Re: RG550 Serpent?
depends how much you want this particular model..
for aus prices, $1000 is quite do-able but i'd personally be cringing spending a grand on it unless i loved it, $8-900 could be reasonable cos it's rare BUT if the inlay is just a decal then maybe it's not so great? i don't see why ibanez wouldn't inlay it?
can you bust a move on it in person to see if you love her?
if you just really want a 550 you could get a regular used one for 6-900$ in aus or import one for maybe $6-800
i got a japanese made RG470 in aus for i think $600 shipped to Tasvegas not too long ago
i've also seen a used jem7dbk go for around $16-1700 and you can import a used (but very new) jem for about $2000-2500
or a brand new jem7vwh for $2500 from china, maybe 26-2800$ from japan or US
.. just giving you some examples of aussie market
btw i'd never buy anything brand new in aus, cos of HUUUGELY ginsane markups,
Eg- jem7vwh bought in japan or US=$2500AU
7vwh bought in china= $2100AU
7vwh bought in australia? = oh... only about $40000000000!!! (...i meant $4000)
this tends to also mean the used 'but very new' gear market can be marked up a bit too
just throwin info about.. good luck