RG2550Z review by Ibanez

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  • Sound: 8
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reliability & Durability: 9
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 9
  • Features: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 8.8 Superb
  • Users' score: 9 (77 votes)
Ibanez: RG2550Z

Price paid: $ 800

Purchased from: Private Seller

Sound — 8
Upon receiving the guitar, I was having some sustain issues. But with a quick raising of the pickups that problem was eliminated. Now I can hold a note for as long as I want. This guitar through my Peavey Valveking 212 sounds absolutely amazing. It delivers warm tones for smooth blues. Or can get down n' dirty with some heavy distortion for metal and everything in between. I will admit that the middle single pickup is a bit on the weak side. But its not a major problem.

Overall Impression — 9
With my playing style mostly progressive-metal, this guitar is absolutely perfect for me. While its not as good as my Music Man JP6, it is an extremely good guitar for the price. I highly recommend it to anyone Who is searching for a versatile, and extremely good looking guitar. If it were stolen, I would absolutely replace it, without a doubt.

Reliability & Durability — 9
To say this guitar is built like a tank is an understatement. I feel like i could go Pete Townshend on a drum set with it, and then go play another gig with it. Everything on the guitar feels very durable, and almost "chunky". Its a very satisfying feeling. Strap buttons are very oversized for added stability. AS stated above, the finish appears to be heavily clear coated for durability. While this guitar is built like a tank, it still gets temperamental about tuning when the weather shifts. If its an outdoor show I would not go without a backup guitar.

Action, Fit & Finish — 9
The action on this guitar is absolutely perfect. While the Edge-Zero bridge does not have string saddles for independent action adjustments. This drawback is corrected with a well built bridge unit and an excelling truss rod that can be manipulated to fit anyones playing style or remove any string buzz's that may occur. The ZPS3 tremolo system takes some getting used too, but once set up correctly it really does keep you in tune after you get done with dive bombs or lifts on the trem. My only complaints about this guitar are that the Fine Tuners on the back of the bridge are very stiff and require lots of pressure to turn, which kind of defeats the definition of "fine tuning". The guitar is in the Galaxy White finish with a bronze colored pickgaurd. The finish is absolutely stunning to say the least. And then once onstage and the lights glitter off the gold flakes in the paint, it really does impress. Lots of clearcoat make for a very durable finish as well.

Features — 9
Made in Japan, this guitar features a 5 piece Maple/Walnut Prestige neck topped with a beautiful Rosewood fingerboard and jumbo frets makes for a very speedy combination. A thick Basswood body provides great tone and sustain. The pickups are DiMarzio/Ibanez design in a H-S-H setup and can be coaxed into making any tone you want. And all the Hardware is in a very luxurious Cosmo Black finish which feels and looks great. the Gotoh tuners are extremely smooth and easy to work with. This guitar comes with a form molded Team J. Craft case which will only fit this guitar (i actually tried fitting a friends 2550 into it and it would not work). The case is very sturdy and has plenty of space for any needed accessories at a gig.

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    I have this guitar, no single complaint so far. Amazing quality, amazing sound, easy to play and very robust. I actually threw mine on the floor once (long story), for absolutely no damage apart from a scratch on the back.
    Sean Hooper
    Honestly how could u rate this guitar using a digatal amp u wouldn't hear a great difference between a cheap guitar and an expensive one on a proper valve amp u will hear a proper difference and the guitar will sound a million times better
    nice guitar. whats the difference between the prestige and the ultimate prestige. The ultimate has a darker neck but what else price difference in uk is 200. cheers Joe