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post #1 of 28 (permalink) Old 06-02-2014, 08:43 PM Thread Starter
 
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What's up with all the RG 550's?

Seeing a lot of threads about Ibanez RG 550 guitars. Why are they so popular?
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post #2 of 28 (permalink) Old 06-02-2014, 08:54 PM
 
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Re: What's up with all the RG 550's?

nothing much, besides it's a cheap good quality shred machine that rules the shred world for over 20 years.
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nothing much, besides it's a cheap good quality shred machine that rules the shred world for over 20 years.
I see. Is this the guitar you're referring to?

NVM cant post links >_> But its a blue RG550XH.

$600 strikes me as more of a mid-range guitar, not really a cheap one.

Then again maybe its just cuz i'm poor :\
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Re: What's up with all the RG 550's?

That model is not the traditional 550 that people talk about here. Not sure why that guitar ever got the 550 label. The traditional 550 is a Japanese made Ibanez, originally designed as a stripped back Jem. H-S-H pickups, 24 frets, floating double locking bridge, slim wizard neck.
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Re: What's up with all the RG 550's?

ah.. the XH.... it's the funny looking guitar with too many frets?
it's not in the same league as regular 550.
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post #6 of 28 (permalink) Old 06-02-2014, 09:49 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: What's up with all the RG 550's?

This is so weird but i cant seem to find the RG 550 on the Ibanez site.

Anyone got a link where i can view the price/specs?

Thanks in advance!
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post #7 of 28 (permalink) Old 06-02-2014, 09:52 PM
 
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Re: What's up with all the RG 550's?

Well, the RG550 is long discontinued.
But they just recently have re-issue in 2013, called genesis.

the best way is find second hand ( used) RG 550 in the market.
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post #8 of 28 (permalink) Old 06-02-2014, 10:01 PM
 
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Re: What's up with all the RG 550's?

I just picked up my second one. I'e been a long time Jackson /charvel guy. the only Ibbys I've ever played were the 7 strings (7620's, Rg7CT,8527DBK) I kept hearing about how
"shreddable" the original 550's were so I decided to try one. I love em, with pickup replacements they are killer guitars for a very reasonable price.
mine (the Coral mist just arrived today)


I was looking for a 24 fret maple board shredder to add to my arsenal. Initially I was looking at ESP M-II's and Jackson PC-1's.
these area a much more affordable option, and with a pickup swap hang with much more expensive guitars (IMO)

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I just picked up my second one. I'e been a long time Jackson /charvel guy. the only Ibbys I've every played were the 7 strings (7620's, Rg7CT,8527DBK) I kept hearing about how
"shreddable" the original 550's were so I decided to try one. I love em, with pickup replacements they are killer guitars for a very reasonable price.
mine (the Coral mist just arrived today)
Is it just me or are the headstocks a slightly different color?
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Is it just me or are the headstocks a slightly different color?
it's the lighting.
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Re: What's up with all the RG 550's?

no they match it's he crappy lighting in my basement.
the laser blue one has a Gravity storm bridge/Liquifire neck and an OFR.
The coral mist is getting a ToneZone and Gravity storm neck.
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Re: What's up with all the RG 550's?

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Seeing a lot of threads about Ibanez RG 550 guitars. Why are they so popular?
Because they are AWESOME ! ! !
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Because they are AWESOME ! ! !
Can you be more specific?
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Re: What's up with all the RG 550's?

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I just picked up my second one. I'e been a long time Jackson /charvel guy. the only Ibbys I've every played were the 7 strings (7620's, Rg7CT,8527DBK) I kept hearing about how
"shreddable" the original 550's were so I decided to try one. I love em, with pickup replacements they are killer guitars for a very reasonable price.
mine (the Coral mist just arrived today)
Ooooooooo, Coral Mist! LOVE that color.
I have one just like it.
1990 model. Not original electronics though. Even the pots are aftermarket (I got it used) but it has a P.A.F. Pro in the neck, and a Super Distortion in the bridge. Sounds AMAZING!
To answer the OP: the RG 550 (the originals) have been around a long time, you mostly see them used and in 'player' condition, meaning, well worn.
They feel amazing with their original Wizard necks, especially if you have small hands, and since, from what I understand, the body woods and finishes are pretty 'neutral' when it comes to tone, you can really shape them to sound exactly how you want them to sound with the right pickups.
I think the closest thing to an RG 550 that Ibanez makes now is the RG655.
The fretboard is wider than the original Wizards, but they are very similar guitars and they come with Dimarzios instead of the Ibanez pickups, and a rosewood board, where most, but not all, RG550s have maple.
Okay seasoned Ibanez vets, how did I do?
I'm no expert....
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Re: What's up with all the RG 550's?

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Is it just me or are the headstocks a slightly different color?
In bright light the Coral Mist almost looks pink. I had mine outside in the sunlight and it looked like a totally different color.
I should take a picture, but I'm too lazy.
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