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The RG521QS is an RG series solid body electric guitar model introduced by Ibanez in 1998. It was a spot model which was produced in Japan by FujiGen. This guitar is believed to have been created as a special model for the Norwegian Ibanez distributor Norsk Musikk AS but was also sold in Germany through Meinl Distribution. The RG521QS was limited to 60 units.[1]

The official name of this model is misleading. While the guitar bears a resemblance to the RG520QS, which was produced in the same timeframe, it's been named RG521QS. A model number ending in "1" would normally have a fixed bridge but since the construction of a non-locking Wilkinson tremolo is closer to a fixed bridge rather than an Edge tremolo Hoshino supposedly decided to go with the RG521 model code.

The RG521QS features a mahogany body with a quilted sapele top bolted to a maple neck with a rosewood fingerboard with dot position markers. Components include dual Ibanez Vintage humbucking pickups, a Wilkinson VS100G synchronized tremolo bridge and Gotoh locking tuning machines.

The RG520QS is a similar model with a double locking tremolo bridge and a different neck, as mentioned above.

The RG521QS was discontinued after 1999.


Specifications for RG521QS
Model name: RG521QS
Year(s) produced: 1998–1999
Sold in: Europe
Made in: Japan
Finish(es): Transparent Blue (TB) / Transparent Black (TK)
Body type:
Solid body
Body material:
Mahogany w/ quilted sapele top
Neck joint:
Wilkinson VS100G tremolo (10.6mm string spacing)
Hardware color:
Neck type:
Neck material:
1-piece maple
Scale length:
648mm/ 25½"
Fingerboard material:
Fingerboard inlays:
White dot
24 / jumbo
Machine heads:
Gotoh SG381 Magnum locking
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)


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  1. Original RG with Wilkinson vibrato? (forum post by unknown guest); Ibanez forum; June 30, 2010; archived from the original September 2017