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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 08-20-2013, 09:15 PM Thread Starter
 
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NGD RG550 :)

Just got this in today on a trade... 2000 RG550 with an HH smoke pickguard and maple board. The black on black against the maple is a sweet look IMO

I love it... plays so smooth even though the frets need polishing. I have a Tone Zone and PAF Pro that I'm going to try out it, but the D/IBZ's really don't sound too bad in it, fairly hot with really good harmonics. I've had other guitars that they sounded really lousy in...

It's pretty damn clean for a 2000... There are no nut cracks, neck cracks, no chunks missing, and only a few very small dings. The trem and hardware are even straight...







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post #2 of 21 (permalink) Old 08-20-2013, 09:41 PM
 
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Deadly looking guitar!!! I love 550's and that is a beauty! congrats!!! That must not be stock because I thought that era of 550's only came with the HSH pup configuration with the V7 & V8 pups...doesn't really matter because I love the look of that guitar - I'm just curious

Ibanez wiki: http://ibanez.wikia.com/wiki/RG550_(1997-2002)
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niiiiiiiiiiiiiice!
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Deadly looking guitar!!! I love 550's and that is a beauty! congrats!!! That must not be stock because I thought that era of 550's only came with the HSH pup configuration with the V7 & V8 pups...doesn't really matter because I love the look of that guitar - I'm just curious

Ibanez wiki: http://ibanez.wikia.com/wiki/RG550_(1997-2002)
Yeah you are right...the pickguard and IBZ's aren't stock. It's supposed to have the V7/S1/V8 combo with a BWB pickguard. I never use the middle SC so it's an upgrade for me

Here's the catalog page for 2000 with this 550 shown:

http://www.ibanez.co.jp/anniversary/...t_id=242&now=4
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Woooo that's nice. Congrats on your new baby I'm considering putting in a TZ/TV/AN setup into my 550 after getting to try out that Orange (now discontinued) 3250 with Basswood body/maple neck and fretboard. Sounded killer in there so it would sound totally awesome in my 550

I'm also with you about not using the middle SC. It's a nice option to have though
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I have a Tone Zone and PAF Pro that I'm going to try out it, but the D/IBZ's really don't sound too bad in it, fairly hot with really good harmonics. I've had other guitars that they sounded really lousy in...
let me know if you plan on dumping those IBZ's.
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let me know if you plan on dumping those IBZ's.
No problem man.. You'll be the first to know
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Happy NGD! That one looks like it's in great condition!! The maple 550s always looked pretty cool to me. Bet it sounds good too, with those DMZ/IBZ pups!
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Happy NGD! That one looks like it's in great condition!! The maple 550s always looked pretty cool to me. Bet it sounds good too, with those DMZ/IBZ pups!
Maple on 550s just look so nice. I like sharktooth inlays but my 550 just rocks. Still has the V1/S1/V2 pups too they actually sound pretty good. I like the IBZs also, but those are in my 2550 prestige and they are staying there :/
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Happy NGD! That one looks like it's in great condition!! The maple 550s always looked pretty cool to me. Bet it sounds good too, with those DMZ/IBZ pups!
You know the guitar I traded this one for, an RG2570, had the same exact pickups in it, but to my ears didn't sound nearly as good. These seem to be punchier with more harmonic overtones... IDK, maybe it's just the guitar syndrome
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Could be the maple board!!!
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Cool man, I'm glad you like it. I did too, wouldn't of moved it if I didn't already have three other 550's. Just got the 2570 a half hour ago, very happy as well.


I especially liked the previous owner's choice for the replacement pickguard on your 550, the smoked black looks great on that.
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Very nice axe.
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The black on black w/the maple board is sweet. Great looking RG...especially with the H-H config.....I like them better without the middle pup. Congrats!!
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Man, That's REALLY nice B!!

You don't see a whole lot of black/maple 550's anymore.

Not that we'll ever know, but I wonder if those pups came out of an '05. For whatever reason, the '05 DiMarzio/ibz pups I have from an RG121 and the set in my buddies '05 2550 sound entirely different than all the others I've heard. The rest have been ok, but they get muddy and over-distorted......especially in the neck.
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