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Greetings good people! I sometimes read this forum, though I have never posted.

I am want to buy an Ibanez RG for some time now, and I've ran into an RG550 1987, but it looks something is not right with this guitar...

It's from 1987. but it looks never used... It has 1987 serial number, but the seller says he got it from his friend who lives in Denmark - he bought it in 1994 - when they stopped producing these. I live in Bosnia.

The finish is intact, but the neckplate is worn - a lot. Fretboard looks like it was never used, and also Ibanez logo is missing from the headstock. The seller says his friend from Denmark removes the logo from headstock of every single guitar he has, and that he is a wealthy man so he can afford it. It has Dimarzio SuperDistortion pickups.

Here are the pics, so please, give me your answers... Is this original or is it the reissue, or whatever?

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Where is the serial number? You mention it in your post, but it should be on the back of the headstock, and I don't see it. Without the serial number there, I would not buy it.
 

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Seems legit to me, except for the pickups. DiMarzio Super Distortion should have double rows of hex key pole pieces, not screw-and-slug poles like most other humbuckers.
 

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Ah. I thought 1987 is when they started doing all of them on the back of the headstock. It is just curious that the neck plate is so scratched up, indicating it was played quite a bit (or he wore a freaking cheese grater for a belt), but the neck has almost no wear, no serial, and no headstock logo.

That said, if it plays great, who cares?
 

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Looks legit to me. And if I remember correctly from my old original RG550... back then the headstock logos were just screen printed right over the clear on the headstock and I could literally scrape it off with my fingernails.
 

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Wow... Thank you for quick and clear replies! So, it probably isn't SuperDistortion, but the guitar looks authentic, from 1987, not reissue, not copy...?

The thing is, what bothers me the most is that guitar is intact, but neck plate looks worn... A lot... I will try it, maybe this wednesday, maybe next monday, I hope. I fear the reissue or a copy, becouse I was looking for original Wizard..

Thanks again.. Cheers!
 

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I don't think there was ever a white re-issue. Maybe he had the body refinished and was really diligent about cleaning the fretboard? The trem looks super fresh too. As for the neck plate, maybe something happened during the anodizing process and down the road the finish just disintegrated like that? Almost looks like the finish on the plate cracked and chipped away. The neck screws look unscathed. Who knows. If the price is right, I'd snag that in a heartbeat. :agreed:

Here's an original catalog scan:

 

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Mine is a late 80's as well but it has the info on the back of the headstock.

 

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^Yeah, before that they use to have it on a little silver sticker on the back of the headstock. His was peeled off and stuck in the trem cavity.

edit: lika dis...

 

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Hmm, this one's interesting. I agree, the fretboard looks IMMACULATE, and the trem is awfully clean, too. I'd be concerned about an aftermarket/replacement neck, except ther headstock clearly had the logo removed and there's no serial on the back which suggests it;s likely from the right time... There's no sign of sanding or anything on the back of the headstock?

Overall, the thing looks immaculkate, except for the surface of the neck plate which looks absolutely trashed. It could be some sort of chemical reaction over the last 25 years with the guy's sweat on a guitar he barely played, I guess, or it could have had the neck plate swapped at some time.

I guess, why are you buying it, and how is it being pried? If you're buying it as a player and it's priced like a player, I wouldn't be overly concerned. If it's being priced as a "1987 RG in great shape!" rather than an older square-joint RG with the headstock logo removed, then you're probably overpaying.
 

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SN says its was the 1498th guitar made in Fujigen in may 87.

If legit, which it does look. I would expect to see that on on the back of the headstock and not a sticker, but if that time lines up with it not being on the back of the headstock and being a sticker, well, everything else about the guitar is spot on for the time from those pics.

Terribly odd guitar to fake when you can get em for about 300 quid anyway.

^Yeah, before that they use to have it on a little silver sticker on the back of the headstock. His was peeled off and stuck in the trem cavity.

edit: lika dis...

jan '87.

Dans is 1990.

Adds up so far, more or less (would prefer to see an 88 or later 87 with the sticker as proof; my 89 560 didnt have a sticker, so they must've changed between jan 87 and 89 at least).
 

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SN says its was the 1498th guitar made in Fujigen in may 87.

If legit, which it does look. I would expect to see that on on the back of the headstock and not a sticker, but if that time lines up with it not being on the back of the headstock and being a sticker, well, everything else about the guitar is spot on for the time from those pics.

Terribly odd guitar to fake when you can get em for about 300 quid anyway.

jan '87.

Dans is 1990.

Adds up so far, more or less (would prefer to see an 88 or later 87 with the sticker as proof; my 89 560 didnt have a sticker, so they must've changed between jan 87 and 89 at least).
Damn I thought I read it as a late 80's, must of gotten it mixed up.
 
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