i have been playing electric guitar for about 8 years .most of the time im playing heavy metal and rock stuff like megadeth ,metallica , dream theater ,satriani,queen and deep purple
i paid for it 900$.
i acquired this uint because it was the best guitar that i can find that was i my budget.
the 24 fret neck is very thin i think that this is the thinnest neck that i've played.
the action on the neck is very low so you can play without any effot.
the Edge-pro bridge is very comportable and the guitar dont get out off tune.
the dimarzio stock pickup that come with the guitar are very good(pleasant surprise ) but im going to put steve's special in the bridge and air norton in the neck .
the 1,3,5 pickup position are very quiet comparing to other guitars(even the single pickup)
im using marshall G50 RCD amp and boss MT2
good distortion and clean sound very suitable for metal and rock.
the Set up direct from the factory was very good.
this guitar is awesome for shreding!
the 2,4 pickup position got annoying hum and thier volume is bit lower comparing to the other position
Wizard Prestige neck
3pc. Maple Neck Material --give great sustain
Rosewood Finger Board
Edge Pro bridge
DiMarzio IBZ (H) Neck PU
DiMarzio IBZ (S) Mid PU -DiMarzio IBZ (H) Bridge PU
highly recomended if you are playing metal sfuff but it also very good for rock and blues for my opinion.
im very satisfied with it and if it would stole i will buy the same guitar.
Ibanez has long since had a tradition of having the *550 models having a maple fretboard. For the 2550, however, they decided to use rosewood for whatever reason. Why they did that, I'll never know. The guitar features a basswood body, a maple neck with a rosewood fretboard, 24 extra jumbo frets, dot inlays, an Ibanez floyd rose, HSH configuration, one volume, one tone and a five way switch.
The guitar has some awesome fretwork on it. For those that have never played a Prestige model, you'll be in for a treat. You normally don't find this kind of fretwork on most guitars out there. The ends are fairly round, and there are no issues with low frets on these. The guitar didn't have any issues regarding a sloppy neck joint, so no problems there. The biggest issue was that it was a bit heavy, but it wasn't too big of a deal as I've had heavier basswood guitars in my hands before. The Edge Pro on this is cool, although it's not as good as the previous generations.
The guitar had a Crunch Lab in the bridge, a Chopper in the middle and a LiquiFire in the neck. The Crunch Lab works great for that super fat and clear sounding rhythm tone. It can do both leads and rhythms without any issues at all, and I find this pickup seems to work great in nearly any wood you throw at it. The Chopper was cool, but I didn't like the way it combined with the neck and middle positions. It was kinda like the odd man out pickup or something. The neck was just absolute smooth lead heaven, and it delivered some absolutely amazing clean tones.
The guitar is great, but I couldn't help but wish it had a maple fretboard. I think it looks very good, but it's not that much different from all the other *570s out there. The thing that made out the *550 stand out was the fact that (most) had the maple fretboard, and that's why I always chose those models over the rosewood models. At least they fixed it with the latest models.
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Amyuzik's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)
The bridge is Ibanez Edge Pro.
The handle is of type Wizard Prestige 24 frets.
The pickups are DiMarzio / IBZ in HSH configuration but I replaced with EMG 89 neck, EMG SA in middle and EMG 81 in Bridge.
With the original microphone configuration there is a 5-way switch (Neck, Neck + Mid, Mid, Mid + Bridge, Bridge) a volume knob and a tone knob
The handle is great. It may be a little too flat for those who only play open or barred agreements but as soon as one begins to want to walk on the handle is a real treat.
Access to acute is equally impressive, we do not realize even though we are already at the 22nd fret and reach the 24th there is no gene except the junction body / neck begins only to point the tip of his nose.
If you're used to playing on lower end guitars, the sound quality that you get to learn will be even easier.
The sounds can be achieved with the original microphone are quite varied. Round and warm in microwave neck, cold and precise micro bridge and approaching some of his Strat micro middle.
With EMG I rode it, the choice is even wider. There are the same but with a volume knob in Push / Pull that toggles the microphone neck humbucker to single coil equivalent to EMG SA. The heat that adds to the single coil is really nice.
I use it with an amp Randall RT50C which is rather typical Metal but also in my home studio plugged into Guitar Rig or Amplitube and all types of sounds make it very well.
I've had a little less than a year and have had an Ibanez RG321 before this one, I can no longer play on the 321 so the difference in quality and comfort is huge.
The next step up the range will be a guitar luthier because Prestige Series Ibanez is really very good but probably not as much as a guitar made "custom".
Before purchasing this model is rather beginner guitar, I had a little trouble to tell me that a guitar could be worth more than € 1,000. I did not think there could be such a difference in quality, but now I really think expensive guitars worth their price.
Although I am now curious to see if a signed model would be even better and the price is not only due to the fact that it is the guitar of Steve Vai or Satriani, I repeat that choice without hesitation.
Everything has been said I think:
- Made in JP
- Edge Zero tremolo
- MSM, DiMarzio / IBZ for 3 (non-and split-but hey .. you will not buy an Ibanez RG for funk)
- Jumbo frets
- 5-way switch
- 1 vol / 1 tone
The handle is ultra comfortable and is a real highway. It is rather flat and wide, perfect for the bends. No concern at the access to acute.
The action is pretty low. For those who prefer a more high, they can always pay directly through the small screws on the bridge / floyd.
The guitar has a strat shape but is slightly heavier, yet it is very well balanced and I do not think 500grammes more or less makes you tired shoulder much when you are on stage.
Small flat on my level on this guitar: the floyd. If you use it too as barbarians (like me), the guitar désaccordera despite mechanical blocking present on the headstock. Nevertheless, one can adjust the bridge to become a bridge "fixed" or so for him floyd could be used only in one direction like a vibrato. I chose to do it like that over and no worries.
In clean: The sound is really good. Mics dmz / ibz are really versatile, I prefer to limit its clean my deluxe strat player. In my opinion the neck position + 2 intermediate positions are really good: claps enough to funk and reggae (intermediate shaft) is crystalline (via bridge), it is warm enough for blues and jazz. The intermediate position handle can even be used for blues riffs. In short, really try, you will understand.
I am not using the bridge position in clean, it really has value 0. You have "everything" you need on the handle and two intermediate.
In distortion / metal / shred / fusion: The guitar is made for it .. I do not think I need to explain. The bridge pickup is the most accurate and done really well out harmonics. It does not leave her a dirty or rough.
Same, to test to really see the possibilities of this microphone.
I use it since 2007 and before I had a Telecaster on which I had put in a Hotrails easel. The Tele is a guitar that I love but it's a different style. Otherwise I played on LTD Eclipse 1000 Deluxe Player Strat and on.
We will compare what is comparable between the Eclipse and the RG, I'll buy the RG through its access to acute (yes, it is the metal to the shape of a Les Paul for the last 3 boxes you break fingers) and microphones DMZ / IBZ.
The +: intermediate positions that are clean and in a crazy bridge pickup very specific distortion / metal
The -: Floyd has set. I've put more vibrato mode, and it suits me very well
I no longer use the guitar because I have acquired a Vigier Supra. The RG Prestige is still the best value / price that can be found in this range of metal guitar. It is versatile in clean and distortion and it has a lot of mouth. For those who are a little reluctant, they can go home Charvel, Jackson or Ltd / Esp, but at this price point, there will be nothing better in terms of config and comfort.
I put 8/10 because in the end, I switched to the competitor Otherwise you can go to Ibanez eyes closed