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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 11-08-2010, 06:33 PM Thread Starter
 
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Got the cash, need to decide one : RG550XX, RG550EX, RG1550

Hi I hope you guys can help me with this, I'll be finally joining you with a prestige with one of the following. But I can't really make up my mind ...

- RG550 20th anniversary in mint condition with original hardcase (somewhere about $850)
- A 2002's RG550 EX in good shape plus 3 DiMarzio pickups (about $750) the bad news is that it doesn't have the maple neck which I really like.
- A 2003's RG1550 with some signs of use but nothing to worry about (this would be the cheapest around $550)

Does the RG550XX really worth its price over the 2002's RG550 ?? I would have to change the pups in the 20th ... maybe another $150 more so the difference between them would go up to $250.

This is the only Ibanez I've planned to own until I get the JEM 7 or a universe, though I really like S shaped prestiges too

Here in europe the 550's are more difficult to get so they're far more expensive than what i've seen around here . For instance a new RG1550 in the cheapest store i've found goes up to €850 which means $1200
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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 11-08-2010, 06:58 PM
 
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Re: Got the cash, need to decide one : RG550XX, RG550EX, RG1550

I don't think the reissue 550's are worth any more than the originals personally, the originals also have the mojo!

The 1550's are good, really solid, but they don't have the same ridiculously thin shred necks. They're thin, but they don't compare to the early 90's 550's.

I'd go for an original 550, lol.
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post #3 of 14 (permalink) Old 11-08-2010, 07:14 PM
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Re: Got the cash, need to decide one : RG550XX, RG550EX, RG1550

I agree with Fun--the older 550s are the way to go. You might also look for 570s and 770s.



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post #4 of 14 (permalink) Old 11-08-2010, 10:22 PM
 
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Re: Got the cash, need to decide one : RG550XX, RG550EX, RG1550

original 550. hell, you can even put your own maple board on there. select the best piece you can find!
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post #5 of 14 (permalink) Old 11-08-2010, 11:13 PM
 
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Re: Got the cash, need to decide one : RG550XX, RG550EX, RG1550

this is my thoughts.
I have two 20th anniversary RG 550 in Desert Yellow/Maple fretboard and Black/Rosewood fretboard. made by prestige/J craft.

These guitars are solid, Reliable, low action, and FAST! Those reissue wizard necks are sick.. The necks on these things are fluid and effortless.
GET ONE!~

i have come across many older RG 550s and quite honestly they are a little too much "BROKEN IN". Loose guitar parts from usage.
Its hard to find a good hardly used RG550.

I understand the MOJO factor. but IF hone your skills on a guitar?? well its your own mojo on that guitar of yours..
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post #6 of 14 (permalink) Old 11-09-2010, 07:49 AM
 
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Re: Got the cash, need to decide one : RG550XX, RG550EX, RG1550

I agree ^^^ & the ri necks are amazing . I love my 20th
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post #7 of 14 (permalink) Old 11-09-2010, 09:19 AM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Got the cash, need to decide one : RG550XX, RG550EX, RG1550

Thank you for your replies !!! The RG1550 seems to be out of the battle

Still it is difficult to choose between the old 550 or the reissue. One "strange" thing about the "old" 550 is that is was built in 2002 (quite new) and it has the AANJ instead of the old neck joint with the neckplate so it doesn't look like one of the old ones.

Anyway, the didn't build many 20th am I right? So they should be more colletable and maybe have a higher value if I ever want to sell it.... maybe I'm thinking too much about it hahaha XD
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post #8 of 14 (permalink) Old 11-09-2010, 10:05 AM
 
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Re: Got the cash, need to decide one : RG550XX, RG550EX, RG1550

There were 1987 RG550 20ths built so they aren't really all that rare.

The AANJ came in on the 550's in 1994.
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post #9 of 14 (permalink) Old 11-09-2010, 10:06 AM
 
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Re: Got the cash, need to decide one : RG550XX, RG550EX, RG1550

I'd go with the '02
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post #10 of 14 (permalink) Old 11-10-2010, 07:17 AM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Got the cash, need to decide one : RG550XX, RG550EX, RG1550

Great then I will ..... try to get both !!! haha The guy selling me the reissue has lowered the price so now the original and the 20th are the same price so I'll take one now and wait couple of weeks to buy the other one.
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post #11 of 14 (permalink) Old 11-10-2010, 07:57 AM
 
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Re: Got the cash, need to decide one : RG550XX, RG550EX, RG1550

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I agree ^^^ & the ri necks are amazing . I love my 20th
haha you know, I never noticed I kept the JCraft hangtag for it before I sold it to you!
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post #12 of 14 (permalink) Old 11-10-2010, 08:02 AM
 
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haha you know, I never noticed I kept the JCraft hangtag for it before I sold it to you!
You had everthing , even the picks . Still had plastic on it too . Like the day it was born .
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You had everthing , even the picks . Still had plastic on it too . Like the day it was born .
Let me state tho that I DID play that 550. I don't believe in case queens but I do believe in taking care of my guitars. Most have you have seen my '87 560 that I bought new actually IN 1987. Short of the neck plate being a bit ragged, the rest of it looks brand new.
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post #14 of 14 (permalink) Old 11-21-2010, 07:33 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Got the cash, need to decide one : RG550XX, RG550EX, RG1550

Hey guys ! I'm finally getting the '02 RG550 as you guys suggested, but I tried the reissue RG550XX and the neck was SICK !!! it was awesome , really !!! I've read that's the superwizard neck but I'm not sure that's correct ? Unfortunately it wasn't in a really good shape so I'm choosing the old 550

Is it the same one that the 2550 and similars have ?
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