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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 pl... 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
  • Black hardware
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IbanezS520EX Electric Guitar

(based on 13 reviews)

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(36 of 40 customers found this review helpful)


A dream guitar!!!! ( I will soon own it)

By Italy5150

from Undisclosed

Comments about Ibanez S520EX Electric Guitar:

This guitar is one of the most versatile guitars I have ever played on. The INF pickups sound great and have a nice tone. The mahogany body is light because of the way the body is set up. Around the very edges of the guitar, the body is very thin. But where wood counts (the bridge and pickup area) the wood is really thick. The Green Shadow Flat finish doesn't show any fingerprints at all. The Wizard II neck is amazingly fast and just the right width and radius for me. The greatest thing about this guitar imo is the tremolo. The Zero Resistance bridge pivots on ball bearings instead of traditional pivot screws. As a result, this guitar stays in tune perfectly. This is he best

(21 of 26 customers found this review helpful)


Shred Like No Other...

By kyle25

from San Diego, CA

Comments about Ibanez S520EX Electric Guitar:

This guitar is amazing. I have it in black and it looks stunning, this guitar easily stands up and give my Gibson Les Paul a run for its money. The neck is very thin and very fast. The body is light yet you can feel its presence, no more back ache from the 30lb les paul. Amazing guitar live and its just so versatile and easy to play. Mix this guitar, EMG 81,85 set, and a Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifier Rackmount and you get the greatest metal/hardcore tone ever!!! Amazing price too! If you want to hear it check out my band at

(15 of 18 customers found this review helpful)




from North Olmsted, OH

Comments about Ibanez S520EX Electric Guitar:

Absolutlely amazing guitar. Low action, no fret buzz. The flat green color is absolutely amazing! (and doesn't show fingerprints etc..). The pickups sound great, I wouldn't change them. The trem is aswesome, and the body feels about half as thick as an RG's body is. Excellent value, it is way up there in quality with the rest of the Ibanez Prestige Guitars. I absolutely love it and hope to own it this summer.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


Great all over guitar

By Asher

from Littleton, CO

Comments about Ibanez S520EX Electric Guitar:

I didnt want to buy a guitar with humbuckers because they dont have a good clean sound, but i was very surpised that they had a really good clean sound actually. Even though the guitar is very this it really isnt that light, probably because of the bolt on neck. The neck is also very thin and easy to shred, since i love doing arpeggios. I play this through a pod x3 live, and right though our system. The pickups really do have a nice heavy sound to them, but you could get better. This guitar is a great buy for the price.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)



By ForgottenFate

from Geneva, Illinois

Comments about Ibanez S520EX Electric Guitar:

When i first decided to look for an Ibanez S, i was skeptical. These guitars may be made for metal, but they can handle it all. The dual INF pickups sound amazing with just about any type of music, so you can explore it all without ever picking up another guitar. The trem will also dramatically cut down the ammount of times you have to tune. I am a big fan of black guitars and the finish on this is beautiful, and the claw marks look pretty cool too. All in all, this is a very versatile, powerful guitar that can take you wherever you want to go.


Great Guitar

By Ben

from WA

Comments about Ibanez S520EX Electric Guitar:

If you want a light guitar and great name. Look no further then the brand Ibanez. With fast thin necks, light weight bodies, great electronics, and a great outstanding name. This is a great company. This model of all the ibanez modesl wow. I don't own this guitar but once I picked it up I wanted it. This is a very light weight guitar with a thin neck. The humbuckers aren't very responsive but they still do the job. I really think it was the amp though. The amp was vox and vox to me isn't the best of amps. I like crate maybe that was my problem. This guitar is very worth it. There also is a very nice feature on it that I have never seen on other models. It has spring tension for the tremolo bridge they created. This is awesome instead of opening the guitar and having to take the screws out this cuts out all of that. No longer will you have to change the tension with unscrewing screws anymore. This has a winder which can make your tremolo more responsive with the spin of your finger. Plus this is a very light weight body. Its thin and light so you get the best of both worlds. Plus it is agressive enough for strong punk to heavy metal. If your looking for a guitar here is a guitar for you.


Great Guitar For A Great Price

By Dustin

from South Carolina

Comments about Ibanez S520EX Electric Guitar:

I recently traded in my Jackson RR5 Pro Series for this guitar, and I actually believe that I got the better end of the deal. This is the best playing guitar I've ever owned. The Zero Resistance Tremolo is great, much better than a licensed Floyd Rose in my opinion. No matter what you do with the tremolo the guitar stays in tune. This guitar is also very light and thin, which is great for players who play standing for an extended amount of time. The Infinity pickups are, in my opinion the best I've ever played on. They pick up harmonics and hold notes longer than my other guitars, that have Seymour Duncans, and EMG 81 85's. I would recomend this guitar to anyone out there, you can play any kind of music on it.


Amazing, absolutely fantastic!

By Adam Erickson

from California

Comments about Ibanez S520EX Electric Guitar:

This guitar is great. I tried it at my local guitar center. Plugged it into a Spider III 30 watt. It blew me away. The INF's sound amazing for a stock set, and the sustain is amazing. I tried it on the insane setting on the Spider III and it had an amazing crunch. The fretboard is fast, and the neck was really smooth and thin, great for thrashing. I sadly couldn't try the tremolo out, but it seemed like it would hold it's own against and Kahler or Floyd Rose. If I could get this guitar, I would.


Great guitar!

By Erik Naess

from Norway

Comments about Ibanez S520EX Electric Guitar:

Received this guitar a couple of days ago, and got really schocked when I opened my package. My first thought was that the guitar was so incredibly small, as my old guitar was a fender copy, and really fat and heavy. The Ibanez was so incredibly thin and light.It is incredibly easy to play, and the sound is very nice. I'm not an experienced enough guitarist to really go into the details, but it sems this guitar is great value for the money. Oh, and the ZR tremolo is just wicked cool :D


amazing guitar

By Eric

from temecula

Comments about Ibanez S520EX Electric Guitar:

this guitar is absolutely amazing. everything sounds great and it is perfect for shredding. stays in tune and is very lightweight.


definately worth it

By IbanezPlayer

from Sanford FL

Comments about Ibanez S520EX Electric Guitar:

The Ibanez s520ex is an amazing guitar. the price isn't too high at all. there are only a couple quirks though. None of the trem systems work as they are supposed to so you wont get a better one with a different Ibanez, but still it's awesome(I prefer a floyed rose though), but I noticed that the whammy bar flutters really easily(its not supposed to), and i don't know if it's just mine, but the G string gets knocked drastically out of tune sometimes when I use the whammy bar. other than that it stays in tune great. It's an s series so the thin body and light weight makes it really easy to do stage tricks (don't try any without straplocks) and with it and its thin neck makes playing a lot smoother and faster. the INF pickups are great for all types of music , it is great for hardcore, metal and even jazz. If you use distortion and tweak the knobs a little you get a great jazzy sound. one of my other guitars has humbucker pickups and i prefer these much more. this guitar looks really sharp in black, but the green doesn't show any finger prints. I have it in black, but it all depends on what you prefer. overall this is one of my best guitars and is a great buy.


An Amazing Guitar

By Andrew Kaplan

from Cooperstown N.Y.

Comments about Ibanez S520EX Electric Guitar:

One word can sum up this guitar. AMAZING. Well I'm just learning about guitars and have only been playing for a little while. But when i picked up the s520ex, it was love at first sight. I knew this guitar was the one for me. This guitar has a beautiful thin, fast neck, AND AN AMAZING 1 INCH THICK BODY which is amazing for shredding. The black finish is gorgeous but regrettably shows fingerprints. This guitars pickups are great in my opinion and are incredibly versatile. You can play anything from Vai, to Rush, to Metallica, to WELL, ANYTHING!. It sounds amazing on a clean setting. And can REALLY ROCK with some distortion. All in all this is a great guitar, for any genre.


Pretty Sweet!

By IbanezS4ever

from Wichita, KS

Comments about Ibanez S520EX Electric Guitar:

I've been a fan of the S series guitars for a long time and this one doesn't disappoint. The action out of the box felt great and even the stock pick-ups sound pretty decent. I'll probably swap them out, but in the meantime I've got no problem playing them out at a gig. The neck is not as thin as my S 570 (made in Japan - with the price tag to match) but the fret work is clean and the neck is straight. All in all, this is a really solid guitar. I almost forgot, the zero-resistance trem is fantastic!

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