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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-31-2012, 06:01 AM Thread Starter
 
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Help! RG440 vs RG550 vs RG570 vs Prestige SA1260

Hi folks,

I am going to be building a long term RG2570 project, but in the short term I am GAS'ing for a new complete guitar that I can just put my choice of pickups in. I've got a couple of old Roadstar II's, a RS530 and an RS430.

I absolutely love the 530. I've built a really nice Epiphone Dot with high quality wiring, pots, new tuners, bridge, tailpiece, nut, pickups, the lot. But I still keep going back to that 27 year old Ibanez.....

I finally realised that it was the neck. It's just so comfortable in my hand. I don't have the biggest hands, more like short stubby fingers instead. And that guitar just suits me down to the ground. That's why I decided to build the 2570. But that's going to take ages and I want something new now, as I have just sold a couple of old car parts and could spend about 250 on a used Axe (although my girlfriend told me not to buy anything else yesterday )

I've seen the guitars mentioned in the title for sale, and need to make a choice. The Prestige SA1260 intrigues me and could be a bit of a bargain, but I do love those old Roadstars.

I'm mindful however, not to let sentiment take me over. I've seen a very nice RG570 in the States that might be an option if the guy fancies lowering his price, although I'm not convinced he will.

Just want opinions on these four guitars really. As I say, I love the neck on my Roadstar II RS530. I don't play shred stuff, more mainstream rock, but the way it feels is sublime.

What do I do? Going to a store to try any of these isn't really an option at the minute.
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-31-2012, 08:24 AM
 
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Re: Help! RG440 vs RG550 vs RG570 vs Prestige SA1260

Correct me if I'm wrong, but the SA would have a thicker neck than all of the others.

I'd go for either of the RG5X0, the neck is pretty much the Prestige, so you'd be on the same boat (neck wize) as your RG2570
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Re: Help! RG440 vs RG550 vs RG570 vs Prestige SA1260

I have only got a body for the RG2570 so far so no idea what I think of the neck yet, but have heard very very god things (which is why I decided to mess around with one).

I guess I want something that feels like the neck on the RS530. I've just now spotted an RS530 on eBay! But it's a little bit over budget. Do I go for same or similar? That's the question.

The SA1260 looks a bargain but if the neck doesn't suit, there's no point buying it.

I might sound out one of the RG5X0 sellers but I've seen a bargain RG440. Under 200GBP. Does anybody know what the neck on that is like? IS it similar to the RS530? Is it similar to the RG550? And are the RG550 necks similar to the RS530 anyway?

Sorry for all the questions. I've got a pretty scrambled head over this and can't get on with my work as I keep scouting for guitars online!
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Re: Help! RG440 vs RG550 vs RG570 vs Prestige SA1260

OK I am now even more confused

I've seen a lovely Pro 540r body, and like the shape, but I'd have to buy it in bits and the necks seem expensive. What are these like?

I've seen a couple of nice RG570 bodies and necks which I could buy fairly cost effectively and put together myself.

I've also got that nice RG440 (one of the older style Roadstar II headstock models) to chase up.

I've discounted the SA1260 based on what was said above about the neck.

Any advice on these? Which has the nicest neck? They are all MIJ and made of basswood as far as I can tell, although they use different bridges, which I know very little about.
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Re: Help! RG440 vs RG550 vs RG570 vs Prestige SA1260

find a mid 90's blazer. closest thing to a roadstar in a long time. if you want a strat/RG hybrid, the RT series is awesome, too.

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Re: Help! RG440 vs RG550 vs RG570 vs Prestige SA1260

I think I've got a deal for the RG440 at 215 delivered but cheers. Just hoping it'll be what I want. No money's changed hands yet though.
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I think I've got a deal for the RG440 at 215 delivered but cheers. Just hoping it'll be what I want. No money's changed hands yet though.
Oh dear. After all that, I've now found another RS530. In the flamed blue/green burst colour. So it's now a straight fight between that and the RG440.

My mind is turning to mush.....

I can honestly say no guitar I've ever played has suited me like my RS530. So it should be easy, right?

How was QC in 85?
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