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Old 01-07-2013, 09:16 PM   #1
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Which Ibanez?

I'm wanting a superstrat style guitar and am leaning Ibanez (though I'm willing to keep an open mind).

Budget: Under $1000

Music style: This is going to be my "metal/shredder" guitar. A7X, Parabelle, BB, KSE. That kind of thing.

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- pasaive humbuckers (thinking SD)
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- Black (preferably)

New or used: either is fine, definitely want some new options though.

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Old 01-07-2013, 09:27 PM   #2
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2nd hand RG550 and then mod the crap out of it.
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Old 01-07-2013, 09:52 PM   #3
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2nd hand RG550 and then mod the crap out of it.


Hm. Interesting. I'm not totally opposed to the idea of modding something. Out of curiosity, why a 550?
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Old 01-07-2013, 09:55 PM   #4
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Old 01-07-2013, 10:00 PM   #5
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Hm. Interesting. I'm not totally opposed to the idea of modding something. Out of curiosity, why a 550?


The Rg550 was probably the best RG ever made.
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Old 01-07-2013, 10:09 PM   #6
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Used Charvel San Dimas


But the Charvel San Dimas is a nice axe, and I was going to get one myself at one point...

The RG550 is regularly chosen as a first building block for modding by Ibanez owners, which means instead of replacing the guitar you can just upgrade it which is cheaper, but I'm not too familiar with Ibanez guitars so I'll shut up now.
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Old 01-07-2013, 10:12 PM   #7
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Charvel>Ibanez
I dont see how that is funny
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Old 01-07-2013, 10:13 PM   #8
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Look at the Godin Freeway SA or- if you can find it- the Classic:

http://www.sweetwater.com/store/det...CFSWoPAodd3QAeg

http://www.ebay.com/itm/GODIN-FREEW...3598#vi-content

In your price range & well made. The difference is that the SA has built-in synth access, which you might not want/need.
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Old 01-07-2013, 10:15 PM   #9
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Personally, I'd go for a 1550 or 2550 for the 5-piece neck. And any Ibanez made before 1993 will have a square neck heel, which is not as good as the AANJ, imo.
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Old 01-07-2013, 10:54 PM   #10
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Good options on the used side. What about new? I'm not totally opposed to actives I guess...

S420
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S570DXQM
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Old 01-07-2013, 11:46 PM   #11
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With the option for a minty rg550/570 for around $500, why would you even think about buying a new Premium or QM topped Korean Ibanez for around a grand? I paid $550 for a mint RG1570 this summer and $440 for a dinged up RG2550e. I'd take those two used guitars over a pretty finished new Korean Ibanez any day of the week

Out of that list, the S420 is one of the best guitars in its price range. Nothing else matches the ZR trem at its $500 price.
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Old 01-08-2013, 12:00 AM   #12
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Fender Heartfield Talon. Nothing says '80s like a glam rock guitar with Fender on the headstock.

You can get them used between $250 and $500, they are MIJ and of comparable quality to japanese RG570s. They look hair metal as hell. A lot of people have modded theirs, so you can get one that's already set up with better pups for the same price as an unmodded one. The mods don't really add to the price. Of course, the only downside might be finding a Heartfield. There aren't a ton of them, to the point where there's a website where you can look up the serial number and find out exactly which one you have and where/when it was made (plus details on its distinguishing features). I dunno, kind of a cool thing. Talons have the AANJ just like Ibanez. Many people say they ARE MIJ Ibanez guitars, just with a different headstock.
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Old 01-08-2013, 12:15 AM   #13
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Definitely do not go new, there is so much bang for your buck in a used prestige its not even funny, the premium ibanez's really are negligible after playing a prestige.


I picked up a mint condition rg1550 used for $500 (edge pro trem) with a hard shell case. Pretty much another take at the rg550 but you'll be able to find them in much better condition because they were manufactured in 2009. Sick guitar too, just be ready to swap the pups.
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Old 01-08-2013, 12:29 AM   #14
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1550 sounds great but seem rather hard to find used. There are a few on the bay but not many. $500 is a crazy deal.
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Old 01-08-2013, 12:32 AM   #15
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Old 01-08-2013, 12:35 AM   #16
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1550 sounds great but seem rather hard to find used. There are a few on the bay but not many. $500 is a crazy deal.



wow yeah I'm surprised to see how little there are of them floating around right now. maybe I got a better deal than I thought for $500. I feel like when I got it I googled the used price and $500 seemed to be the average.
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Old 01-08-2013, 12:06 PM   #17
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So what would be the current version of the RG1550?
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RG1550m? Or if you don't like pickguards (or maple fretboard), the rg1570. Basically, in 2003 the rg550 & rg570 were renamed rg1550 and rg1570. The largest difference was the change from the Edge (or Lo Pro Edge) to the newer Edge Pro trem. Plus the Prestige name added on

As to what were the best out of the 20+ years of production of the Rg550/570/1550/1570, everyone would have their own take on the subject. Personally, I prefer the original wizard neck with the AANJ and the lo pro edge bridge. That combo was only made in 1996 for the rg570

That being said, I find that my 2008 1570 fits my hands better than my older '93 s540 or newer 2010 rg3570.
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http://tucson.craigslist.org/msg/3448888961.html

Says the pups need to be wired but that's no big deal really... for $250 you'd be getting a pretty damn well playing guitar assuming the neck is good.

Hell you could even hold on to the $750 and pick up another guitar when something comes around.
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Personally, I'd go for a 1550 or 2550 for the 5-piece neck. And any Ibanez made before 1993 will have a square neck heel, which is not as good as the AANJ, imo.


+1 RG1550/1570 all the way. The old block heels are ****ing aweful, no idea how they get so much love. I also think the Edge Pro is a nicer trem than the original Edge.


That aside, do you have a neck profile preference? Body shape preference? Wood preference?
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