#1
I'm looking for an RG, but I don't know what model to decide. I think I'm looking for a model from 2000 onwards so it isn't too dinged up when I buy it, new or used for $600. I'm looking for an HSH, solid finish and with a pickguard.

I've looked at Rg350DX, RG350 EXZ, RG350M, RG450DX, and RG1550 models. Basically, the 1550 is most expensive, but I want to know if there is too much of a difference (Playability, wood quality, neck quality) between what I listed that would make one model worth getting over the other?
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#2
1550 or 1570 (or if you're looking at them before they were prestiges, also 550 or 570). trems are way better, and they're made in japan. it's a no-brainer.

I have a feeling that the 2003 470 had an edge pro (and it was made in japan), so it'd be worth considering, too.
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#3
I'll just weigh in here. I have an RG370DX with the Edge III. It was my first guitar, and it was not a wise choice. As for what you get by going more expensive, I got a RG921QMF at a killer price from Guitar Center (I matched it to Ken Stanton's price), and it feels, sounds, and looks massively better than my 370. Of course, the 921 doesn't have any of the primary parts you listed (It has no single coil and no pickguard, and is fixed bridge), but as far as getting your money's worth, I am very happy with it. So that's my two cents, hopefully it wasn't too boring or pointless.
#4
The 1550 is a huge outlier in that group... and it's by far the best one. If a 1550 is on the table, I really wouldn't even think about the others.

Stay far away from anything with an Edge III.

The Edge Zero II seems to be holding up pretty well so far, but any trem on a Prestige model will still be a lot nicer (Edge Zero, Edge Pro, etc.).
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#5
Other than the trems, is there any other reason the 1550's a better pick?
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Much better build quality than a MIK 350. Also I think they come with DiMarzios stock so you won't have to swap the pups (citation very much needed). But the quality difference, it's like comparing an Epiphone to a Gibson.

Although the 4xx is mid-tier, and used to be MIJ, so if it's an older MIJ one and you don't have the money for a 1550, that may be alright. But 1550s are far superior.
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Much better build quality than a MIK 350. Also I think they come with DiMarzios stock so you won't have to swap the pups (citation very much needed). But the quality difference, it's like comparing an Epiphone to a Gibson.

Although the 4xx is mid-tier, and used to be MIJ, so if it's an older MIJ one and you don't have the money for a 1550, that may be alright. But 1550s are far superior.


The rg1550 has the v7/v8 humbuckers, which are not overly good. The 1550 is head and shoulders above the others in term of quality and playability.
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The rg1550 has the v7/v8 humbuckers, which are not overly good. The 1550 is head and shoulders above the others in term of quality and playability.


The IBZ Vintage pups are way better than Infinity ones. But yeah, 1550 is godly compared to the mortal 350.
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Regardless, I think I will be switching pickups (certainly the middle). Thanks for the input, looks like the 1550 is the way to go.
#10
People use the middle pickups on Ibanez guitars? Whaaaaat? I'm about to order some single coil pickup covers and rip all my middles out :P
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Other than the trems, is there any other reason the 1550's a better pick?


yeah it's made in japan and is just made way better. also should come with a hardshell case.

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Although the 4xx is mid-tier, and used to be MIJ, so if it's an older MIJ one and you don't have the money for a 1550, that may be alright. But 1550s are far superior.


the 4xxs are actually really nice guitars (probably not quite as nice as the 550/570/1550/1570- they don't have the classic wizard neck profile, but are still pretty nice), but are let down by the trem.

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The IBZ Vintage pups are way better than Infinity ones. But yeah, 1550 is godly compared to the mortal 350.


true but they're still pretty mediocre.

and agreed
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