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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-11-2007, 11:02 PM Thread Starter
 
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RG550 production years?

Hi, does anyone know the production years of the RG550?

I'm looking to buy one and would like to know the most recent year they were made.

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-11-2007, 11:15 PM
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Re: RG550 production years?

1987 - 2002. In 2003, the 550 was replaced by the RG1550 Prestige. It is now the RG2550 Prestige and has been through some changes, most notably, it has a rosewood fretboard. Since 2007, it has "ghost" sharktooth inlays and binding to the neck.

Other info: The 550 got the AANJ (All Access Neck Joint) in 1994. 550's built before this had the old-style "Tilt" joint.
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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-12-2007, 01:52 AM Thread Starter
 
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Re: RG550 production years?

Ah, thanks for the info.

Yeah, I dig the maple fretboard with dot inlays + AANJ. It's too bad they don't seem to make any RG550 caliber guitars with maple necks + dot inlays anymore. Otherwise I'd just buy a new one.

The RG350MDX seems close to my ideal, but I don't know anything about how the Edge 3 compares to the Edge or even the TRS.

Do you happen to know when the Lo Pro Edge replaced the original Edge? I know the Lo Pro was introduced in '91, but that doesn't necessarily mean the 550's had it by then.

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Re: RG550 production years?

Lo Pro was fitted to the RG550 in 1992, I believe. They chopped and changed between the Lo-Pro and the original Edge at various times, though.

You don't fancy an RG 20th then?
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Re: RG550 production years?

The RG20 looks nice, just too expensive for me. :-)

Thanks for the info.
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Re: RG550 production years?

No sweat. Good luck finding a nice 550 if that's what you're looking for.
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Re: RG550 production years?

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They chopped and changed between the Lo-Pro and the original Edge at various times, though.
Hmm....that explains why half the people on Harmony Central have Lo-Pros on their 570EXs, and I have a normal Edge.

Is there any reason why Ibanez kept switching between the two bridges?
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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-12-2007, 06:54 AM
 
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Re: RG550 production years?

Probably depends what stock was on the shelf at the time of the crossover.
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