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post #1 of 28 (permalink) Old 02-12-2004, 06:08 AM Thread Starter
 
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RG550 vs. Rg570

First off I would like to comend everyone associated with this website. From what I've seen the members provide reasonable, respectful answers to questions asked on the forum. This is great compared to some forums I've seen on the web where people fight rather than discuss.

Anyways, I have a RG 350DX and love it. I know the trem is lacking, but it is my first Ibanez and have loved it since the day I got it.
Recently I have been looking for a used RG550 or 570. I was just wondering what models years I should keep an eye open for, and reasonable prices to pay. Also has the change in model name (i think it's called the RG1550 now?) affected the guitar line?

Thanks
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post #2 of 28 (permalink) Old 02-12-2004, 12:13 PM
 
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Hi, and Welcome..

Iīm a newcomer too, but i agree with yuo that this forum seems to have very friendly people that tend to helps eachothers..

Iīm looking for a Rg550 right now ..

AfaIk, The main diferences between a Rg550 And Rg570 is the use of the scratchplate and the Maple fretboard in the first one..The rest is the same,..both are Basswood,same pups, same Wizard profile neck, same trem, etc..

Although it seems that there are some RG550 with Rosewood fretboard.

Rg1550 and Rg1570 are the new ones with the prestige Neck..I donīt know wath this really mean, but i think it have somethin to do with Quality of the wood, becuase is stiil the same Wizarz profile neck.. Someone know anything diferent? Wood are the same Basswood.

plus the Have the new Edge pro Trem..which iīd never seen or tested.. i have a Jem BSB and the low pro is the greatest one i ever used..i also have a OFR and Spider Khaler and i like the low pro better..

I heard that the early 90īs are the best RGīs but i donīt know is this is real or not..

hope this helps you
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post #3 of 28 (permalink) Old 02-12-2004, 01:13 PM
 
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As far as price goes...

I would say around $300 - $400 is a reasonable price to pay for either the RG550 or RG570 with a hard case.

I bought a used RG570 ('96) without a case from the local music store here for about 270 Euro.

I also bought a used RG550 ('98 ) with a case from ebay for $275 + $100 shipping to the Netherlands which equals out to 300 Euro.

I have seen them go as high as $500 for a used RG550, but there always be another one for a lot cheaper than that.
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post #4 of 28 (permalink) Old 02-12-2004, 08:04 PM
 
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welcome

Welcom to the site. Since the new models came out this year, you can still find new RG570s for $500 for example if you check out the link below and have them e-mail your their stock/prices, you can find some decent deals. BTW, the Prestige neck has the same dimensions as the Wizard, but the consistency of the wood quality is higher.

http://www.fredsmusic.com/ibanez.html
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post #5 of 28 (permalink) Old 02-12-2004, 08:46 PM Thread Starter
 
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Thanks for the info. I've noticed the average going price on e-bay has been around the $275-500.
Another question, is there a significant difference in quality/sound/playability between the new Ibanez series and the older more "classic" 550's. I've seen the new RG1570 for $559 at SamAsh (although I hate dealing with Sam Ash, but that's another story).
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sorry, forgot i wasn't supposed to use a company's name
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post #7 of 28 (permalink) Old 02-13-2004, 01:03 AM
 
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My opinion is that the sound and quality are equal. The big difference is the playability and that really depends on how "broken in" the guitar is. I have a 1990 RG570 that has been around the block a few times and it plays like butter! An unplayed "old" guitar will probably play just like a brand new one. The only other difference to look for is the old neck heel vs. the new AANJ (you can do a search here for the pros/cons).
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Originally Posted by Vladdrac
AfaIk, The main diferences between a Rg550 And Rg570 is the use of the scratchplate and the Maple fretboard in the first one..The rest is the same,..both are Basswood,same pups, same Wizard profile neck, same trem, etc..

Although it seems that there are some RG550 with Rosewood fretboard.
Yeah, the old ones had rosewood fretboard. I used to own one:
http://www.angelfire.com/bug/kaavio/RG550esittely.html
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AfaIk, The main diferences between a Rg550 And Rg570 is the use of the scratchplate and the Maple fretboard in the first one..The rest is the same,..both are Basswood,same pups, same Wizard profile neck, same trem, etc..

Although it seems that there are some RG550 with Rosewood fretboard.
Yeah, the old ones had rosewood fretboard. I used to own one:
http://www.angelfire.com/bug/kaavio/RG550esittely.html
Hi..Thatīs something I was looking for..That Rg550 have originals V2 pups?
It says that the pups are Dimazio/ibz..are the same?

thanks..
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Hi..Thatīs something I was looking for..That Rg550 have originals V2 pups?
It says that the pups are Dimazio/ibz..are the same?

thanks..
That guitar had original PUs (except the bridge pick up which I changed to SD) but I donīt know which PUs they were, because there was nothing stamped on them anywhere.
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post #11 of 28 (permalink) Old 02-13-2004, 11:59 AM
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Check out the For Sale section, I seem to remember some in there reasonably priced. I know there is a RG620XGK in there at a good price.
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post #12 of 28 (permalink) Old 11-29-2004, 09:02 PM
 
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I would definitely recommend looking for one of the Japanese models.

The old models came with the V2-S1-V1 pickups, btw.
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post #13 of 28 (permalink) Old 11-29-2004, 11:31 PM
 
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nobody's mentioned this yet...

and i know it's only aesthetics, but the 570 does NOT have a matching headstock. The 570's is black no matter what color the body is. The 550 matches.

I never understood this, just wanted to point it out.

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post #14 of 28 (permalink) Old 11-30-2004, 06:35 AM
 
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I had a 570, now id get a 550 if i could... im growing to like maple boards, and i think the 3 ply pickguard looks classy
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post #15 of 28 (permalink) Old 11-30-2004, 07:21 PM
 
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I have a RG550DX for sell, Ill sell it for $400 with case, check the classifieds for my post.
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