It's not really a NGD as I got this like 2 months ago but I figured I'd take a few pics today while I was putting the original pick guard and pickups back on. Unfortunately the V2 decided to blow a coil and I just replaced it with the only f spaced pickup left in my box.
It's a 1987 RG550 that was originally in Road Flare Red. Whoever the previous owner was has had it stripped back and had this beautiful green stain applied to the front and back as well as the rear of the headstock. When I bought this guitar I expected a guitar that showed it's vintage but was shocked to find 90% full original frets and almost no lacquer wear on the neck or fretboard. Plus the edge is in amazing condition and the neck is dead straight. Even the annoying cracks that appear at the nut and body joints are non existent. However, this is where it gets weird.
Firstly the serial number is on the body under the trem cover as opposed to the headstock. What's even stranger still is that the RG550 in that year had Maple necks on the Road Flare Red and Desert Yellow colours but both had matching headstock colours. The black model had a rosewood fretboard and didn't have maple for another 2 years. I thought the neck might have been from a later model but when I removed the neck to reseat it due to creaking while using the term, I discovered the neck dated to 1987, same year as the serial. So it was a first year Red RG550 with a black capped headstock it would seem.
What's even better is the price I picked it up for. With the original grey case it set me back the princely sum of $260.
Excuse the shitty photos, I was in no mood to grab all my camera gear out and as I'm moving house the only place with spare floor room was right near an open window for shitty exposure and flare.
Large pics are large.
Looks fucking great!!