Ibanez 25th Anniversary RG550 Relic

I’ve just managed to get my hands on Ibanez‘s latest RG 25th anniversary model, and it’s amazing. I guess Ibanez was encouraged by the response to the Evo relic announced at NAMM, so they’ve decided to apply the same treatment to the RG550.

The idea behind this model is to present a typical 1987 Ibanez RG550 as it might appear today, 25 years later and after plenty of hard playing. Features include:

* Basswood body with paint sinking into the wood grain and the joins between the multiple pieces of wood that make up the body.

* Authentic dings and scratches befitting a guitar that fell out of favour in the early 90s and was therefore chucked in a closet without a case.

* Authentic no-name case with Gama Go, Lou’s Records, What’s That Dude Play and Vai backstage pass stickers.

* Original Ibanez S1 single coil, Seymour Duncan Parallel Axis Trembucker humbucker in the bridge position and DiMarzio PAF Pro humbucker in the neck.

* Simulated drool patches to mimic what happened to the typical RG550 when the owner replaced the stock pickups with DiMarzios or Duncans.

* Neck joint finish crack.

* Neck crack in between the two bolts for the locking nut.

* ‘Finger dirt’ on the fretboard – as if the owner of the guitar was a loser who kept forgetting to clean his frigging guitar.

* Strap Locks in place of the original strap buttons.

* Dusty, rusted-ass Ibanez Edge tremolo bridge.

The Ibanez RG550APRIL1 is released worldwide on April 1, 2012.

5 Replies to “Ibanez 25th Anniversary RG550 Relic”

  1. That was awesome – you really had me going the entire time! I was thinking “cool, I’ve already got one!”

  2. Funny, the one they sent me has cavities that are four different colors (Desert Sun Yellow, Blue, Brown and then Blue again) and looks like someone’s Jem BSB prototype project gone awry. Everything else is very similar, though.

  3. Ha ha – very good … I’ve thought in the past of offering a bespoke relic service… you buy a selection of top quality PRS, Gibson, Fender, Ibanez etc. guitars and give them to me… 20 years later I will return them with authentic relicing that will be the total envy of anyone with a road worn series strat…

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