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Ibanez S520EX Electric Guitar  

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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 brid...Click To Read More About This Product

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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
  • IBZ INF2 bridge pickup
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4.7

(based on 43 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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This is a terribly bad guitar! I would not recommend it.

Yes, S520 looks as a beautiful guitar, but it is terribly bad guitar too! I'm owner of an Ibanez S520 guitar. The tone is monotonous and sound hollow. Sustain does not exists...Read complete review

Yes, S520 looks as a beautiful guitar, but it is terribly bad guitar too! I'm owner of an Ibanez S520 guitar. The tone is monotonous and sound hollow. Sustain does not exists on this guitar!
The neck resonates on many harmonics which results that some tones were suppressed and distorted! On the G string, between the 9 th and 12 th fret, tone is suppressed and distorted because the neck resonates on a harmonic frequency.
Also, all notes played on the E string, from the 18th fret onwards are suddenly suppressed for the same reason.
Really bad guitar. I would not recommend it to anybody.

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5.0

Great Guitar!

By SHRED HED-yQVoW

from London, KY

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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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1.0

This is a terribly bad guitar! I would not recommend it.

By zhron

from Croatia

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Yes, S520 looks as a beautiful guitar, but it is terribly bad guitar too! I'm owner of an Ibanez S520 guitar. The tone is monotonous and sound hollow. Sustain does not exists on this guitar!
The neck resonates on many harmonics which results that some tones were suppressed and distorted! On the G string, between the 9 th and 12 th fret, tone is suppressed and distorted because the neck resonates on a harmonic frequency.
Also, all notes played on the E string, from the 18th fret onwards are suddenly suppressed for the same reason.
Really bad guitar. I would not recommend it to anybody.

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(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Why'd they remake it?

By Brandon-isY76

from TN

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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.

 
5.0

Built to shred for sure!

By steve.h

from Minneapolis, MN

I've owned this guitar for around 8 months now, and it is quite possibly the best shredding guitar I've ever played, and that includes ESP's, Jacksons, other Ibanez's, Schecters, and even PRS's! The thin body and ridiculously thin neck really make it easy to solo and the ZR tremolo is almost impossible to whack out of tune. The only downside is that the pickups, while better than most stock pickups, are still no match for a nice set of EMG's or most other high-output humbuckers. I'm going to replace the stock with a couple nice Dimebuckers or something similar.

 
5.0

Best guitar i have ever played

By guitarfreak--KwKz

from Sanford

This is the best sounding guitar I have ever played. The pickups blend in with the guitar. It is realy thin and easy to move around on stage. The Floyd Rose works incredibly well. I have never seen a Floyd Rose like this one before. It is a first time experience for me.

 
5.0

Genius By Design

By OJ

from Undisclosed

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Im a multistyle guitarist, I play and find almost everything to be musical but my main passion is metal. The tones of these pups are high-output and offer a wide range of tones, from crystal clear, to creamy jazz, to a grinding crunch when distorted. There was no tone I could not achieve, I play through a Roland and Digitech pedals. The ZR trem is a lifesaver compared to a floyd, smoother wangs and easier set up. Don't let that small mahogany body fool you, its small enough for comfort, yet the dense mahogany faithfully keeps its promise of tone and sustain. The neck is a flat U shape, and, unlike a strat and very much like a neck-thru, the neck allows for easy everything, even chording and sweeping in the joint area. the looks and finish are respectable and shocking to audience, especially the inlay. I've had no trouble "shocking" with the missing inlays. No regrets in buying this guitar, between a $3000 PRS and an Ibanez, I'd go for the Ibanez anytime; definitely a more generous offer.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
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.

 
5.0

Smooth as butter!!

By Chameski

from Laguna Hills, CA

I use to own a JS1000 Satriani model and had to get rid of it as I could not play it well. There was something about the neck I could not adapt to. I took it to my guitar tech to try any and every adjustment he could think of to no avail. It turned me off to Ibanez. BUT, after reading the great reviews of this guitar, I finally broke down and bought it. I could not put the guitar down for hours. The neck is incredible and I haven't even had to take it to my tech for adjustments! This neck should be on the JS1000! In any case, the only thing I will be changing are the pickups as the neck pickup sounds a bit muddy to me. I originally bought this as a practice guitar for home but it looks like it may become my main guitar for gigs.

 
5.0

This thing is great for metal

By Jason-NrAdC

from Lake Orion, MI

I've been playing for 20 years. I love the S series guitars. I got this, put an EMG 81/85 set in, and it sounds amazing. The wizard II neck is great. The mahogony body gives the heave tone. This is a great guitar.

 
5.0

Amazing

By Blind Apathy Rocks

from Arvada Colorado

This guitar is great. Its the first Guitar ive owned with a locking system. Its great for harmonics and sounds great. Ive always owned Ibanez and they have all been great. This guitar is no exception. once you play it you'll want one.

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