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post #1 of 54 (permalink) Old 05-14-2014, 08:14 PM Thread Starter
 
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Angry Ibanez RG550

What's up with Ibanez only making NEW RG550's for the Japanese market and NOT the US?
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post #2 of 54 (permalink) Old 05-14-2014, 08:23 PM
 
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Re: Ibanez RG550

Uh are you talking about the Genesis collection? You're like almost a year late to the party man.

Also, the RG655 is a 550 with better pickups AND the AANJ. I dont know what you're complaining about.
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post #3 of 54 (permalink) Old 05-15-2014, 04:02 AM
 
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Re: Ibanez RG550

I assume he's complaining that they aren't readily available in the US...and perhaps was unaware about the 655. Which IMO...is by far the most desirable new Ibby in the sub $1500 category.
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Re: Ibanez RG550

Yeah, I don't know why they bothered with the new model number.
Just call the RG655 the RG550.
Or how about this?
RG1550 = RG550.
RG2550 = RG550EX
RG3550 = RG550DX
They should just start over instead of coming up with these epic long model numbers that look like encrypted code.

RG3550MZROM. EPIC in length!

I wonder what's the longest model number Ibanez ever came up with?
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Re: Ibanez RG550

Captain Obvious notes that the RG655 has a rosewood fretboard and the RG550 is generally always maple.
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Captain Obvious notes that the RG655 has a rosewood fretboard and the RG550 is generally always maple.
Generally but not universally true since the black 20th has a rosewood board.
Other RG550's had rosewood boards as well.
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post #7 of 54 (permalink) Old 05-15-2014, 09:18 AM
 
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Re: Ibanez RG550

The original RG550R (black with rosewood board) is the exception, not the rule. The vast majority of RG550's had maple boards.

http://www.ibanez.co.jp/anniversary/...t_id=142&now=1

Yes, there were other RG550's with rosewood boards (DX's, LTD's, etc) but still, most are maple. 560's and 570's had rosewood exclusively or almost exclusively.
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Captain Obvious notes that the RG655 has a rosewood fretboard and the RG550 is generally always maple.
Is there that much of a difference between rosewood and maple?
I know on Fenders and many other brands they put a thick lacquer on the maple board, giving it a very different feel (and some insist; tone) but the boards on both my Ibbies are maple, and to me they don't feel or sound much different than the rosewood boards I've played with.
Granted, my 550 has no finish at all left on it, but the 1550 has a fairly dull, thin, matte-like finish on it and I seem to feel a mostly wood sensation under my fingers playing it. Very similar to my 550 and the rosewood boards I've played.
Are they different? Yup, are they THAT different (without lacquer)? Not to me.
Jeff's Fender with a ton of poly on the fretboard? Oh yeah, now that's a different feel.
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Captain Obvious notes that the RG655 has a rosewood fretboard and the RG550 is generally always maple.
I was just trying to make a point about the overall design, not so much the wood. Technically the 655 IS a 550 with a few minor things changed.
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Is there that much of a difference between rosewood and maple?
You should say that to someone who wants a maple board guitar where only rosewood is available, or vice versa. Have fun with that conversation
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Oh, I know all the perceived 'pros and cons' for each.
Brighter, slipperier, warmer, harsher, easier/harder to maintain/keep clean....
I guess my next guitar will just have to be rosewood. Since I don't have one I can play everyday I can't really make any informed comparison between them through applied use and observation.
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I was just trying to make a point about the overall design, not so much the wood. Technically the 655 IS a 550 with a few minor things changed.
I was just trying to make a point that many guitarists don't consider "rosewood or maple" a minor thing. I'm not trying to open a debate on that, just stating the obvious.
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Fender's lacquer coating on their maple boards ruined me on maple early. I always thought maple was too slippery until I played a maple RG550. Now I love it.
Yes, there is a difference. I don't think the board matters in terms of a model number.
Would an ES-355 not be an ES-355 if it had a maple board?
One might argue that an RG2550, which is all black with rosewood and has had a pretty decent run, isn't of the 550 family because it has a rosewood board?
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Fender's lacquer coating on their maple boards ruined me on maple early. I always thought maple was too slippery until I played a maple RG550. Now I love it.
Yes, there is a difference. I don't think the board matters in terms of a model number.
Would an ES-355 not be an ES-355 if it had a maple board?
One might argue that an RG2550, which is all black with rosewood and has had a pretty decent run, isn't of the 550 family because it has a rosewood board?
I agree about the Fender maple being to slippery. It looks nice, all shiny, but then when I put my fingers on and try to bend a string, or catch an awkward chord my fingers slide all over the place.
Plus: my fiancee likes crazy low action too, so there's almost no push back from the strings to grab onto.
But the Ibanez maple, lovely. Just the right amount of friction and slide....
I just wish they were easier to keep clean. Mine is so dirty, even after I tried to clean it, it looks like it's a uniform gray color, but it's really just dirt ground into it.
And the tarnish from the frets has seeped into the wood too. So the wood goes from gray to green as it gets closer to the frets.
But it's my baby, and I love it.
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Is there that much of a difference between rosewood and maple?
Short answer: No. (considering this is Ibanez)
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