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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 10-06-2005, 05:29 PM Thread Starter
 
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Question confusing RG550

what year was this made? it has the neck joint and pups and logo of a newer model, but the fretboard of the older one. it also has a bubinga strip. the serial is: F0027170






the year made, as well as any other inf, like if its a special model or something would be greatly appreciated, thanks in advance everyone
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post #2 of 18 (permalink) Old 10-06-2005, 06:12 PM
 
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It's a 2000 RG550. The 2000 catalog states it has an original Edge. Sweet guitar nonetheless.



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Wow, didn't realise they were putting original edges on RGs right up until 2000
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Well it wasn't really "up until" 2000, because in the early 90's they had lo-pros. So it's more like they went "back to" the original Edge.
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It's a 2000 RG550. The 2000 catalog states it has an original Edge. Sweet guitar nonetheless.


That calatlogue (unless I'm being slightly blind) says it comes with a Wizard neck, but isn't that a Super Wizard in the photo? I thought it was a 2000 RG550 as well, from the seriall number, I'm just wondering why the Super Wizard was fitted when the catalogue states otherwise.

I know there's no difference between Wizard and Super Wizard other than the bubinga strip, I'm just wondering/
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Re: confusing RG550

I don't think I've ever seen the term "Super Wizard" used by Ibanez in their catalog spec sheets. Just plain old Wizard.
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I don't think I've ever seen the term "Super Wizard" used by Ibanez in their catalog spec sheets. Just plain old Wizard.
Me neither, though I'm no expert, I figured "super wizard" was a colloquialism coined (by Jemsiters, probably) to distinguish between the old 1 piece wizards and the newfangled (and excellent) 3-piece bubinga-striped-wizards. The real etymology would be interesting to know.

BTW, I've noticed that as you look at the age of the old one piece wizard necks, and look at the wood the necks are made of, the older they are, the better, more fine-grained the wood seems to be. Did they go to the 3-piece necks because they just could not get decent quality wood anymore (in quantity at a given price, probably...)

Just wondering. I look at my '91 RG570's neck, and my '91 S540, and '91 RG550, and the neck wood is just so uniform, and "perfect," whereas newer one piece necks have various flaws, little knots, etc, my 2002, one piece Jem7vwh neck for example is not as nice in terms of the wood it's made of, as those early '90s RGs.

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Me neither, though I'm no expert, I figured "super wizard" was a colloquialism coined (by Jemsiters, probably) to distinguish between the old 1 piece wizards and the newfangled (and excellent) 3-piece bubinga-striped-wizards. The real etymology would be interesting to know.

Ah, maybe.
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I don't think I've ever seen the term "Super Wizard" used by Ibanez in their catalog spec sheets. Just plain old Wizard.
It was used in the European cats in the late 90's

I'll try to track down where exactly in the next few days unless anyone beats me to it.
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post #10 of 18 (permalink) Old 10-09-2005, 12:25 PM
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I saw those exact same pictures on that evil auction site we all know and love a little while ago. You selling this guitar, or interested in buying it from someone?
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my friend was gonna bid on it, but he decided against it
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I saw those exact same pictures on that evil auction site we all know and love a little while ago. You selling this guitar, or interested in buying it from someone?
im still considering whether to buy it. the guy looks like a guitar dealer or something, but its only up for £299, should i, shouldnt i?????
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post #13 of 18 (permalink) Old 10-12-2005, 10:34 AM
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I would definately buy it, almost all RG550's are amazing. Although that price seems steep to me, I got my 550 for £260.
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i payed £350 for my 1990 rg550, but i dont care, because its worth it
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i payed £350 for my 1990 rg550, but i dont care, because its worth it


Amen.
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