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post #1 of 57 (permalink) Old 08-27-2013, 12:44 PM Thread Starter
 
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Negative review of Ibanez RG550

Ok, I had this RG550LTD for abut 15 years now, i wanted an hardtail so I bought this new RG331M BOR, and to my surprise i found that it was way better than the 550!

NECK: wizard III maple fretboard I feel is better than superwizard rosewood fretboard on rg550 wich is too much thin and unstable, with no, or very poor, wood resonance.

BODY: without routing for the tremolo i finally can feel moor wood!

PICKUPS: I prefer INF 3-4 over V7-8, the are very very much clearer and less muddy

ELECTRONICS: I think the 5 way switch is cheap in the 331, i prefer the one on the 550. I prefer the location of volume pot on the 331 because it don't gets in the way of my 4th finger.

TUNERS: I think they are exact the same.

FRETWORK: Perfect in both guitars.

NOTE: I paid RG550 4 times the price I paid for the RG331


Now I want to change INF3-4 for some Dimarzio, I think the basswood in RG331 is very very middy, I'd like some more scooped sound, wich Dimarzio do you suggest?
I detune to C# standard with ernie balls beefy slinky 11-54
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post #2 of 57 (permalink) Old 08-27-2013, 01:24 PM
 
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Re: Negative review of Ibanez RG550

I've never had an unstable wizard. Nor had problems with resonance.
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Re: Negative review of Ibanez RG550

Of 18+guitars in my collection, (including a RG770,JS10th,radius,PL2260 proline, AR350PL Artist, etc., just to name a few), my 1987 RG550 (with a maple f.board, Lo-Pro edge,EVO in the neck & a PAF in the neck) would be the last to go. That guitar is the most stable of anything I have. Like Ke^in said, I have never heard of issue with the wizard 1 necks.
The wood resonance difference is likely due to the fixed bridge and not the neck.
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post #4 of 57 (permalink) Old 08-27-2013, 02:26 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Negative review of Ibanez RG550

My 550 is a XX anniversary, maybe original 550's are better
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Re: Negative review of Ibanez RG550

I bought a 550 in 1991. Loved it, but it had a few fret problems. So I sold it instead of getting it fixed. four wizards, a 570 all with wizards, with no problems.

Even had a 540R with the ultra neck. It was a bit thicker, and less wide than the wizard I think. More strat-like, but thinner.
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Er that should read four S series with wizards.
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BTW if you like the FEEL and PLAY of a hardtail, no trem guitar will make you happy. And vice versa. One of the main reasons I play Ibanez is because I can't stand normal floyd rose trems. They are too blocky and ridged. Not ergonomic. Even the original Edge is light-years ahead of the most sought after after FR IMHO.

I hated trems before I tried an Edge. Loved the LoPro and Edge Pro too. Haven't got to mess much with the Zero trems. I hear the ZR has a smoother feel.
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Re: Negative review of Ibanez RG550

Josephmetal,

Welcome to Jemsite. That's one heck of a first post. Right after the JEM itself, the 550 is the most beloved six-string guitar of this forum. But taste is subjective, and you're free to like what you like.

I'm confused about one thing, though: the 'XX' models came out in '07, and they are a different guitar than the 'LTD' models. Which is yours?

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Ok, I had this RG550LTD for abut 15 years now, . . .
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My 550 is a XX anniversary, . . .
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post #9 of 57 (permalink) Old 08-27-2013, 03:04 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Negative review of Ibanez RG550

I prefer fixed bridge for many reasons, and I blocked the trem in the 550 when i started downtuning.
I don't really think that superwizard is unstable, the truss rod works fine for micro-adjustments, but wizard III is more solid, and i like to have some wood under my palm.
So I'm going to make the 331 my number one, i want to change pickups, I like norton dp160, or maybe i'd go with steve's special because i find this guitar mid heavy.
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Re: Negative review of Ibanez RG550

I really don't know exactly what kind of 550 is mine, the serial number is F97 40457 japan
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Re: Negative review of Ibanez RG550

Welcome Joseph, glad you found your way to Jemsite!!

I think your "review" of the 550 is more about subjective feelings than perhaps actual structural detail and build quality.

As you read through the thousands of posts here, you'll find that all of us have our own preferences. There are people here that will agree with many of your feelings. Some don't like the V-series pups (although I think your the first to prefer the INF's). Some prefer Rosewood over Maple, some also prefer hardtails over floating tremelo's such as you do............ but these are all opinions based on subjective feelings.

I WILL agree with you that ALL of the early Wizard necks (I and II) would have benefited from a solid 3-peice (or more) build without a scarf joint just as your 331 has. Of course this would only be a structural improvement and not necessarily a better feeling or sounding neck.
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I really don't know exactly what kind of 550 is mine, the serial number is F97 40457 japan
Then it's either a '97 or '98.

Your only choices in those years (If you bought it in the EU or UK) were the 550LTD or the RG505

If you have sharks teeth inlays.....it's an LTD
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Re: Negative review of Ibanez RG550

My bad, I should have called this thread "positive review of ibanez RG331"
I only wished my beloved 550 had fixed bridge, maple neck and awesome bright orange color.
INFs are not better than Vs but the bridge inf4 is less muddy than V8 and for C# tuning is better.
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Has shark teeth inlays: 550 LTD
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My bad, I should have called this thread "positive review of ibanez RG331"
I only wished my beloved 550 had fixed bridge, maple neck and awesome bright orange color.
INFs are not better than Vs but the bridge inf4 is less muddy than V8 and for C# tuning is better.
I would try the Phantom V8 mod on your V-series pups. it's an easy mod with huge results. It also doesn't cost anything to do.......

http://www.lonephantom.com/2011/09/p...-v7v8-pickups/
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