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Ibanez RG550 Whammy Bar Help Needed

Hi Guys, i'm new here but have been reading this forum for awhile. I've got a 1999 Ibanez RG550 in a trade. It comes with an Ibanez LO-TRS Trem but the whammy bar is missing. I'm planning to get a replacement whammy bar for it, any idea where i can get the original whammy bar or any other whammy bar would fit? Is the whammy bar for the LO-TRS Trem threaded or non threaded? Below are pictures of my Ibanez RG550. Thanks guys.
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Well, the bad news is that your guitar is not an RG550. It's an RG350.

Rich is the first person I'd talk to about a replacement bar.

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Well, the bad news is that your guitar is not an RG550. It's an RG350.

Rich is the first person I'd talk to about a replacement bar.

Thanks for the reply. It's an RG350? But at the back of the headstock, it says Made In Japan...
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Thanks for the reply. It's an RG350? But at the back of the headstock, it says Made In Japan...
EDIT: in looking deeper, your guitar is a bit of a mystery. I'm wondering if someone threw the wrong parts on a 550 body/neck.

The 550 has NEVER had a TRS101 bridge that you have in there, but all the 350's that would have had the 101 would also be 21-fret.

Can you take better pictures of the entire guitar? front, back....etc....... especially better pics of the bridge to make sure you get the right parts.

EDIT again........ it's definitely not a 550 body either. The body is routed for that particular trem.

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Re: Ibanez RG550 Whammy Bar Help Needed

There has been Japanese 3XX guitars made in the past. Non-US models. May have a resincast body.
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There has been Japanese 3XX guitars made in the past. Non-US models. May have a resincast body.
Yeah, but they were all 22-fret Ultra necks. I think this is an AANJ 350/450 with a 5xx neck on it. With the "RG series" on the head, it leads me to think it's a super wizard.

Basically this is a "parts-anez". More pics would help out a lot though.
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Yeah, but they were all 22-fret Ultra necks. I think this is an AANJ 350/450 with a 5xx neck on it. With the "RG series" on the head, it leads me to think it's a super wizard.
Not all of them are though. There were some Japanese made RGs with TRS-101 in the mid to late nineties, 24 frets, some with resincast. I've seen them before, just trying to find a source.
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Here's some MIJ 3XX series with TRS and resincast bodies.

And some other non-resincast models:



Not necessarily the same bridge, but I have seen reference to these sorts of guitars with a low profile bridge like on the OPs guitar too.

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Wow, nice find Stephen!!!

It sure looks like a dead ringer for the 250LTD1
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Wow, nice find Stephen!!!

It sure looks like a dead ringer for the 250LTD1
The 250LTD1 comes with a TRS-505. I have one but mine has been entirely customized and refinished.
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Some years may have come with a different bridge though. Or the original owner may have swapped it.
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Some years may have come with a different bridge though. Or the original owner may have swapped it.
That's what I was thinking too...........
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