RG470 vs RG550EX

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  1. COBHC

    COBHC Belongs On 1 String

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    Anyway here it goes. Currently have a agile interceptor pro 25 and have a intrepid pro on order.

    Looking to add a 6 stringer to my collection. Ive stumbled accross both of these locally.

    $300 for the rg470
    $500 for the rg550ex

    both come with hardshell cases and both in near mint condition.

    Googled the specs on both. Both seem to be fairly similar materials etc...
    Just looking on opinions to sway my decision one way or the other.

    Used to own a rg370dx which was a decent guitar which is why these caught my eye.
     
  2. XeoFLCL

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    iirc the 550ex has a pickguard? Thats the only real difference that I can see... maybe the trem but thats all, as I can't find quick info on what model edge the 470 has. I'd go with the 470.
     
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    Well, the trem on the 550 will be better. Aside from that, they're both japanese are they not? which one has the better pickups?
     
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    Yes the 550ex has a pickguard

    both have original v7 s1 and v8 pickups

    i beleive they are both wizard neck and both made in japan
     
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    550ex should have the edge trem, 470 has a TRS.

    Try to haggle the guy selling the 550 down to $400, and then snag it. :yesway:
     
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    waiting for email responses back form both sellers

    also found a mh-1000 blue quilt top with emg 81/85 combo i might be able to snag for 750 or so
     
  7. XeoFLCL

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    I say you go for the mh1000. It's mahogany, and already has decent pups in it. You'll save yourself the trouble of replacing the pickups in the Ibanez, which if you get actives, on the 470 would run you up to 500 or so and on the 550ex would prolly run you up to 750 anyways (if you get the single coil that is). In the end, it'd prolly turn out to be 700 for the ibanez with a full pickup replacement, and even then the ESP is more then likely better overall quality. It also has an OFR, which absolutely abolishes the edge trems imo.
     
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    Get this instead.
     
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    good point , thanks for the input guys

    going to try and get my hands on the mh-1000
     
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    afireinside SS.org Regular

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    http://www.sevenstring.org/forum/gu...ted/71497-1990-ibanez-rg-770-purple-neon.html

    Though I am partial because I am selling it it is a RG 770 (Basicly the same quality/craftsman ship of a JEM minus silly monky grip, a few levels above a 550) Has Ibby Factory HSC, USA Dimarzio pups (not the V series), edge lo-pro trem, bound neck, matching headstock, wizard neck ect 400.00 + probly 50 for shipping let me know!
     
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    id go with the RG550EX
     

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