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Ibanez Celebrates Its Rebirth in 1987 With The 20TH Anniversary RG550S [ Winter NAMM 2007 ]

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Ibanez Celebrates Its Rebirth in 1987

Anaheim, CA, 18 January 2007 — Buffeted by unfavorable yen/dollar exchange rates, the once successful Ibanez brand found itself in a desperate struggle for survival by the mid-’80s. The company had to completely reinvent itself a very different focus, with more innovative, more focused and more upscale products. At the Chicago NAMM Show in 1987, Ibanez held its collective breath and showed off its colorful new wares: the Steve Vai JEM guitars, the slim S, the Soundgear bass, and the RG550, a made-for-metal machine with a super-thin neck. Perhaps no other guitar personifies shred and metal styles than the RG550, and the guitar was a significant player in the turnaround of the fortunes of Ibanez.

At the 2007 NAMM Show at Anaheim, Ibanez will celebrate the success of the 1987 RG550 and its descendents with three limited edition 20th Anniversary RG550XX’s. The guitars are adorned with the original 1987 finishes, Road Flare Red, Desert Sun Yellow, and, of course, a basic Black model, which features a rosewood fretboard instead of maple. More importantly, the guitars are all equipped the original Edge tremolo, the original spec super-thin, flat Wizard necks and the original tilt-plate neck joint. The necks have been made even stronger than the originals with 5pc maple/bubinga construction. One small difference between the 1987 originals and the 2007 Anniversary models is a special 20th Anniversary control cavity plate.

Each of the three lists for $1199.99, which includes a matching finish case, matching finish strap and even 20 Anniversary picks. The RG550XX will be limited to 1987 pcs worldwide, with approximately 1200 of those (400 each of the three finishes) destined for the U.S.

Model NumberRG550MXX
List$1,199.99
Available FinishesDY(Desert Sun Yellow), RF(Road Flare Red)
Body MaterialBasswood
Neck MaterialMaple/ Walnut 5ply
Neck Scale/Type25.5in/ Original 1987 Wizard
No. Frets/Type24/ Jumbo
FingerboardMaple
InlayBlack Dot
BridgeEdge tremolo
H/W ColorBlack
Neck PickupIBZ V1 neck pickup
Middle PickupIBZ S1 mid pickup
Bridge PickupIBZ V2 bridge pickup
Controls1 Volume, 1 Tone, 5 way pickup selector switch (Split-5)
CaseMatching finish hardshell case (Yellow for DY, Red for RF)


ModelRG550RXX
List$1,199.99
Available FinishesBK (Black)
Body MaterialBasswood
Neck MaterialMaple/ Walnut 5ply
Neck Scale/Type25.5in/ Original 1987 Wizard
No. Frets/Type24/ Jumbo
FingerboardRosewood
InlayPearl Dot
BridgeEdge tremolo
H/W ColorBlack
Neck PickupIBZ V1 neck pickup
Middle PickupIBZ S1 mid pickup
Bridge PickupIBZ V2 bridge pickup
Controls1Volume, 1Tone, 5way pickup selector switch (Split-5)
CaseIncluded
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