Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Portland Oregon
RG 550 questions
I found a guitar out of a storage room I had that I purchased years ago from a friend as a 'wall hanger' and forgotten. I paid 75$ for the guitar and was told it had 'neck cracks' and that is why it was so cheap. After digging the guitar out, I started stripping the guitar down to refinish and seen that it had 'RG 550 in the neck pocket.
After relizing it was more then a POS I called my friend to hear the story of how he had gotten it, and I will try and tell the details but this is all second hand info so I cant vouch for its authenticity.
My friend was stationed at USMC Iwakuni and befrended a guy who was an engineer at the Fujigen plant. He was given a guitar as a gift for helping him move.
The guitar is 89 RG 550s, light blue with white pick guard, rosewood and reverse headstock.
The guitar is all original (*even has the IBZ series PUs), I believe the color is called Atlantic blue and is nearly unplayed (unplayed but has its share of edge dings).
-Was there ever a production reverse headstock RG 550????
-One of the saddle blocks is missing, I looked at allparts but dont know if the 'Floyd' saddle blocks are the same as the 550 trem.
-The spring cover is missing. Normally it wouldnt bother me but as its all there, I would like to have it. Where can I find a replacement?
-The 5 way is a little noisy. After not being played in the last 15 years will it quiet down with use?
-It has the 'broken paint cracks on both sides of the neck pocket. How do you know if its paint only? I have read a ton of info about the common cracks, most say its LIKELY only paint. Well....how do you know????
Thanks for any and all advice....