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RRP: $1,799 • aus­tral­is­mu­sic.com.au

First built in 1987, 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 one-piece maple neck has been up­graded with a five-piece lam­i­nated maple and wal­nut neck. Its ver­sa­tile HSH pickup con­fig­u­ra­tion has also been over­hauled with V7 and V8 hum­buck­ers for a modern twist.

The RG550 fea­tures a com­fort­ably con­toured bass­wood body, res­onat­ing with a warm growl and enough midrange def­i­ni­tion to cut through a dense mix. You can twist, bend, and dive-bomb to your heart’s con­tent thanks to an Edge lock­ing tremolo sys­tem. The RG550 is a fast-play­ing, hard-rock­ing tone ma­chine loaded with ag­gres­sive styling.

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