Re: Ibanez with Maple Fretboard..RG550 or 1550?
I loved my 550. Never tried a 1550. The 550 I had was from 1988 or 1987, so one of the very first ones. The maple was great for a while, but then it became discoloured easily, there was not much I could do to save it because I was playing constantly. I do like the feel of maple, but since I've had an RG750 with a rosewood board which has remained flawless for 16 years, my preference is rosewood, it still looks great much later on in it's life. If you like the wear and tear that a maple board gives you, cool.
I voted for the 550, just because it's such a reliable instrument. Haven't tried a 1550 so I couldn't vote for it, but I'd say that either one will be fine. Maybe the 1550 would be better because it's newer, so likely there's less wear?
I'm sure that the 1550 had a Wizard profile, btw, just as the 550 did, only recently it's changed slightly since 2004, I think, with the introduction of the RG2550 (my next guitar). Either way, you can't really go wrong if it's in good condition.