The RG550 is an RG series solid body electric guitar model reissued by Ibanez in 2013. This model is a reissue of the original RG550, which was produced between 1987 and 1994. It is part of the Genesis Collection which was available only in Japan.
Like the classic RG550, this reissue has a basswood body. It also features a maple and walnut Super Wizard neck with 24-fret maple fingerboard and dot inlays. The body-neck connection is with a traditional bolt on joint with a metal plate, although in this case the plate is tilted to allow easier access to the upper frets. Components include the Edge double locking tremolo bridge, a locking nut, Gotoh tuners and Ibanez pickups in an HSH configuration.
Although the RG550 name was discontinued after 2002, the spirit of the model continues to live on in the various models in the RG1550 Prestige lineup including the RG1550MV.
2013 also saw the release of the RG550XH which is a 30-fret take on the classic design.