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The SZ520QM is an SZ series solid body electric guitar model introduced by Ibanez in 2003. It was produced in South Korea by the World Musical Instrument Company.

The SZ520QM features a quilted maple top with binding on a mahogany body mated to a set-in mahogany neck with a 22-fret rosewood fingerboard with binding. Components include a Gibraltar III fixed bridge with staggered through-body string routing and dual humbucking pickups mounted in pickup rings. The initial models had Ibanez SZ pickups; for 2005 these were replaced by Seymour Duncan designed Duncan/Ibanez pickups specially made for the series.

In 2007, the SZ520QM got a visual update with new inlays. These 2007 models were available only in North American markets.

The SZ520QML is a left-handed version.

After 2007 all SZ models were discontinued in favor of the SZR520 and SZR720.


Specifications for SZ520QM
Year(s) produced: 2003–2007
Sold in: Worldwide
Made in: Korea
Finish(es): Blackberry (BB) 2004–2005 / Bright Blue (BBL) 2003–2005 / Gold Amber Burst (GAB) 2003–2006 / Lapis Blue Burst (LBT) 2006–2007 / Transparent Green (TGR) 2005–2007 / Transparent Black Sunburst (TKS) 2005 / Transparent Purple (TP) 2005–2006 / Vintage Cherry Burst (VCB) 2006–2007
Body type:
Solid body
Body material:
Mahogany w/ quilted maple top w/ binding
Neck joint:
Gibraltar III fixed
Hardware color:
Neck type:
Neck material:
3-piece mahogany
Scale length:
638mm/ 25.1"
Fingerboard material:
Rosewood w/ binding
Fingerboard inlays:
2003–2006: Flame at 12th fret
2007: Abalone(?) "open beak"
22 / medium-large
Black plastic (43mm)
Pickup configuration:
Bridge pickup:
2003–2004: SZ2 (H)
2005–2007: Duncan/Ibanez (H)
Neck pickup:
2003–2004: SZ1 (H)
2005–2007: Duncan/Ibanez (H)
Two volumes / master tone / 3-way toggle pickup selector


Additional finishes/ details
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Bright Blue
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Lapis Blue Burst (2006)
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Lapis Blue Burst (2007)
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Transparent Green (2006)
SZ520QM TGR 07.jpg
Transparent Green (2007)
SZ520QM TKS.jpg
Transparent Black Sunburst
SZ520QM TP.jpg
Transparent Purple
SZ520QM VCB 07.jpg
Vintage Cherry Burst (2007)
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Pickup switching diagram
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Control layout