For the earlier model with the same name, see S520 (2000–2001).
S520 is an S series solid body electric guitar introduced by Ibanez for 2014. It is produced in Indonesia.
The S520 features a mahogany body bolted to a maple Wizard III neck with a 24-fret rosewood fingerboard with offset dot position markers. Components include dual Ibanez Quantum
humbucking pickups and an Edge Zero II double locking tremolo bridge with a locking nut.
For 2018 the rosewood fretboard was replaced by jatoba. For 2019 the mahogany body was replaced by meranti. For 2021 the fretboard reverted to rosewood.
S521 is a similar model with a fixed bridge.
Specifications for S520
Asia & Africa / China / Europe / Japan / North & South America and Oceania / USA
Blackberry Sunburst (BBS) Finish(es): 2014–2018 / Light Violin Sunburst (LVS) 2014–2016 / Transparent Black Sunburst (TKS) 2017–2018 / Weathered Black (WK)
Body type: Solid body
Body material: 2014–2018: Mahogany 2019–2021: Meranti
Neck joint: AANJ
Bridge: Edge Zero II tremolo (10.8mm string spacing)
Knob style: Knurled metal dome
Hardware color: Cosmo black
Neck type: Wizard III
Neck material: 1-piece maple
Scale length: 648mm/ 25½"
Fingerboard material: 2014–2017: Rosewood 2018–2020: Jatoba 2021: Rosewood
Fingerboard inlays: Offset white dot
Frets: 24 / jumbo
Nut: Locking barless (43mm)
Machine heads: Ibanez die-cast
Pickup configuration: HH
Bridge pickup: Ibanez Quantum ( H)
Neck pickup: Ibanez Quantum ( H)
Controls: Master volume / master tone / 5-way lever pickup selector
Output jack: ¼" stereo barrel (angled face mount)
String gauge (factory): .009/.011/.016/.024/.032/.042 (D'Addario EXL120)
Factory tuning: 1E,2B,3G,4D,5A,6E (E Std.)
Additional finishes/ details
Transparent Black Sunburst
2014 Europe catalog ( page 20)
S520 product page, Ibanez USA, archived June 2016
2017 USA summer new product catalog ( page 3)
S520 product page, Ibanez Asia, archived November 2017
2018 Europe catalog ( page 27)
S520 product page, Ibanez USA, archived January 2018
S520 product page, Ibanez Asia, archived January 2019
S520 product page, Ibanez Europe, archived January 2020 S520 product page, Ibanez China, archived January 2021