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RG521QS Transparent Blue (photo courtesy Magnus Olsson(more images) Red copyright sprite.png

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 likely produced in small numbers, perhaps 50 or fewer 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

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
Body type:
Solid body
Body material:
Mahogany w/ quilted sapele top
Neck joint:
AANJ
Bridge:
Wilkinson VS100G tremolo (10.6mm string spacing)
Hardware color:
Black
Neck
Neck type:
???
Neck material:
1-piece maple
Scale length:
648mm/ 25½"
Fingerboard material:
Rosewood
Fingerboard inlays:
White dot
Frets:
24 / jumbo
Machine heads:
Gotoh SG381 Magnum locking
Electronics
Pickup configuration:
HH
Bridge pickup:
Ibanez V8 (H)
Neck pickup:
Ibanez V7 (H)
Controls:
Master volume / master tone / 5-way lever pickup selector
Output jack:
¼" stereo barrel (side mounted)

Images

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RG521QS Transparent Black (photo courtesy Magnus Olsson) Red copyright sprite.png

Sources

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