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For other RG550 models, see RG550 (disambiguation).
1992 RGP550 GI
RGP550 Grape Ice (more images) Red copyright sprite

The RGP550 is an RG series solid body electric guitar model introduced by Ibanez in 1991. It appears to have been a limited edition model which was available only in Japan.

The RGP550 differs most obviously from the standard RG550 in that it has a clear pickguard rather than the usual black. In addition it has a rosewood fretboard instead of maple which is more common on an RG550. In reality the RGP550 is actually more like an RG570 since the transparent pickguard necessitates that the volume and tone pots be mounted via a rear control cavity as in the RG570.

The RGP550 features a basswood body with a maple Wizard neck with a rosewood fretboard with dot position markers. Components include dual Ibanez Vintage humbucking pickups flanking a single-coil, an Edge double locking tremolo bridge with a locking nut, and Gotoh tuning machines.

The RGP550 was available only for a limited period in 1991 and 1992. As such, this is a fairly rare guitar.

Specifications

Specifications for RGP550
Model name: RGP550
Year(s) produced: 1991–1992
Sold in: Japan
Made in: Japan
Finish(es): GI (Grape Ice) / LB (Laser Blue)
Body
Body type:
Solid body
Body material:
Basswood
Neck joint:
Tilt joint
Bridge:
Edge tremolo
Pickguard:
Clear
Hardware color:
Black
Neck
Neck type:
Wizard
Neck material:
1-piece quartersawn maple
Fingerboard material:
Rosewood
Fingerboard inlays:
Pearloid dot
Frets:
24 / jumbo
Nut:
Top-Lok III
Machine heads:
Gotoh SG38
Electronics
Pickup configuration:
HSH
Bridge pickup:
Ibanez V2 (H)
Middle pickup:
Ibanez S1 (S)
Neck pickup:
Ibanez V1 (H)
Controls:
Master volume / master tone / 5-way lever

Images

1992 RGP550 LB
RGP550 Laser Blue Red copyright sprite

Sources

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