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For other RG550 models, see RG550 (disambiguation).
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The RG550EX is an RG series solid body electric guitar model introduced by Ibanez for 2000. It was produced in Japan by FujiGen.

The RG550EX features a basswood body bolted to a maple and bubinga Super Wizard neck with a 24-fret rosewood fingerboard with mirrored dot inlays and matching headstock. Components include Ibanez Vintage pickups in an HSH configuration, a locking nut, a double locking tremolo bridge and a mirrored pickguard.

The RG550 is a similar model with a maple fretboard and black pickguard. The RG570EX is also similar but lacks the pickguard and has sharktooth fretboard markers.

The RG550EX was sold only in Europe and was discontinued after 2002. It was essentially replaced by the RG2550EX as Ibanez consolidated all of their Japanese-made guitars under the Prestige banner.

Specifications

Specifications for RG550EX
Model name: RG550EX
Year(s) produced: 2000–2002
Sold in: Europe
Made in: Japan
Finish(es): Galaxy Black (GK) / Silver Sand (SD)
Body
Body type:
Solid body
Body material:
Basswood
Neck joint:
AANJ
Bridge:
Edge tremolo (10.8mm string spacing)
Pickguard:
Mirrored
Knob style:
Knurled metal dome
Hardware color:
Powder cosmo
Neck
Neck type:
Super Wizard
Neck material:
3-piece maple/ bubinga
Scale length:
648mm/ 25½"
Fingerboard material:
Rosewood
Fingerboard inlays:
Mirror dot
Frets:
24 / jumbo
Nut:
Top-Lok III
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):
.009/.011/.016/.024/.032/.042
Factory tuning:
1E,2B,3G,4D,5A,6E (E Std.)

Images

Additional finishes/ details
2002 RG550EX GK.jpg
Galaxy Black
HSH 5-way both-splits.png
Pickup switching diagram
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Control layout

Sources

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