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Ibanez RG550 - I finally bought another one!

Updated: Mar 18

When I was in my early 20's, I used to drive over to my favorite music store, and often I would try out some of the nice used guitars. Sometimes the new ones would catch my eye too. Like a Jackson Soloist with its neck through design. Great feeling guitar! Sometimes it would be a Gibson or Fender too.

One day I went in and they had some new Ibanez guitars in some CRAZY colors I've never seen before. There were about four of them ranging from a metallic blue, a bright red, and bright yellow. But the one that caught my eye was the blue one, Laser Blue to be exact. As far as I remember this was the first or second year of the amazing Ibanez RG550.

Then I played it and was floored by the action, the sound, and the incredible feel of the super thin neck profile. Yet it was wider than any electric I've owned or played. At that point I had owned only Les Pauls and Stratocasters so this was totally different.

So after leaving it on layaway I finally got this beauty home and enjoyed it for about a year and a half. I have no idea what was going on in my brain at the time but I ended up selling it to a friend. Not my biggest regret sale but one of them. I don't know if you're like me but I ended up buying several "replacements" later in life for my bad sale decisions when I was younger. It actually cured me!

Fast forward many years later. Last year I went to the nearby Sam Ash and low and behold, hanging on the rack as soon as I walked in was a near mint black Ibanez RG550! I asked to try it out and ended up jamming with another customer and with my salesman on bass. Which was a lot of fun!

I for one love the stock pickups, they are warm as anything with its dual humbuckers and one single coil. Also super versatile. I asked what year this guitar was because I thought it might be one of previous reissues. He ran the serial number and return to tell me 1991. I almost fell over.

All except a little wear on the fingerboard and a bit of corrosion on the neck plate it is near perfect. I jumped on the opportunity immediately.

I understand the bold colored ones are worth more but I bought it to play it. So I couldn't be happier with the purchase. Being that I had no intention of buying a guitar that day either.

Here is a link to the wiki page for the RG550: https://ibanez.fandom.com/wiki/RG550_(1987%E2%80%931994)

There is everything you would ever want or need to know in that article about the RG550 from 1987-1994.

If you get a chance and see one of these great guitars in a store, try it out. It just has a wonderful feel and sound. Share your experience with the RG550 that you have now or used to own in the comments below!