Join Date: Dec 2000
Location: California, USA
Re: RG1550 or RG1570?
While this thread is in the wrong forum, I'll still give it a go.
First, these two guitars are remarkably similar. They're both 24-fret 25.5" scale, H-S-H, double-locking trem superstrats.
The basic differences boil down to freboard, pickup mounting, and aesthetics. If you must have a maple fretboard, you'll have to pick up a 550. If you have to have a pickguard, you'll have to pick up a 550. If you can't stand a pickguard, then a 550 is out. More importantly,the pickups on a 550 are top-mounted via screws in the pickguard whereas the pickups in a 570 are direct-mounted into the body.
It's a small difference, but some will tell you it matters a lot.