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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

Specifications for RG521
Year(s) produced: 2017–2018
Sold in: Asia / Europe / Japan / USA
Made in: Japan
Finish(es): Black (BK) / Jewel Blue (JB)
Body
Body type:
Solid body
Body material:
Basswood
Neck joint:
Tilt Joint
Bridge:
Gibraltar Standard II fixed
Knob style:
Knurled metal dome
Hardware color:
Black
Neck
Neck type:
Super Wizard
Neck material:
5-piece maple/ walnut
Scale length:
648mm/ 25½"
Fingerboard material:
Rosewood
Fingerboard inlays:
White dot
Frets:
24 / jumbo
Nut:
Graph Tech TUSQ XL
Machine heads:
Gotoh SG381 MG-T locking
Electronics/ Strings
Pickup configuration:
HH
Bridge pickup:
Ibanez V8 (H)
Neck pickup:
Ibanez V7 (H)
Controls:
Master volume / master tone / 5-way lever
String gauge (factory):
.009/.011/.016/.024/.032/.042

Images

Additional finishes/ details
2017 RG521 BK
Black
HH 5-way single-split
Pickup switching diagram
Controls VT5
Control layout

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