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Ibanez S520EX Electric Guitar  

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    Made for extreme metal!

    The Ibanez S520EX Electric Guitar is a dream to play. Mahogany body for superior resonance, fast 3-piece Wizard II neck, jumbo frets, ZR tremolo bridge, and IBZ INF1 neck pickup and IBZ INF2 bridge pickup. White neck binding, black hardware, and black finish. Clean and deadly.

    Features
    • 3-piece Wizard II neck
    • Mahogany body
    • Jumbo frets
    • ZR bridge
    • IBZ INF1 neck pickup

    If you play on the outer edge, you need a guitar that will keep you from falling off. Order today.

     
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    4.8

    (based on 42 reviews)

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    The only S520EX Review You've got so far..

    I bought the S520EX w/ the Dunlop Crybaby special that was in the magazine a few months ago. No one had a review posted, so here are my thoughts.Looks: The guitar looks...Read complete review

    I bought the S520EX w/ the Dunlop Crybaby special that was in the magazine a few months ago. No one had a review posted, so here are my thoughts.Looks: The guitar looks great. Solid black, black hardware, minimal inlay. It's a stripped down guitar that looks the part of the music that it was created to play. Don't let the super thin Wizard II neck and even smaller body, this guitar is heavy. I own a PRS Hollowbody and Fender Strat and this thing is heavier on the shoulders than either of them. It might just be that I am used to lighter guitars though. In short, you won't be disappointed with how it looks.Hardware/Sound Quality (the important stuff):The only thing lacking in the sound quality is the depth. You're not going to easily achieve a full-bodied sound out of this guitar. It has scorching mid and high tones, but the bass is a bit empty. Also, if you plan on running this guitar clean the majority of the time, I would suggest you not purchase it. The pickups don't get a great clean sound, but I only use it to play shred/metal, so this isn't much of a problem for me. The ZR Trem system is great. You can rip on the bar for days and it will stay in tune. There is no finish on the neck, which is a dream to play. It will slide right through your hands with ease.If you're thinking of taking your speed playing further but don't want to break yourself, this is a great guitar to get going on. I picked it up because I wanted to push my Vai/Satriani/Van Halen chops further, and I wanted to make sure I had an axe with the right setup to make that transition easier. This guitar accomplished that wonderfully.A couple things to think about if you're taking my advice in this review.1. My main guitar for the past 3 years has been an American Fender Stratocaster w/ Vintage Noiseless pickups. My main focus was blues (SRV, Buddy Guy, Robert Johnson, etc.)2. My other guitar is a PRS Hollowbody II w/ Artist Package & Piezo. This is an amazingly smooth guitar. The tones you can pull from this thing are incredible. I said all that to let you know that my comparisons for the S520EX are in the view of someone who for the most part is outside of the metal genre and has rarely touched these style electric guitars in his 7 years of playing. I would love to hear some reviews from people who have more experience with both the style of music this axe is setup for and someone who has more experience with these types of electric guitars (Jackson, Ibanez, etc.)

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    ehhh...

    I bought this guitar a couple of days ago. I played it and really began thinking this was an awesome guitar for the money. Then I did a dive bomb and the threaded slot...Read complete review

    I bought this guitar a couple of days ago. I played it and really began thinking this was an awesome guitar for the money. Then I did a dive bomb and the threaded slot the tremelo bar slides down into completely broke off. Didn't even last a week...good thing I wasn't in the middle of a gig.

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    5.0

    Great Guitar!

    By SHRED HED-yQVoW

    from London, KY

    I have to say this is one solid built guitar. I purchased the s520 over a year ago and its still never given me any kind of problems. The tremelo system is great for anyone playing drop tunes, its a breeze to set the tention on the springs. Good overall tone from both neck and bridge positions, lots of low end punch but still clear. Fast thin neck thats great for metal players. If your looking for a good, sturdy, reliable axe... for the price you cant go wrong with the s520.

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    4.0

    Why'd they remake it?

    Guitarists such as Paul Waggoner of Between The Buried And Me use the original S-520s which have a walnut finish and fret dots instead of the goofy inlay. Paul is using it on the Colors tour and it sounds amazing. If these have the same sound quality as the 1 he used it'd be worth the money. I wish they'd go back to square one and make it not all "metaled out" and have that walnut finish and fret dots again. Just an fyi to anybody Paul has emgs in any ibanez he uses so I have no idea how the straight sound of it is. But this seems like an awesome axe.

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    5.0

    Ibanez S520EX

    By Jiabcaknseoxn

    from Mt. Horeb, Wisconsin

    I purchased this guitar a while ago. At first I was rather excited about it, as it had a really nice feel, and look to it. I also enjoy the tremolo a lot, because it never went out of tune. I did return this guitar though, for, after a while of getting used to it, I found I needed more. The pickups don't produce loads of tone that I wanted, and found in EMG's. The sustain also doesn't last that long. I do miss this Ibanez, and I plan on getting another in the future. Good guitar.

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    5.0

    Near Perfection!

    By scurvy78

    from Spokane

    This is a very refined guitar. It's almost effortless to play. The low profile trem system, (better than Floyd rose)jumbo frets, thin neck and overall shape of the body makes this a fast and comfortable guitar. The pickups are very versatile; great metal tone and amazing clean tone (rich). My only complaints are the lack of inlays, may trip up some guitarists. The trem bar falls out and the pick ups are a little weak on the attack, but not by much. The sustain suffers a little from the bolt on neck and trem system. Minor details. Overall, the best guitar for the price by far. I chose it over the Jackson 2m.

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    5.0

    Very Nice Guitar

    By Ibanez fan-cs2kF

    from Minnesota

    The trem is in my opinion top of the line. Never drops tune, Beautiful Gloss Black. Pretty good pickups. One bad point which may not matter to better players than I, is I don't like the inlay. I am a novice but have played many guitars before I settled with this one, but I am still dependant on the sharktooth inlays. Fast neck. Great value.

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    3.0

    ehhh...

    By dimebls22

    from atlanta , ga

    I bought this guitar a couple of days ago. I played it and really began thinking this was an awesome guitar for the money. Then I did a dive bomb and the threaded slot the tremelo bar slides down into completely broke off. Didn't even last a week...good thing I wasn't in the middle of a gig.

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    5.0

    This is one axe to die for

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    I previously had some bad experiences with Ibanez guitars, having owned two different RG models (one of them being a prestige model), and both of them failed to live up to my standards. I was going to go for an an ESP, but I found this guitar instead. The day after I played it, I came back and bought it. The INF1 and INF2 sound great. They both produce great sound. For a mahogany guitar, this is one very light guitar, yet it sounds just as full as other mahogany bodies I have played. The ZR tremolo is the centerpiece on this axe. Man does it let you dive bomb. You can get some really good squeals out of this guitar, and it stays in tune perfectly. Changing strings is no problem once you learn how to do it. My only problems with it are the following.1. It's a bolt on. Why can't, unlike with the RGs, Ibanez make a neck through S?2. Only 22 frets. I prefer 24.3. Inlay is pretty lame and I could live without it.Otherwise this is a great guitar and perfect for anyone playing any kind of metal, or for someone who just wants to shred.

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    4.0

    it's a machine

    Made to be played, the s520ex is a workhorse. The ZR trem is incredible. I've owned many guitars with Floyds on them, but this set up tops them all. Never out of tune, and never worried if the trem will set back to "center" after wrenching the trem arm. The neck is a little flatter than I like, but for you shred-heads, this is a good thing.

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    5.0

    Awsome guitar

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Very nicely made. Sounds solid, and plays like a dream. The finish is awesome and the pictures dont do it justice. My only complaint is that the pickupss are a little muddy and weak. But not bad by any means. Also, the bridge is sick and the strap buttons are also strap lock compatable

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    5.0

    Pretty Sweet!!!

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    ok, i dont own this guitar but i played it a music store and fell in love with it instantly. the tremelo is kicka**. it realy wails. the neck and body are thin so it realy isnt that heavy while playing standing up. the only thing that i think that should be different is the neck. it should be set in or a neck-thru not bolt-on but its still sick.

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