I've been playing my RG570 for a few months now and I am not completely satisfied. After reading all these extremely positive reviews of RG550/560/570 I am sad I don't have the same experience...
I had read many comments (before purchasing) that said a Floyd Rose is a pain in the ass to change tunings. I knew what I was getting myself into, but I didn't think a change from Eb to E Standard would be difficult. Boy was I wrong. Once again I followed Rich's guide but all I did was put all the strings out of tune and the tremolo to the sky! I detuned the strings and screwed in the claw screws at RGTFanatic
's suggestion. Once I started tuning again I snapped the high E. The one string I continue to break on every guitar.
Before I wanted to change tunings the guitar stayed perfectly in Eb. I abused the hell out of the tremolo bar and It came back to near perfect pitch every time. I wanted to play in Standard tuning now but as you read I did not get there...
Now I love the neck of this guitar, love the look, the pickups are versatile, though it seems many lovers of this guitar swap to DiMarzios. My biggest issue is string slippage.
The High E and low E string slip off the fretboard the higher up you go. Just a little push and it slides off making a horrible buzz noise. I don't have perfect technique and I've been trying improve my picking because of this slippage but now it's just getting annoying. Doing a run, landing on a chord in the middle of the fretboard, or pulling off to high/low E and BUZZ!
This leads me to believe the nut is not original. I have looked at other RG550's online for sale and while the nut on those guitars looks identical to mine, my nut seems to have a slight overhang on both sides of the neck.
Now I am questioning why would someone change the nut? The guys in my one thread said it's a genuine RG570. The tremolo is the real Edge, the neck seems to be the original Wizard (did rough measurements), the pickups are right, the serial checks out... What reason would there be to change the nut?
So now I sit here with a nice looking, out of tune guitar, with one broken string, and string slippage. Boo.