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post #1 of 63 (permalink) Old 08-17-2011, 03:45 AM Thread Starter
 
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What Year is this RG550 From?

I just picked up an RG550 from my Local music store, and the owner didn't know exactly what year it was from, but he assumed it was the late 80's. A Past owner put a Seymour Duncan Invader in it. If any other pictures are needed let me know and I'll post more. Any help on identifying this will be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.





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Re: What Year is this RG550 From?

sell it to me and all your problems will be solved


Its an 87 neck for sure, but in 87 the headstocks matched the body, so its a chop job. The body is an RFR with seymour duncan bridge, and appears to be Air Norton neck pup.
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What do you mean by the Headstock matched the body?
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Re: What Year is this RG550 From?

I suppose he meant that the headstock color matched the body color
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Yeah, I can't believe I was so oblivious to that. For the oddest of reasons I just assumed the headstocks were Black. Damn, that makes me kinda sad. Any idea what year the body's from? and Lol How much would you be willing to buy it for?

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Re: What Year is this RG550 From?

Wrong--the '87 headstocks were black. This is not a chop-shop, but an original '87 RG-550. The color-matched headstocks began around '89, aasI've got an '89 570PN with color-matched headstock.



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I believe that AlaskaBat is on the money.......

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Wrong--the '87 headstocks were black. This is not a chop-shop, but an original '87 RG-550. The color-matched headstocks began around '89, aasI've got an '89 570PN with color-matched headstock.
Hate to be a nay sayer, but why does my 87 rg550 have a color matched headstock? You're backwards buddy. They were color matched until 89.







and heres the 89 catalog




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Wrong--the '87 headstocks were black. This is not a chop-shop, but an original '87 RG-550. The color-matched headstocks began around '89, aasI've got an '89 570PN with color-matched headstock.
It looks like they started matching the Headstocks in at least '88. There's a picture of a '88 RG550 on the Ibanez.wiki and the colors match.

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It looks like they started matching the Headstocks in at least '88. There's a picture of a '88 RG550 on the Ibanez.wiki and the colors match.

I literally have my 87 rfr in my hands, it has color matched headstock They stopped being color matched in 89, which makes sense on a cost basis. However, all the necks were the same, so unless having a black headstock really breaks your heart, its no big deal.
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Re: What Year is this RG550 From?

I definitely wasn't arguing if that's what it seemed like, I was just saying it was around 88 that they started, which would make sense. Also, I haven't seen a black RG550 with a Maple neck/fingerboard, I'm sure I'm just not looking in the right places, but care to link one?


EDIT: Scratch that. I found it. I just had to scroll a little further down. Is there any way of telling what year the body's from?
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I definitely wasn't arguing if that's what it seemed like, I was just saying it was around 88 that they started, which would make sense. Also, I haven't seen a black RG550 with a Maple fretboard/fingerboard, I'm sure I'm just not looking in the right places, but care to link one?
I have both

Lemme dig up a picture for you

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Haha, thanks. Looks like it's in great shape. I'd love to own that guitar.

My final question about the guitar is, do you think it was worth the $350 I paid for it? Seeing how it was a Chop shopped guitar.

Thanks for the help by the way.
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Haha, thanks. Looks like it's in great shape. I'd love to own that guitar.

My final question about the guitar is, do you think it was worth the $350 I paid for it? Seeing how it was a Chop shopped guitar.

Thanks for the help by the way.

No sell it to me for 350 and Ill rid of you this burden

edit: the black one isnt mine. I stripped mine down and did a burnt stained blue finish.
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Re: What Year is this RG550 From?

Don't know why some have color matched headstocks, but every '87 I've ever owned and seen had a black headstock. And, they were all color matched after '89.



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