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For other models with the same or similar name, see RG8520 (disambiguation).
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The RG8520 is an RG series solid body electric guitar model introduced by Ibanez in late 2017. It is made in Japan by FujiGen as part of the high-end J Custom line.

The RG8520 features a 4mm thick flamed maple top with natural binding on an African mahogany body bolted to a maple and wenge neck with VelveTouch finish and a selected rosewood fingerboard with flame maple binding and Tree of Life inlays. Components include a Lo-Pro Edge double locking tremolo bridge, dual DiMarzio Fusion Edge humbucking pickups with a mini-toggle coil split switch, Gotoh tuning machines and Gotoh locking strap pins.

For 2019 the rosewood fretboard was replaced with macassar ebony for guitars produced for markets outside of Japan; the Japanese model retains the rosewood fretboard. For 2020 the Macassar ebony fretboard was adopted in all markets.

A very similar guitar with the same name appeared in 2016; notable differences include the neck and control configuration. The R3112A44L3 is a similar model with different woods used for the body and neck. The RG8520LTD is a related limited edition model with a marblewood top and Kalimantan ebony fretboard. The RG8560 is a related model with an HSS pickup configuration. The MRG16/ RG8520M is a related model with an ash back, maple fingerboard, different pickups and gold hardware.

Specifications

Specifications for RG8520
Model name: RG8520
Year(s) produced: 2017–2021
Sold in: Asia 2020 / China 2019-2020 / Japan / Europe 2019–2020 / North & South America and Oceania 2017–2020 / USA 2017–2021
Made in: Japan
Finish(es): Almandite Garnet (AGT) / Green Emerald (GE) 2019–2021 / Sapphire Blue (SPB) 2020, non-US markets / Soda Light (SDE)
Body
Body type:
Solid body
Body material:
African mahogany w/ 4mm AAA flamed maple top w/ natural binding
Neck joint:
AANJ
Bridge:
Lo-Pro Edge tremolo (10.8mm string spacing)
Strap buttons:
Gotoh Free Lock-II
Knob style:
Gotoh VK1-19 knurled metal dome
Hardware color:
Cosmo black
Neck
Neck type:
RG J Custom Super Wizard
Neck material:
5-piece maple/ wenge
Scale length:
648mm/ 25½"
Fingerboard material:
2017–2019: Rosewood w/ flamed maple binding
2019 (Europe only): Macassar ebony w/ flamed maple binding
2020–2021: Macassar ebony w/ flamed maple binding
Fingerboard inlays:
Tree of life
Frets:
24 / jumbo (j.custom edge treatment)
Nut:
Top-Lok III (43mm)
Machine heads:
Gotoh SG381 (non-locking)
Electronics/ Strings
Pickup configuration:
HH
Bridge pickup:
DiMarzio Fusion Edge bridge (H) passive/ ceramic
Neck pickup:
DiMarzio Fusion Edge neck (H) passive/ ceramic
Controls:
Master volume / master tone / 3-way toggle pickup selector / mini-toggle coil-split switch
Output jack:
¼" stereo barrel (angled side mount)
String gauge (factory):
.009/.011/.016/.024/.032/.042 (D'Addario EXL120)
Factory tuning:
1E,2B,3G,4D,5A,6E (E Std.)

Images

Additional finishes/ details
2018 RG8520 AGT.jpg
Almandite Garnet
2019 RG8520 GE 00 03.png
Green Emerald
2020 RG8520 SPB 00 03.png
Sapphire Blue
HH 5-way single-split.png
Pickup switching diagram
Controls VT5 coil-split-toggle.png
Control layout
2021 RG8520 GE 00 03 back.jpg
Rear of body (GE finish)

Video

Ibanez RG8520 ( featuring Ichika )


Sources