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Dates of manufacture:
1987 to 2002
IBANEZ made the RG550 between 1987 and 2002 - it was the budget version of the Ibanez JEM-777 with the same basic body shape and HSH pickup configuration.
From 1987 to 1994 the pickups were V2-S1-V1 then from 1994 onwards they were V8-S1-V7. The original Edge tremolo was changed to a Lo-Pro Edge in 1992.
The RG550 was discontinued after 1994 but reissued again in 1997. The RG550-R (rosewood fingerboard) was available in some countries in 1995 and 1996. Also a 20th anniversary resissue of the 1987 model was released in 2007 as the RG550MXX (with maple fingerboard) and RG550RXX (rosewood fingerboard).
They came in a wide variety of finishes including a purple metallic one.
|Body material||basswood body|
|Body shape features||double cutaway|
|Pickguard material||black pickguard|
|Bridge||Ibanez Edge tremolo, Ibanez Lo-Pro Edge tremolo|
|Hardware color||black hardware|
|Fingerboard material||maple fingerboard|
|Fingerboard position markers||dot fingerboard position markers|
|Finish colors||black finish, blue finish, green finish, orange finish, purple finish, red finish, white finish|
|Number of strings||6 strings|
|Neck joint||bolt on neck|
|Neck material||maple neck|
|Number of frets||24 fret|
|Tuner layout||six-in-a-row tuners|
|Pickup selector controls||5-way selector switch|
|Tone controls||1 tone control|
|Volume controls||1 volume control|
|Pickups brand and model||Ibanez S1 pickup(s), Ibanez V1 pickup(s), Ibanez V2 pickup(s), Ibanez V7 pickup(s), Ibanez V8 pickup(s)|
|Pickups configuration||1 single coil and 2 humbucker pickups|
IBANEZ RG550 reviewed by Johnny Patterson
Best guitar I have ever played hands down, my RG550 from the year 2000 continues to blow me away every time I pick it up, and those V8 and V7 pickups just unbelievable, best crafted guitar I have ever laid my hands on the craftsman ship is just stunning. And that Wizard neck there's nothing better out there. I can't stop starring at it after all these years.