NGD! 2018 Ibanez RG550RF

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  1. MatiasTolkki

    MatiasTolkki Gulag resident

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    So they arrived in stores on the 25th (2 days ago) and I went and picked mine up today. I have to say, Ibanez did an AMAZING job with these. Best thing they've done in a LONG time. If anyone is on the fence about getting one, dont even doubt yourself, GO GET ONE. I cannot express in words how GREAT this guitar is. I am actually on the fence about selling my Kiesel V220C because this thing is just that good.

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    Happy NGD! And good choice!
     
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    That’s the guitar I picture when I think of Ibanez - It epitomizes class in ways a tuxedo can’t.
     
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    HNGD!!

    Love that color as well!

    Where are the new 550's being made?
     
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    Fujigen factory, like all MIJs. These are insanely cheap (107,000 yen) and the quality just destroys everything out there. I wonder if the US is gonna have higher prices, but even so, I paid the pre-order sucker tax, so these will DEFINITELY be cheaper in a few months. I cant believe how beautiful RFR is in person; this is the guitar I've wanted since the Genesis collection came out 3 years ago, and now I finally have it :D
     
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    nice flame on the fretboard!
     
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    Yeah I noticed that too. It's not even supposed to be a flame maple fingerboard but it has some REALLY nice figuring.
     
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    Dawn of the Shred Scooped All The Mids

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    Congrats man!!
     
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    Road :yum:Flare :yum:Red :yum:!!!

    Congratulations, I'm jealous :)
     
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    That's gorgeous. Is it a Japan release only?
     
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    That is so beautiful! God I wish they would make 7 string versions of these...
     
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    I am torn between yellow and white. I've wanted one of these since the 20th anniversary models from 2007 lol.
     
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    For now, but I know for a fact the EU is getting them, and I expect them to be at NAMM for the US market.
     
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    eightsixboy あなたのお母さんを犯さ

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    IMO this is one more reason the premium range should really cease to exist as it currently is or be a good 40-50% cheaper. If Ibanez can make cool MIJ stuff this cheap, it makes zero sense how they have priced things really, I mean, why even look at even some of the more expensive prestige's now with these coming out :) Can only hope for a 7 string version and I'll buy a couple.

    What's the neck shape like btw? Still super wizard ultra flat and skinny?
     
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    HNGD, the rfr looks killer. a road flare red rg550 is my holy grail
     
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    Completely agree on the Premiums. I think what Ibanez is going to do is put fancy woods on the Premiums to charge more, kinda like the J customs.

    It's skinny but it's thicker than an OG wizard. I'm not exactly sure how to describe it, because they may have changed the dimensions AGAIN, because the super wizard I had on an RG3770DX felt thinner than this one.
     
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    The store I got mine at (sadly doesn't do overseas shipping) had a Desert yellow one also. Looks sexah.
     
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    I think these are actually underpriced for the japanese market. The premium rg1070 is the same price in japan as it is in the states. These are about 900 USD after conversion in japan but the price that was floated around for the US market was 1300.

    That being said..i dunno where the premium comparison comes in. These are awesome but they are pretty much the simplest guitar ibanez can make other then the paint.

    I also feel kinda dumb..cuz i just sold my 87 road flare for 600...and now I'm thinking about getting one of these.

    but i'm gong to justify it by saying new guitar in perfect condition with a clean fretboard and tall frets.
     
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    beautiful guitar. I love the bright coloured ibanez rgs. A neon green, maple boarded rgr would be killer.
     
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    actually, they might be underpriced, but That's the only way ibanez can compete over here, and Hoshino knows that. Overly aggressive pricing to sell as many as they can.
     

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