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    Default Re: Ibanez Genesis Series

    Looks like an RG to me.

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    Default Re: Ibanez Genesis Series

    ‘80s-style RG550 MIJ for $999.

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    I remember the 550s but had no idea they were part of a collection
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    V7 and V8 seems like an odd choice, no? Wouldn’t $1099 with Duncan’s/Dimarzio’s be better?
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    It's all fun and games until they ship the guitar with premium name-brand pickups that aren't the ones you want. Yanking a set of V7/S1/V8 out of an RG550 and replacing them with a carefully chosen assortment of the best of Seymour or Larry is a time-honored tradition. Why would you want to change that?
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    Default Re: Ibanez Genesis Series

    Personally, I love the original V-2 pickups from the late 70's / early 80's. They had a big midrange honk I love. I still have some in a box waiting for the right guitar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TMD View Post
    It's all fun and games until they ship the guitar with premium name-brand pickups that aren't the ones you want. Yanking a set of V7/S1/V8 out of an RG550 and replacing them with a carefully chosen assortment of the best of Seymour or Larry is a time-honored tradition. Why would you want to change that?
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    Default Re: Ibanez Genesis Series

    havent seen the new ones but i loved my 550 back in the day. v1/s1/v2 but i swapped the v2 for a fred, great guitar!

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    Those RG's are my guilty pleasure, even with the thin neck. Though I'd rather have a Charvel San Dimas and have a Les Paul and a few Frankenstrats, there's something about those RG550's that makes them fun to play. Would be nice if there were a few other color options.

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    I own the Desert Yellow (DY) one, I also own several other RG's made in the '90s and very early 2000, one of them a black RG550.
    The Genesis model is a pretty neat guitar, no doubt about that, but... Originals were better!
    The pots are total crap on the Genesis, nowhere near the original quality, the 5-way switch crackles as well.
    Of course those are not expensive or complicated things to take care of, but still, I wish they were acceptable quality like the originals were.
    But hey, we're 2020 unfortunately...

    That said, it is a good guitar, except the pots and 5-way, there are no issues and original quality is equalled.
    Of course it comes with the V7-S1-V8 pickup combo which is not the best, but that is a known thing as well that is easily fixed.
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    I think it it's great that they brought back the square heel and are offering a MIJ guitar at a reasonable price. However, they really should have stuck with the original pickups. V7/V8 is so '90s, not '80s

    I get the point of being easier to justify replacing them, but come on...if it's meant to be a retro reissue, then "overhauled with modern V7 and V8 humbuckers" shouldn't be in the product description! I want an RG that looks, plays, and sounds like I pulled it off the wall in 1987

    Also, I'm a little disappointed by the limited color range. I like bright, flashy guitars, but these aren't really speaking to me.

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    i think mine was a '90. it was laser blue and kicked ass though not a super flashy color

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    I like the ruby red and dark blue versions,,,,,,,,but a 17mm neck isn't for me.
    I would much rather get a barely used prestige with the 18mm neck and rounded heel.
    It's great they used the original edge trem though!

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    I haven’t decided yet if the angled heel is a deal breaker for me. All my RGs and my JEM have been AANJ.

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    My first real guitar was an Ibanez RG270DX, in blue metallic...

    with "Powersound" pickups- bridge pickup was 22k? and sounded thick and real heavy. neck humbucker was just mud...

    Never could like the thin neck, or the floyd.. so I sold it .
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    Quote Originally Posted by Erlend_G View Post
    Never could like the thin neck, or the floyd.. so I sold it .
    Another example on how one man's trash can be another man's treasure
    Those are two things I really appreciate!
    Powersounds were pretty terrible pickups indeed though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Erlend_G View Post
    My first real guitar was an Ibanez RG270DX, in blue metallic...

    with "Powersound" pickups- bridge pickup was 22k? and sounded thick and real heavy. neck humbucker was just mud...

    Never could like the thin neck, or the floyd.. so I sold it .
    I have an RG270DX I bought new in 2002. I did the following to it:

    • Took it for a fret level and dress
    • Replaced trem with German Original Floyd Rose
    • Converted the nut to a top mount
    • Filled the bottom-mount nut bolt holes with dowels
    • Refinished the neck with Tru Oil
    • Dyed the fretboard black
    • Put locking tuners on it
    • Put strap locks on it
    • Put EMG 81/SA/89R in it
    • Glued the neck in
    • Scalloped the last four frets


    Aside from that, I left it pretty much stock.

    Actually, the neck on the RG270DX is a Wizard II, a good bit thicker than the original Wizard that was on an RG550. It’s more like the neck on a slim ‘60s Gibson or a Jackson Soloist. It fills the hand better and is more comfortable to play for long stretches, at least for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TMD View Post
    Put locking tuners on it
    Why did you do that for?
    Of course it's your guitar and you can do whatever you like with it, but I just don't get putting locking tuners on a FR-equipped guitar.
    Just curious why you did it, maybe I am missing something.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The JEM Ghost View Post
    Why did you do that for?
    Of course it's your guitar and you can do whatever you like with it, but I just don't get putting locking tuners on a FR-equipped guitar.
    Just curious why you did it, maybe I am missing something.
    When I change strings on a guitar with a locking trem, I leave the locking nut off for a few days while the strings stretch and settle in. Locking tuners speed up the process.

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