#1
Well I can get the Ibanez S520ex used for £250 with a hardcase or I can buy the explorer new at £260. I've wanted an explorer for quite a while but when I played the Ibanez I liked it but i wasn't sure about the bridge.

Can anyone offer me some advice?
#2
The bridge on the S is one of the better models. I would get it just for that; you don't see very many guitars with good trems that cheap.
#4
The ZR bridge is awesome, some say better than the old Floyd design. Go for the S unless you really like Explorers.
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#5
the s520ex is a better guitar than the explorer, but the explorer is...well...an explorer
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S520EX much better guitar.
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Quote by Rywad
Well I can get the Ibanez S520ex used for £250 with a hardcase or I can buy the explorer new at £260. I've wanted an explorer for quite a while but when I played the Ibanez I liked it but i wasn't sure about the bridge.

Can anyone offer me some advice?


From experience I can give you some [hopefully] decent advice. Keep in mind these are purely non-biased recommendations.

If you have never owned a guitar with a Locking Tremolo before, you may find it's not quite what you expected, however if you already own a decent fixed bridge guitar, the S520 is a great guitar to start learning a trem on (if that's what you want).

However, if your current guitar has a Tremolo I highly suggest getting the Explorer. I can say from pure experience that the convenience of quick re-tunes is a wonderful thing. Nothing worse than going to Jam or play a gig only to find out you have 5minutes to rapidly change tuning on a Floyd Rose. Wait there is, not being able to find an Alan Key in that situation.

Both are fantastic guitars, and I hope you make the right choice.