RG3550MZ review by Ibanez

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  • Sound: 7
  • Overall Impression: 8
  • Reliability & Durability: 9
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 9
  • Features: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 8.4 Superb
  • Users' score: 7.8 (25 votes)
Ibanez: RG3550MZ

Sound — 7
My style is most of 80' thrash / heavy metal and some new melodic death, it suits very good to these but if you want some hard rhythmic stuff take active pick ups... I use metalzone at 01:00 treb 05:00 bass 11:00 mids and midfreq at 1:30, and a shitty Hiwatt 100W. The distorted sound is nice for most of metal, I wouldn't play deathcore/djentish/american style metal:D with it. For soloing both pickups are perfect, no noise, very bright, the neckp sounds like a necks should,:S I hope you know what I mean, bassy and fluid. Middle Pickup and the 2nd/4rd positions (coilsplit+middlepickup): don't use it a lot, just for overdrive and cleans, sounds very good (not distorted), can't compare it with fenders single coil cleans but its good enough for a mostly-metal player

Overall Impression — 8
I have this one, a Jackson dinky, and a Ibanez rg gio. If you also love thin necks, passive pickups, Floyd roses and 80's-like Guitars then try it. I wouldn't recommend it for low tunings (max. D standart). Its a great solo guitar.

Reliability & Durability — 9
Hardware top it will withstand a lifetime. After restringing you have to tune it the first 3-4 days but after that it will never go out of tune except if you're a hyperactive monkey who does over 190 dpm (divebombs per min). You can play without a backup, but cmon who goes on a gig with just 1 guitar

Action, Fit & Finish — 9
I don't know why but it was factory tuned more or less to Eb standard, but the FR bridge was balanced to that tuning. The action was very close to the fretboard - no fret buzz - superb. Pickups were a bit too low -> but no problem with the prestige tool

Features — 9
Ibanez RG3550GK-Prestige-Serie Black with a (aluminum like) acrylic pick guard Basswood Body 5-piece super Wizard HP Maple/Walnut Prestige Neck with maple Fretboard 24 Jumbo Frets thin silver Shark Inlays (ber)- Edge Zero Tremolo ZPS 3 (Zero Point System) cosmo black Hardware H-S-H Passive Pickups: -DiMarzio Air Norton Humbucker Neck -DiMario True Valvet Singlecoil Middle -DiMarzio ToneZone Humbucker Bridge 1 Volumeknob, 1 Toneknob 25, 5" (648 mm) Prestigehardcase, and a nice prestige Multi Tool. The Edge Zero Tremolo with ZPS 3, its great read about it, try it! Its stiffer than a normal FR, great for being in-tune and playing a lot of these short vibratos, light dives. Good for Steve Vai style playing. made in Japan, I think May 2010

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    I have one of these and its a JEM without the expensive Vaiisms. Amazing tone and feel. Mine has a different ibanez neck though
    i always wondered what was better, a premium or prestige. i looked at some reviews and some said premiums were better, and some said its a feel thing, what ever suits u best or something. these people dont know what they r talking about, i bought a premium, granted its nice, but i just bought a prestige and oh my goodness there is no comparing them , prestiges r just built way nicer, better pickups, better craftmanship, better everything. i will keep them both but the premium is going to my son so he can learn on it, at least he can start on a killer guitar, i started on a 75 dollar lotus. he has it way better than i did thats for sure. you cant compare a strat to an rg prestige, ever, ibanez has everyone beat, thanks J-crew