For the earlier model with the same name, see S520 (2000–2001).
S520 is an S series solid body electric guitar introduced by Ibanez in 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.
S521 is a similar model with a fixed bridge.
Specifications for S520
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 2019–2020: 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
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
Output jack: ¼" stereo barrel
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