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Looking for advice I have a 1989 rg 550 and it's been driving me nuts it has warble sound on G string and other areas's . Also some area's of the fret board sif I perform a slide the note does not ring out at has the worse warble sound I have heard. I have playing guitar for at least 20 years it has fret wear and some unexplained fret wear on 24th fret. I have done the set ups on the guitar and unable to get the warble sound out of the guitar.
So do I bring it a pro to have them see whats is going on?

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Do I just go in a get a new guitar?

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Hello
Looking for advice I have a 1989 rg 550 and it's been driving me nuts it has warble sound on G string and other areas's . Also some area's of the fret board sif I perform a slide the note does not ring out at has the worse warble sound I have heard. I have playing guitar for at least 20 years it has fret wear and some unexplained fret wear on 24th fret. I have done the set ups on the guitar and unable to get the warble sound out of the guitar.
So do I bring it a pro to have them see whats is going on?

Or

Do I just go in a get a new guitar?

thx
It sounds like you need professional help, almost certainly fret leveling and recrowning, possibly even a few replacement frets if the localised wear is very bad.

Take it to a luthier for an assessment and they can quote you for the work.
 

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When does it not become finically feasible, to repair guitar? How much could re-fretting cost? They estimated a set up 80 bucks. I have been looking a few guitars at $500 range and it is tempting to just get a new one but will it be as good as 89 RG550?

What is concerning is the fret wear on the 24th fret.
 

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When does it not become finically feasible, to repair guitar? How much could re-fretting cost? They estimated a set up 80 bucks. I have been looking a few guitars at $500 range and it is tempting to just get a new one but will it be as good as 89 RG550?

What is concerning is the fret wear on the 24th fret.
A 1989 RG550 is a thousand dollar guitar, even in its current state it's worth five hundred.

The 'wear' on the 24th fret is of no concern whatsoever because it doesn't affect any of the other frets.

Get the work quoted, then make a decision.
 

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Eliminate every possible issue before investing in a new guitar, neck or fret job.

All screws tight?
Is it setup properly; string retainer in right position, nut height, truss rod, saddles in good condition, intonation correct, correct trem angle?
Can you hear it acoustically?
Can you hear it amplified clean and dirty?
Are your pots clean and working?
Is it all selector positions?
What is the distance from string to pickups?
Are you slapping the trem arm? (that’s a joke)

I think after exhausting all of these options you should have it checked by a pro. Most will charge you a bench fee that can be applied to any necessary repairs or adjustments.

I think it really depends on your relationship with the guitar. Do you have the money to spend? I’m not sure of the availability of necks through Ibanez these days, but there are plenty of people ready to do custom work.
 

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You really need to keep that Guitar. I doubt seriously you're going to find one to match it. Japanese ibbys from that era are getting harder & harder to come by for good reason. People hang on to them. Not for potential resale value but because they're just great Guitars. Get it fixed. I have an 86 Roadstar 2 with battle scars. It is a true relic because it has been well played, & it continues to get well played.
 

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Hello
Looking for advice I have a 1989 rg 550 and it's been driving me nuts it has warble sound on G string and other areas's . Also some area's of the fret board sif I perform a slide the note does not ring out at has the worse warble sound I have heard. I have playing guitar for at least 20 years it has fret wear and some unexplained fret wear on 24th fret. I have done the set ups on the guitar and unable to get the warble sound out of the guitar.
So do I bring it a pro to have them see whats is going on?
Do I just go in a get a new guitar?
It would help to know what you mean by a "warble sound" as I would never use that description related to the frets. A warble technically is a raising & lower in pitch. Much like a warped vinyl record or wow & flutter on tape.
Or on a guitar its usually relating to the tremolo. If a trem has a slight amount of play (several causes for this) then when fretting or bending a string the trem will react more than normal.
Have also had something might describe as a warble from a bad nut. Even a locking nut can have issues.
But if you could post an audio or video sample it might help,.
 

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Sorry for the late reply had a nightmare of a time at GC. Took the advice and went GC and to get an idea on how much it would cost to repair and the repair guy tells me to come down on Sunday. I show up Sunday and was informed the do not do repairs on Sunday. So I assume he must of just made a mistake. So I show up today and call ahead to ensure they are providing repairs and they stated yes but the guy leaves at 7:30 even though the repair hours state until 8. Well long story short I show up and ask for help and they page repair guy, and I wait for 15 minutes. Another rep walks to me and asks me if I need help and I state I waiting for the repair guy. At this point two employee are having a conversation that this repair guy most likely left for day and he has a habit leaving when he wants. They finally get him on the phone and they informed that is on lunch and needs five more minutes. Amazing I just left.

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Welcome to the wonderful world of Guitar center. If there was a repair I couldn't do myself, I'd try a smaller guitar store. All guitar center really cares about is sales. I used GC once for a setup, all it took was once, & I started doing all my own work. Learning & improving the process, I'm usually able to get my action below factory specs with no fret buzz. Good Guitar techs are getting harder to find. All the old ones are getting old, & there's no younger ones to take their place.
 

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Sorry for the late reply had a nightmare of a time at GC. Took the advice and went GC and to get an idea on how much it would cost to repair and the repair guy tells me to come down on Sunday. I

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I would never go to a GC's repair dept. for anything but a string change unless you know the guy and his capability. Its usually very hit & miss (usually miss) there and have seen instruments they have ruined, needing further repair on the repair they did. I bought a Jackson Soloist a year ago off Craigslist real cheap I fixed & sold. Almost everything GC touched was messed up. Most are just starting their careers or have limited experience, learning on the job & your instrument. Some stores will sub the work to a local luther but you are paying more than if you go direct.

If you can't attach a sound file here, post on youtube, soundcloud or many of the websites (Google them) for posting sound files.
 

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Does 240 bucks sound reasonable to redress the frets?
Shop near here charges about $100 not including a setup though I always do that myself. But my own guitars I do myself everything except replacing frets.
You do realize you will lose fret height which can have a negative effect as well? And are you 100% positive that will solve your issue?
 

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Does 240 bucks sound reasonable to redress the frets?
It sounds a lot cheaper than the 500 you were just about to throw away on an inferior instrument!
Wow $240 sounds a little high to me. Around here a total refret costs about that. Go to GEETAR gizmos.com. They got a lot of good stuff on there for dressing of frets & other stuff.
 

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Does 240 bucks sound reasonable to redress the frets?
It sounds a lot cheaper than the 500 you were just about to throw away on an inferior instrument!
Wow $240 sounds a little high to me. Around here a total refret costs about that. Go to GEETAR gizmos.com. They got a lot of good stuff on there for dressing of frets & other stuff.
I'm assuming that the price quoted is for everything the guitar needs to play like new and that it will require no further work. So it's a fair price for a lot of skilled work by a professional Luthier.
 

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Does 240 bucks sound reasonable to redress the frets?
It sounds a lot cheaper than the 500 you were just about to throw away on an inferior instrument!
Wow $240 sounds a little high to me. Around here a total refret costs about that. Go to GEETAR gizmos.com. They got a lot of good stuff on there for dressing of frets & other stuff.
I'm assuming that the price quoted is for everything the guitar needs to play like new and that it will require no further work. So it's a fair price for a lot of skilled work by a professional Luthier.
I don't know what market he's in. Some areas are more expensive than others. I was quoted $250.00 for a complete refret with stainless steel frets. I personally didn't want to spend the loot on my project rg250, so I did it myself. Little by little I've acquired more tools & experience. Now I just do everything myself. Not only do I save money, I have better quality control.
 

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Does 240 bucks sound reasonable to redress the frets?
I don't know what market he's in. Some areas are more expensive than others. I was quoted $250.00 for a complete refret with stainless steel frets. I personally didn't want to spend the loot on my project rg250, so I did it myself. Little by little I've acquired more tools & experience. Now I just do everything myself. Not only do I save money, I have better quality control.
If that price is from the GC he was trying to go to, and its not a major city like New York or LA, the price is doubled. GC in smaller markets doesn't do real fret work in-store. They sub it out and then double the price for their profit. And that does not mean they sub it to a quality shop.
 

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Does 240 bucks sound reasonable to redress the frets?
I don't know what market he's in. Some areas are more expensive than others. I was quoted $250.00 for a complete refret with stainless steel frets. I personally didn't want to spend the loot on my project rg250, so I did it myself. Little by little I've acquired more tools & experience. Now I just do everything myself. Not only do I save money, I have better quality control.
If that price is from the GC he was trying to go to, and its not a major city like New York or LA, the price is doubled. GC in smaller markets doesn't do real fret work in-store. They sub it out and then double the price for their profit. And that does not mean they sub it to a quality shop.
I know the GC here subs out, & their set ups are one of the reasons I started doing my own, then it snowballed into fret crowning, fret levelling, refretting, neck shimming, pup replacement etc.
 

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And I have doubts a fret dressing will fix his problem. What is this warbling? If he said fret buzzing okay. But not something called a warble. Might have worn frets but that might not be what's causing his main issue.
 

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Are you two actually trying to help here?

The OP has had the guitar inspected and quoted, the quote sounds fair, the OP clearly lacks the practical ability to do the work himself, so what do you suggest, give it to you two to fix?
 
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