Re: RG550 20th
Yeah, out of the box it's most likely the JEM will play better, but once the RG is set up, it's superb. Personally I prefer the RG neck, it's thinner, plus I prefer the original Edge trem to the JEM's Edge Pro. The JEM is way more expensive, so expect a better fret job, better pickups, etc. With a JEM, you are paying also for the flashy stuff -- vine inlay, monkey grip, Lion's claw trem route, gold hardware, and let's not forget the large cut of the profit going directly to Steve. With the RG, you're not paying for a rock star's association, and these guitars are good for modding with improved pickups, etc. Not that the RG pickups are bad at all, in fact I really like 'em. It's a great guitar. You really need to see it in person to appreciate how amazing the finishes are on the Road Flare and Desert Yellow models. The Desert Yellow is like a highlighter pen yellow, and the RF just GLOWS like no red I've ever seen.