Ibanez S520EX

Ibanez S520EX

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S520EX, STC-Shaped Guitar from Ibanez in the S Standard series.

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  • Manufacturer: Ibanez
  • Model: S520EX
  • Series: S Standard
  • Category: STC-Shaped Guitars
  • Added in our database on: 07/16/2006

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Ibanez S520EX user reviews

Average Score:4.6( 4.6/5 based on 12 reviews )
 9 reviews75 %
 2 reviews17 %
 1 user review8 %
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iamqman's review"Not too bad"

Ibanez S520EX
Ibanez has been known for some of the greatest overdrive pedals in music history. They've built the Ibanez tube screamer and have probably been the most successful distortion overdrive pedal that is ever been manufactured. Ibanez seeks out to build an manufacture good quality sounding and very inexpensive instruments. Their guitars is no exception. You can get some of their much more prestigious guitars from their prestige line all way down to some of the most basic beginner guitars available.

So you have a vast array of different guitars for different folks different price ranges and definitely different build qualities. This guitar is a good guitar for someone he's learning the learning how to play the guitar and need something that will be very versatile but also be extremely comfortable to play. One of the great features that Ibanez has is there comfortable next and just overall feel and balance to the guitar. They're pretty inexpensive if what you get I think there is a lot more to be said than just the good price.


Available finish: BK black

Body material: mahogany

Neck material: 3pc maple

Neck scale/type: 25.5 in./Wizard II

No. frets/type: 22/jumbo

Fingerboard: bound rosewood

Inlay: S special on 12th fret

Bridge: ZR Zero Resistance tremolo

Hardware color: black

Neck pickup: IBZ Infinity 1 humbucker

Bridge pickup: BZ Infinity 2 humbucker

Controls: one volume/one tone/5-way switch

Other special features: Zero Point system


This guitar sounds phenomenal and a hiking amplifier setting. When you put this in front of say a Mesa boogie, or a Marshall, or a Bogner amplifier you can get some great singing lead and rhythm tones. What I really like about Ibanez guitars is a neck is so comfortable especially when you're playing lead lines and soloing. It has a very percussive and direct focus tone that lends itself to many metal players and hard rock players. These guitars have been used by many shredding guitar players because of the comfortability in the east to glide up and down the fretboard.

Another great feature and the sound of this guitar is that the humbucker pick ups. They're pretty cheap pick ups but overall they sound pretty decent in this guitar. Again this is not a high end boutique guitar and Ibanez does make those type of guitars for certain people's budgets. But this is going to be a guitar that's good to sound good and get you what you need for a very inexpensive price but with a great quality of sound.


You can find these guitar for right around $250 which is a great price for this. I highly recommend this guitar to anyone he's wanting to learn how to play the guitar or who just wants to step up to a shredder type guitar. It's a comfortable neck and a comfortable balance overall. The guitar has a decent balance and wait to it and the neck in my opinion is the selling point of these guitars. They're very comfortable and very nice and smooth on the backside which makes it easy to play. Anyone he wants to get into a good feeling guitar that needs something that will be ready for heart rock and metal and this is your guitar.

Hatsubai's review"HH version of the S540"

Ibanez S520EX
The Ibanez S series is a super sleek and thin bodied superstrat style guitar. The S-520 model is an HH version of this famous guitar. The guitar features a mahogany body, maple neck with a rosewood fretboard, 22 frets with S wave inlays, an Edge tremolo, two humbuckers, one volume, one tone and a five way switch for a ton of different sounds.


The Japanese S-520 is an awesome guitar. It's a well made guitar that has great fretwork, a super sleek neck, sleek body contours and great access to the upper frets. The fretwork on these models is always top notch thanks to the luthiers over in Japan taking their time with them as compared to some other luthiers around that area. Getting to the higher frets is a breeze thanks to the All Access Neck Joint. To top it off, the guitar has an Edge trem which is one of the best trem systems in the world.


The guitar sounds absolutely huge despite it being a slim bodied guitar. I really believe this is due to its mahogany body. When using mahogany instead of basswood, the wood characteristics seem to come out a bit more. Basswood can sound a bit middy and plain sounding in the top end. Mahogany has a strong low mid quality with some pleasant top end. The biggest issue with this guitar is that the stock pickups are pretty bad. I recommend replacing them with something from the DiMarzio line as they seem to suit Ibanez guitars the best.


If you're looking for an HH version of the famous S-540, this is the guitar you want to look for. I find that these older Ibanez guitars tend to not only sound better than the current models, but they also seem to go real cheap on the used market for whatever reason. If you're looking for an S series and can't afford the newer models, look for one of the older Japanese ones like this.

obiwankennedy's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Ibanez S520EX
Made in Japan is a very good guitar.
22 box has a licensed floyd bridge a volume knob of a Tone.
2 humbucker with 5 possible configuration flat handle very pretty I have in Black.


The handle is very enjoyable may not be very useful for beginners guitar really well but a bit fragile but so good.
each access to treble is very easy.
it is quite heavy but it is enjoyable I find. Finally, it remains correct any of the same.
in terms of sound, I had two simple guitar teacher told me 2 and he would gladly buy my place


It is versatile enough I think of hard rock and heavy metal in the blue with no problem.
it has strings so fine Frisse's good but a little care by causing it remains correct
I use a pedal with a marshall 30dfx me-50 boss
I regale me with her "brothel" to play if not for the punk arpges is a real treat is very clean with some slight effect like delay or reverb gives the well or the well for fat of metal with a good distortion.


I have been using one and a half years I love the effect on the paint a little biker (the color is called as his for that matter).
The trouble is that ibanez did frabrique more. it's really a good guitar though.
paid 1370 for my first guitar I am certainly happy it's quite expensive but it's a good guitar pro What should pay the price but I think it also has performance as good as guitars dearest other brands
for a first guitar I do not think I would buy one but for the 2nd guitar I think yes.
idalie not for beginners but if you play the guitar for several years when he was in his hands is a pleasure

amaurythewarrior's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Ibanez S520EX
Me that I'm talking about is the one in the picture, the Ibanez S520EX, made in Korea I took the color is gray metallic. It cost me about 640th Thomann.de

22 frets.
Two humbucker Ibanez (INF1 and INF2).
Acastillage black.
ZR tremolo (Zero Resistance) Ibanez home with the Zero Point system (you can disable it for a fully floating tremolo).
Mahogany body, Ebony is the key I think.
White Binding on the neck.
A tone knob and volume knob.
3 switch positions.

And special overlay EX series!

I would have put more if the microphones had been and split. But when you see its mouth, it is clear that it is not intended to sound clear. And it is not really made for versatility.


The handle, I would say it is perfect.
Access to treble is very good, but for example if I try to put the index on the box 20 and the little finger on right now is 22 harder ...
I find it light enough, it can be held in one hand by the handle without any problems.
Comfort is very good, and the guitar is very thin.


It suits me perfectly, rather I play metal and heavy rock, industrial.
I play a Peavey Rage 158 Transtube and that makes it less there. I can not really enjoy the sound ...
I find the clean clear sound without more ...
The pickups lack of punch frankly, but I still notice the difference with my Powersound Cort X-2.

But I imagine a good amp, and with better pickups (EMG may or DiMarzio), and there it is likely to be great!

I think with the best microphones mounted in note 9 to perhaps pasmoins anyway.

So yeah sustain is not great, but it's a floyd so I expected ...
For that, it would be better to take an AX or SZ (through-string).


I have been using ... uh ... in two days it'll be one month ....

What I like most ... its look and probably sound when the equipment around will be better (I have an amp rotten, I'm going to change that may invest in a Hughes and Kettner Matrix or a small all-tube combo).
I tried a number of other guitars before: Cort X-2, Storm Stratocaster Rougeou way we see the wood through, SG Storm zero shit, Epiphone G-400 (super, really), Ibanez S470, Ibanez S470 Ergodyne (with EMG pickups Ibanez by which I was not impressed at all), a JM Forest, a Jim Harley, an LP Storm.

In the lot that I liked are the S and G-400. The G-400 is half the price, but Floyd does not (it is a SG, so naturally ...) and has a very good sustain. As against the finishes are so good.

I dragged a Cort X-2, which goes out of tune all the time during a year and a half. But my savior is here! I do it again this choice, very good value for money. This is my main guitar, I think I will invest again in a Ibanez AX or SZ for the down and Dropped D Tunings, I can not do because of the vibrato of the S ...

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