RG dilemma (mostly bridge-related)
Hi all, a long-time reader posting for the first time. I'm thinking of buying an Ibanez RG, but I'm not sure which model I should go for.
Based on what I've read around here, RG550's are great bang for the buck. The original Edge is apparently considered to be the best Ibanez bridge. The thing is, I have played hardtails and strat-type trems all my life, so I don't really have any personal experience in floating trems. That makes me wary of buying an up to 16-year-old guitar which, I imagine, could have a trem with all kinds of defects by now.
Another option is the RG1550. The bridge is an Edge Pro, which is considered good, but not as good as the original Edge (no locking studs anymore). These are newer than 550s and have less risk of having harmful amount of wear 'n tear, especially on the bridge. They also have the all-access neck joint, which I like a lot.
And the last option is biting the bullet and buying either a RG1570 or RG2550 new. The trem would be intact and the store would probably throw in a free setup. It'd be more expensive than buying used, but at least I'd have a smaller chance of getting a bad guitar. I'd really like a maple fretboard though, a feature these two models don't have.
Here in Scandinavia there's a high demand for older RGs, so the prices aren't as low as in U.S. eB_y. Also they pop up a lot less often.
In a nutshell, what I'm wondering is
-Should I look for Edge, or is Edge Pro enough?
-Is there a big risk that the older RGs' trems are beaten up to the edge (sic) of replacing?
-Is the old RG550 contoured heel a lot clumsier than the new AANJ?
Probably a boring topic for most RG gurus, but tips and pointers would be appreciated. Thanks in advance!