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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-11-2005, 03:12 AM Thread Starter
 
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Hello, I've been looking at the RG 2500 E (NOT the EX!!), and I'm really growing to like it--but through my computer's moniter screen! I've never played an 2550 before and was wondering everyone's experience with it. Here's where the funny thread title comes in... I ordered an SA 160QM a cpuple years ago, and i've grown a little dissapointed with it. For one, it was made in Korea, and it doesn't par up with the pleasing quality I can get from other guitars. I play mostly metal if you all want to know. My SA sounds a little twangy.. especially on the G string. And if i were to get the 2500 E, I would probably put an EMG 81 and 65 on there. Well, basically I'm wondering WHERE the 2550 E is made. I know Japan puts out better Ibanezes than Korea... and well shoot.. better guitars in general! So what is all of you guy's experience with Ibanez Japanese guitars and Korean guitars??
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-11-2005, 04:25 AM
 
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As far as I know, G-strings are supposed to be twangy...

The 2550 is so far Japanese made. I have a 570 EX (02 version of 2570E, EX, 2550 without without a pickguard) that is not prestige, but it is pretty damn good. I understand that the prestige treatment has increased quality.
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Hi,
i had a '03 2550EX and it was a great guitar. It was made in Japan and it plays and sounds great. I sold it to buy an RGT3020, also made in japan.
As far as i know all RG Prestige are made in Japan,and the 2550E should be the same as the 2550EX, isn't it?
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As far as I know, G-strings are supposed to be twangy...
Yeah, you'd develop a bit of a twang too if you spent your day where a G-string spends it's day.
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post #5 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-11-2005, 09:50 AM
 
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Yes the 2550's are made in Japan. God they are an awesome guitar.
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Yeah, you'd develop a bit of a twang too if you spent your day where a G-string spends it's day.

great
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as far as i know all RG Prestige are made in Japan,and the 2550E should be the same as the 2550EX, isn't it?
until this year. starting this year we have korean prestige for SA, S and SZ models. lucky the RG prestiges are still MIJ though.
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until this year. starting this year we have korean prestige for SA, S and SZ models. lucky the RG prestiges are still MIJ though.
That was what i tried to say. All the RG prestiges are MIJ.
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Ahh, the G string......*loses train of thought*

Oh, right. I don't think that it's really going to matter a whole lot if you throw active pickups in it because, in my experience with active pickups, they pretty much sound the same in WHATEVER guitar you put them in. So the major difference would simply be the extra care and detail that those into making a "Prestige" guitar.
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post #10 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-14-2005, 12:47 AM Thread Starter
 
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yay, i'm glad to see that my thread has got some good responses.

Ibateur and Hobophobic, haha yes, i was going to pun that in my original topic thread, but i forgot :P I have experienced almost all guitars' G strings to sound off... particularly sharp. But my guitar is straight TWANGY.. it sucks!!! hey well do you guys wanna get let in on a secret for fixing that? ....

http://www.earvana.com/randd.html


napee, I have read something like that on Ibanez's website. Is there a large difference between the 2550EX and the 2550 E? Is it true that the 2500EX is not considered prestige, and the 2550 E IS considered prestige? If so, what are the structural and technical differences/advancements of the new prestige 2550 E?

What the heck distinguishes a "prestige" guitar anywayz?

thanx everyone :P
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post #11 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-14-2005, 02:36 AM
 
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I'm afraid of clicking that link at work.

Prestige guitars receive extra care, primarily, and mostly felt in the neck/frets. They should feel more playable to the guitar afficionados. If you look at the thread with the factory pictures, there are some closeups of prestige necks there. You won't see non-prestige necks there, but at least you'll see how good the prestige's are. My RG570EX is not prestige, and I've never played a prestige, so I can't say for sure how much better one would feel over it.

I would say that generally, anything with 4 digits after the model name (RG, SZ, etc) is considered prestige, if it isn't a J-Custom, or some other "thing". Therefore a 2550, 2550E and a 2550EX would all be prestige of some form or other.
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The earvana site is safe for work...lots of good info...
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