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Ibanez SZ520QM Quilted Maple Electric Guitar   

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The Ibanez SZ520QM Electric Guitar is a powerhouse with a set neck and mahogany body for oodles of sustain, and a pair of Duncan Ibanez humbuckers fo...Click To Read More About This Product

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A great price for a set-neck Ibanez.

The Ibanez SZ520QM Electric Guitar is a powerhouse with a set neck and mahogany body for oodles of sustain, and a pair of Duncan Ibanez humbuckers for strong, meaty tone. A quilted maple top, full binding, and a special 12th fret inlay dress it up properly for the show.

FEATURES
  • Set 3-piece mahogany neck
  • Mahogany body with quilted maple top
  • Bound rosewood fretboard
  • 22 medium frets
  • Gibralter III bridge
  • Dual Duncan Ibanez humbuckers
  • SZ Special inlay at 12th fret
  • Body, neck, and headstock binding
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4.9

(based on 37 reviews)

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Astounding for the price

This guitar was an unexpected surprise for me. I've never liked Ibanez but this guitar had the specs that I wanted. Basically it is Ibanez's take on a PRS styled guitar. The stock...Read complete review

This guitar was an unexpected surprise for me. I've never liked Ibanez but this guitar had the specs that I wanted. Basically it is Ibanez's take on a PRS styled guitar. The stock pickups were okay but didn't sound that good at gig volumes and had feeback issues. I replaced them with a new Seymour Alt-8 at the bridge and an Alnico II pro for the neck. Now this guitar is just unbelievable. It has climbed its way through my other, more expensive guitars, to become my #1. The thick maple cap makes for a very tight tone even under high gain. It also adds complexity to the overall tone. It sounds big enough distorted that I sold off my all mahogany Les Paul. It even sounds great clean! Very crisp and pristine tones that you'd expect from a strat. I imagine the thick maple cap had something to do with that. However, I've talked with people who have had COMPETELY different experiences with this guitar than mine. Some had told me their SZ520 was very light, which odd because mine is very heavy for its size. So in conclusion I don't think all SZ's are created equal. I'd go out, play a bunch and find the one that sounds best. I think I must of lucked out. My SZ sounds like a much much much more expensive guitar. Word of advice: replace the pickups with real duncans, it will make a big difference.

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Poor quality

This is a low quality Korean made guitar. It looks great on the website, but after playing it for a while I am very disappointed. It was almost impossible to get the neck...Read complete review

This is a low quality Korean made guitar. It looks great on the website, but after playing it for a while I am very disappointed. It was almost impossible to get the neck straight enough to play without the strings rattling or having them to high. Lots of feedback from the pickups makes it hard to turn it up loud without a noise suppression pedal. Spend a little more money for a higher quality.

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5.0

Metal lives in this guitar

By Juggernaut-lOFhO

from Saint Joseph, MO

I've had this guitar for only a couple months & can't manage to even want to put it down!!! This axe simply awesome!!! It just let's your fingers flow effortlessly up & down the fret board. The string through body allows it to stay in perfect tune. I haven't to really mess with the tuning since I tuned it the 1st time. As far as sound goes you can crank out heavy shreddin' metal or you can back down & play clean & switch it back up just like that. It's a very versatile guitar & small framed to boot. If you're lookin' for diversity in your instrument you need not look any further than this Ibanez!!!!!!!

 
5.0

First Guitar and Only Guitar

By Gelomatron

from Titusville, NJ

I play a lot of funk music, and to me a really great funky tone is beefy yet with a lot of bite. When I throw the selector into the stock neck pickup, the tone through my old Carvin British series 100 Watt amp is perfect. It's chunky as soup. I've never had to buy another guitar because it's so versatile. I love it. The only thing is the flame inlay looks a bit funny. But who cares if it sounds awesome out of the box?

 
5.0

AMAZING GUITAR !!!

By cincominutosparaellightodespoto

from Ridgewood, NJ

I love this guitar! I had a little bit of a feedback problem when I first got it so I replaced the old humbuckers with Seymour Duncan Alnico 2 Pro Humbuckers and it sounds unbelievable! It has become my main stage guitar! I own a Gibson Les Paul Studio and I still think this sounds better and is easier to play on!

 
5.0

Great guitar!!!

By Guitarman101-aIZN.

from N.C

I got the Ibanez SZ520Qm (blue one), and have had it for 7 months. I play in the youth band at my church, and this guitar has not failed me yet. I play it practicly every day. And it even sounds good on my "first act" amp. I would reccomend this guitar to beginner, to expert.

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5.0

Astounding for the price

By Rohan-Xym5b

from Houston

This guitar was an unexpected surprise for me. I've never liked Ibanez but this guitar had the specs that I wanted. Basically it is Ibanez's take on a PRS styled guitar. The stock pickups were okay but didn't sound that good at gig volumes and had feeback issues. I replaced them with a new Seymour Alt-8 at the bridge and an Alnico II pro for the neck. Now this guitar is just unbelievable. It has climbed its way through my other, more expensive guitars, to become my #1. The thick maple cap makes for a very tight tone even under high gain. It also adds complexity to the overall tone. It sounds big enough distorted that I sold off my all mahogany Les Paul. It even sounds great clean! Very crisp and pristine tones that you'd expect from a strat. I imagine the thick maple cap had something to do with that. However, I've talked with people who have had COMPETELY different experiences with this guitar than mine. Some had told me their SZ520 was very light, which odd because mine is very heavy for its size. So in conclusion I don't think all SZ's are created equal. I'd go out, play a bunch and find the one that sounds best. I think I must of lucked out. My SZ sounds like a much much much more expensive guitar. Word of advice: replace the pickups with real duncans, it will make a big difference.

 
5.0

If It Was A Woman I'd Marry It.

By Lucianhaze

from Hamilton, New Zealand

Bought the flame-maple option secondhand from trademe for NZ$800. This guitar was my dream guitar for years and years through high school and last year I finally bought one. I know Gibsons, Fenders and PRS's are technically better guitars. But not by a huge amount and I loved the versatility this guitar has offered me. It has excellent sustain, a very smooth action and stays in tune really well. It also has some seriously sexy curves and overall look right down to the headstock and off-white binding. The only semi-gripe I have with it is the position of the pick up selector. I switch from neck to bridge very often because I switch between rhythm and lead often. Maybe it'd be better if the selector was positioned further toward the neck pickup. Also I might throw some EMGs or Seymour Duncans (mine didn't come with Duncans) just to had a bit more grunt to it. Other than that this guitar is just amazing.

 
5.0

Really nice all around axe

By Michael Evans Project

from Jacksonville, Florida

Best guitar for the money. Great neck, pick-ups sound great and the sustain lasts an eternity. I use this guitar for all my recording. Recently purchased a Jackson RR3, which cost $150 more and ended up bringing it back. I like Jackson guitars, but for the money.... no comparison. The only draw back is that the meatal coating is wearing off of the bridge and the bridge pick up after only about a year and a half... but thats only a visible thing and obviously doesnt affect the playability. Love this guitar and plan on keeping it a long long time.

 
5.0

Ibanez SZ520QM

By PJ-IPKxy

from Texas

I have had my 520 for over two years. It is a fabulous guitar and a killer value for the money. The neck is flawless and very comfortable to play. I keep trying to go back to my MIA Srat Plus, but keep coming back to the 520. I will definitely pick up another 520 to have as a back up. The PUPS are fantastic and it gets a great out of phase tone in the middle position. I've read some complaints on the PUPS but I have to say they obviously don't know how to tweak their amp/modeler settings. Our sound guys love the tones I'm getting with my 520 through my Line 6 POD setup.Great looking guitar. Killer sustain. Very versatile. My only complaint is the goofy looking flame inlay. I would have preferred dots or nothing at all. But not a deal breaker.Enjoy this guitar, it's well worth the price.PJ in Texas

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Sweet axe!

By Saintmetal

from Arkansas

Ive had this guitar for about a year now, and Im still blown away everytime I pick it up. Its gotta great playing neck and fantastic sustain. The only problem I had with this axe is the pickups; dont get me wrong they sound fine but I put a Seymore Dunkin Blues pup in the neck and a Seymore Dunkin Distortion in the bridge. So lets just say the sound of mine will blow any outta the water. All in all, this axe is a killer and I highly recommend buying one.

 
5.0

Totally awesome

By Nik

from Alaska

I bought this guitar used and it plays amazing so I can imagine a new one being awesome. My only beef with it is that it is a one piece guitar(the neck doesn't bolt on) but the sound/price was too good to pass up on just for that.

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