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The S521 is an S series solid body electric guitar introduced by Ibanez in 2014. It is produced in Indonesia.

The S521 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 a fixed bridge.

For 2018 the rosewood fretboard was replaced by jatoba. For 2019 the mahogany body was replaced with meranti.

The S521L is a left-handed version. The S520 is a similar model with a double locking tremolo bridge. The S621QM is a similar model with a quilted maple top.


Specifications for S521
Year(s) produced: 2014–2019
Sold in: Worldwide
Made in: Indonesia
Finish(es): Blackberry Sunburst (BBS) / Light Violin Sunburst (LVS) 2014–2016 / Mahogany Oil (MOL) 2015, 2018–2019 / Ocean Fade Metallic (OFM) 2017–2019
Body type:
Solid body
Body material:
2014–2018: Mahogany
2019: Meranti
Neck joint:
Fixed bridge
Hardware color:
Cosmo black
Neck type:
Wizard III
Neck material:
1-piece maple
Scale length:
648mm/ 25½"
Fingerboard material:
2014–2017: Rosewood
2018–2019: Jatoba
Fingerboard inlays:
Offset white dot
24 / jumbo
Black plastic
Electronics/ Strings
Pickup configuration:
Bridge pickup:
Ibanez Quantum (H)
Neck pickup:
Ibanez Quantum (H)
Master volume / master tone / 5-way lever
String gauge (factory):


Additional finishes/ details
2016 S521 LVS
Light Violin Sunburst
S521 MOL
Mahogany Oil
2017 S521 OFM
Ocean Fade Metallic
HH 5-way parallel-neck
Pickup switching diagram
Controls VT5
Control layout