Re: How many RG550's are they making?
I do agree with you, I think that the 2550 is a great guitar (had mine for over a year now, never looked back since) and I think that adding some of the old flourescent colours and a maple 'board would genuinely sell very well.
Although I do see it from Ibanez's point of view; maybe they are unwilling to take the commercial risk.
Oh well, here's hoping. The reissue is at least a step forward... and not that long ago they did bring back a maple 'board into the range (albeit on a lower-range RG, nothing wrong with those IMO though). So we can only wait and see.