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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 05-17-2013, 05:05 PM Thread Starter
 
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rg3550mz vs s5470

The rg has dimarzios but has a basswood body. The s series has mahogany but stock Ibanez pickups. Which one do you prefer?
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 05-17-2013, 06:03 PM
 
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Re: rg3550mz vs s5470

The RG! I have actually played both of those guitars (although the S was used) and the RG felt better to me - but then I prefer RGs to S series...but the difference in pickups is a significant difference as well...that is why the stock 3550 retails for more than the stock 5470...Depends on whether or not you like maple or rosewood necks, which is probably a bigger consideration because it's easier to swap pups than the neck...my vote would be for the RG
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Re: rg3550mz vs s5470

yes...
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post #4 of 11 (permalink) Old 05-18-2013, 09:35 AM
 
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Re: rg3550mz vs s5470

I prefer the S honestly as far as tone goes. Sadly the body and neck are too thin for me and i cramp up almost instantly
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post #5 of 11 (permalink) Old 05-18-2013, 05:51 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: rg3550mz vs s5470

FYI guys I ended up ordering the 3550MZ, but due to guitar centers 30 day return policy if the maple neck somehow ends up not working I'll try the S series and swap pickups(which I actually played and loved the feel of....however, the sound left a bit to be desired)
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post #6 of 11 (permalink) Old 05-18-2013, 06:03 PM
 
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Re: rg3550mz vs s5470

The 's' for the win,better design,mahogany w flame top.....and those stock pick ups are super hot.....too hot.
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Re: rg3550mz vs s5470

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The RG! I have actually played both of those guitars (although the S was used) and the RG felt better to me - but then I prefer RGs to S series...but the difference in pickups is a significant difference as well...that is why the stock 3550 retails for more than the stock 5470...Depends on whether or not you like maple or rosewood necks, which is probably a bigger consideration because it's easier to swap pups than the neck...my vote would be for the RG
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The 's' for the win,better design,mahogany w flame top.....and those stock pick ups are super hot.....too hot.
Agree with both Ron and Corey here, dang tough call, I have owned both, I'm swung by the pups in the 3550 slightly more though, having said that the S series is a pretty cool guitar. It's gonna come down to your personal choice.
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post #8 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-21-2013, 02:23 AM
 
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Re: rg3550mz vs s5470

4-digit prestige like S-5470 only has stock ibanez pups? Woooow... lol.

Try an early '90s Ibanez Sabre 540 S, maybe? MIJ, Wizard neck, DiMarzio-made IBZ/USA pups, original LoPro Edge... good stuff, that.
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post #9 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-21-2013, 08:44 AM
 
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Re: rg3550mz vs s5470

Really just preference between the S and the RG. Love the RG, but not a fan of maple neck.
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post #10 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-16-2013, 10:26 PM
 
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Re: rg3550mz vs s5470

The 5470 stock pickups are pretty versatile, and still are designed (if not made) by DiMarzio.
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post #11 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-29-2013, 11:56 PM
 
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Re: rg3550mz vs s5470

still, at that crazy price point, what does it offer over the original saber 540s? that zeropoint-whatever trem returner thingie? what for? with the old LoPro Edge, you only ever open toplocks to change strings anyway

prestige series' main advantage over old original mij designs was only ever in pickups anyway... otherwise, same old. might as well buy BOTH original designs these are based on - the late80s/early90s mij saber 540s and the rg550m - and STILL have like a grand left over for other goodies.
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