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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-03-2018, 09:47 AM Thread Starter
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Newest RG550 Genesis Vs. 98-99 era RG550

First, I am new here so a little introduction of myself is probably in order. I have visited Jemsite for years and have gained a lot of good knowledge in doing so, now maybe I can share some of my knowledge of what I've learned from others on this site and elsewhere with others. I have played guitar for about 25 years (man, I am getting old! Still feel young though) and have owned at least one guitar made by most (not all, of course) of the major guitar manufacturers. But, I always end up going back to my trusty late nineties RGs, as much as I try to love each guitar I've acquired.

Let me preface my question with the following, so I don't get flamed: I promise I did a search for this info, but I didn't find what I was looking for. It's probably here somewhere, as it seems like a question that had to be asked at least a couple times. I missed it someone did post this question already.

So, I own a 1999 RG570 and a 1999 RG520 that I purchased new in '99, they are the mainstays of my "arsenal" (I wish I had an arsenal of guitars), I will never sell either. I am just in love with the bubinga stripe Wizards, as so many other people are (probably just as many people hate them - but I love that super thin width and extra flat and wide fretboard!). I have owned guitars with the Wizard II and the more recent Wizard III, and neither came close to having the feel of the skunk stripe Wizard. Actually, I couldn't stand the II or III. I have owned a few other pre-2000 RG5xx, including a 550 (which I regretfully sold) and I loved the neck on all of them. My point is, I love the way the older MIJ Wizards play and feel.

Now, I am about to drop a pretty penny on either a 550 genesis or possibly a Prestige, which come with a Super Wizard and (some) a Super HP Wizard, respectively. My question for those who have experience with the Older Wizard necks and the newer Super Wizards/Super HP Wizards is how do they match up? What are the major differences you notice between them, mostly the feel of them? What are your opinions of each (I know this is majorly subjective, but it gives insight).

Also, just to clarify - I'm not asking about the difference between the maple fretboard on the 550 and the rosewood FB on the 570 or the different dimensions of each Wizard as I've seen the specs of all three. In my experience, although the dimensions of various Wizard necks may be somewhat similar, they can sometimes feel tremendously different.

So TL;DR - How does the new Super Wizard (and to a lesser extent Super HP Wizard) compare to the '99 era Wizard in your opinion?

Thanks in advance
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-03-2018, 09:56 AM
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Re: Newest RG550 Genesis Vs. 98-99 era RG550

I love the late 90's / early 00's bubinga stripe super wizard. I think it's the best neck Ibanez has ever made (for my tastes) and I have one on my 2001 RG570.
I also own an RG20th with the newer super wizard. If the bubinga striped super wizard is #1 the RG550 20th super wizard is #1a - just a hair below in my list. In some ways the modern super wizard feels more comfortable but there's something about the broken in feel of the RG570 that works for me every time.
I will say the biggest difference on the genesis is the square heel. I have big hands and sometimes it is weird navigating those high frets.
I love the tone more of the square heel though.
I will say I do dig the thicker Prestige Wizard, Wizard 2 and Wizard 3 and have even thicker neck guitars that I love too. IMO it's like loving racing and comparing NASCAR and open wheel or offroad. Both are fun in their own way while still different.
If you must have an AANJ I would suggest the modern RG655.

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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-03-2018, 10:15 AM
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Re: Newest RG550 Genesis Vs. 98-99 era RG550

I have a 2016 RG655 GK Prestige with the 5 piece Super Wizard neck. My reference comparison is an original 1987 RG550 that I own. I’d have to say I prefer the 655 prestige and feel like that neck is thinner, flatter and more playable.

I can’t compare the new Genesis line as I haven’t played them. However the 655 prestige models come with pretty good DiMarzio pickups and a hard shell case. They seem like a better value than the new RG’s although granted a couple hundred dollars more.

Part of the key here is the setup. Purchased the RG655 from Rich at Ibanez Rules. Guitar played like butter the minute it hit my doorstep.

ETA: the AANJ on the 655 Prestige is fantastic. The ONLY thing wrong with the 655’s is Ibanez purposely makes them in terrible bland colors so they can charge premium dollars on different artist series, etc.
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-03-2018, 03:41 PM
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Interesting, per the official site the RG655 is fully discontinued. The only RG550 style guitar is the RG550 Genesis unless you buy from dealer stock. I hope they don't give up on the RG655. I thought it was a great guitar and great value when it came out. And I dug the colors it came in.
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-03-2018, 08:51 PM
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I have a 93 RG 770 a Rich setup platinum RG655 and a no setup as is RG652 from Rich. The 655 and 652 necks are better. The 655 has the best fretwork obviously (Richs Platinum is insane).

Ive had many early and late 90s RGs. New ones and late 90s bubungias are best.
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