As everybody know Ibanez has replaced the Mahogany body of the S520 with a cheap-looking Meranti body. I couldn't find any reviews that show the tone of the new Meranti S520 online, does someone have an idea about the tone of this guitar?
I have a strong feeling it has a dead-dull tone that has no presence as Meranti (apart from being a cheap wood) is well known for its low sonic quality. It means even if you put Demarzio pickups on this guitar it won't give you a satisfactory sound. Is Ibanez trying to kill this guitar or what!? Maybe...because they also changed its colour from red to lifeless black so it appeals to a limited number of people.
I wonder why Ibanez treats its fans and customers in this way.