I've had two amazing eBay deals on "as new" mint used RG550s over the last year or so:-Thanks for all of the advice. I went and played the guitar but passed on it. It had too many dings (including some of what looked like cigarette burns into the body) and it didn't "speak to me" when I played it.
Now I am looking at the Genesis series as a possibility to scratch my RG itch. I think I need to start a thread to get your opinion on those guitars.