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1992 Ibanez RG550 Purple Neon Guitar.
Such a cool example of an awesome period of the Ibanez RG550.
Hard to find Purple Neon color, it shifts as the light hits it.
Guitar is in good to very good condition for a 30 year old Ibanez. It does show some dings here and there that are pictured, but the neck is superb and the frets are in great shape as well. Like most all of these RG’s from this vintage, it plays great.
Comes as pictured with non-original hard case and trem bar.
The RG550 is an RG series solid body electric guitar model introduced by Ibanez in 1987. It was initially part of the Roadstar Deluxe series which eventually became the RG series.
The RG550 was the first RG featuring the new body shape which was designed based on input from Steve Vai in designing his first signature Ibanez model, the JEM777. The RG550 was introduced as a more affordable alternative for the JEM777.
The RG550 shares the same basic design and dimensions of the JEM, but eschews some of the JEMs more distinctive features such as the monkey grip and the lion’s claw tremolo rout. These changes were made both to make the JEM more distinctive but also with and eye toward reducing production costs.
Like the JEM, the RG550 has a basswood body, a thin maple neck and a double locking Floyd Rose style tremolo bridge. Instead of the JEM’s DiMarzio pickups, the RG550 is equipped with American designed Ibanez Vintage pickups. In place of the JEM’s disappearing pyramid fretboard inlays, the RG550 has simple dots.
For 1990 the volume pot was relocated slightly further from the bridge pickup to prevent interference with the tremolo bar. The pickups also received a visual update with new logos.
The original RG550 was discontinued after 1994. A new RG550 was introduced in 1997. In 1995 and 1996, a model based on the RG550 with rosewood fingerboard was issued for some areas as the RG550-R.