Purchased from: GAK.co.uk
Sound — 9
Humbuckers are infinity 1 and 2. Sound unbelievably good when playing metal, of which this guitar is designed for. I play it through a DigiTech RP200A.
Overall Impression — 10
I play a lot of metal, but because this is a versatile guitar, I can play anything from funk, to blues. Please, if your thinking of getting an Ibanez, have a look at the S520EX. It will not dissapoint. I don't know why no one has reviewed it yet anyway. The best guitar I have ever played, listened to, touched, and had the honour of calling mine. You can keep your les pauls and shove them up your.
Reliability & Durability — 9
Feels sturdy, and I can somehow tell this guitar wil last me a very long time. Finish is a metallic grey flat and is lovely.
Action, Fit & Finish — 9
No flaws that I know of. Nothing loose. Action is perfect.
Features — 10
With fast, flat necks, thin bodies, and a fat mahogany tone, these Ibanez S520EX guitars are for extreme metal players, but are versatile enough for all genres. The Ibanez S520EX is thin around the edges for comfort, but thicker around the neck, with Ibanez pickups and Ibanez's ZR bridge for more sustained tone. Ibanez's Zero Resistance tremolo with ball-bearings combined with Zero Point System provides smooth almost sensual arming, incomparable stability and quick return-to-pitch. The Ibanez S520EX is called the Extreme Metal model and for good reason. While Ibanez S series guitars have always been able to hang in there with the hardest, heaviest metal, Ibanez decided to build an S series guitar that looked as heavy as it sounds. The S250EX features a mahogany body with a black finish, a three-piece Wizard II neck, a bound 22-fret rosewood fingerboard with a special inlay on the 12th fret, black hardware, and a ZR Tremolo bridge. The S design has proved popular with every genre from goth to gospel, and Ibanez has all kinds of artists playing it. But they noticed an upsurge in the number of players of extreme forms of heavy rock and metal asking them for S guitars. The S can already get the sounds of those kinds of music, as well as just about anything else, but Ibanez felt the S line-up needed a guitar with the right look for those genres.