Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Bristol, England
I guess i mite be the guy to comment on this, after my last epic thread about buying wana these geetars. Anyway, for the money, i decided that a 555 is a complete rip. Think about it, this was my whole state of mind last week. In sound control (a big music chain in england), the guitar cost £950. You can bet your life that this is a £600 guitar (maybe even less) as its got vais name on it (the fact that its korean gives it away alone).
I then started to look at the rg series, and i know, they really arnt the best looking guitars but who gives a shi*. I then weighed up a load of these, and i finally bought a rg for £550, which kicks the 555's ass red raw in terms of build quality, edge pro bridge instead of edge pro two. The big selling point on this guiytar are its pickups. The evo's are brilliant. But seriously, you are much much better buying an expensive rg now looking in hind site, unless you can get the jem 555 cheap. (By the way, you CANNOT by 555's in the USA) which is why rich doesnt sell em'.
So, i recommend either a high japanese rg, or if you really want a jem, get your mate to bring back the real mccoy (777) from the US or get one from rich.
As for me... i've fallen into paradise with my rg550. It is so fast its unbelievable, and the pups, hardware and attention to detail are absoulutly fabulous. The only bad thing that i can say about it, is that it is a bit of a ugly fu*cking guitar!!!
I know what its like going round and round the guitar debating scale, so do yourself a favour, get your arse to a music shop, test out Rg's and jems (who gives a damn if you piss of the guy at the shop!!!) and you'll make the rite decision.
Sorry for the essay. I just felt compelled.