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RG550: 1990 vs 1997?

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So i am thinking about getting an rg550, assuming the same condition and price, is one (97' vs 90') the more preferred?

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Re: RG550: 1990 vs 1997?

Personally, I prefer the wizard necks on the 97-98 period ibanezes. They feel just a tad different than the 90.

However, it also depends on the color. What colors are these 2 550s?
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Re: RG550: 1990 vs 1997?

Both are in black
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Re: RG550: 1990 vs 1997?

Hmmm, basically it comes down to preference. iirc the 97 has AANJ, 90 has square heel. 90 neck, to ME, feels thinner (I have a 1990 RG560 and two 1998 RGs) than a 97-ish RG.

My preference would be the AANJ, I just like the higher fret access but that's me.
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Re: RG550: 1990 vs 1997?

The 1997 would have a AANJ and a Super Wizard neck (big bubinga stripe down the middle), and it would be seven years newer. If it was me, I'd take the '97 for the AANJ and Super Wizard, as those are big selling points to me. Although if it was a RG565 I wouldn't care, and I'd buy which ever one I could find in decent shape around me.
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The 1997 would have a AANJ and a Super Wizard neck (big bubinga stripe down the middle), and it would be seven years newer. If it was me, I'd take the '97 for the AANJ and Super Wizard, as those are big selling points to me. Although if it was a RG565 I wouldn't care, and I'd buy which ever one I could find in decent shape around me.
+1, I'd love to have a rg565!
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The 1997 would have a AANJ and a Super Wizard neck (big bubinga stripe down the middle), and it would be seven years newer. If it was me, I'd take the '97 for the AANJ and Super Wizard, as those are big selling points to me. Although if it was a RG565 I wouldn't care, and I'd buy which ever one I could find in decent shape around me.
actually the all-access is not a big factor for me as i play charvels san dimas right now. My main concern is neck stability, take it the 97' would give me that?
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actually the all-access is not a big factor for me as i play charvels san dimas right now. My main concern is neck stability, take it the 97' would give me that?
My 560 neck is just fine, and it's a 1990.
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actually the all-access is not a big factor for me as i play charvels san dimas right now. My main concern is neck stability, take it the 97' would give me that?
stability is not really an issue on both, but according to many sources the construction of multi pieces neck is better ( stronger) than single piece.
therefore we can assume the 97 neck which has 3 piece neck is stronger than the 1 piece neck on the '90.
so yes.. 97 would be the good idea for you.
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Re: RG550: 1990 vs 1997?

one thing no-one has mentioned..different pickups...v1-2 in 90 and v7-8 in the late 90's...personally i prefer the v1-2 combo as theyre a little smoother...my atlantic blue 550 is early 90's and my black 550 is a 99...playability-wise they are very comparable...but sound-wise i prefer the atl blue...if you're planning on replacing pickups its no big deal but if you're staying stock, i'd listen to both...d.m.
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stability is not really an issue on both, but according to many sources the construction of multi pieces neck is better ( stronger) than single piece.
therefore we can assume the 97 neck which has 3 piece neck is stronger than the 1 piece neck on the '90.
so yes.. 97 would be the good idea for you.
The super wizard is a monster!

I have one on my 99 rg520qs. It rarely needs a truss rod adjustment.

I like the shape of the wizard 3 more
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one thing no-one has mentioned..different pickups...v1-2 in 90 and v7-8 in the late 90's...personally i prefer the v1-2 combo as theyre a little smoother...my atlantic blue 550 is early 90's and my black 550 is a 99...playability-wise they are very comparable...but sound-wise i prefer the atl blue...if you're planning on replacing pickups its no big deal but if you're staying stock, i'd listen to both...d.m.
Actually going to swap pickups and buy a pearl pickguard for it, HxH.
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Re: RG550: 1990 vs 1997?

The differences will be minor:

The '90 will have the original Wizard which is slightly thinner (literally a mm at the 12th fret) than the three-piece Prestige Wizard that came on the '97. The '97 will have the AANJ, though I've never really found that it helps me play any faster. The consensus seems to be that Ibanez moved to multi-piece necks specifically to produce more stability.

The '90 will have V1-S1-V2 pickups; the '97 will have V7-S1-V8 pickups. Neither are spectacular, but a lot of folks think the V1 and V2 are a lot better than the V7 and V8.

One totally cosmetic difference that some might really like--the '90 probably comes with a matching headstock. The '97 would be a standard black.


Now, to your question, which would I prefer? I think all things being equal, I would prefer the '90. My personal, totally subjective opinion is that the original Wizard necks play fastest and feel best. There's so much superstition and nonsense in the guitar world--people attribute mojo to everything from capacitors to nitro finishes. I doubt that I could tell the difference between a '90 and a '97 in a blind test.

One complication--it may not be that these are actually equal guitars. I say this because one is clearly older and, therefore, comes with the concerns that come with age, even if the guitar has been babied. 1990 was a quarter of a century ago now, and that means that guitars from that era may be more prone to issues with fretboard humps, neck twisting, fretboards shrinking, and so forth.

So I would encourage caution and, if you can, playing both before choosing. But if they really are equal in terms of condition, I'd take the '90.
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The differences will be minor:

The '90 will have the original Wizard which is slightly thinner (literally a mm at the 12th fret) than the three-piece Prestige Wizard that came on the '97. The '97 will have the AANJ, though I've never really found that it helps me play any faster. The consensus seems to be that Ibanez moved to multi-piece necks specifically to produce more stability.

The '90 will have V1-S1-V2 pickups; the '97 will have V7-S1-V8 pickups. Neither are spectacular, but a lot of folks think the V1 and V2 are a lot better than the V7 and V8.


Now, to your question, which would I prefer? I think all things being equal, I would prefer the '90. My personal, totally subjective opinion is that the original Wizard necks play fastest and feel best. There's so much superstition and nonsense in the guitar world--people attribute mojo to everything from capacitors to nitro finishes. I doubt that I could tell the difference between a '90 and a '97 in a blind test.

One complication--it may not be that these are actually equal guitars. I say this because one is clearly older and, therefore, comes with the concerns that come with age, even if the guitar has been babied. 1990 was a quarter of a century ago now, and that means that guitars from that era may be more prone to issues with fretboard humps, neck twisting, fretboards shrinking, and so forth.

So I would encourage caution and, if you can, playing both before choosing. But if they really are equal in terms of condition, I'd take the '90.

Thanks. I can't try out either unfortunately but the 90' is from GC online so i can always return with ease if i don't like it. The 97' however i cannot return.
Thinking the 90' might be the better choice, it also comes with a hardshell case while the 97' a gigbag.
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Thanks. I can't try out either unfortunately but the 90' is from GC online so i can always return with ease if i don't like it. The 97' however i cannot return.
Thinking the 90' might be the better choice, it also comes with a hardshell case while the 97' a gigbag.
Good luck! I certainly don't mean to discourage you. I have a ton of Ibanez guitars and all my favorites are original wizards. I'm going to be buried with my '91 RG570FM. That thing is perfection.
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