Yup still Korean.
I bought one of the new ones w/ the Edge Pro 2 also.
Huge improvement over the TRS 2, no question.
The real test here would be if they hadn't killed the locking studs.
If you like your 555 GREAT!!!
I also like mine. I think for the $$ they aren't that bad of a deal anymore once they changed the bridge to something usable.
However I wish I'd just saved the extra $$$ & got a DBK or a used 777.
Sure it has the same pickups, but it sure ain't the same guitar.
Diffrent body wood, bridge, & inlay
I'd put it up against about any comprable priced Jackson,ESP LTD...blah & blah,blah & it's a VERY GOOD guitar.
But it aint the 7V. I've owned a few Jem's & UNI's so believe me I know the diffrence.
But you probably saved yourself a TON of $$$. Which was precisely my reasoning for buying a 555.
Plus I just was going to customize mine anyway...
so saving $$ was kind of essential.
It's like me saying my PRS Santana SE kicks a real PRS's ass.
Sure it's ESSENTIALLY the same guitar....
It's like comparing apples & oranges.
The 555 is still a GOOD guitar. Just not a 7V.