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The SZ520CT is an SZ series solid body electric guitar model introduced by Ibanez in mid 2006. It was made in South Korea and was a spot model which never appeared in a catalog.

The SZ520CT features a mahogany body mated to a set-in mahogany neck with a 22-fret rosewood fretboard with binding and special flame (or squid?) position markers. Components include a pair of humbucking pickups made by Ibanez and designed by Seymour Duncan with individual volume controls, a Gibraltar III fixed bridge, Ibanez die-cast tuning machines and knurled metal knobs. It has a staggered through-body stringing arrangement for superior tonal balance.

The SZ520QM is a similar model with a quilted maple top and different fretboard inlays. The SZ520FM is another similar model with a flamed maple top and different inlays.

The SZ520CT was discontinued after 2012.


Specifications for SZ520CT
Year(s) produced: 2006–2012
Sold in: Worldwide
Made in: Korea
Finish(es): Black (BK)
Body type:
Solid body
Body material:
Neck joint:
Gibraltar III fixed
Knob style:
Knurled metal dome
Hardware color:
Neck type:
Neck material:
3-piece mahogany
Scale length:
638mm/ 25.1"
Fingerboard material:
Rosewood w/ binding
Fingerboard inlays:
Flame (squid?)
22 / large
Machine heads:
Ibanez die-cast
Electronics/ Strings
Pickup configuration:
Bridge pickup:
Duncan/Ibanez bridge (H)
Neck pickup:
Duncan/Ibanez neck (H)
Two volumes / master tone / 3-way toggle pickup selector
Factory tuning:
1E,2B,3G,4D,5A,6E (E Std.)


Additional details
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Pickup switching diagram
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Control layout


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