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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 09-08-2013, 11:38 AM Thread Starter
 
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Picked up another RG550 this week

A plain black one to go with my 'Franken-RG/JEM'

Its a 1990 with an Edge and an old SD JB Sh-4 with a 'JBL' sticker on it.


Plays loverly...


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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 09-08-2013, 12:11 PM
 
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Re: Picked up another RG550 this week

I had a 1991 550 that I bought new. Nice guitar. Black just like that one.
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post #3 of 14 (permalink) Old 09-08-2013, 02:47 PM
 
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Re: Picked up another RG550 this week

nice sweet buy
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post #4 of 14 (permalink) Old 09-08-2013, 06:11 PM
 
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Re: Picked up another RG550 this week

I just traded for the exact same year/color 550... Very simple and classy looking, and it's one of my best players... Congrats!
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post #5 of 14 (permalink) Old 09-20-2013, 08:39 AM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Picked up another RG550 this week

After owning it for a couple of weeks I thought I should report back.

Lovely sounding guitar! Very light weight, noticeably lighter than my RG/JEM hybrid. Fret work is still great and the Edge returns to pitch perfectly. In fact once it bedded in the new strings I haven't had to do much with tuning at all.

The bridge pickups has plenty of bite and is not at all shrill which is great.

I think I may rewire it to position 2 & 4 split on the hum buckers. Just will need to get a new neck pickup and probably a decent 5 way switch as the old Ibby one is looking like it will go one day.

Really liking the Edge and once I got over its shape (I'm so used to Lo Pro) I found is sounds great and feels good. Got some plumbers tape to keep the arm in place as usual, so all is good.

I do have a brass block on my Lo Pro, just not sure if I will bother on this one as it sounds fine as it is to be honest.

Only thing I think I will change as I said will be the wiring, just as I like more than just using the bridge pickup with guitars. Though I am guilty of staying on the bridge more often than not.

Great guitar!

I will say it again.

Great guitar!
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post #6 of 14 (permalink) Old 09-20-2013, 10:15 AM
 
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Re: Picked up another RG550 this week

My 560 is a 1990 (my 550 is a 93) but that year is totally awesome for Ibbys man. Great catch
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post #7 of 14 (permalink) Old 09-20-2013, 12:12 PM
 
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Re: Picked up another RG550 this week

Can't beat them for the $ on used ones and I'm always a sucker for the maple. I've never tried a JB in a basswood body, usually alder or maple topped mahogany. I've wondered how it would sound, balanced or shrill. The JB has been my goto pup for many years on everything else. Congrats.
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post #8 of 14 (permalink) Old 09-20-2013, 01:47 PM
 
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Re: Picked up another RG550 this week

love it! I have a '90 black 550 and mine has a JB in it too =) It has become my #1 guitar...they are such great guitars! Congratulations!!!
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post #9 of 14 (permalink) Old 09-20-2013, 04:33 PM
 
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Re: Picked up another RG550 this week

Plays loverly.....I love loverly ;o)
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post #10 of 14 (permalink) Old 09-20-2013, 09:08 PM
 
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Re: Picked up another RG550 this week

Nice! My favorite guitars are the late 80s early 90s rg's lately. They definitely did it right in those years.
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post #11 of 14 (permalink) Old 09-21-2013, 12:22 AM
 
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Re: Picked up another RG550 this week

I just got a 1990 not long ago... RG550CM and I'm loving it.
Now I want a black one too! And a yellow one and a 'blooo' one and a...
I need to finish school and get a real job.
Nice guitar.
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post #12 of 14 (permalink) Old 09-21-2013, 12:38 AM
 
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Re: Picked up another RG550 this week

I got a 90 rg550cm too. Kind of a rare color.
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post #13 of 14 (permalink) Old 09-21-2013, 12:41 AM
 
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I got a 90 rg550cm too. Kind of a rare color.
So I've been told. Mine had a cracked neck and was cruddy, but thanks to a washcloth, some glue, some patience and a tutorial on ibanezrules.com it's all good.
I've said this in the NGD post I have up; I'm liking the neck on the 550 better than on the 1550 I have. I'd like to have seen what this color looked like new.
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post #14 of 14 (permalink) Old 09-21-2013, 01:42 PM
 
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Re: Picked up another RG550 this week

Mine was close to mint, no fretware or staining. 1 small edge chip. I also just found an 89rg760 heather pearl in total mint condition. Someone had it under their bed for all these years. Had to clean the board and frets and it looks new off the shelf.
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