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.