MIJ 1990 rg550 vs Premium rg1xxv - Jemsite
All Other Guitars (including Prestige) Discussion about other Ibanez Guitars not covered in the above topics. Includes J-Custom, USA-Custom, Prestige subforum.

 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-20-2017, 10:09 PM Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: Florida
Posts: 13
MIJ 1990 rg550 vs Premium rg1xxv

What guitar would you guys go for if both were being sold for $500? is the old 90s mij 550 better than the new one in terms of fretwork? I mostly just want low action and minimal fret buzz and a thinner neck. I'm somewhat new to ibanez guitars so any input would be great.
Elatria is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-29-2017, 11:31 PM
 
Join Date: Mar 2017
Location: Vancouver
Posts: 77
Re: MIJ 1990 rg550 vs Premium rg1xxv

Hello Elatria.

I notice that no one has yet replied to you, so I taught I would write a bit based on my knowledge and hope to get other people more knowledgeable or that happen to have experience with both guitars to weight in.

I own a Premium RG1XXV shocking Pink guitar, and I am personally very happy with it. I have never used an RG550 from the early 90's, so I can't really judge on how they would exactly compare in sound quality and fretwork.

What I could mention is that the MIJ 550 based from a quick search online, comes with the Edge tremolo and is well known that these guitars from that period of time have a really good quality of craftsmanship.
http://ibanez.wikia.com/wiki/RG550_(1987%E2%80%931994)

They also have the features that were popular at the time, in contrast to the Premium that has seen the evolution of the RG with updated revisions to the classic design by incorporating the ibanez AANJ neck for extra comfort, adding the neck volute and multiple woods to strengthen the neck from cracks which the older design is prone to suffer. Also the RG1XXV comes with the Edge-Zero II with the ZPS3Fe system on the back to allow to adjust the springs of the tremolo with a knob.

At the end of the day the main actual difference comes down to the Classic RG550 design and features vs a more modern version of it, that have the crazy neon colors and happens to be made in Indonesia instead of MIJ. I must note that there has been plenty of talk online and here on this forum about the disparity of quality with the Premium guitars. That said is hard to know what exactly you are getting until you try the guitar. I bought mine online, so had no way to try it before buying it, but after doing a small tweak on the set up upon arrival, the guitar played great and has been ever since. I am personally very happy with my RG1XXV. (Don't know how the fretwork compare, but hopefully someone con shed light on that). I am inclined to think that the MIJ is superior, but lets hear from others who know more about this topic.

Both guitars are good on their own way and at such a price. It boils down to what you value and like more about either one and what they represent to you.

For me for example the deciding factor when I had to choose between this guitar and another was the guitar having the look of matching color for the body & headstock as well as the shark tooth inlays of the white RG450 that I was drooling as a kid since I saw that guitar on the Ibanez Catalog of 1999 + the Neon Pink like color of the early JEMs that I also remember from old guitar magazines. So this guitar had the nostalgia factor of 2 aspects I liked of 2 different guitars. The other guitar was the Sea foam green Jem. But at the end I went with the RG and do not regret it. (Price was also a factor in my case... as either I buy now and enjoy now or wait for months until I save enough for the other more expensive guitar)

I hope this information helps you decide on what matters most to you.

Cheers
froctavio is offline  
post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-30-2017, 01:59 AM
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: atlanta, ga
Posts: 502
Reviews: 6
Re: MIJ 1990 rg550 vs Premium rg1xxv

the 550 will have the thinner neck...and its hard to go wrong with an original or lo pro edge...d.m.
diablomozart is offline  
post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-30-2017, 02:02 AM
Vendor
 
Rich's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2000
Location: South Jersey
Posts: 25,565
Re: MIJ 1990 rg550 vs Premium rg1xxv

Old guitars = old guitar problems. Scarf joint shrinkage, loose stud anchors, and plenty more hidden issues. Personally I'd go with something from this decade.
Rich is offline  
post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-30-2017, 06:39 AM
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Posts: 10
I have to agree with Rich. I have an Rg1xxv, just bought it a few months back. I got it for ~$500, and the thing is like new. I'm fairly certain it had the original strings on it when I got it.
With either, you're getting an unknown. I think that an Rg1xxv would be easier to find in better shape than a 30yr old guitar. A LOT can happen to a guitar in 30 years.

I think either way, you'll be pleased. For the price point, both are nice guitars. There's a ton of junk out there in their price range.
StuckOffshore is offline  
post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-30-2017, 09:27 AM
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Inverness, UK
Posts: 521
Re: MIJ 1990 rg550 vs Premium rg1xxv

Disclaimer: - "Just My Opinion"!

As nice as the old 550s are (had the priviledge of trying an original '87 DY years ago, was a rather nice guitar, one of those "I wish it was for sale" moments...) they are getting on a bit. You might be lucky and get one that's been cherished and been looked after, however you're more likely to find one that's done many hard miles of sweaty shredding and been hacked apart with pickup changes etc. Or various states of condition in-between. YMMV.

I'd go with the newer guitar personally, less likely to have issues IMO.

'87
Shredder87 is offline  
post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-30-2017, 09:41 AM
site founder 0% owner
 
jemsite's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2000
Location: NJ - USA
Posts: 11,475
Reviews: 1
Re: MIJ 1990 rg550 vs Premium rg1xxv

Quote:
Originally Posted by Elatria View Post
What guitar would you guys go for if both were being sold for $500? is the old 90s mij 550 better than the new one in terms of fretwork? I mostly just want low action and minimal fret buzz and a thinner neck.
same condition I'd always go MIJ with Ibanez. I'd also be patient and find the right one not be impulsive. You'll be thankful now when you play and later if you go to sell. YMMV.

Sure old guitars bring old problems but new guitars bring new problems and can be equally or more frustrating especially out of warranty when all the "hurry up and ship it from indo" blems shine thru.

Treat either purchase as an expendable (not collectible) consumables and your purchase will be more satisfactory. In 10 years both might be almost worthless to anyone but you.
jemsite is offline  
post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-30-2017, 09:54 AM
Vendor
 
Rich's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2000
Location: South Jersey
Posts: 25,565
Re: MIJ 1990 rg550 vs Premium rg1xxv

I agree. I wasn't saying I'd buy the RG1, I just said I'd be looking for something from this decade. I've seen some pretty cheap RG655's, not to mention 1550/70's have been cheap.
Rich is offline  
Reply

Tags
premium , rg1xxv , rg550

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Jemsite forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address

IMPORTANT: You will be required to activate your account so please ensure that your email address is correct.

If you do not receive your activation check your spam folder before using the CONTACT US form (at the bottom right of each page).



Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
1990 Black Charvel 475 MIJ xperiate Classified Ads: Guitars and Gear 1 01-20-2015 12:58 PM
FS: 1990 MIJ Charvel 275 Deluxe IBNZ_RG Classified Ads: Guitars and Gear 3 07-11-2012 02:47 PM
1990 430SII MIJ theotherguy Classified Ads: Guitars and Gear 1 06-30-2012 09:40 AM
RG1XXV and Premium RG920 neck question? jclogston All Other Guitars (including Prestige) 1 03-24-2012 12:36 PM
FS: 1990 MIJ Ibanez SDGR in rare finish axemanrio Classified Ads: Guitars and Gear 0 10-29-2011 10:07 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome