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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-08-2016, 03:50 PM Thread Starter
 
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RG550 - Fake or real?

I just joined this forum, so Hello! I am one step from acquiring my first ever Ibanez and I would like you to help me a bit, if that's possible Can you guys please tell me if this guitar is/looks legit, because the serial number seems a bit smudged. I asked the owner for a better pic, but I'll get it in two days, since he's on a holiday hehe. So yeah, I would really appreciate your help! The owner says this is an Ibanez RG550 88' from the Fujigen plant





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Re: RG550 - Fake or real?

welcome to the forum. Looks legit - lo res photos aside. The toggle switch is not factory though. Reference the '88 RG550 here
http://www.ibanez.com/anniversary/ex...t_id=174&now=1
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Yes, I am sorry for the low res pictures.. It's all I have at this moment. Actually I never saw it has a toggle switch until now, funny I guess it's a feature added later on. Thank you for the help! I was worried because of the smudged serial number
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I can't see the serial very well so post a hi-res photo when you get a chance.
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Will do!!
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Re: RG550 - Fake or real?

No doubt, it's a nice 550!!
It's hard to see but it seems to be a F9..... (1989)
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Re: RG550 - Fake or real?

Well, if it's 1989 I wouldn't mind. It still looks nice hehe. The frets were recently changed and before there was wear on the fretboard, but it's fixed. Also it's rocking some Dimarzio pickups. Looks nice ^^
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Re: RG550 - Fake or real?

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Well, if it's 1989 I wouldn't mind. It still looks nice hehe. The frets were recently changed and before there was wear on the fretboard, but it's fixed. Also it's rocking some Dimarzio pickups. Looks nice ^^
Wear is to be expected on these, as they're almost 30 year old guitars now. Some wear is actually nice, I find it breaks in the maple fretboard and darkens it up a bit. I find the maple fretboards on newer Ibanez models to be so pale... I'm guessing they're bleached? Who knows..
The difference between my old RG770DX and my 770DX reissue is pretty big.. The reissue's fretboard is sooo much lighter, which is to be expected I guess.
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I agree my friend, a warrior should wear his scars with pride hehe, but I don't mind it fixed either
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Re: RG550 - Fake or real?

I got some pictures of the serial number!
Hope they help. According to The Guitar Dater Project it's from 1989
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