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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 02-22-2009, 12:17 PM Thread Starter
 
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RG550

Hi All,
I am a Les Paul/Strat guy who's dabbled in Floyds once or twice. I guess the closest thing I've had to an Ibanez is a Peavey from the eighties I bought on **** and it had a licensed Floyd but I didn't hold onto it. I remember it being effortless to play and cost about $300.00 so no harm done. Anyway I'm in a cover band now and want to use an Ibanez for the songs we do that have Floyd Rose action. I purchased a Lefty RG550 sight unseen from Guitar Center on the web. What do I need to know about this guitar?
P.S. I found a lefty bar for it and it's coming in the mail so hopefully it fits. What model is this licensed Floyd and is it any good?
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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 02-22-2009, 02:44 PM
 
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Re: RG550

It should have an Edge tremolo. The Edge/Lo Pro are considered some of the best, if not the best, locking trems out there.
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the edge/lo pro systems are the best double locking trems available, and many people will attest to this.
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post #4 of 14 (permalink) Old 02-23-2009, 12:54 AM
 
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Re: RG550

You will love it, great guitar. Welcome to the forum, always good to see a fellow lefty. Check your pm's
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post #5 of 14 (permalink) Old 02-23-2009, 07:58 AM Thread Starter
 
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Re: RG550

There's been a crinkle, I've got a line on a rosewood necked 550L with what appears to be a grey fabric covered case (original?). Niether one have been purchased yet. The GC guitar is maple, the RW is supposedly from '87, how long did Ibanez make the 550L in Maple and is it rarer than the rosewood? BTW, both guitars are black.
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post #6 of 14 (permalink) Old 02-23-2009, 08:32 AM
 
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Re: RG550

Back in '87 there was no black RW necked 550 I know of, it's why I built one.
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post #7 of 14 (permalink) Old 02-23-2009, 10:48 AM
 
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Back in '87 there was no black RW necked 550 I know of, it's why I built one.

The 88's had RW fretboards, at least on the righties according to the catalog, so it could be an 88 with an 87 production year serial number.
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post #8 of 14 (permalink) Old 02-23-2009, 09:09 PM Thread Starter
 
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The 88's had RW fretboards, at least on the righties according to the catalog, so it could be an 88 with an 87 production year serial number.
He said he bought it in 87 or 88. Did the case have a grey interior?
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post #9 of 14 (permalink) Old 02-24-2009, 03:54 AM
 
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I'm not entirely sure, I was going off to what the catalog scans show.
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post #10 of 14 (permalink) Old 02-24-2009, 05:49 PM Thread Starter
 
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I'm not entirely sure, I was going off to what the catalog scans show.
I don't know what an original case looks like but it looks like it fits the guitar perfectly.
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post #11 of 14 (permalink) Old 02-25-2009, 08:04 AM
 
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Re: RG550

I have a righty 550 (black w. rosewood) with a 1987 serial number. My case has a grey interior, and the whole case is guitar shaped instead of being a big rectangular monster.
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I have a righty 550 (black w. rosewood) with a 1987 serial number. My case has a grey interior, and the whole case is guitar shaped instead of being a big rectangular monster.
This one's a big rectangular monster. Anyways, got to audition the guitar last night at practice and the guys loved it on Red Barchetta, Spirit of Radio and One Way to Rock. Now I need another one for Eb Van ****erisms, hell these are so light in a gig bag this is a vacation compared to the Les Pauls!
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post #13 of 14 (permalink) Old 02-25-2009, 06:14 PM
 
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Re: RG550

i have a 550 rw black.great guitar...maybe ill sell it. but it is very very good....im not sure....
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post #14 of 14 (permalink) Old 02-27-2009, 11:20 AM Thread Starter
 
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i have a 550 rw black.great guitar...maybe ill sell it. but it is very very good....im not sure....
You sound rather confused.
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