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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 02-01-2011, 01:55 AM Thread Starter
 
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Value of an original RG with no serial #?

I'm looking at an '88-ish RG550, the seller is offering it at a super cheap price. Typical wear and tear, but a previous owner got a little carried away with a sander and took off the serial # sticker off the back of the headstock and took half the Ibanez logo off the front. The body is the same way, patches of heavy sanding. Seller says the ID markings inside the neck joint are almost indistinguishable. Otherwise it's a great player and would make a great swirl project.

My question is without the serial number is it pretty much worthless? I'd hate to invest any kind of money into it knowing I couldn't get much for it later without a way to verify what it really is.
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Re: Value of an original RG with no serial #?

I'd pass on it not because it might not be legit, but with the bad sandjob, you don't know what you will need to do to get it looking and playing right. Plus I've never seen an indistinguishable neck (joint) stamp

People who know the guitars will know that its a 550 (if it is), so nothing to worry about there. More worried about fixing the damage

Maybe get some pics?
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Re: Value of an original RG with no serial #?

I saw it in person, it's defintely an RG550 based on hardware (original Edge), body shape, neck joint (old square heel), and what's left of the face of the headstock. I just didn't ask the guy to tear it apart to see the stamps myself. He said they were really faded and almost impossible to read. It plays fine, very nice actually. Frets are good, neck is straight, no cracks behind the nut, overall it could be restored cosmetically and would probably be a great playing guitar. My problem is I change guitars like I change shoes so at some point I'd be looking to sell or trade, and without the serial # sticker it could be problem.
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Re: Value of an original RG with no serial #?

The missing serial number sticker is common on those early models--it does not really affect the value at all. Like mentioned above--people that are after these know what they are. The fact that the serial number was on the sticker indicates a 1987 model, as I believe they went to the stamp in 88. Either way, if it's at an unbeatable price and in the functioning condition you say it is--snag it. It would make a great base for a project swirl or other refinish. What's the dude asking for it?



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Re: Value of an original RG with no serial #?

Sounds like a nice project to me.
Ofcourse this depends on the price.
If the woodwork isnt all that great and you have serious doubts if its worth all the work you have to put in to make a profit out of it,then mabey you can buy it as a donor guitar. (hardware?) aslong as the price is fair.
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Re: Value of an original RG with no serial #?

Glad no one is jumping to the "its fake!!!" assumptions right away.

FWIW, I lost my serial number and decal when I did my GMC swirl on my old JEM. Im not worried about it, because its still very much a JEM and anyone buying it will be able to see that. I would say I will lose 1-200$ from that, but nothing crazy.
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why fake an 88 rg when you could fake an 88 jem ?
it is real and just abused buy it to play.
it only worth what you will pay for it.
it is simply an 88 rg that was abused and is a good player.
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why fake an 88 rg when you could fake an 88 jem ?
it is real and just abused buy it to play.
it only worth what you will pay for it.
it is simply an 88 rg that was abused and is a good player.
what in gods name are you talking about?
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The missing serial number sticker is common on those early models--it does not really affect the value at all. Like mentioned above--people that are after these know what they are. The fact that the serial number was on the sticker indicates a 1987 model, as I believe they went to the stamp in 88. Either way, if it's at an unbeatable price and in the functioning condition you say it is--snag it. It would make a great base for a project swirl or other refinish. What's the dude asking for it?
nothing more needs to be said................but I will....lol

You cannot go wrong with this one. I have no idea why a missing serial number would affect value. It would not affect my decision on buying a guitar.
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what in gods name are you talking about?
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Re: Value of an original RG with no serial #?

I'll post the price once I secure the guitar (don't want to jinx it), but it will be very fair for the condition. I just finished a partial restore on an '87 RG550 and I'm in the middle of a '96 Talman restore, so might as well add another. Lately guitars have been like homeless dogs....
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