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.

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NEWS: Ibanez releases PGM300REWH Paul Gilbert model

This guitar itself is old news but here’s Ibanez’s press release (from August 3) about the re-issued PGM300, now named the PGM300REWH (the ‘RE’ stands for ‘reissue’ and the ‘WH’ is the code for ‘white.’ These are great guitars – Edge bridge, DiMarzio PAF Pro humbuckers and a FS-1 single coil, and a neck which shares the same shape as Steve Vai’s Jem series.

Ibanez Celebrates 20 Years of Paul Gilbert Signature Models, Unveils PGM300REWH
August 03, 2009

From his days in Racer X and Mr. Big to his most recent instrumental work, Paul Gilbert’s mind-bending, warp-speed playing has inspired countless guitarists. With their telltale F-holes, Paul’s signature Ibanez PGM axes have become legendary for their looks, exceptional sound, and feel. At 2009 Summer NAMM, Ibanez was pleased and excited to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the PGM line by unveiling the PGM300REWH, a stellar reissue of the PGM300WH. The decision to reissue this PGM model was made by a worldwide fan vote, held online at Ibanez.com.


The PGM300REWH features a super-fast 5pc. maple/walnut Wizard Prestige neck with maple fretboard, Edge bridge, DiMarzio PAF-PRO pickups in the bridge and neck positions, and a DiMarzio FS-1 in the middle. Needless to say, the wide range of tonal variations and hard rock sounds will blow away even the most blasé of guitar aficionados.

The PGM300REWH is a Limited Production model and only 200 will be made available worldwide. A hardshell case and special 20th Anniversary Certificate are also included.

Model: PGM300RE
List: USD$2.666.65
Available Finish: WH-White
Body Material: Basswood
Neck Material: 5pc. Maple/Walnut
Neck Scale/Type: 25.5/JEM Prestige
No. Frets/Type: 24/Jumbo
Fingerboard: Maple
Inlay: Black Dot Inlay
Bridge: Edge Bridge
H/W Color: Cosmo Black
Neck Pickup: DiMarzio® PAF-PRO®
Middle Pickup: DiMarzio® FS-1™
Bridge Pickup: DiMarzio® PAF-PRO®
Case: Deluxe Hardshell
Case List: Included

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