2018 RGEW521ZC NTF
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The RGEW521ZC is an RG series solid body electric guitar model introduced by Ibanez in 2018. It is made in Indonesia.

The RGEW521ZC features a ziricote top with abalone purfling and cream binding over a mahogany body bolted to a roasted maple Wizard III neck with a 24-fret Macassar ebony fingerboard with cream binding and dot position markers. Components include a pair of DiMarzio humbucking pickups with cream bobbins, a fixed bridge, Ibanez tuners and walnut knobs.

For 2019 the mahogany body was replaced with nyatoh. For 2020 the bridge was changed to the F106.

The RGEW521FM is a similar model with a flamed maple top which was released simultaneously. These were the first RG models with a roasted maple neck. The RGEW521MZW is a similar model with a roasted maple fretboard and zebra wood top which was introduced in 2019.


Specifications for RGEW521ZC
Year(s) produced: 2018–2020
Sold in: Asia & Africa / China / Europe / North & South America and Oceania / USA
Made in: Indonesia
Finish(es): Natural Flat (NTF)
Body type:
Solid body
Body material:
2018: Mahogany body w/ ziricote top w/ binding
2019–2020: Nyatoh body w/ ziricote top w/ binding
Neck joint:
2018–2019: Fixed bridge
F106 fixed (10.5mm string spacing)
Knob style:
Walnut top hat
Hardware color:
Neck type:
Wizard III
Neck material:
One-piece roasted maple
Scale length:
648mm/ 25½"
Fingerboard material:
Macassar ebony w/ binding
Fingerboard inlays:
Cream dot
24 / jumbo
Black plastic (43mm)
Machine heads:
Ibanez die-cast
Electronics/ Strings
Pickup configuration:
Bridge pickup:
DiMarzio Tone Zone (H)
Neck pickup:
DiMarzio Air Norton (H)
Master volume / master tone / 5-way lever
String gauge (factory):
.010/.013/.017/.026/.036/.046 (D'Addario EXL110)


Additional details
HH 5-way parallel-neck
Pickup switching diagram
Controls VT5
Control layout


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