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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-19-2011, 07:58 AM Thread Starter
 
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RG550 Questions

I have two questions for the Ibanez RG Gurus out there.

How can I tell what year my RG550 was built - I bought it in 1991 brand new.
And can anybody tell me what the 550 stands for?
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-19-2011, 08:45 AM
 
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http://www.cottamguitars.co.uk/index...&Itemid=73 To date your Guitar

The 550 is Just the model number. It was the middle class of the Made in Japan guitars of pr-Prestige production. The entry was the 4xx which had an other trenolo, pickups and neck. The 5xx had the Edge The Vintage Pickups and the Wizard neck. The 7xx has mainly only had optical improvements over the 5xx, except for the Dimarzio designed pickups. The best value of Ibanez pre-Prestige guitars still is the 5xx series.
They are now replaced by the 15xx and pretty much the only difference is the tremolo and a silghtly thicker neck profile.

hope that helps.
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Hi thefreak777
It does help and thanks heaps! and would you know what about what year it was built?
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Re: RG550 Questions

If you write me the serial number, sure, but i gave you a link up there. You can do it in a minute yourself soo I don't see a need for me doing it.
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Re: RG550 Questions

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The entry was the 4xx which had an other trenolo, pickups and neck..
Just some more info to clarify - whilst the RG5xx series was introduced in 1987, the RG4xx series was only introduced in 1991/2. When it was introduced, the 4xx had the Edge trem just like the RG5xx series had up until that year (the RG5xx got bumped up to the new Lo-Pro that year). It kept the same wizard neck that the RG5xx had, but for it's introduction year had different custom IBZ pickups.

Depending on year and location between 1992 and 1994, you could get differences in pickups and bridges. In 1993 in Europe for example, the only difference between an RG450 and an RG550 was the bridge as both guitars had V1 S1 V2 pickups and a Wizard neck. The RG450 had an Edge though and the RG550 had a Lo-Pro.

In 1994, the RG4xx series was finally put definitively in the budget camp as it received the Lo-TRS II bridge and infinity pickups, a big step down in quality from the previous 2 years. It also got the new Wizard II neck. It was now truly a different series from the RG5xx line.
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Sorry TheFreak777 I totally missed the link as it was around 1am here in (Sydney Australia). Thanks once again. You too Spagbol \m/.
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