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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 08-13-2003, 11:03 AM Thread Starter
 
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RG1550 questions

Alright, Im starting to get the guitar buying bug again and was wondering if this is a guitar that would last a lifetime? I was also thinking of switching out the pick ups, what would you add in there instead of the stock ones and would I really hear a difference in them, or is it just a slight difference? Also is there anything "wrong" with this guitar that I should be aware of, ive heard mixed reviews about the trem and such. Thanx for reading this and helping me out!
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If you buy one from Rich (Ibanezrules.com) he'll set it up, touch it up, and give you the little extra screws to lock the new trem studs.

For a little extra he'll put them in for you. :-)

I've not heard anything bad about these, I have a 1990 RG550 that I've beaten to death and it's still going strong. I did swap the pups though.

Originally it had the V1-S1-V2 combination and I put a PAF Pro in the neck, a Fender American single, and a Super Distortion in the bridge.

Just recently I changed those to a set of Evos and an HS-2 wired as a single coil . . . VERY happy with it now.

All in all they are tough guitars, with a great feel (in my opinion) and nice sound, once you get those muddy Vs out of there. :-) Not that the Vs are BAD, they just aren't as good as a "real" pickup.

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post #3 of 16 (permalink) Old 08-13-2003, 11:38 AM Thread Starter
 
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Could he put in the new pickups too? Or is that something I would do or should I hire someone to do that (as you can tell I dont have much experience with pick ups!)
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Email him and ask, I don't see any thing on his site about it though . . . I'm sure that would cost quite a bit extra, if he'll even do it at all.

It's easy to do, if you're careful, but have a pro do it if you're not comfortable using a soldering pen, they can be dangerous if you don't know what you're doing.

I have a 18 year old scar on my thumb to prove that.

But, I'd say just give the Vs a try, you might like them, there are plenty out there that are quite happy with them.

It's personal preferance is all. :-)

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EDITED; stupid "speeling" mistake. ;-)
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Pay list price on the pickups and instalation is free. I will need to replace the switch with either Dimarzio or Ibanez at your expense [one that has a wiring diagram I can follow otherwise it aint gettin done!]
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Are they using those 4 pole-24 lug switches in the mid-range guitars as well now?

I mean, I understand what they are good for, I have two Superswitches at the moment, one is in my RG 520 so I can have exactly the combinations that I want and one on my desk as a spare, but since the HSH setup, with the "Split 5" switching only really needs a two pole-8 lug switch, I don't see the need for such a "complicated" switch.

Soldering jumper wires on those switches has to increase installation time.

Or am I just being ignorant again? ;-)

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They've got whatever 8 lug switch they use for the 2 wire p/u's, so there is no diagram to switch to 4 wire p/u's. No diagram, no deal
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Ah, okay. Standard 5 way than.

Easy to wire, done it a hundred times. (Dimarzio my pref.)

Just a bit of a pain remembering what lugs go with what positions. I like the "old fashioned" ones (like used in the old Strats), where you could see the switch connections.

The Stew-Mac Superswitch is an "open" design like that, but I still had to sit there with a multitester to figure out how to get the combos I wanted with the two hums.

The "Special" five-way that comes with the two humbucker RG's is really useless for any custom wiring . . . I have one laying around somewhere . . . ah, there it is, holding down some papers. ;-)

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You need a bigger paperweight, try a VLX91
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Oh, I forgot to mention that the V7 and V8 Pups are still wired to it. ;-)

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Hey thanks for the replies and Ill have to keep Ibanez Rules in mind! Do you have a shop or anything like that to visit or do you do everything online? Also a question for everyone, If I get this guitar I may do something to the pickguard, could I paint it? Or should I just go to warmoth.com and buy some blank material and trace/cut out a new one? Thanks!
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the 1550 is a very rewarding purchase for me. i've gotten this preference for maple fretboards after spending too much time with my fender tele & the 1550's is really smoooooth! despite this consideration, i bought this one on the merits of its construction (IMO- tops!) & feel. the prestige neck is a darling, it plays well despite being thin in profile.

moving to the pickups- i swapped the neck & bridge units for Duncan's Distortion & Screamin' Demon respectively. i find the original too overwhelming in the high end department. left the mid single coil alone. the new Edge Pro bridge is superb. i find the less angular components very picking hand friendly.
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hey germx,
that's the pu config i have in my rg550 (bridge-distortion, neck-screamin demon) and it sounds killer.

thought i share...

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hi jeff. erm... i think you missed it... my combo is the reverse- demon bridge, distortion neck...

regardless of the combo, if it works, it works!
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