First built in 1987 and based upon the first gen Steve Vai JEM777, the original Ibanez RG550 is revered by rock and metal guitarists. This Genesis Collection reissue takes its ancestor's classic design and adds a few modern touches.
The original's 1-piece maple neck has been upgraded with a 5-piece laminated maple/walnut one.
Its versatile HSH pickup configuration has been overhauled with modern V7 and V8 humbuckers.
The RG550 features a comfortably contoured basswood body, resonating with a warm growl and enough midrange definition to cut through a dense mix.
Twist, bend, and dive-bomb to your heart's content, thanks to an Edge locking tremolo. Loaded with aggressive styling (including eye-grabbing black hardware), the RG550 is a fast-playing, hard-rocking tone machine.