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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 03-11-2015, 12:40 PM Thread Starter
 
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NGD: Genesis series RG550RFR



Apologies for the small picture, I'm posting this from work and needed to get it down small enough to attach. It's not like you can really photograph these things anyway - the headstock is as close to the "true" color as I could get, but the rest of it is so totally blown out that it almost looks pastel. This was my iPhone - I did a couple quick test shots with my Nikon DSLR, and it was coming out solid orange. Insane. Either way, the headstock is pretty true to life, in this shot.

Anyway, this is a 2013 Genesis series reissue RG550RFR, used but in more or less flawless condition. I literally picked this up from the post office this morning before heading in to work, but it showed up from Ishibashi in Japan in a matter of days (The order was finalized on Saturday, and they tried to deliver it last night, Tuesday, but I wasn't there to sign). I've barely got to play it so far, but once I dial in the setup a little (it's pretty good, but strung up with 9s and I'm a 10s guy - otherwise, the biggest issue was the prior owner seems to hate output, and had the humbuckers screwed all the way down flush and, in the case of the neck, below the pickguard).

I've logged about 10 minutes of playtime, but it sounds great, somewhat to my surprise (again - 9s, and the stock V-series pickups), and very much to my relief. This has always been one of my "white whale" guitars and I got it at a fair price so I was fine with it showing up as toneless eye candy, but the tone is actually pretty beastly. I'm thinking of throwing in a set of green Breeds for maximum visual carnage, but it really sounds pretty good as it is.

The flamed maple fretboard - luck of the draw, not a formal spec - was also a very nice surprise.

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Re: NGD: Genesis series RG550RFR

Wow... thats gorgeous! Congrats on a nice guitar to add to the family, such a killer classic look. You'll have to do a sound test video if you swap out the pickups.
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Looks killer. Makes me think that I need to get a guitar painted like this. I have an RG1560JB and while I love that color, it's just the absolute worst with fingerprints.
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What do you guys think, green or pink pickups?
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Man, if I had to do it all over again I'd leave the V2 in the bridge. I loved how it sounded but switched it out. Then when I put the V2 back in I couldn't get rid of a slight buzz. Ultimately fixed it by putting Evos in. I was considering white or creme but though the black still looks best. There's lots of pics on the net you can find with that guitar having different pickup colors; green and pink notably I think. I wouldn't go that route but that's me.
Congrats on that sweet guitar!
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What do you guys think, green or pink pickups?
I'll go with pink or yellow sets.

Anyway, congrats on your new guitar, and congrats again for having it flawless.
I checked out 2 or 3 genesis RG 570 at the store back then, and none of them is flawless.
The last one I saw was having neck pocket alligment problem, and the end/edge of the fretboard is like rough cut. the tone knob was stuck.
I don't know how things like this can passed the qc...
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post #7 of 23 (permalink) Old 03-12-2015, 12:07 PM Thread Starter
 
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Really? Odd. I haven't found any issues with this one yet - cosmetically it seems perfect, and no functional problems yet.

And, let's be honest with ourselves - it's not like every single 550 made in 1987 was absolutely perfect, either. Hindsight is a little selective sometimes.
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What do you guys think, green or pink pickups?
I would honestly just keep black pups, the guitar looks stunning as it is.
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I would honestly just keep black pups, the guitar looks stunning as it is.
The hell with that. My Suhr Modern is my "tasteful" shredding guitar. This one is the obnoxiously over the top counterpoint!
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Fluro green pickups and Yellow knobs/switch tip for sure!
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If you go green I say green/black zebra with a green middle like a GMC. Or blue the same way.
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I'm really impressed by just how not-awful the stock pickups are, by the way - it's been forever since I've played a V1-V2 set, and really they're totally useable. I think we all, and I include myself here, have been exaggerating how bad they are for years.
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What do you guys think, green or pink pickups?
How about a combo of two or three colors? That's a great looking guitar. Are you going to do full JEM mod with knobs and handle?
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I'm really impressed by just how not-awful the stock pickups are, by the way - it's been forever since I've played a V1-V2 set, and really they're totally useable. I think we all, and I include myself here, have been exaggerating how bad they are for years.
You'll never hear me say a bad word about the V1-V2's....... great pups...

IMO, putting any color pickups on an RFR, other than black or grey, is a mistake. LonePhantom had a green pup in his. As much as I liked his guitar, I thought the green detracted from the RFR. The colors seemed to be competing for attention instead of complimenting each other.

Just my .02 cents........I think grey bobbin USA's would be about the only thing I'd consider taking the V's out for.
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I'm really impressed by just how not-awful the stock pickups are, by the way - it's been forever since I've played a V1-V2 set, and really they're totally useable. I think we all, and I include myself here, have been exaggerating how bad they are for years.
I so regret ever taking mine out. I initially put in an EVH Frankenstein in the bridge and while it was cool I liked the V2 better. I couldn't for the life of me get it to sound the same after putting it back. I even took it to a tech and they couldn't fix the buzz. Maybe because the wiring is thinner on the V2. I don't know. I fixed it myself by putting in an Evo set but I would still prefer the V1/V2 combo.
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