True, but still doesn't make it worth the money (new) when all you're really getting is an RG 350 with a monkey grip, lion's claw and half a vine, that says, "Jem" on the headstock.
I almost fell over when I saw a 555 for the first time . . . "cheap" Jem?
No, expensive, especially when the RG 570 and 550 were hundreds cheaper, even adding the cost of a new set of pups, AND have better hardware/construction/cuts of wood. :-)
I'm actually glad they stopped selling them here in the States, two reasons, one I don't have to see them sitting in music stores any more
and two, so that people won't be fooled into blowing their money on them just because it says "Jem" and it costs half as much as a VWH . . . all just my opinion though, I'm sure there are those out there that have them that love them, and that's wonderful for them.
Me, I'll take a pass and enjoy my RG 500 series guitars. :-) With Evos, by the way.
Petie, I didn't think you were endorsing the 555 in any way. I just wanted to say that so you didn't think I was barking at you about it. :-) I agree with you, it IS it's only selling point.