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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-02-2012, 07:42 AM Thread Starter
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Help me choose my new Ibanez!

Hi guys,
Not posted here for a while, but could do with some expert opinions. I'm looking at getting a new Ibanez, and the choice is between two;
The RG2560zex

Or, the RG2550z, which I'm sure you're all very familiar with.

I'm sure you guys know all about the specs for the 2550, but here are the 2560 specs;
Neck: 5pc Wizard HP Maple / Walnut Prestige neck
Body: Ash body
Fingerboard: Rosewood fingerboard
Bridge: Edge-Zero Tremolo bridge with ZPS3
Neck Pickup: DiMarzioŽ IBZ-S (S) neck pickup
Middle Pickup: DiMarzioŽ IBZ-S (S) mid pickup
Bridge Pickup: DiMarzioŽ IBZ-B (H) bridge pickup
Hardware: Cosmo Black

The price difference is 400 more for the 2560. The only thing I don't like about the 2550 is those ghost teeth inlays and bound fretboard, otherwise it's lovely. I like everything about the 2560 but wasnt sure whether it was worth the extra money. Also, I hear bad things about the Zero trem, why is this?
And finally, are there any alternatives to these two? Nothing in black though!!!
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-02-2012, 12:07 PM
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Re: Help me choose my new Ibanez!

I have a RG2550z - I bought it new a few years ago and I do really like the guitar but if I could choose between a 2550z and a 2560zex then I would go with the 2560zex - for two reasons: I like the wood grain appearance better than black and I also agree with you that the ghost teeth inlays on the 2550z are not my favorite. If I were you I would spend the extra money and get a guitar that you will be completely happy with.

I believe both guitars have the edge zero bridge. I love the EZ bridge on my 2550z - it has a different feel than an original edge trem but if you remove the stop bar then it will function like a full floating bridge. I have 2 guitars with the original edge trem and it is a great trem but I personally prefer the Edge Zero trem - so you wont hear bad things from me about the EZ trem...but that's just my opinion - and I've had my 2550z for several years after buying it new and I have not had any problems with the EZ bridge.

Hope this helps
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post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-02-2012, 01:01 PM
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Re: Help me choose my new Ibanez!

Btw, that axe is gorgeous.

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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-02-2012, 01:23 PM
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Re: Help me choose my new Ibanez!

I like the first one for all of the reasons stated above. Looks great and probably plays even better!
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post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-02-2012, 04:47 PM
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Re: Help me choose my new Ibanez!

That 'burst looks very classy; I'd vote that way too... right below my fellow Ontarian =]
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post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-02-2012, 06:20 PM
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Re: Help me choose my new Ibanez!

you need to get that axe... you'll kick yourself later for not getting it. i've been there too many times in the past and as VH's Right Now video taught us: nothing is more expensive than regret.

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post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-02-2012, 10:58 PM
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Re: Help me choose my new Ibanez!

Are those available in the states?
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post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-06-2013, 04:43 AM
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Re: Help me choose my new Ibanez!

I agree with the inlays on 2550. Never played a 2560 but i would go for it by the look and spec
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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-06-2013, 12:07 PM
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Re: Help me choose my new Ibanez!

The ash body on the 2560 is the seller for me, along with the above mentioned differences.

I'm also a big fan of H-S-S.
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