Re: Older RG's early 00 vs early 90's
I love my 540r, but it's quite different than my '91 550, which was my first "real" guitar. The 550 is just as solid as it ever was, it has the usual behind the headstock and joint cracks, which have been there for over 20 years and have never affected tuning stability. The Ultra neck is in perfect shape and has zero cracks, feels way more solid. One consideration is the stock pickups in any 540 will absolutely smoke the v's that come stock in an 550. Compared to the more modern Ibanez guitars I've really jammed on I'd take my old square heeled guitars any time, plus they are probably way cheaper when you find one.