Here she is all packed up last night, ready to get picked up by a new owner this morning.
I put my 2007 RG 550 XXRF up for sale to raise some money to go towards a holiday for my family. We haven't had a proper holiday in a long time, and we really need one. The only guitar I have that's of worth to others (all my guitars are worth a lot to me) was my 20th Ann. 550 RFR.
It was a real struggle to get this guitar, and it all started off well. In late 2006 the leaks on these guitars came out. I went straight to my local Ibanez dealer and put my name down for one. Once they were finally announced it was known that only 16 were coming to Australia. There was a lottery for Ibanez dealers to get their hands on these. My local fluked it can got one of each colour.
Guitar came in and I had just had got married, and bought a house. The house was a sudden necessary move, and as such I had to lay-buy the guitar. Soon afterwards my wife and I were expecting our first child. This was incredibly exciting, but my wife had started a new job, and as soon as they caught wind of this they made sure they got rid of her at the end of her probation. Real dog move, since she was acing the work they wanted her to do. We were stuck then with a baby on the way and significantly less income.
My wife as always bounced back and landed some contract work back in the public service, where she was prior to the new job, and eventually landed a permanent gig, albeit with the maternity leave lost since she was out of the public service a little too long. I was going to cancel the lay-buy, but she insisted I get paying off small bits at a time, and eventually I paid it off.
I've had it for 6 years now, and its simply an amazing guitar to play, but the body's tone doesn't quite do what I want from a guitar, and since it was the only one I've got worth a respectable amount of money it's going.
I'm sad to see this guitar go, but it's going for a good cause, and I think the owner will appreciate this guitar as much as I have. I'm going to hate myself for a good while I think, since the chances of finding one of these again will be slim. I'm sure I'll get over it eventually though.
Sorry for the long-winded post. Just wanted to get it off my chest. It's the first guitar I've ever sold in 21 years of playing, bar my first electric which was a trade in for my first Ibanez (and second electric).