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HI!!
Just got this Made in Japan RG550 from 2002 and would like to know the name of the color. It is a kind og green metallic?!? Could not find it in the Ibanez catalogues of 2002... Thanks.

The serial is: F0218404

Your guitar was made at the
Fuji-gen Plant, Japan
in 2002
Production Number: 18404
 

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Loosen the strings and take the neck off so you can see what the stamps says. The 550s have an edge or a lo-pro edge tremolo and a recessed output jack.
 

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That's not an edge/lo pro. It's ibanez branded, meaning it'll probably be a lo trs or something of that nature, meaning it's not a 550 but probably an MIJ 450.
 

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Loosen the strings and take the neck off so you can see what the stamps says. The 550s have an edge or a lo-pro edge tremolo and a recessed output jack.
Here we go, photos under the neck. It says RG-250B-01 with date 2002-4-25 on the body and on the neck RG-250B-01 Now I assume it is not an RG-550? Because I purcased it as a 550 but this guy selling it (an older guy in pension) he said that was a RG550. I still did not pay for it and can return it.

(Sorry if I am asking easy questions as I am new to Ibanez world, ask me anything on Gibsons and Fender and I am really an expert there). The problem is that I got very addicted after I got an RG1570 2002 and a RG1570 2003...)
 

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Loosen the strings and take the neck off so you can see what the stamps says. The 550s have an edge or a lo-pro edge tremolo and a recessed output jack.
That is what I have thought. See my reply below with photos of the neck pocket and neck It says RG-250B-01 with date 2002-4-25
 

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It's an entry level Ibanez and honestly I don't know much about them. But I will tell you this...
If it is a charity thing, keep it! :)
 

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You should not keep it unless you're going to pay for it, the guy's a pensioner and probably needs the cash.

It is NOT an RG550 and is not worth much since it has TRS101 trem and V6 pickups although it is in very nice condition.

Since the RG250B was only available 1995-96 there is some ambiguity here and I suspect it's a parts bin special for the Japanese domestic market only, possibly a spot model.

Personally I wouldn't pay more than 150 Euros for it but you should make your own mind up if you like it.
 

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Yeah, now that sepulchrave mention the spot model, i made a quick search on the 250b and I saw an ad in Brazil saying something about Japan, thought it was kind of a scam but...
 

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You should not keep it unless you're going to pay for it, the guy's a pensioner and probably needs the cash.

It is NOT an RG550 and is not worth much since it has TRS101 trem and V6 pickups although it is in very nice condition.

Since the RG250B was only available 1995-96 there is some ambiguity here and I suspect it's a parts bin special for the Japanese domestic market only, possibly a spot model.

Personally I wouldn't pay more than 150 Euros for it but you should make your own mind up if you like it.
Yes in the meantime doing research I also found a mismatch as the RG250 was produced:1995-1996 in Finish(es): BK (Black) / BN (Blue Night) thus cannot be a 2002 model....thus not found in any Ibanez catalogue. Strange enought if you search on eBay one find Rg250B "Brand New" from an Australian dealer?!? https://www.ebay.com/itm/Ibanez-RG2...322328&hash=item5d806c7fd1:g:kJsAAOSw-0RbHy4A
 

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But that is a Gio made in China(?) and your RG250b has a serial number, starts with F of Fujigen made in Japan although it should be from 2001 ex F01.....
 

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Yes in the meantime doing research I also found a mismatch as the RG250 was produced:1995-1996 in Finish(es): BK (Black) / BN (Blue Night) thus cannot be a 2002 model....thus not found in any Ibanez catalogue. Strange enought if you search on eBay one find Rg250B "Brand New" from an Australian dealer?!? https://www.ebay.com/itm/Ibanez-RG2...322328&hash=item5d806c7fd1:g:kJsAAOSw-0RbHy4A
Australia is the place to buy Asian market import stuff, but it's not even similar to the one you have, forget the name of the colour, who cares, it's a sparkle green metallic.

If you like the guitar then buy it but don't pay too much for it, the hardware is probably serviceable but it's junk, the neck is the thing, if it has a nice Fujigen Wizard neck in pristine condition then you can upgrade the horrible pickups and you'll have a great playing and sounding guitar for not a lot of money.
 

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Australia is the place to buy Asian market import stuff, but it's not even similar to the one you have, forget the name of the colour, who cares, it's a sparkle green metallic.

If you like the guitar then buy it but don't pay too much for it, the hardware is probably serviceable but it's junk, the neck is the thing, if it has a nice Fujigen Wizard neck in pristine condition then you can upgrade the horrible pickups and you'll have a great playing and sounding guitar for not a lot of money.
HI!! thanks for the color name. Mostly a curiosity. The neck is a very nice Wizard and perfect frets like new. The bridge is a TRS TREM. Easy to upgrade the pickups and even the trem...
 

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HI!! thanks for the color name. Mostly a curiosity. The neck is a very nice Wizard and perfect frets like new. The bridge is a TRS TREM. Easy to upgrade the pickups and even the trem...
If the trem is setup correctly and is as unworn as the rest of the guitar then it'll stay in tune just fine, those Takeuchi TRS trems are made of properly hardened steel. I personally loathe the generic V6 pickups, they have absolutely no character at all and would have to go, I think it's always a mistake to try and make a humbucker work in both neck and bridge positions, it ends up being crap at both jobs.
 

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If the trem is setup correctly and is as unworn as the rest of the guitar then it'll stay in tune just fine, those Takeuchi TRS trems are made of properly hardened steel. I personally loathe the generic V6 pickups, they have absolutely no character at all and would have to go, I think it's always a mistake to try and make a humbucker work in both neck and bridge positions, it ends up being crap at both jobs.
Yes I have noticed this tremolo stays perfectly in tune....
 

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You should not keep it unless you're going to pay for it, the guy's a pensioner and probably needs the cash.

It is NOT an RG550 and is not worth much since it has TRS101 trem and V6 pickups although it is in very nice condition.

Since the RG250B was only available 1995-96 there is some ambiguity here and I suspect it's a parts bin special for the Japanese domestic market only, possibly a spot model.

Personally I wouldn't pay more than 150 Euros for it but you should make your own mind up if you like it.
I like the V6 pickups actually, but to be fait, they were in one of my old RGR580s and those are mahogany. They are REALLY nice in hog.
 
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