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I never owned an Ibanez other than an Artist and always wanted an RG550 but until now couldn't afford one and recently saw the Poison Pumkin RG1550M and fell in love with it.
So how does it rate compared to other similar Ibanez guitars? I read that different models have different versions of hardware etc but don't know Ibanez well enough to know which to choose.
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played it yet? let your fingers and ears help you decide.
it's as good as any other prestige RG in the ibanez line. when you get to that level, it's more about options you want in a guitar and less about which is better than the next, rather which one in better FOR YOU.

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I would love to try one of these out myself! Its got the good hardware, trem and all...I'm not crazy about the colors, although poison pumpkin is my fav of the two colors. If they had a candy apple red version of this guitar like they do the RG1570 it would already be hanging in my music room. I'm sure like any of the Prestige guitars it will play like a monster once set up proper for your style. Pickups are the only thing I would change personally...but that's just a player's preference.
 

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I absolutely love the 1550M I played at the guitar store last weekend. I have a 1991 RG-550 and the 1550M reminds me an awful lot of my 550; they both practically play themselves. I would say that they both played so similarly to each other that I would be hard pressed to choose only one.

For what it's worth, I'm definitely snagging a Poisoned Pumpkin one as soon I can find a good deal and/or afford one.
 

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Swap the pickups (as the stock pickups are pretty poor), and its stunning, as good as any Jem and less than half the price.
 

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I would say a good, cheap alternative to a jem if thats what you want and in that case better than the 555 but "as good as any jem" is a little far fetched
 

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I own a Rg 1550 ML prestige and have been playing for 25 years and i have to disagree with the last post. The right handed version is $999.00 and it is a steal for the price. The only difference between this and a jem is a fancy inlay, maybe body wood maybe, alot of jems are basswood as well, and the pick-ups a jem will cost you at least $1700.00 unless it's used. Why would anyone pay $700.00 more for pick-ups you can buy for $250.00 and install yourself!!! Vai and Satch both us the same Tremelo system. the only big difference on Vai's guitar is he uses an alder body and his neck is actually fatter than the one on the RG1550 which measures 18mm at the first fret and 20mm at the 12 fret. Vai's measures 19 mm at the first fret and 21mm at the 12fret. However some jems do offer more options,and cost as much as 3grand i.e the Vai is $2500.00 for a right and $2999.00 for a lefty. So are you really going to pay $1500.00 for different body wood and pick-ups and a fancy inlay??? I would not because LOOKS DON't MEAN ****!!!!!!!! The deciding factor should be how does this guitar work in your hands!!!!
 

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I am in no way bashing any JEM!!!! they are super guitars!!!! there is not one thing wrong with the JEM AT ALL. Having played and owned a lot of Ibanez guitars I just dont think a JEM is worth the price!!! Anyone who tells you the jem plays better or feels better is only stating a personal opinion as i am doing so now. I would also like to say that i have played 30 songs of hard rock and metal a night with this one RG1550ML and i use the trem bar A LOT!!! IT has never once gone out of tune or even broke a string on me on stage!!!! granted i change strings very often one show one set. The RG1550 is a great guitar and really is just as good as a jem in the right hands!!! FOR THE PRICE!!!!!!! P.S. Satch uses BASSWOOD on all his guitars, if its good enough for SATCH it's good enough for me!!!!!!!
 

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I would say a good, cheap alternative to a jem if thats what you want and in that case better than the 555 but "as good as any jem" is a little far fetched
Not far fetched at all my friend, I've owned plenty of Jems over the past 18 years to realise that pyramids or a vine dont make me play any better, fancy flower patterns - despite their mojo - dont really make my recordings sound any better, a hole in the body doesnt actually add tone, lions claw routes dont make trem use any slicker, and amazingly one of two of the Jems I've owned were also bass wood. String spacing is the same. Any neck thickness differences dont give me cramp, and moving from a Jem to an RG neck certainly isnt like picking up a Strat or LP. The only fault I could find with the RG was the pickups, but the RG1550 has a couple of Breeds it it that cost about $100 for the pair, so thats sorted.
 

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I fully understand that the cosmetic details are a big part of the price with a jem but better woods and better general finishing of the guitar do make for a better feel. Im not a luthier and cant give all the answers but the neck on a jem feels better. the wood feels better and the frets feel better dressed. The rosewood or ebony on the board is good quality and feels better. all this matters if you spend a lot of time with the guitar.
Also the tone and volume pots seem to respond better making more of the pickups when rolling back. Like i said though im not a luthier and cant explain fully my experiences but if two guitars have the same wood it does not make them the same guitar.

By your way of thinking a RG321 with a tone zone and is as good as a PGM500. I assure you its not
 

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By your way of thinking a RG321 with a tone zone and is as good as a PGM500. I assure you its not
Couldnt comment on how the RG321 compares to a PGM500 as I've never owned either I'm afraid. I wondered for a while about the 'quality' of the more finished fret ends on the Jem neck, as to whether or not they assist in helping us play any better, I admit they do look nice, and rough or sharp fret ends are a nightmare, however the RG1550M has pretty good fret ends, equally as finished as a Universe I just sold.
 

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I have never seen ebony used on any Jem or RG fingerboard. Also the fret ends on my RG 1550ML are just as nicely finished as the ones on my JEM. If you are going to complain about fret ends then buy a bound neck, I love raw necks like the maple one on the RG 1550 ML. Lets also not forget that you are paying thousands more for a JEM and those great volume and tone pots that essentially cost ibanez 6 bucks!! If you put 300 bucks into a Prestige RG it is damn near the exact same thing as a JEM, minus the inlay work. I would also like to assure you that IBANEZ is using the same maple for all there necks weather it be Prestige or JEM it just happens that they save the pieces that LOOK PRETTY for the JEMS the key word is LOOK!! Another thing i noticed When i Play my JEM7VL is that the tone change is barely noticeable and it's mostly because of the pick-ups. Let me also say one last thing if you own a RG PRESTIGE and you Buy a JEM you will be very disappointed, NOT BECAUSE THE JEM IS BAD IN ANY WAY BUT BECAUSE YOU JUST SPENT $2000.00 MORE FOR DIFFERENT PICK-UPS AND INLAY WORK ON ESSENTIALLY THE SAME GUITAR!! I learned the hard way having bought the Vai model before the RG1550ML.
 

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I did actually buy a bound neck. The last two RG models i bought were the 2550mz and the 2570z. Those necks are better than the standard 1550's but thats not the issue here.

The 7V had ebony for a while. Im gonna leave this now to personal taste because debates like this could go on forever
 

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the same? I think not:
2570 bound /w sharkfin
1550 unbound /w dots
this makes a huge difference
(I personally can't stand bound fretboards)

I have never seen ebony used on any Jem fingerboard.
That means you've played the wrong Jems.
 

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measurements lol. A squire strat has the same measurements as a usa custom strat. Is it as good............NO!!!!! I remember when i first got my PGM301 and at the same time i had two RG550's (before prestige). The necks on those DID have differant measurements but still, i could not believe how much better the feel and quality of the maple and frets were on the 301.

I have a student that plays a 1570 and when i set the bridge for him i had a little play about on it. The fretboard felt horrible compared to my 2570.
 

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what im saying is you keep telling "this" neck is better than "this" while its not. Its just what you prefered.Theyre just different.
 
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