#1
Hi!
I'm planning on buying the S520EX of ibanez, as I have read in several review sites that this guitar is good for heavy/metal music and that's the music, but I'm also considering buying the SZ520 but as I'm not an expert, I don't know if the SZ520 is good for the kind of music I play. So any advice on what guitar should I buy? or any other Ibanez guitar I can buy that doesn't go over $600?

Thank you, hope I get good advices

PS. I've read that if you change the neck pick up of the S520EX you can get a good sound, any advice on what pick up should I change it for?
Last edited by Firzen at Jul 31, 2006,
#2
Ibanez S470 is also good. But the one you're looking at is nice too. And if you get the S520EX and change the neck picup you might as well change them both to EMG 81 85's or something. I'm thinking it would work, but I could be wrong. But any S seriesIbanez is good, so don't hold back!
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#3
Hey!
Thanks for the answer, but what about the SZ? Are they good for heavy/metal music?
#4
RGs are good for metal. You might look into one of those.
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#5
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RGs are good for metal. You might look into one of those.


Shh. Why would he look into a low-level basswood RG for under $600 (almost nothing good there) for metal, when he is asking about SZ or S, which spec-wise are more metal-suited and are right in that price range.

To the TS, both series are great - they are not just a price-value compromise, but simply very good guitars. SZ will give you a fatter metal tone, as it's a heavier mahogany guitar, but the S will give you the advantage of the floating tremolo (an excellent bridge too) and a very comfortable slim body. If you don't plan to use the tremolo, then SZ is a better choice for you - those guitars are built like a tank and feel awesome.

Stock pickups are nothing special in both of them, but the SZ pickups have slightly more character from my experience. I quite like a combination of DiMarzio Tone Zone in the bridge and PAF Pro in the neck for heavier music - it's a popular one too.
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#6
another thing I want to ask is about the frets, the S520ex comes with jumbo frets and the SZ with medium, and my hand is not medium size, so will I have problems with the jumbo size frets of the S520? Sorry for that but I've only played medium fret guitars
#7
fret size is the height of the fret wire, not the spacing between frets.

so no, its a higher speed bump, better for bends, not as much fun for fast runs.
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#8
Quote by jj1565
fret size is the height of the fret wire, not the spacing between frets.

so no, its a higher speed bump, better for bends, not as much fun for fast runs.

can you really tell the difference? like does a higher fret really make that much slower that you can tell the difference? cuz i have extra jumbo frets and i cant feel any difference in speed between that and my guitar with medium frets
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#9
between jumbo and medium u might not, from personal experience, when i got from my strat (standard size) to my schecter. totally different feel.
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