to life, but all were lost in a phone reset: (

Traded Korean BC Rich NJ virgin for it. Pickguard was painted black with this horrible stubborn plastic automotive type paint which required me to scrape it off by hand w a straight razor...brutal!

Multiple cracks at the locking but, now sealed. Trem posts holes extend all the way through the body! Stupidity has no bounds.

Eventually want to get locking trem posts as these are simple Philips head posts. For a moderate whammy user like me it hasn't been a big deal.

All original solder joints, nice to know the electronics haven't been messed with. As limited as the stock pups can be I'm not going to start a fruitless pickup quest with this one. I like it being a time capsule of sorts.

Awesome guitar. Thought I was getting my 1990 Coral Mist Metallic back, but it ended up fine.

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-22-2014, 01:20 PM
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Re: NGD w/ video: 1989 RG550 Heather Pearl

Very nice - I'm jealous. Still hoping to get another '87 RG550 in HP myself. You're a lucky man!
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-22-2014, 01:32 PM
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Re: NGD w/ video: 1989 RG550 Heather Pearl

I remember seeing that one before... in your post in the classifieds BillK01.

Nice cleanup!
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-22-2014, 04:10 PM Thread Starter
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Re: NGD w/ video: 1989 RG550 Heather Pearl

thank you! It was definitely one of those where you make sure your tetanus shot is up to date before you start cleaning it up :-)feels good to rescue a gem like this from A terrible environment, even though it was definitely left with some issues. Now that I've sealed the hell out of the neck cracks, I haven't seen any evidence of any structural issues. Just a great feeling has a lot more character and cojones then my previous 550.

and a word to the wise, flipping the neck pickup to get the active coil closer to the neck in position for makes a huge difference in how believable that Strat tone is.
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