Re: Considering RG550 Genesis
It's just personal preference. The pickups in the 2550 are pretty good, however the basic tone of the body/neck is very mellow, too much so for my liking. IMO people focus too much on pickups in terms of sound; the woods used for the body, neck and fretboard construction give the guitar its core sound, the pickups IMO merely shape that sound.
I could try changing pickups (I have considered this for a while) but the basic tone of the guitar is too dark for my liking. I think a maple fretboard would make a difference, although I could be completely and utterly wrong admittedly. The S1 has a mahogany body which gives it a lot more bite. I don't mind the INFs at all. I wouldn't say I'm a tonehound but to my ears they sound just fine. I'm thinking that the maple 'board of the 550 will give it more bite (I did play an original late 80s 550 quite a few years ago and from memory it seemed a lot brighter than my RG, something I put down to the maple 'board).
I haven't made my mind up yet, as you can tell I'm pretty undecided. Although the fact its staying in its case more and more is starting to make me wonder if I should move it on.