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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-03-2012, 10:28 AM Thread Starter
 
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RG550 Headstock ?

I know a lot of you are well versed on this guitar so maybe you can help. Been interested in buying one for a while in desert yellow and have seen them with matching color headstocks and black headstocks. What gives? Was it a year to year thing? Never been able to figure it out...

and if you have one and this post made you say, "hey I never use this" I would be interested
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I know a lot of you are well versed on this guitar so maybe you can help. Been interested in buying one for a while in desert yellow and have seen them with matching color headstocks and black headstocks. What gives? Was it a year to year thing? Never been able to figure it out...

and if you have one and this post made you say, "hey I never use this" I would be interested
I've been trying to figure that out for a long time. For a while it seemed like the matching headstocks would be used on the first 'x' number of guitars then they would switch to the black as I've seen many different model years with either/or.

I don't know for sure, perhaps Rich can answer this one better.

Rich? Oh Riiiicch! J/K
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I have a black headstock RG550 DY. It is a 1989 model. 87's and 88's commonly came with matching headstocks, but for some reason in 89-90 some of the RG's came with black headstocks. They returned to matching headstocks after I believe. If look for all the year catalogues, you can get a nice retrospective.
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I have a black headstock RG550 DY. It is a 1989 model. 87's and 88's commonly came with matching headstocks, but for some reason in 89-90 some of the RG's came with black headstocks. They returned to matching headstocks after I believe. If look for all the year catalogues, you can get a nice retrospective.
THIS^^^^^

Check the catalogs for which years had which colored headstocks.
There seems to be no rhyme or reason for black vs color, except that since all 500 series shared 550 necks--it may have just been that they were cranking out so many during a given year, that they just made them all black for faster production.



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THIS^^^^^

Check the catalogs for which years had which colored headstocks.
There seems to be no rhyme or reason for black vs color, except that since all 500 series shared 550 necks--it may have just been that they were cranking out so many during a given year, that they just made them all black for faster production.

Good call that's exactly what I'll do, you're explanation makes total sense. I've always preferred the black headstock for whatever reason but beggars can't be choosy! Appreciate the input guys thanks.
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Re: RG550 Headstock ?

I'd also think it was faster/cheaper to simply use the black plastic headstock overlays vs. having neck go down the line for matching paint.
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