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Average Score:4.5( 4.5/5 based on 8 reviews )
 5 reviews63 %
 2 reviews25 %
 1 user review13 %
Value For Money:Excellent
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MGR/Curto's review"Ibanez SZ520"

Ibanez SZ520FM
I have been an avid guitar player for around ten years, and I have played drums as a side hobby for probably around five or six. Over the years I have owned several guitars, and aside from the fact that I am just a tech head that loves to keep up with the latest equipment, I spent my college years working in a music store, so it was my job to know such things. I have always been active in the local music scenes, I play alternative/rock music, and every now and then I like to try my hand at metal. I have a great love for almost any kind of music, though.

First off, I reviewed this guitar five years ago on this very site; the review is still posted. I wanted to give you the "five years later" review so people know how well these babies hold up! I bought this guitar over five years ago, in Cleveland, TN. I purchased it from the music store where I was working at the time. I believe at the time they retailed for around 5-600, I don't remember how much I paid, and I know the new models are now retailing for quite a bit less. I was looking for a new axe, I saw this one, picked it up, and it was basically love at first sight. I knew it was for me after I played the first few notes.

Nearly everything. Aesthetically it is an absolutely beautiful guitar. I have the Gold Amber Burst finish, and it has held up beautifully over the past five years. It actually gets prettier as it ages (I think so, anyway.) The neck and body are crafted from mahogany and the fretboard is rosewood. The neck is fat, which is what I need in a guitar. I have trouble playing with those "fast neck" heavy metal guitars. It has a set neck, and the body is quite heavy, giving it the feel of a much more expensive guitar (It has the weight and feel of something along the lines of a nice Gibson). Over the years I have grown to love the lack of fret dots, but as a teenager who had only been playing for a couple of years it was confusing. I think the newer models have inlays all down the neck, so that shouldn't be a problem anymore. The gibraltar bridge (reminiscent of the gibson tune-o-matic) and tuners keep this guitar in tune nearly perfectly. I never have a problem keeping her in tune. Never. As far as pickups are concerned, the stock pickups are open coil Ibanez humbuckers. The neck pickup gives you a beautiful, warm, fat tone. Now switch over to the bridge pickup, throw on some distortion, and you have a beast in your hands. Seriously. The rest of the guitar is standard electric guitar fare, Two volume knobs, one tone. Three way selector switch, etc.

Keep in mind that a lot of this is my fault. This guitar is pretty rugged, and under normal circumstances nothing will go wrong with it. But after five years of owning this guitar (gigging, traveling, etc.) I had to have some soldering work done because a connection came loose inside. That's the only problem I have ever had with this guitar, and it was fixed by a guitar technician in about ten minutes. Also, the input jack comes unscrewed easily, but again that's my fault for being too rough with her.

I think I have already done enough of that, but I'll reiterate :-)

The basic design is quite sturdy. This guitar is basically a big ol' piece of mahogany. Mahogany body with a mahogany set in neck. Rosewood fretboard, 22 frets with a neat little fireball inlay at the 12th fret. The gibraltar bridge gives this baby awesome sustain, and the pickups are to die for. I'd get a noise gate for hard rock though because the bridge pickup can be overpowering :-)
Such is rock & roll. On a side note, everyone who has ever seen my guitar has had positive comments about it, players and laypeople alike. People who know nothing about guitars think it's beautiful, people who know quite a bit about guitars think it SOUNDS beautiful. I had a guy (a "professional" musician) tell me that he liked his SZ better than his Les Paul Custom. No lie.

I love this guitar. You absolutely cannot go wrong with this instrument, especially for the price you pay. Ibanez could make some serious money if they would jack the price of this guitar up just a tad and market it better.

This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com

MGR/Curto's review"Ibanez SZ520"

Ibanez SZ520FM
I bought this guitar new at Cleveland Music (Cleveland, TN) for around 450-500ish, I don't remember EXACTLY how much, but I know it retails for 599.

I like pretty much everything about it. the pickups sound just like an ibanez should...you get a big fat clean sound, and when you turn on the distortion it rips! It's an extremely pretty guitar, it comes in two colors: Gold Amber Burst, and Blueish burst. I got the gold one, but they are both pretty. The fireball at the 12th fret is cool also.

The one thing I can say that I don't like about it is that there are no dots on the frets, and it takes a little bit of time to get used to it, and in dimly lit areas it's kind of hard to see what you're doing. Other than that it's a great guitar!

The quality is great, everything on this guitar is pretty rugged. I've had it for probably around 3-4 months now and it's my main axe now.

Overall, it's a great guitar...awesome sounding for hard rock music. The only downfall is the lack of fret dots.

This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com

Ju13090's review(This content has been automatically translated from French)" Good violin! his big opportunity"

Ibanez SZ520FM
Guitar made in korea
Gibraltar III bridge
Mahogany set neck
Mahogany body
Maple table (I think)
22 frets tiny
Microphones ibz / duncan humbuckers X2
Split 3 positions
2 volume 1 tone


The handle is very comfortable, quite round D, it has a special feature, it is extremely robust. Grants in 13/60 OD loosens the truss rod thoroughly handle does not bend.
Handle so pleasant, the frets are too thin for me, was the twelfth fret was elevated which was curling whatever adjustment.
Heavy guitar like that in place by the strap.
Access to treble resources, with large hand etched body is not enough space to handle.
Damage to the collar raised on my model ..


My note on the sonority would account only the guitar mics of origins.
Micro no souls, no dynamic, just for the ultra light rock.
Sounds good light.
No I have nothing to say on the microphones, they are really cans.
A change.
Once changed to a Seymour HS-8 and I TB10 puts a 8 although deserved.


I've used 3 years, I've had in 4th guitar.
A very good handle very robust cash without taking the very big big adjustment.
The frets are very thin, you have to love ..
The violin is very good quality! mahogany! It sounds very heavy with a seymour SH8 in rack! At this time the guitar is no longer the same, it goes from poor shovel a guitar that sends heavy.
Many bass sound very dull
Of very good mechanical bills that do not require change.
Easel well be without, it is flat, comfortable although diffuse vibrations but the bridge is flat and the handle has a radius ...
Handle bomb and flat bridge, looking for the error.
So if the string action is good on some, it will be on to other buzzante ca ... And there is nothing to do ...
C is a very good guitar for the metal even if the muzzle of the machine seems not ny.
After having changed the pickups recess.

bridge not suitable for the neck radius
A twelfth fret Raised the box
Frets too thin

If I calculate my note was adding 3 tests and dividing by 3 days get 6.
But what are the origins of microphones gache note, I do not want my account calle fret evil that was probably a fault of mine.

Taking into account a model without fret and moldy after a change of pickups, I put an 8 because it's well worth c is a great guitar with a very heavy sound.

But -2 for the bridge and tiny frets.

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

Ibanez SZ520FM
-In which country was it made?


-How many frets, what kind of micro as well as their configuration?

22 frets, Seymour Duncan

-What type of bridge?

Gibraltar III

-What type of race?



- The handle is it fun?

Mega-cozy, your hand glides well on it! slightly larger than those of the strata ', but much less fat than a les paul! Finally, personally I like!

- Access to acute (recent freight) is it easy?

perfect, no problems

- Ergonomics is it good (in terms of shape, weight ...)?

so exceptional aesthetics, a very nice shape (see in detail) the other person sees this as a heavy guitar against a Start for example, but personally I find it a good weight


- They are suitable to your style of music?

I play more rock and metal, and the guitar is perfect for the genre! I find it quite versatile!

- With what (s) amplifier (s) or effect (s) do you play?

With a kustom quad 65, and that's a shame for the guitar, the amp breaks because the potential of the guitar! I am currently looking for a tube amplifier for her to cry more = P

- What kind of sound you get and with what settings ("crystalline", "bold ",....)?

as said it is a guitar made for rock-metal, I think it's a pretty hot (play naked)! She really has a beautiful sound
- What are the sounds you prefer, you hate?

what I like is its glittering side, typical of Ibanez, they would say that you sing a poem in the ear, a small metallic sound! I really like her! it's perfect for a clean sound!

there is not really that I hate her! However it is not impossible that you should go to the set several times at first, as the strings (especially the 6th) squeak, but that's normal, as is the case for each guitar)!


- How long have you use it?

January 2008

- What is so special that you like most and least?

I like the sound, but also its aesthetic marked by its handle with a cardiogram ... his easel, and the input string, and his head split into 3 X 3, not 6, like most ibanez!

- Have you tried many other models before buying it?

not so, some Ibanez, but I knew I wanted this guitar because it was aesthetically what I needed, and finally I found the sound I needed!

- How would you rate the quality / price?

Hard to beat! Excellent

- With experience, you do again this choice? ...

you think: p
I highly recommend this model of ibanez

bja59's review(This content has been automatically translated from French)

Ibanez SZ520FM
Made in Japan or China I'm not
rosewood fingerboard 22 frets 2 humbucker Seymour Duncan IBZ
Gibraltar 3 bridge
Volume 1 Tone 2 button selector a micro (ie, those in front, behind them or one of each)
Mahogany set neck


Channel enjoyable but gets a little hanging if you sweat too much (mahogany varnish)
Access in acute is easy
17.4 kg solid-body enough rgulire
I t tonns enjoyable sound of this model that even without amp gives a good rsultat (unlike the other which gives a mtallique)


I like to play everything and it is ideal that has CRITERIA
I play a roland cube 60 watt amp
just get it all in her because she is versatile trs
I love playing the guitar because you get a sche trs good sound but its against the trsmtal saturated and trs are a little more complicated grate


I use it for 2 years and I am quite happy
I find it enjoyable to play without amp because it makes no difference to the quality of its sound (strength) but the small problem is the mahogany neck varnish little GNER for Access in acute if you play it long
I have tried many MODEL before it is on it is that I have the crack
report quality price looks good to me
yes I made the same choice if I change my guitar one day I want to say it has a silent Fidler companion whom I could always trust

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

Ibanez SZ520FM
- See above.


- Channel ultra nice, completely different than the rg series.
- Access to acute perfect.
- A little heavy.
- Is obtained very easily sound good is this for almost any style.


- Ideally suited to my style of music (rock, blues, hard rock, metal).
- The hot clean and distortion with the neck pickup (Slash, Santana)
- The cutting edge with lots of potatoes in the bridge.


- Acquired for 1 year.
- The pros:
. excellent violin
. very good sustain

- The -:


- Value for money excellent.
- I would do this choice without hesitation.

strom18's review(This content has been automatically translated from French)

Ibanez SZ520FM
- This guitar was made in Korea t

- There are 22 frets,
2 humbucker Seymour Duncan IBZ

- Volume of both micro and one tone control
selector and the microphone position 3

- SZ mahogany set neck


- The handle is very enjoyable, a rather large stick that remains enjoyable overgrazing

- CHAC in acute remains generally very faile

- The ergonomics of this guitar is very good weight is more than correct, to which the form is nikel


- This guitar is well suited to a style of rock music, hard rock and metal can be but I do not play. It is quite ployvalante

- I play with a micro cube amp, do not malaheureusement is a great amp so I can not tell you exactment the true sound of this guitar mairveilleuse. Even on a small amp like the rest of his excellent on so good amp the sound quality should be overgrazing


I have this guitar for about 1 month

What I like about the scratching sound is what gives
I highly recommend this guitar because the quality / price is great

With the experience I will remake choice is clear

strom18's review(This content has been automatically translated from French)

Ibanez SZ520FM
- For the country it seems to me that this is USA
- There are 22 frets, 2 humbucker Seymour Duncan IBZ
- Two micro volume plus a tone selector 3 position
- SZ mahogany set neck


- The handle is very nice
- Easy access to acute
- Very good form of guitar and the weight is correct
- It is easy to get a very nice sound


- It should quite hard rock style etc ...
- I play with a roland micro cube amp and we quickly had excellent sound


- I've had about 2 months
- I already tried the other guitar before this one
- The price / quality ratio is excellent
- Yes, with the experience I will ever be choice without even hesitated

To summarize this guitar is reserved for rock but remains fairly polyvalante anyway. She has a very nice color and sound denfert.
Superb scratch!