IBANEZ GR520

  • Ibanez GR520 electric guitar
  • Ibanez GR520 electric guitar

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1994 to 1996

Production of the Ibanez GR520 (Ghost Rider 520) began in 1994 and ended in 1996. The GR520 was made in Korea by Samick (1994 - 1995) and then by Cort (in 1996 only). The Ibanez Ghostrider 520 is similar to the Ibanez GR-320 but has more expensive materials and hardware. It has a multiple bound alder (or mahogany) body and maple top, 22 fret bound rosewood fingerboard with abalone/pearl split block inlays. Bridge is tune-o-matic style, with a stop tailpiece. The headstock has 3 a side tuners with pearloid buttons. Hardware is gold. Pickups and controls are the same as the Ibanez GR-320. It came in either orange or vintage sunburst, to show off the maple top.

Link: Ballurio guitars - picture of an Ibanez GR520

Specifications (26)

Controls

Number of control knobs2 control knobs
Pickup selector controls3-way selector switch
Tone controls1 tone control
Volume controls1 volume control

Electronics

Pickups brand and modelIbanez Infinity pickup(s)
Pickups configuration2 humbucker pickups

General

Finish colorsorange finish
Finish effectssunburst finish
Made inKorea
Bindingbody binding, neck binding
Number of strings6 strings
Scale length24.75 inches scale-length

Body

Body materialalder body, mahogany body
Body shape featurescarved top
Body top materialmaple body top

Hardware

Bridgetune-o-matic bridge
Hardware colorgold hardware
Tailpiecestop tailpiece

Fretboard

Fingerboard inlay materialabalone fingerboard inlay material
Fingerboard materialrosewood fingerboard
Fingerboard position markersblock fingerboard position markers

Neck

Neck jointset neck
Neck materialmahogany neck
Number of frets22 fret
Peghead (headstock)bound headstock
Tuner layoutthree-each-side

Prices (7)

DatePriceConditionNameComments
2016$600good
2016$625good
1995$500new
2006$300good
1994£549excellent
2017$700excellentNrck plays like a les paul. Beautiful guitar.
2018$615excellentDani

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7 Comments

Body really made of mahogany?

Are you sure that the body of the Gr520 was made of mahogany? The old catalogues by Ibanez claim the body to be made of alder. What about the neck, was it mahogany or just nato? 

The body is made of mahogany

The body is made of mahogany in my GR520... I think some GR520 made in the Cort factory were built with mahogany bodies.

GR220

the picture is a GR220 which originally came with P90 pickups. Someone swapped them out for humbuckers. Alder body, maple top and mahogany neck. Silver hardware, gold knobs and dot inlays. I believe the 220 was only made in 1995.

Ghostrider 520

Thanks Alex,
You're right - the finish the neck inlays all point to it being a 220. I've removed the picture,
Nathan

Ibanez Ghost Rider

I bought one in 1995 new 800$ and one more pick up from a Peavey, a power-bar, the sound is exceptional can play any style the sound is there,one of the best I found for the price before I had a new fender telecaster for 1800$ disaster, sold it for 400$ that's all I could get for it. Never Fender again.