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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-31-2017, 05:51 PM Thread Starter
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RG2550Z or RG2550EX ?

I'm trying to decide between these two guitars, both available used for a similar price.

5-piece maple & walnut Wizard Prestige (58mm / 18mm / 20mm)
Edge Zero w/ ZPS3

3-piece maple Super Wizard Prestige (56mm / 17mm / 19mm)
Edge Pro

The Z is in pristine condition, but Wizard Prestiges were wider in 2009 than they used to be (58mm instead of 56mm at the last fret). The EX has a few chips/dings on the rear edges and some minor buckle rash.

They are both too far away to try before I buy and there is nowhere locally that I can test out bridges/necks on similar guitars. What I do know is that I actually quite like the Wizard II and Edge III on my Xiphos (my first Ibanez, so a big upgrade on what I was used to at time of purchase), but prefer the neck and ZR w/ ZPS2 bridge on my prestige Saber, which I bought later.

Which do you recommend?
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-02-2017, 03:23 AM
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Re: RG2550Z or RG2550EX ?

Real man have to decide sometimes
It's all about condition.

Do not suggest. I'm leaning a little towards EX (got 2570EX) but I never had Edge Zero.
Read some topics about bridges and decide.

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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-17-2017, 06:45 AM
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Re: RG2550Z or RG2550EX ?

Hi, not sure if you've already made your choice yet, but I've had a 2550EX for 12 years now so thought I'd comment.

A very good guitar, only complaint being the Cosmo finish on the hardware is very prone to corrosion and marring and therefore can look shabby (mine does), otherwise the hardware is tough. I think it boils down to which trem you prefer and which neck profile you'd feel more comfy with.

The neck on my '05 2550 is thinner than the later necks, I actually prefer them slightly thicker now. Personal preference only. Sometimes it feels just a bit too thin and I prefer the feel of my S1XXV which has a completely different profile.

My RG has the EP trem, the S1 the EZ. I personally have no beef with either and find both work well in use. I prefer the lower profile of the EP and the smoothness of its operation, however in fairness to the EZ I've never tried it without the ZPS and I've heard removing it can help things.

You pays your money and takes your choice... either way you'll get a good guitar that should serve you for years.

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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 09-28-2017, 02:37 AM
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Re: RG2550Z or RG2550EX ?

Have both. RG2550EX and RG2570Z (basically the same guitar but rear rout). Prefer the latter. Older necks although slimmer, have a very uncomfortable profile which can lead to painful playing experience. Don't really care about the bridge, they're both high end and if set up right, both will stay in tune forever. Prefer to have the ZPS removed for smoother trem action. In conclusion, get the latter.
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-14-2017, 03:20 PM
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Re: RG2550Z or RG2550EX ?

Get the ex because the edge pro is much better and made in japan unlike the edge zero that is made in china..
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