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Old 11-18-2012, 01:05 PM
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NGD! S520?

Title says all.

Found this for $300 bucks on the local Sam Ash used rack. For the money considering the shape its in being a fujigen 2000 made S with an original edge, cosmo hardware and the bubinga striped super wizard neck mated to a mahogany body I think I did good. Appears to be all original factory configuration. V1/V2 pickups etc.... Frets have minimal wear, body had a few bumps/bruises along the way but nothing major. Overall its hardly been played and probably cased most its life. Speaking of it did come with an extremely nice condition hardshell case. I just had to have this and I'm not really an S guy. It was just too nice to pass on and the price was reasonable. For 300 USD these days you find mostly moderately to heavily used Indo or Korean S and RGs usually in my area. Not Japanese ones and when you do they are asking considerably more.

Mandatory pics to follow.

Curious, it was just marked Ibanez S guitar on Sam Ashes hangtag. I looked at the 2000 catalog posted online, didn't see this one exactly. Could it have been a late 99 model or early 01 model? The closest I found was the S520WNF but thats got the wavy inlays. This ones just standard dots. A transition model of some kind possibly? It is still an S520 right? Doesn't really matter honestly. Just wanted to clarify for my curiosity.

Whatever it was called, its really nice and I'm glad I jumped on it. Feels good to post a NGD post again. It's been way too long. Thanks for the read.


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Old 11-18-2012, 04:29 PM
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Re: NGD! S520?

Congrats on the Ibby and happy NGD. Always nice with those days...hehe. it's from year 2000. But i myself have no ide what model it is as i really have no knowledge about S guitars. Nice with Japan made ibby with OE and so on for a nice price.
Old 11-19-2012, 12:44 AM
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Re: NGD! S520?

Congrats on the new S520 Jeremy!!!

It is indeed a 2000 WNF. From the research that I've done, they were only available in 2000 and 2001. The dot inlays on the 2000 being the only difference between the two years.

You got a helluva nice price on a fairly hard to find guitar...Good eye man!!!

Old 11-19-2012, 09:02 AM
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Re: NGD! S520?

a great guitar for an even better price. only a lo-pro edge would make that axe a permanent member of my stable, but for 300 bones...SCOOPED UP!!!

between the first year S520 and the S1520, those imo, were the best S models of the 2000 era(keeping in mid that i don't like the current trems :P)

Old 11-19-2012, 11:22 AM
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Re: NGD! S520?

Thanks for the info. I still can't believe this was only priced at 300 usd including a decent case. Means whomever they obtained it from sold it for less as Sam Ash had to make some profit margin with thier markup.
Old 11-19-2012, 01:57 PM
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Re: NGD! S520?

Yeah that's a crazy price. Especially with a case.
Old 11-20-2012, 01:10 AM
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Re: NGD! S520?

Forgot to mention that the guitar was almost setup perfect when I got it. The trem will return from a dive just fine but its a bit off after a pullup. Also I want to lower the action a bit as its a bit higher than I'd like. This would also be the time to lube the posts and knife edges with chapstick/equivalent as Rich suggests. Hoping that might help the return a bit after a pullup. Sadly I can't find the tiny allen wrench I need to loosen the locking stud screws Of course all the rest of the wrenches are there in my toolbox, just not that one. Tore my place apart tonight but I just can't remember where it is. Grrr adjustments are just going to have to wait till I find or replace that allen wrench. Its very playable as is and I've just simply refrained from any whammy antics.
Old 11-20-2012, 02:48 PM
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Re: NGD! S520?

Very nice score!
Old 11-20-2012, 06:47 PM
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Re: NGD! S520?

Thanks guys. I found the allen wrench finally. 1.5mm sized ones are easy to loose haha.

I'll start a thread in the tech area on any setup concerns if I have any trouble. Its close enough already that I won't have to adjust it much thank god and don't forsee anything being an issue.

Old 11-20-2012, 08:45 PM
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Re: NGD! S520?

I love guitars with a natural wood grain finish - it's nice to see the wood...that guitar is a beauty - and that is a killer deal you got - congrats man!!!

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