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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-01-2020, 05:46 PM Thread Starter
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Is the RG550 Genesis the same as a Prestige?

I read some people say is basically a prestige without a case. Even the box it comes in, says prestige on it.

Other people say is not as good as a prestige, that it didn't receive the Prestige fretboard treatment and maybe the prestiges have better pickups.

This would explain why Ibanez didn't put them in the Prestige line but created a new line, Genesis.
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-01-2020, 06:18 PM
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Re: Is the RG550 Genesis the same as a Prestige?

My understanding is that the Genesis line sits below the Prestige line for the exact reasons you've stated. They don't claim to have the "prestige fretwork" and they tend to have non-branded pickups (in the same way that the original RG550s did).

Interestingly they just recently revealed the RG565 reissue in Emerald Green and the new Fluorescent Orange colour.
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-09-2020, 05:25 PM
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Re: Is the RG550 Genesis the same as a Prestige?

I gave my son an RG550 Gensis. The quality is VERY close to an RG Prestige. I just don't like the tremolo (or any tremolo for that matter).
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Re: Is the RG550 Genesis the same as a Prestige?

I've played a couple of these side by side: an RG450, a Genesis, a premium JS and a Prestige JS. Comparing the budget 450 to the Genesis was night and day. The Genesis was noticeably better than the JS premium and played just as nicely as the Prestige. I'm not too crazy about the pups on the Genesis so I plan to change those, but as far as feel, comfort and playability is concerned, I personally rank the Genesis right up there with the Prestige, even without the fretboard treatment.
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