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This page is about the late 2017 RG550 reissue. For other RG550 models, see RG550 (disambiguation).
2017 RG550 RF
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The RG550 is an RG series solid body electric guitar model reissued by Ibanez in late 2017. This model is a reissue of the original RG550, which was produced between 1987 and 1994.

Similarities to the classic RG550 include a basswood body, a tilt neck joint with a stamped metal plate, a maple fingerboard with dot position markers and an original Edge double locking tremolo bridge with a locking nut. Differences include a five-piece laminated maple and walnut neck (the original neck was one-piece maple) and the pickups which are a pair of Ibanez V7/V8 humbuckers flanking an S1 single-coil (the original had Ibanez V1/V2 humbuckers, with the switch to the V7/V8s happening in 1994).

Although the RG550 name was discontinued after 2002, the spirit of the model continued to live on in the various models in the RG1550 Prestige lineup including the RG1550MV. The RG655 which was introduced in 2014 and its variations are the modern equivalent of the original RG550.

The RG550L is a left-handed version. The classic RG570 is also being reissued alongside this model as well as a new dual humbucker, hardtail model, the RG521. These throwback models are marketed as the Genesis Collection. The RG550DX was added in 2019.

Specifications[]

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Specifications for RG550 (2017–2024)
Model name: RG550 (2017–2024)
Year(s) offered: 2017–2024
Sold in: Americas & Oceania / Asia & Africa / China / Europe / Japan 2017–2018 / USA
Made in: Japan
Price: MSRP: US$1,333.32 (2020)[1] • SMAP: US$999.99 (2020Cite error: Closing </ref> missing for <ref> tag)
Finish(es): Desert Sun Yellow (DY) / Purple Neon (PN) / Road Flare Red (RF) / White (WH) 2017–2019; not available in Asia
Body
Body type:
Solid body
Body material:
Basswood
Neck joint:
Tilt Joint
Bridge:
Edge tremolo (10.8mm string spacing)
Pickguard:
Black
Knob style:
Plastic top hat (black)
Hardware color:
Black
Neck
Neck type:
Super Wizard
Neck material:
5-piece maple/ walnut
Scale length:
648mm/ 25½"
Fingerboard material:
Maple
Fingerboard inlays:
Black dot
Frets:
24 nickel silver
Nut:
Top-Lok III (43mm)
Machine heads:
Gotoh SG381
Electronics/ Strings
Pickup configuration:
HSH
Bridge pickup:
Ibanez V8 (H)
Middle pickup:
Ibanez S1 (S)
Neck pickup:
Ibanez V7 (H)
Controls:
Master volume / master tone / 5-way lever pickup selector
Output jack:
¼" stereo barrel (side mounted)
String gauge (factory):
2017–2021: .009/.011/.016/.024/.032/.042
2022–2024: .009/.011/.016/.024/.032/.042 (D'Addario EXL120)
Factory tuning:
1E,2B,3G,4D,5A,6E (E Std.)

Images[]

Other available finishes
2017 RG550 PN
Purple Neon
2017 RG550 WH
White
Additional details
HSH 5-way both-splits
Pickup switching
Controls VT5
Controls layout

Videos[]

2017 Ibanez RG550 "Genesis Collection"
Ibanez RG550 Purple Neon ( Demo )


Sources[]

  1. RG550-RF product page, Sweetwater (US retailer), archived November 2020
  • RG550 DY product page, Ikebe Gakki (Japanese retailer), archived November 2017
  • RG550 PN product page, Ikebe Gakki (Japanese retailer), archived November 2017
  • RG550 RF product page, Ikebe Gakki (Japanese retailer), archived November 2017
  • RG550 WH product page, Ikebe Gakki (Japanese retailer), archived November 2017
  • RG550 product page, Ibanez USA, archived January 2018
  • RG550 product page, Ibanez Europe, archived January 2019
  • RG550 product page, Ibanez Asia & Africa, archived January 2020
  • RG550 product page, Ibanez USA, archived May 2022
  • RG550 product page, Ibanez China, archived January 2023
  • RG550 product page, Ibanez Americas & Oceania, archived January 2024
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