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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, a fixed bridge, a plastic nut and Ibanez tuners.

For 2018 the rosewood fretboard was replaced by jatoba. For 2019 the mahogany body was replaced with meranti. For 2020 the bridge was changed to the F106.

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: 2014–2020
Sold in: Worldwide
Made in: Indonesia
Finish(es): Blackberry Sunburst (BBS) / Light Violin Sunburst (LVS) 2014–2016 / Mahogany Oil (MOL) 2015, 2018–2020 / Ocean Fade Metallic (OFM) 2017–2019
Body type:
Solid body
Body material:
2014–2018: Mahogany
2019–2020: Meranti
Neck joint:
2014–2019: Fixed bridge
2020: F106 fixed (10.5mm 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
24 / jumbo
Black plastic (43mm)
Machine heads:
Ibanez die-cast
Electronics/ Strings
Pickup configuration:
Bridge pickup:
Ibanez Quantum (H)
Neck pickup:
Ibanez Quantum (H)
Master volume / master tone / 5-way lever
Output jack:
¼" stereo barrel
String gauge (factory):
.010/.013/.017/.026/.036/.046 (D'Addario EXL110)
Factory tuning:
1E,2B,3G,4D,5A,6E (E Std.)


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
Controls VT5
Control layout


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