Hi. I've been playing an RG550 for years. I think it's a 1990 (headstock same colour as body and V2, S1 and V1 pickups.)
I've been offered an RG470 but I'm having difficulty finding the spec. I'm pretty sure the headstock would be black even though the body's Reactor Blue. I can't find any mention of these prior to 1993 but I don't think the colour of the headstock ever followed the body even though back then the RG550s did. Correct me if I'm wrong.
As you can probably tell I think having the headstock the same colour as the body looks far better. Only my opinion.
What I do know about this RG470 is that the pickups are a V7, an S1, and a V8 and my main question is this. I haven't found any problem with the pickups in my RG550 when cranked for live (meaning they don't give unwanted feedback) and was wondering how the pickups in this RG470 would compare.
If there's anything else you think I should know please let me have it
but I think apart from headstock colour and pickups, there's not too much difference between the 470 and 550. Fingerboard made from rosewood as apposed to maple and obvious omission of pickguard are two other noticeable differences I think.
I know from browsing around this forum if you guys (and gals) can't answer no one can.
Anyway, enough for now, sorry to ramble on so