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Ibanez S520EX Electric Guitar
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The S520EX electric guitar from Ibanez is an axe any player can love--cool looking, terrifically equipped, and possessed of a dynamically smooth soun...Click To Read More About This Product
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The S520EX electric guitar from Ibanez is an axe any player can love--cool looking, terrifically equipped, and possessed of a dynamically smooth sound that can stoke up big time. The Wizard II neck plays fast. The Infinity pickup at the neck combines a warm, classic tone with high output, while the bridge pickup accentuates the mids, has great dynamics and string clarity. Locking nut and ZR tremolo keep you in tune through the wild times, and jumbo frets enhance playability.
- Wizard II neck
- 3-piece maple neck
- Mahogany body
- 22 jumbo frets
- Bound rosewood fingerboard
- ZR bridge
- IBZ INF1 humbucking neck pickup
- IBZ INF2 humbucking bridge pickup
- S Special 12th-fret inlay
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I bought this S520EX in the flat Green, and looks like an army issue prop. I walk in guitar stores time to time, and I play anything with a trem and two humbuckers....Read complete review
I bought this S520EX in the flat Green, and looks like an army issue prop. I walk in guitar stores time to time, and I play anything with a trem and two humbuckers. I never believe in the hype of name vs. quality, I judge them individually, on the simple criteria of how the guitar plays. This one was the clear winner, even against the import Shectors, Jacksons, bolt on RGs, the only one that played better where the neck through body RG models, but they didn't have the Zero trem.I don't put a lot of credence in the actual tone, I just care if it sounds passable... besides, I'll slap a Duncan JB and 59 (F spaced) without hesitation. I will mention the pick-ups only because I don't think INF1 and INF2 pickups are designed for my simple set up. Both these pickups are in the top of the list in relative output. I measured them against the specs for the Duncan pick-up outputs. I think the bridge pickup INF had a 16k output, only second to Duncan's Distortion and Invader. Even though INFs had a high output, they were voiced quite dark. It sounded great on songs with a drop D, like "Never Again", and fast runs using the neck INF was very percussive. Because of the dark voicing, I think that a pedal board or amp modeler was more the amp suited for these pickups, because it seems to need a lot of pre-amp boost. However, my amp rig is simple, guitar > cord > Hand Built JTM45 turned all the way up. I need the Duncan's for the dynamic range.The action is flawless, the Zero trem stays in tune... and I shake the hell out of it, and dive bomb any chance I get. One thing about the Zero trems you might not know unless you've played this guitar; the counter tension is adjustable on the rear of the guitar by a thumb wheel. Also unlike many Floyd's, I can go to drop D without re-tuning the other strings.The body is light, and that is great when you stand for four hours at a gig. The wiring and pots are good quality and the interior is shielded. I have no problem recommending the Ibanez S520EX, except if I had to do it again, I might of considered the S320, because its cheaper, and I like the dots on my fingerboard. Though I must admit, it mesmerizes the wannabes because they can?t tell where you are on the fret board, when you got the hammer down.
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Why the S520EX sucks
Wow this guitar...Alright so the features are excellent. I love the pickups (and for being stock pickups, they're really clear and hot). The special tremello system they've got worked out...Read complete review
Wow this guitar...Alright so the features are excellent. I love the pickups (and for being stock pickups, they're really clear and hot). The special tremello system they've got worked out for these guys is really amazing. I've never had a guitar stay in tune that precisely for that long. I bought this guitar about three weeks ago. I'm the type of musician who makes live performance a priority. In fact, when I went into the local guitar store, I walked in asking "which one of these guitars can take a beating and stay in tune, and which one will last me the longest?" Well, needless to say the guy handed me the S520EX. I came back about a week after I bought it and invested in some straplocks so that when I threw it some more it WOULDN'T fall to the ground and break. Having installed the new straplocks, I threw it once. The guitar smashed to the ground and the body cracked all the way through in about 5 different places. I thought it was the straplocks that had come undone or messed up. What had really happened was the screw had ripped right out of the body. The screw RIPPED out of the body after ONE neckswing, and the body CRACKED all over. If they made these specific guitar's bodies with stronger wood, these would be the ultimate hardcore throwdown machine, but that's not happened yet.
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I've played for better than 30 years. I absolutely love the wizard II neck, (I wish it was set in). The electronics are great and the tremalo is smooth and flawless. I also love the body contour, shape and weight, very comfortable for long studio sessions and party gigs. Overall the S520EX is very versitile and sturdy. It even tolerates and old school neck bend without going out of tune (old habit). Advice to all. If ya want a guitar that will do almost any thing BUY IT!
Amazing, thats the only word I can use to describe this guitar, this thing has great looks, great playability, and very great reliability. This thing plays very very smooth as the fretboard and neck are almost flawless, the actives in this thing also sound amazing. Another great feature about this guitar is the excellent tremolo system, one of the most simple, functional, and reliable system I have used on any guitar.
This guitar is sweet as hell. The pickups have great distortion and the guitar has plenty of sustain. And I love that trem...Stays in tune with even the craziest of harmonic dives. Drop tuning is no problem with the quick access spring tensioner. Huge sound out of such a thin guitar. I knocked it a half point because I personally don't care for the sound playing it clean and I'm not a huge fan of where the jack plug is. Gonna see some scratches from plugging and un-plugging this weapon...But I don't play on the clean channel much and whats a couple scratches when you're achieving metal greatness...
I got excited when I saw this. I'd been wanting to play around with some of the S series and other Ibanez models. I have an RG7321 and love the body size. This guitar is so thin I couldn't play it. The pickups are great, not quite EMG's but still nice. The neck is nice and fast. If you want a thin bodied guitar, this is what you want. EXTREMELY THIN BODY. Any Ibanez tremolo is basically perfect, at least the double locking. Lays flat to body.
My opinion...best trem system out there. Best guitar features for the money. However, I will list pros and cons.Pros-fast neck, Best trem out there in my opinion. Super gloss black finish. Stays in tune after tons of divebombs. Light body, very comfortable. Price.Cons-No inlays, just a 12th fret claw mark. Pick ups could be better. The dials for volume and tone could be better. They are not very sensitive. Example...Volume is off, then rotate it, and the sound "jumps" in rather than a gradual fade in. There you have it, but for the $$$, it's well worth it. Hope it helps ya. I love mine.
Please don't get me wrong, I love the rg series, and own 4 of them. But, I just came home with this S520 and I think they'll end up collecting dust for some time. The action is super fast and versatile, while not being overlapping. You can get great clean tones and screaming leads, whatever your little heart desires. The pick-ups and pots COULD use an upgrade, but they'll do for the moment. With the light weight body and slick profile neck, it's easy to see why these are hot. I would recommend this to anyone who plays the axe. You can't go wrong, especially if you're looking for something fairly priced, widely known, and superbly valued. Thanks to all at Ibanez for a great Guitar that will bring ton's of happiness to this player.
this guitar is the best i've played. its light, thin, and has a great tone. also it has fine tuning and a tuning lock at the head so it doesn't get out of tune. also its great for doing DragonForce stunts like the elephant noise, string break effect, etc.
For the price range on this guitar, you would have a tough time finding a better one. The locking nut works remarkably well, and the trem is also of the highest standards. It is also really easy to adjust the counter-tension on the trem because of the knob that is conveniently located on the back. If you are a professional musician, I would save up the money and splurge on one of the Joe Satriani signature models if I were you (Those things sound incredible, but I'm broke), but if you are a hobbyist like me, or even an active musicians that doesnt have ridiculously high standards, the S520EX is definitely the way to go.
IM NOT AN IBANEX GUY AT ALL, BUT I NEEDED A GUITAR W/ A BAR & MAN THIS IS A GOOD ONE. IT ROARS FOR METAL, STAYS IN TUNE WHEN DIVE BOMBING & SOUNDS GREAT CLEAN. HIGHLY RECOMENDED & I PLAY PARKERS & PRS.
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Pros: This is a great, light guitar. It locks in tune and stays in tune for a while. It's very easy to tune it if out of tune which it only gets out of tune slightly. Whammy bar stands strong with divebombs. And it has a really cool 12th fret mark inlay :DCons: Nothing much actually. String height adjust screw is really tough. When I tried to lower the action it actually stripped the allen screw port or what ever it's called. I get fret buzz at some of the high frets but I think I can fix that if I adjust the neck bend.Over all it's a great product for beginners.