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The RG521 is an RG series solid body electric guitar model introduced by Ibanez in late 2017. It is made in Japan by FujiGen.

The RG521 features a basswood body bolted to a maple and walnut Super Wizard neck with a 24-fret rosewood fingerboard with dot position markers. Components include dual Ibanez humbucking pickups direct mounted to the body, a Gibraltar Standard II fixed bridge, a Graph Tech TUSQ nut and locking Gotoh tuning machines.

This model was introduced alongside reissues of the classic RG550 and RG570 as the Genesis collection. Like those throwback models, the RG521 has a tilt neck joint with a stamped metal plate rather than the sculpted All Access neck joint found on most modern RGs.

The RG521 was discontinued after 2018.


Specifications for RG521
Model name: RG521
Year(s) produced: 2017–2018
Sold in: Asia / Europe / Japan / USA
Made in: Japan
Finish(es): Black (BK) / Jewel Blue (JB)
Body type:
Solid body
Body material:
Neck joint:
Tilt Joint
Gibraltar Standard II fixed (10.8mm string spacing)
Knob style:
Gotoh VK1-19 (knurled metal dome)
Hardware color:
Neck type:
Super Wizard
Neck material:
5-piece maple/ walnut
Scale length:
648mm/ 25½"
Fingerboard material:
Fingerboard inlays:
White dot
24 / jumbo
Graph Tech TUSQ XL
Machine heads:
Gotoh SG381 MG-T locking
Electronics/ Strings
Pickup configuration:
Bridge pickup:
Ibanez V8 (H)
Neck pickup:
Ibanez V7 (H)
Master volume / master tone / 5-way lever pickup selector
Output jack:
¼" stereo barrel (side mounted)
String gauge (factory):
Factory tuning:
1E,2B,3G,4D,5A,6E (E Std.)


Additional finishes/ details
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Pickup switching diagram
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Control layout


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