Ibanez RG550-BK Standard with Maple Fretboard 1992 – Black

$ 650.00

Vintage 1992 Ibanez RG550M BK
Serial Number F248624
Made in Japan
Production year: 1992   Serial: 48624
Factory: FujiGen Gakki, Nagano

Here is a rock solid, early 90’s shredder in a black finish with maple fretboard. This guitar is oozing with natural MOJO thanks to the authentic play-wear! It has been shredding since 1992, and has been well played, but with love. It has a somewhat relic look thanks to the scattered dings minor dents, scuffs and little scratches.  

The body is what you would expect on a guitar of this age with various dings dents and scratches. There is quite a bit of finish checking along with vaious nicks and scratches I tried my best to photo. Also some light finish cracks in the neck pocket as well.

Unfortunately missing the trem arm. All electronics are original and work as they should with no scratchiness in the pots. It is missing the back trem cover. The locking bridge is not original but everything else appears to be original to this guitar.

Neck is straight and some light fretwear but nothing major. Some wear to the maple fretboard.

Freshly setup with 10’s to standard tuning.

Comes with a gig bag.

Definitely a rare piece that will be a great addition to any collection!

The RG550 is an RG series solid body electric guitar model introduced by Ibanez in 1987. It was initially part of the Roadstar Deluxe series, which eventually became the RG series.

The RG550 was the first RG featuring the new body shape. The design was based on input from Steve Vai while designing his first signature Ibanez model, the JEM777. The RG550 was introduced as a more affordable alternative for the JEM777.

The RG550 shares the same basic design and dimensions of the JEM, but highlights some of the JEMs more distinctive features such as the monkey grip and the lion’s claw tremolo rout. These changes were made both to make the JEM more distinctive, but also with and eye toward reducing production costs.

Like the JEM, the RG550 has a basswood body, a thin maple neck and a double locking Floyd Rose style tremolo bridge. Instead of the JEM’s DiMarzio pickups, the RG550 is equipped with American designed Ibanez Vintage pickups. In place of the JEM’s disappearing pyramid fretboard inlays, the RG550 has simple dots.

For 1990 the volume pot was relocated slightly further from the bridge pickup to prevent interference with the tremolo bar. The pickups also received a visual update with new logos.

The original RG550 was discontinued after 1994. A new RG550 was introduced in 1997. In 1995 and 1996, a model based on the RG550 with rosewood fingerboard was issued for some areas as the RG550-R.

Body type: Solid body
Body material: Basswood
Neck joint: 1987–1993: Tilt joint
1987–1991: Edge tremolo
Pickguard: AB & HP finishes: 3-ply white/ black/ white
Other finishes: 3-ply black/ white/ black
Knob style: Plastic top hat
Neck type: Wizard
Neck material: 1987–1991: 1-piece maple
Scale length: 648mm/ 25½”
Fingerboard material: 1987- 1989: Maple
Fingerboard inlays: Dot
Frets: 24 / jumbo
Nut: Top-Lok III
Machine heads: Gotoh SG38at
Hardware color: Black
Pickup configuration: HSH
Bridge pickup: 1987–1993: Ibanez V2 (H)
Middle pickup: Ibanez S1 (S)
Neck pickup: 1987–1993: Ibanez V1 (H)
Controls: Master volume / master tone / 5-way lever pickup selector