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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-13-2015, 11:47 AM Thread Starter
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Red letter on Ibanez Rg body?

Hi guys ive been struggling to find some info, I'm sure one of you guys out there can help.
I'm looking at purchasing a second doer upper rg 1987. I currently have a 1987 in black and maple fret board. Taking the neck off reveals the number 550 and a red letter B on mine.
However the one I'm currently looking at online has all the 1987 bits (1987 serial number) and looks right for that era apart from the body is a weird blue and has a 550 and a G in red behind where the neck sits.
The neck has a black headstock leaving me to believe it either black (different code) or white originally.
If not it may well be a later body brought in.
Is there a list somewhere showing what colours the red letter stand for?
Many thanks for all help in advance
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-16-2015, 10:22 AM
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Re: Red letter on Ibanez Rg body?

I can't help spread any light on your query but here's an ebay (australia) auction with exactly what you're mentioning. It's a blue body with a black headstock. There's also a red 'H' on the neck. The dye in the wood near the lettering would indicate authentic colour. It may mean your online blue body is original too... unless this is the same auction!!


Also it's worth noting that the 1987 RG550's came with both black headstocks no matter what the body colour OR a matching colour headstock. I have a 1987 RFR with matching but I've seen plenty with the black headstock too.

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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-16-2015, 03:42 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Red letter on Ibanez Rg body?

yep that's the body I was looking at online!
having looked at the catalogue I was under the impression that the yellow rgs came with the yellow headstock and pinky/red the same. also just from the four guitars pictured in the catalogue from 1987 I thought there was just four colours originally? So thanks for shedding some light on that
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Re: Red letter on Ibanez Rg body?

The red letters found in the neck pockets are what I believe to be makers or inspection marks. They're found on every body but don't seem to have any relationship to any model in particular. I have two RG760's, both from 1988. One has a "D" stamp and the other has an "H". I also worked on another members 760 from '88 or '89 that had a "C" in the pocket. I also have a '93 RG760 that is stamped with a "K".
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Re: Red letter on Ibanez Rg body?

Could be marks for the month of build for the body or neck like on the earlier 80's serial numbers i.e. A = January to L = December.
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