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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-17-2004, 07:22 PM Thread Starter
 
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rg 550 mystery.......

All right all of you RG fans i found what i believe to be a awesome shape rg 550 at a pawn shop,,the price was 169.00 usd so i put 20 bucks on it to layaway till i figure out the mystery,,,,, the guitar is either desert yellow or neon,,it has a BLACK head stock, ,with a F00 xxxx serial number(2000 japan) it has the V-S-V pickups,,,and a rosewood fretboard maple back (no bubinga stripe),,,,dot markers,,,trem, now for the 2 mystreys...it has no pick guard from the factory no screw holes ,,i owned 3 different 550's (late 80's early 90's) all had pick guards and maple neck, also the headstocks matched the bodys...so i dont know whats up with that,,,mystery 2 it has A RG 550 STICKER...its very small on the back of the headstock in gold lettering it looks factory,,,but i dont know???i know i can take the neck off and check the stamp but i'd like to know before i buy it?!?!?!Ive searched the web for A picture of a 550 with no picguard and black head stock but couldnt find one......SO.... Is this rare gold i should jump on???????or a combonation of a 550,470,570 mix,,that still may good,,or should i kiss my 20.00 bucks good buy?!?!?! let me know thanks !!!!!!!
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-17-2004, 08:52 PM
 
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Swapped neck, if it has the old style heel the neck is a 1990 not 2000(from 87 to 97 the first number is all that matters).

No such thing as a 550 with no pickguard, so the body isn't the match for that neck. Now, they did make an RG550R with a rosewood board, so the neck is probably really from an RG550(I believe white 550s came with black headstocks), the body could be either a RG570, 560, or 760, 770, or 470 depending on certain things/year.

Any more info? Pickup config? Mounting rings or direct mount? Is the neck heel slanted or straight(a 93 RG470 looks like a 570 except the heel isn't recessed)? etc, etc?
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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-17-2004, 09:09 PM
 
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most importantly what is the bridge on it? If it is any sort of edge get it, the bridge alone is work what they are asking.
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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-18-2004, 12:01 AM Thread Starter
 
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thanks guys

it has a aanj neck joint,,,,,and the lo trs trem.....does that narrow it down??????470 mabey....is the 470 body any good........thanks for helping keep up the feed back i may have to get just to take the neck off see what the stamp says,,,,,,,,,,,,
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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-18-2004, 06:34 AM
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Most probably refinished RG470 made in 2000 in Japan.
If it's in good condition it is easily worth the $170.
You can always block the TRS trem if it gives you problems or just set it up well and don't abuse it - it'll work great.

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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-18-2004, 05:39 PM
 
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or if you are into locking trems, swap the trs out for a Original Floyd Rose. The OFR and Edge are argueably the two best locking trems on the market and the OFR has some things i like better: 1. You don't have to replace the knife edges 2: Collar type arm for a tight fit forever 3: Easiest trem in the world to find parts for. You can find them here: http://www.musiciansfriend.com/srs7/...base_id/41019/

This seems like a good project guitar. The only thing i would do besides change the bridge is put some pickups in there. I would recommend leaving the single coil and putting in a Tone Zone/Air Norton combo.
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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-08-2004, 10:49 AM
 
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I have a 550R with rosewood fretboard/ no pick guard. I can post pics or serial # if you think you can find anything out.
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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-01-2006, 04:17 AM
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Re: rg 550 mystery.......

My USA Custom RG has no pickguard and is copper with the black headstock-

Back plate says embossed USA, and as does the the headstock USA Custom-

however mine is all very clearly marked-

Not sure about the Japan models not coming without the pickguard-

did you end up buying this guitar?
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