Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Seymour Indiana
Re: Rg550 xx VS. RG2550z
I would get the one with the Titanium rods installed. Here's why. No matter what anyone says, a thin neck needs this if it's to stay stable in un predictable climates, etc,. Although many a RG550 neck is still out there, I'd still go with the side of safety first. My original reasoning is that I've played a couple guitars with reinforced necks, and a stiff neck helps keep the neck from vibrating and robbing the strings of the same. A stiff neck with a lot of wood such as the ole Wolfgang from Peavey I had (God I wish I had kept that guitar) sutained forever even with the floyd, but it had reinforcement rods and everything was mounted to the guitar such as the floyd was sitting on the guitar, and pickups mounted directly to the wood, etc,. This helps big time.. A vibrating neck without the stiff rods on a thin neck especially kills sustain because the neck is vibrating and not the strings as much. I know some people will not believe this, but it's true.. Try it yourself by taking any guitar you have, but especially a bolt on and placing the headstock against something such as a Door or wall, etc, and hit a note. Let it ring, then do the same without touching the wall, etc,. It will be different usually, unless the neck is already big like on an LP, etc,..
Plus the newer guitar model, Not the 550 has Dimarzio's from the factory doesn't it? If so, that's a lot of money you won't be spending to replace the V8 and V7 pickups if you don't like them in the RG550. Or whatever they are. If they are orginal Dimarzio's then of course this isn't an issue. However, with all that said, again, you have to be the judge. If you like the sound and feel of the 550, get it! But, I think you'd be better off with a new guitar getting the other model, and later saving your pennies and getting a 550 on ****. Just what I'd do, not necessarily the advice you should take. It's just advice / opinion, and you know what they say about that.. LOL.. Good luck..