Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Chester County, PA
New RG 1550
Just got a new RG 1550 Prestige in Poison Pumpkin yellow and here are some initial impressions:
Overall appearance is great- nice color scheme and excellent craftsmanship thus far.
Neck is super sweet and action is quite good- strings ring like bells even without being plugged in. Excellent set up by Tommy at Ken Stanton- string height is perfect.
Ibanez p'ups suck. Sorry. They just do, always have. It's kinda sad that after 19 years (when I bought and played my first RG) Ibanez has yet to make p'ups that can stand up to Dimarzios, Seymours, EMG's etc.
The Edge Pro trem has a very low profile and excellent response and feel. A wammy bar addict's (like myself) dream. However, there is an issue with the bar's swing tension that still plagues me after 19 years- I have replaced the teflon washers on the bar and made sure the screw at base of the arm receptacle was tight- all to no avail. This seriously irritates me and is a problem I encountered when I had my first RG.
Over all the ax plays well and looks superb. Once the p'ups have been swapped out for something better and the trem arm tension has been corrected, this ax could stand with to my Hamers, Charvels and Jacksons.