Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: West 'By God' Virginnie, USA
Re: OG '89 RG550 owner looking for something similar
You may want to look for an RG1550.
Some have the Edge Pro, others the EZ, (I have the EP) but it's a good solid guitar that's similar to the 550. Maple neck too.
The neck, however, is a bit 'beefier' than the original RG550 and the RG655.
That being said, it's not uncomfortable.
I have a 1990 RG550 (my favorite) and a 2009 RG1550.
I have small hands and don't have any trouble on the slightly thicker 1550. I actually find it easier to play barre chords on the 1550 since there's a bit more 'meat' to get a grip on. For fast stuff; the 550 is a easier, but it's not like it's difficult on the 1550.
Just a thought. I don't think they make them anymore but I'm sure there are still some floating around in music stores.