Low Budget Signature Models
DBK in full production for 2001. I'm expecting the 555 replacement will be lower cost than the DBK but Japanese made.
In response to the original post... i think the 'hole' is welcome in that it removes inferior signature models from the lineup. The RG550 fills that niche nicely and long term it's better to lose a sale or two (of the 555 audience) than to see these people ask around only to find out they bought a lame-duck 'signature' model. Not good customer relations. For example, after the initial excitement of the new guitar wore off, how many JS100/555 buyers surfed around and felt shame when realizing what they got. I've got email from more than a few... glen