Re: 87 RG550 - - Well Kept Secret
I have just aquired a 550 model with maple neck made in 1998 and I must say it's build quality is excellent.. I can about throw the thing against the wall and it stays in tune.. I'm amazed at the quality of the Ibanez Edge Trem.. I've played good trems, but they were always Dive only real Floyds, or other variations, but none as good as this one and as solid.. The only thing bad about this guitar is that the guy before me took off the original arm assembly in favor of the screw on type of floyd arm.. WHY! Anyway, I bought / just sent out the money to Rich at IbanezRules.com for the orginal arm and assembly and can't wait to get that back and get this thing on it's way.. I'm also not very happy with the stock pickups.. They actually have good EQ, but are pretty lifeless and almost sound like someone has a cover over the speakers or something.. Just something that they (Ibanez) could have went the extra mile in my opinion and added in.. I've noticed that they older US ibanez guitars had Dimarzio / Ibanez pickups, and some of the newer one's have either Dimarzio's or Duncans.. I've also noticed that they seem to really concentrate their best talent on the really expensive Ibanez guitars now, and I think I agree, they were hungry in the 80's to get a piece of the pie so to speak of the market back then, so they watched their p's and q's.. That said, my 98 has some things I think I like better such as the neck's radious where it attaches to the body.. with the better access to the highest frets.. and I like the neck re-inforcement piece in the neck.. Sometype of mahogany looking wood.. Can't think of the name of it.. I think it's called "Bubinga".. Who knows, I might have never needed it, but I've noticed a lot of the older Ibanez RG's had cracked necks, and I remember some warped one's in the old days at a local dealer in Indy when I lived there.. I was a huge kramer fan back then before they went to Japan and Korea.. I still think the US and Japanese for sure make the best guitars.. I recently wrote Tokai and asked where I could get some of there guitars.. They wrote me back and said they were in a law suit with Gibson and can't sell here yet.. I thought that was interesting..