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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-22-2006, 10:10 AM Thread Starter
 
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Should I butcher my RG550 body??

OK. I recently got an RG500. The previous owner had decided to do a repaint....badly.....well, not horrible but not very good.

Anyway, I found a used RG570 body that I was going to use to replace the RG550 body. Now I'm wondering if I should take that 550 body and turn it into a JEM. Maybe I should just fix up the 550 body and resell the 570 body as the pickguard has a certain appeal too it........so many options.
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-22-2006, 10:17 AM
 
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Re: Should I butcher my RG550 body??

post some pictures so that we can see what you are talking about.
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-22-2006, 11:25 AM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Should I butcher my RG550 body??

Here are pics of both bodies. The 550 is a bit more scratched up than can be seen in the photos:




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Re: Should I butcher my RG550 body??

well, the blue 550 looks a little boring to me and I personally prefer rear routed bodies so I'll go with the 570 body with the nice laminated top. Or you can refenish the 550 with some bright neon color or a swirl maybe. and replace the inlay in the neck with the pyramid inlay. That can be realy cool.
alot of work but still cool. or get a second neck and complete them both. It's all a matter of how much you want, or can afford to spend on this (time and money).
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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-22-2006, 11:41 AM
 
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Re: Should I butcher my RG550 body??

I can't stand not having a pickguard on an RG.

May suggest a DIY BSB finish on that 550 or take it to a motorcycle/body/paint shop and have them paint it pink.
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-22-2006, 11:49 AM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Should I butcher my RG550 body??

No Neon or Swirls.....sorry folks. The only Neon I would do would be Road Flare Red, as I used to own one.

It's one of those things where I hate to butcher a 550 body, but seeing as how it's not the factory paint and as the previous owner rounded the edge of the neck access area, it's value is slightly decreased now. At the least, I'll strip the body and who knows, maybe it's a nice chunk of wood and would look good in a natural finish.

Ughhhh.....to many options and so many other refurb projects.
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-22-2006, 12:04 PM
 
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Re: Should I butcher my RG550 body??



I can't stress enough how easy this finish is.

torch plus minwax 33 bayou green waterbase stain
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