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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 01-01-2013, 01:10 PM Thread Starter
 
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i dont play heavy metal is a rg550 a good choice for a non shredder?

looking to buy a rg550 as they have a good reputation and pretty cheap but alas i dont play heavy metal type music will i be compromising myself buying this guitar if i just wanna play rock or more gentle music?. i currently own a s-420 and although great would like some more aggression out of its pick ups and find little difference between the 5 way selector choice sound-wise it has inf 1 an 2 pick ups but will keep it stock as its cheaper to buy a rg550 than mess around with pick up choices and end up with something i dont like.....so what do you think is rg550 going to be too similat to my s-420 ?.
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Re: i dont play heavy metal is a rg550 a good choice for a non shredder?

Actually, no. They're not very similar in feel, sound or playability. That said, the 550 is an excellent choice for almost all types of music from jazz/blues to fusion, rock, metal, country........ it's an extremely versatile guitar.
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Re: i dont play heavy metal is a rg550 a good choice for a non shredder?

thanks just needed a little reassurance
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Re: i dont play heavy metal is a rg550 a good choice for a non shredder?

I had a friend in college that played nothing but Jazz on his RG550, of course jazz can get pretty damn speedy just without the distortioin.
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Re: i dont play heavy metal is a rg550 a good choice for a non shredder?

RG550 is probably one of the most versatile guitars for any type of music.
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Re: i dont play heavy metal is a rg550 a good choice for a non shredder?

I play everything on my RG550. That's the main thing I love about them, they are ridiculously versatile. Definitely not a one trick pony. To accompany that versatility I recommend DiMarzio breed pickups. They're the most versatile pickup.
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Re: i dont play heavy metal is a rg550 a good choice for a non shredder?

When I had a stock 550, I was still playing the heavy stuff on Charvels and Jacksons. I would grab the 550 for smoother, "prettier" music. Part of that was the pickups didn't crunch as much as the others, but you can still wail on one just the same. Mine had a sweet singing voice that just wanted to come out, especially that neck pickup.
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Re: i dont play heavy metal is a rg550 a good choice for a non shredder?

im looking at buying a cheaper stock 2001 rg550 but have been told i should spend more and buy the series one 1987-1994 model is it worth paying more for the older model ?
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Re: i dont play heavy metal is a rg550 a good choice for a non shredder?

The only non-cosmetic difference between them is the 87-94 version has a one piece Wizard neck, the 97-2002 version has a 3 piece Super Wizard, same neck specs but has a bubinga stripe because they started putting the truss rod in from the bottom, I believe. The all access neck joint was added in 94, that's probably a better thing to decide on, square heel or AANJ. I like square heels for nostalgia, but I like AANJ models for the fact that I've never seen neck joint cracks in one. Playability is about the same to me, but I don't shred all over the 24th fret. Both models are worth the same but some people will try to sell their older one for more thinking it's more of a classic, and some will believe the bubinga stripe and aanj increases the value of their later model. Truth is we're talking about one decade, and one guitar that saw slight differences that arguably add structural integrity and playability but not too much difference if you ask me. I would buy whichever you can find in good condition, at the right price.
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Re: i dont play heavy metal is a rg550 a good choice for a non shredder?

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RG550 is probably one of the most versatile guitars for any type of music.
^^ This!

The 550/570 HSH design is ultra versatile.

I like the sound of the square neck joint better but the AANJ is much easier to play on the high frets.
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Re: i dont play heavy metal is a rg550 a good choice for a non shredder?

great answers and im going to look at it the stock 2001 rg550 tommorow and i guess i will have to inspect the neck carefully ive seen a youtube vid of a cracked neck due to over tightening of the bolts u can barely see the crack its real hairline so would be easy to miss on a general inspection the guys getting rid of it after owning it only a month so i have to be wary
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Re: i dont play heavy metal is a rg550 a good choice for a non shredder?

Forgot to mention the V series pickup change, I don't have experience with V1 and V2, but I really like the V7 neck.

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I like the sound of the square neck joint better
You can tell a difference?
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Re: i dont play heavy metal is a rg550 a good choice for a non shredder?

u cant go wrong witha 550..560..570..they are true work horses..they wont let u down..very good all around guitars..
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Re: i dont play heavy metal is a rg550 a good choice for a non shredder?

Any hum/single/hum RG is potentially quite versatile, more or less so depending on pickup choices.

I'd say that an RG is a good choice for people who like RG's.

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