NGD Ibby RG 550 Purple Neon Beauty - 2-week-later review

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  1. Wolfhorsky

    Wolfhorsky Regular idiot

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    Howdy,
    Recently I bought RG 565 FOR and I loved it. It sure has some mojo. I decided to buy RG 550.

    Background:
    As the matter of fact I wanted to buy this one over a year ago, but covid came with its uncertainties and I was put off by that massive, bulky neck joint thing. At that time it was a deal breaker for me. Ibanez introduced RG565 and I had to have one.. I mean... HS with reversed headstock - yes please!!! I was so satisfied with the purchase that I pulled the trigger on RG 550 PN. My lovely wife told me that the orange one was my belated birthday present from last year and I can buy this one for this year's birthday of mine :)

    Review:
    Nice, singing tone with even midrange. Very good sustain. Good setup form the store or dealer - dunno. I just lowered the action to have my fav setup: 0,5 mm relief, 1-1.2 mm at 12th fret for the thin e and 1.5-1.7 mm for the thick one. Pickups are just good enough right now. Maybe in future I will change the bridge PU for more beefy/bassy one. The neck PU is just great for me. Really impressed. The Edge tremolo is GREAT. Fretboard edges OK---ish. Rounded but not superrounded. The same goes with the fret ends. A tad better that in the orange one but not the prestige level form few years ago that I am accustomed with.
    I just did one minor mod - I painted the hideous white stripe of that pickguard. And maybe I will change this stock, black one for something crazy.
    Oh, and (as always) I installed the strap locks from Ernie Ball - imho best of that kind.

    Overall:
    Very good quality-to-price ratio. Cool color with that soft chameleon effect.
    Definitely worth every single penny.

    Some pics (cool color shifting effect and the family photo):

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    jaxadam SS.org Regular

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    Fantastic man.
     
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    mlp187 Burrito Master Contributor

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    Glad to know you got an awesome guitar. Nice collection!!!
     
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    Halffarmer SS.org Regular

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    I love that colour. Almost bought one... if only Ibanez necks were a bit thicker. Still should buy one, the flip flop colour would make up for all the hand cramps i'd get.

    P.S. i'm also jealous of that errie dess swirl Jackson DK2. Was searching for one but couldn't find any for non ridiculous prices
     
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    Wolfhorsky Regular idiot

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    Thx mates for the kind words. @Halffarmer that DK2 was just happy accident - I was looking for the guitar for my friend on ebay-like polish site and there it was. It costed me around 550€ at that time (2016ish). A true bargain.
     
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    IbanezDaemon Raptus regaliter

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    Wow!! What a beauty!! I love the PN finish....one of the coolest Ibby finishes. Your collection is immense as well!!
     
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    Dooky SS.org Regular

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    Congratulation dude!
    I bought the exact same guitar about two months ago. I agree with you, they really do have mojo!
    I have two RG550's ('90 and '93) and two RG570's ('92 and '93). The new ones are every bit as good as the "golden age" RGs. In fact, I think I enjoy playing my 2021 RG550 the most!
     
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    Leviathus Psychotic Monster

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    Gotta love that purple neon, it looks like a different shade in every picture. HNGD & congrats!
     
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    Wolfhorsky Regular idiot

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    Thx guys :)
    The color is so nice. I imagine how cool aristides chameleon finishes can look as they are quite dramatic. @IbanezDaemon Your RG with that sparkly chameleon is the star of the show on sso right now imho
     
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    Thanks. Purple Neon is every bit as cool. I have a '94 model here:

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    70Seven Ibanez Foerever!!!

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    Wow that white line you painted on the pickguard really looks nice! I have a 1991 RG550, don't think I'd paint over that one but Its an idea I'll keep maybe for my next 550...
     
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    Love it.

    Also, that EDS DK2. We need some more pics of that sometime.
     
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    Wolfhorsky Regular idiot

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    Just installed this insane pickguard!!!
    ...and changed the knobs...
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    Awesome guitar! But I wanna know about that acrylic headless too.

    EDIT: Nevermind, just saw your other thread
     
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    wow that is killer!
     
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    Works so well with the all black hardware!
     

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