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Ibanez RG3550MZ Prestige Electric Guitar  

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    Awesome playability and an incredible array of tones.

    The Ibanez RG3550MZ is a lightweight electric guitar that features a basswood body and the incredible Ibanez Super Wizard 5-piece neck for fast and effortless shredding. The 24-fret rosewood fingerboard is dressed with dot inlays and has an ultraflat 16.92" radius that makes 2-hand tapping effortless. The RG3550MZ guitar's Ibanez Edge-Zero bridge features the ZPS (Zero point system) spring system and offers easy tremolo adjustment, tight tone, and good tuning stability allowing you to perform the most radical of trem effects with flawless tuning accuracy. Ibanez includes a hardshell case with the RG3550MZ Prestige electric.

    This Ibanez guitar features the powerful combination of the deep and warm DiMarzio Air Norton DP193 Alnico Humbucker in the neck position, the clean and bright DiMarzio True Velvet DP175S Alnico Single-coil pickup in the middle, and the wide-range, high-output DiMarzio DP155 Tone Zone Alnico Humbucker pickup in the bridge position. The 5-way blade selector lets you play each pickup separately in positions 1, 3, and 5 and will split the humbucker coils with the middle pickup in position 2 and 4.

    DiMarzio AIr Norton DP193
    The tone of this alnico magnet humbucker is deep and warm, but not muddy. It's hot, but not distorted. It's even got cool harmonics, which are really unusual for a neck humbucker.

    DiMarzio True Velvet DP1755
    A vintage-style single-coil pickup that's clean and bright, but designed to still sound sweet when picking above the 12th fret. Coil is tuned to a frequency range that's bright but not thin.

    DiMarzio Tone Zone DP155
    This alnico magnet humbucker is hot enough to qualify as a high-output pickup, but has a wider dynamic range – hard picking will produce a lot of power, and softer picking will be much cleaner and quieter.

    Check the drop-down menu to the right to select colors and/or other options.

    Features

    • Basswood body
    • 5-piece Bolt-on maple/walnut Neck
    • 25-1/2" scale
    • Super Wizard Prestige neck
    • 1.69" nut width
    • 24 jumbo frets
    • Bound maple fretboard
    • 16.92" fretboard radius
    • Dot fretboard inlays
    • Edge-Zero tremolo bridge With ZPS3 Spring System
    • Dimarzio Tone Zone bridge humbucker
    • Dimarzio True Velvet middle position single-coil pickup
    • Dimarzio Air Norton neck position humbucker
    • Master Volume and Tone Controls
    • 5-Way Blade Pickup Selector
    • Die Cast Tuners
    • Black Hardware
    • Case Included
     

    RG3550MZ Prestige Electric Guitar Specifications:

    • Super Wizard Prestige Neck Dimensions:
    • Scale/Length: 25.5"/648mm
    • Fretboard Radius: 16.92"/430mm
    • Width at Nut: 1.69"/43mm
    • Width Last Fret: 2.28"/58mm
    • Thickness 1st Fret: 0.66"/17mm
    • Thickness 12th Fret: 0.74"/19mm
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    IbanezRG3550MZ Prestige Electric Guitar
     
    4.9

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    prestige 3550

    By Nesken

    from North Carolina

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts
      • Small Venues
      • Take The Time To Tweak It

      Comments about Ibanez RG3550MZ Prestige Electric Guitar:

      I bought mine from this site it was slightly used however when I got it ,it was really brand new not a scratch on it .When I got it and opened the case I was pleasantly surprised to see that it looked incredible plugged it in and that's when I realized why it was returned ,who ever had this guitar before me(less than 30 days)knew nothing about setting up guitars because they had it all screwed up after about 20 minutes making some adjustments this guitar starting to shine ,this guitar is awesome no dead spots or buzzing from the frets pickups are awesome ,the finish is perfect action as sweet as it comes , I was originaly going to get the Steve Vai model but took a chance and got this because originally they are almost 2,000 I got this one because someone didn't know about guitars before me for 1,300 and some change which makes it even better .I recommend any prestige to anyone ready for the next level in guitars I have several jacksons and this blows them away .Thank you Ibanez , I love this guitar.

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Just bought my second one!

      By JB

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about Ibanez RG3550MZ Prestige Electric Guitar:

      After owning a dozen or so high end prestige models over the years this is definitely my favorite (along with my recently acquired 3770Z). It's well balanced e.g. not top heavy, sonically versatile and extremely playable. The new titanium reinforced necks are awesome and the stock Dimarzios sound fantastic. I may replace the bridge pickup in my second 3550 with something hotter but for once it's not a requirement. I also own a 2011 S5470 and in my opinion the 3550mz blows that guitar away. The S5470 is top heavy, has way more sustain issues, and the stock ibanez pickups are un-impressive (it's a pretty looking guitar though). For the money this is an extremely well made instrument that won't disappoint you. It may take a few days to adjust to the super wizard neck but don't worry - you'll love it. I'll be on the lookout for used 3550's from now on as well because I'm that impressed with this guitar. Do yourself a favor and pick one of these up before Ibanez discontinues or makes some random changes as their known to do

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      (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      the greatest guitar of all time

      Comments about Ibanez RG3550MZ Prestige Electric Guitar:

      this is my dream guitar, from the moment my friend refered me to Ibanez i saw this guitar on there website and knew that was the one. so overall i would say this is the greatest guitar of all time. im planing on geting 2 or 3 more due tio the playability and value of this guitar. each for a different tuneing of course. i would strongly recomend the RG3550MZ to any person looking to buy a guitar of this caliber for under $2000.
      its really like a Strat and Les Paul combined. with the body being similar to a strats, and the thick tone(humbuckers) being similar to a Les Paul. obviously a great combination. the super wizzard prestige neck is incredibly fast, with the almost entirely flat radius. its very easy to tap on this neck. the maple fingerboard and neck is very smooth and comfortable. i have sweaty hands alot of the time when i play and painted necks stick to my hands like glue. and i do not have this problem with Super wizzard prestige neck. the edge zero with the ZPS-3 keeps it in perfect tune and is very fun to just dive bomb and climb on. when i first got the 3550 i literally went crazy with the trem for like 5 minutes non stop, and it did not alter the tuneing at all. if it had of been a Floyd Rose it would have went out of tune as soon as i touched the trem arm. hahaha. im jk but the Floyd would not have been able to stay in tune anywhere near that long. the DiMarzio Tone Zone, True Velvet, and Air Norton pickups are soooooo good in this guitar. with the right amp and EQ settings you can get extremely high gain rhythm tones with the Tone Zone, its almost as heavy as the DiMarzio D-Sonic in the bridge if my RGT42. The True Velvet is really crisp, and sounds almost like an accoustic electric when you pick above the 12th fret with a clean channel on an amp. and last but not least, the Air Norton. <3 the Air Norton has such a singing tone. i solo on the neck and the Air Norton gives me perfect Paul Gilbert and John Petrucci tone(my favorite players). and of course the Air Norton sounds great with loads of gain.
      i have a Roadster Orange Metallic finish and it is incredible. the frets are a little un even on mine, but its was an easy and sort of cheap fix, just $70. and now is perfect, haveing said that... the fret dressing as it was when i first got it is so smooth, there are no rough or sharp edges. heck, its an Ibanez Prestige. what more do i need to say. lol
      the value is amazing. yeah, its expensive. but is it as expensive as a Gibson Les Paul standard, or a Jackson SL1 Soloist? no, it is not. and do the Jackson or Gibson have the value of the RG3550MZ? again, no they do not. it is not that the Jackson Sl1 or Gibson Les Paul Standard are not good guitars, they are in there own right. but they do not have the same value or high level of craftsmanship as the RG3550MZ.

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      (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Versitile Axe

      By Robert Hartell

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about Ibanez RG3550MZ Prestige Electric Guitar:

      Two years of ownership and going strong. I've actually considered picking up another one in black, because I don't want to wear out my favorite orange one. If you're into a broad range of styles it will serve you well. It's extremely comfortable seated or standing, has a nice heft to it and the construction is rock solid. The extra couple hundred dollars is worth it. Hope this helps.
      It has all the ingredients of a proper super-strat.
      The locking trem with zps stays in tune perfectly. The bridge is low and comfortable and the micro tuners are out of the way. The locking nut works great - no slippage, no cut strings and whatever it's made from it holds up well. After two years of use none of the system shows signs of wear other than where my hand has worn some of the the hardware's finish from the bridge saddles. This thing will stay in tune practically forever or until you loosen something to change the strings. The intonation adjustment tool works as advertised and was easy to use. Ibanez makes some great locking trem systems and has a good video of this particular sytem on their site.
      The Dimarzio's are great. I particularly enjoy the tone zone in the bridge. It's on the lower end of hot - not super hot - but covers a lot of ground and it's great for a rock setting at full volume. I spend a lot of time playing classic Randy Rhoads era Ozzy stuff and this bridge pup does that well. It's equally good on a clean setting especially with the volume rolled back a bit. With the right amp / pedal settings you can do more modern metal if that's your thing - but if that's your only thing you already know you need some EMGs - better IMO to buy something else that's already equipped with them than to tear out the exceptional passives on this. You get a lot of options with the 5 way switch and the Hum-Sing-Hum configuration.
      The pots are quiet, smooth and even - no sudden surges or swells. They are a little on the firm side dialing, but easy enough to move when you need to.
      Tuners are smooth with a nice feel - easy to get in tune. Of course with the locking nut there's not much to say here.
      I've had mine for two years and during that time it's been used a lot. I got it in the Roadster Orange Metallic finish, which was flawless. I'm sure it's every bit as good on the black and white finishes.
      The neck on this guitar feels great. It's wide, flat and thin. The 3550 benefits from the titanium rods, which are not all of the prestige models. The maple fingerboard is beautiful and the inlays look much better in person. If you haven't held and RG, the neck joint is carved in such a way that it just lays in your hand perfectly. There's no neck plate back there and the bolts are recessed so you don't notice them when you play. It looks great and feels better. The neck has a satin finish that's perfectly smooth. The headstock inlay "Ibanez" logo is done in abalone, which isn't advertised or demonstrated in many photos. I was suprised to find it and it looks great. Everything feels solid and I've never had any unwanted noise from the electronics or fret buzz.
      So far I've only managed to wear out one thing, which is the output jack. It still works fine, but one of the retaining clips on the inside that helps secure the cable fell out one day when I unplugged. It's an inexpensive and easy fix, but I haven't bothered since it still works fine and the one remaining clip holds my cable in w/o any problem. Jacks wear out and I don't think mine wore out prematurely. (hint - buy a guitar stand so you don't have to unplug ever time you get up to do something)
      This is one of four guitars I own and they are all at very different price points. I have one signature Ibanez that trumps this RG, but not by much. You really do get what you pay for and I don't think you can do better if you drop down to the $999 range - although I have to admit I'm intrigued by the new "Premium" line up. I recently purchased a Charvel Wild Card (made in Japan). It's a well equipped, well built instrument and I like it a lot - but it's not in the same league as this RG3550. The devil's in the details. When you are new to guitar you don't notice all the differences as much, but once you've played a few years and picked up a few more guitars you pick up on the little details and benefit from them. How much guitar do you need? That's the real question I guess. All I can say it this will perform and hold up very well for you.

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      (0 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Very good metal guitar (not only metal)

      By raoelb

      from Netherlands

      Comments about Ibanez RG3550MZ Prestige Electric Guitar:

      Good for almost anything , tapping is really effortless but it would sound better with emg's
      Good quality but the tremolo can rust easily if you dont wipe it
      Good but they could put in some emgs to make it better for the price

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      (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Nice, but not perfect

      By Raul CP

      from California

      Comments about Ibanez RG3550MZ Prestige Electric Guitar:

      I'm quite happy with the purchase, but I had better experiences purchasing other guitars.
      It does have everything you'll dream on a guitar. Maybe it lacks some additional strings, but that would be another story.
      Here... I'm not that satisfied. The main reason is that I cannot get the action as low as in my RG1527 without string fuzz. I'm used to adjusting the bridge and the truss rod, and the optimal here is not as good as I expected from a Prestige. Of course, other guitars from the same model may be much better. But I'm not as satisfied with the neck as with my other Ibanez Prestige guitars, as fast and comfortable as it is.

      The pickups are great, and all the rest. The volume pot made some noise, but that was fixed easily with some cleaning spray.
      I received a good guitar, though I reckon that it is somewhat overpriced.

      On the other hand, I don't agree with the people saying that getting a RG1451 and changing the pups gets you the same. The maple, the ZPS and the 1mm of difference are just reasons for the 3550mz to exist.

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      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Prestige can't be beat

      By Claytron5000

      from Bentonville Arkansas

      Comments about Ibanez RG3550MZ Prestige Electric Guitar:

      I was fortunate enough to get the orange metallic Roadster color and it is phenomenal. This guitar is the best one I have ever had. To get a les paul to play and sound this good you have to spend 4000 dollars... you will not be disappointed. pull the trigger and buy it.

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      5.0

      prestige all the way

      By 6stringdb

      from tampa bay

      Comments about Ibanez RG3550MZ Prestige Electric Guitar:

      next to the s series with the wizard neck, this guitar is the best i have ever played. so good that i have two of them. super fast neck and perfect balance makes playing effortless. all i can say is try one out, if you play powerful music, you will love the tone zone pickup. i am so pleased with this model.

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      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      RG3550MZ

      By RisnShine7

      from Alabama

      Comments about Ibanez RG3550MZ Prestige Electric Guitar:

      I bought this guitar the other day and I gotta say I am impressed. The sound is very versatile. I wanted a shredder guitar and it works great for that and sounds good for any kind of music you want to play. The trem system is also very cool and stays in tune very well too. I have been playing it for the last 2 days and I think it is one of the best guitars I have ever owned and I have owned some very high end instruments and this one ranks up there with the best of them.

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