Re: RG550XXX Anniversary over priced and pointless??
I didn't read ever reply in here, but I'll comment with this. For me it was well worth the price I paid, and I bought 3 of them too - 2 DSY, and 1 RFR. I'm tempted to buy a black one and do a custom paint job on it.
For me it's the neck. You can't get a 5 peice neck that's an original wizard on a brand new guitar for less than what these are selling for. I'm also getting the original wizard and some cool factory colors to boot. I'm also a huge fan of the original Edge trem. My first real guitar was a '91 Ibanez 570. These are the specs that I grew up on, learned on and prefer the most.
I've got several other Ibanez guitars with different shape necks. I can easily play them all and don't mind the different neck shapes, different trems, etc., but to get the original deal brand new with Prestige style quality and craftsmanship, the price is well worth it.
I think that the reason they're not selling on the bay as well is because you've got a select few that really enjoy this kind of guitar. There are only so many of us in their late 20's to late 30's that liked this guitar when it came out 20 years ago. However, I think that in 20 years from now if you've got one of these guitars still in good condition you're going to see them going for maybe double, if not more, than what they cost right now.