Just purchased a used Ibanez RG 3550MZ in Galaxy Black from the local Long and McQuade (after waiting 2 months for an S5470F RVK that the North American distributor never got...). Great guitar!
Body: RG (basswood)
Fretboard: 24 frets, maple
Neck: 3 pieces of maple, 2 pieces of walnut
Bridge: Edge Zero with ZPS3
Neck humbucker: DiMarzio Air Norton
Middle single coil: DiMarzio True Velvet
Bridge humbucker: Dimarzio Tone Zone
Coming from playing an Epiphone SG for a few years, the neck feels very thin and fast. The guitar plays really well, and sounds surprisingly good. I was worried that this guitar might only sound good distorted, but am very happy to be wrong there. The neck pickup sounds warm and full with a clean tone, and the bridge pickups sound great under distortion. I haven't used the single coil too much so far, but I'm sure I'll need that single coil sound soon. As a single coil, it is noticeably quieter than the humbuckers.
I really like the aggressive stylings on the guitar , and the faux-metal pickguard on the galaxy black paint. I didn't think I'd like the zebra pattern pickups, but they definitely fit well, mostly with the white binding (though newer RG3550's don't have the binding, I have the 2009 version)
Guitar still needs a good setup, which is what I get for not buying from Ibanez Rules
. I got a very good price for the guitar, since it's used. Too bad the previous owner dropped the guitar, there's some paint chipping along the bottom edge (not really visible from the front or the back though), and what looks like a very thin hairline crack in the neck pocket. Hopefully this isn't anything to worry about.
PS: Huge coincidence that mindriot01 just made a thread for his RG3550. Kind of surprising since this guitar isn't one of the more popular ones.