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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 08-02-2012, 06:40 PM Thread Starter
 
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RG550 black with black PG - boring?

I have a sort of worn RG550 black with a black pickguard. The sides and back are in good shape, but the front face of the body has 3 paint chips to the wood.

Should I...

Patch these up? Maybe going with a mirror PG?

Refin the top of the body? Maybe a yellow and black theme?

Refin the entire body some other color?

Other ideas?

In general, I sort of like the "business look" of the black on black. I like RFR and DY, but in general I'm not a fan of brite colored knobs and pickups.

Thanks for the idea. And if you have pictures it would be great too.
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Re: RG550 black with black PG - boring?

i personally like black/black guitars. If you were going for something not so flashy,, maybe a black /cream/ black 3 play pickguard and or zebra pickup. ( you could even just buy the decals) I think that would be sweet. kind of a tuxedo look. I'm all for cheap little changes that make big differences in appearance.
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i personally like black/black guitars. If you were going for something not so flashy,, maybe a black /cream/ black 3 play pickguard and or zebra pickup. ( you could even just buy the decals) I think that would be sweet. kind of a tuxedo look. I'm all for cheap little changes that make big differences in appearance.
You beat me to it, although I like white pickups instead of cream. And the matching knobs and switch tip of course.
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Re: RG550 black with black PG - boring?

For the chips, I would pick up some black fingernail polish. It does a GREAT job on basic black.

I would opt for a mirror pickguard myself, but that's just me. Maybe one of the ones with the vine cut out of it?

BTW....I obviously wouldn't refinish it.
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For the chips, I would pick up some black fingernail polish. It does a GREAT job on basic black.

I would opt for a mirror pickguard myself, but that's just me. Maybe one of the ones with the vine cut out of it?

BTW....I obviously wouldn't refinish it.
a mirror black pickguard wouldbe cool. ..I dont think Ive seen one though? maybe nate at perle has one.
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a mirror black pickguard wouldbe cool. ..I dont think Ive seen one though? maybe nate at perle has one.
I think I saw one a Genie pickguards.
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Re: RG550 black with black PG - boring?

Black guitar with Black Pickguard and White Strat Knobs and White Pickups = CLASS and ELEGANCE yet still says watch out Mofo I rock!
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Sorry, It's Jeanie pickguards........

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Re: RG550 black with black PG - boring?

Same reason I dressed up my 550R.

Had to add my purple goodness.





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I'd go strat look : black, white pearl pickguard, HSS pickups in white, white knob, unfinish headstock.
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Re: RG550 black with black PG - boring?

Quick question - do mirror pickguards scuff up? They look good new, but I don't know if the surface was all scratched up.
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Quick question - do mirror pickguards scuff up? They look good new, but I don't know if the surface was all scratched up.
Yes--but they can be polished with Micro Mesh.



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Quick question - do mirror pickguards scuff up? They look good new, but I don't know if the surface was all scratched up.
mine hasn't but I'm not a wild picker
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Re: RG550 black with black PG - boring?

I've always liked the black pearloid guards on a black or dark gray painted body.

Kind of like the one they used on the recent JEM 505 in black. I'd go for that look honestly. Chrome bobbin toppers or actually getting a set of Dimarzios your choice in Chromed bobbins and chromed switch tip and tone/vol knobs would round it out. The 505 used Cosmo hardware though, not straight up chrome. Does Dimarzio make any of thier bobbins in the Ibanez Cosmo black? Or someone make a bobbin topper sticker thats really close? That would also be cool especially if your guitars hardware was in Cosmo black. Either way I think Cosmo or Chrome looks way nicer than black pickups with black hardware. Also, whatever you do get a matching truss rod cover.

I wouldn't touch the chipped areas honestly. I think honest battle scars give a guitar some character. I don't like the deliberate relic jobs though. They need to be earned honestly. I also concur with the previous statement in this post, cheap lil cosmetic upgrades are a nice personal touch.

Best of luck with whatever you decide.

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I really dig black on black.
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