AZ2402KNT - Ibanez releases a new
series of guitars that are in my opinion aimed at the maturing player that is
growing out of the pointy headstock lines, and whatever other customers they can
pull in. But I believe the intention is to retain those brand loyal customers as
they age by giving them a much more mature look, and honestly when I look at
these I see a Suhr Modern, which many players have "matured into". These are
available in 24 and 22 fret models and feature stainless frets on a roasted neck
using a proprietary process. Lots more information in the official sales copy
below the specs.
This is the Limited model which IMO should be the flagship
regular production model. Ibanez continues with its new
policy of not revealing production numbers on any Limited Edition models, but
will only reveal how many will be available in your country. I have commented
about this policy elsewhere but rest assured they are extremely Limited, for
whatever reason, with 2 available per territory [the warehouses received the
lions share in the US again], I was told there will be about
of them in the US.
Oval C S-TECH WOOD® Roasted Maple 24 fret neck
S-TECH WOOD® Roasted Maple fretboard
w/Black dot inlay
20.5mm at the 1st, 22.5mm at
Gotoh® H.A.P®-M locking machine heads
Luminescent side dot inlay
Jumbo Stainless steel frets
on an Alder
Gotoh® T1802 tremolo bridge
Bridge features machined
Titanium saddles and steel block
Seymour Duncan® Hyperion™ (H) neck pickup
Seymour Duncan® Hyperion™ (H) bridge pickup
10 switching system w/Alter switch
NT - Natural
$4666.65 List price - includes
Ibanez Hardshell case.
$3499.99 Suggested Minimum
Continental US shipping is included.
For 2018, Ibanez is introducing a new line of
solid body electric guitars called the AZ series. Within that line, we
are excited to announce the release of the AZ2402K limited edition
with Koa top. Even though Ibanez tends to be a guitar brand associated
with modern designs, we have decades of accumulated knowledge and a
history to draw from, so pushing boundaries is nothing new for us. The
AZ series carries with it all of the hallmarks of these tried and
tested Ibanez qualities: the smooth oval neck profile, the well
balanced asymmetrical body shape, and the neck heel allowing unrivaled
playability an upper fret access. It also features a new tremolo
bridge, as well as newly developed Hyperion pickups, produced in
collaboration with Seymour Duncan®. All of these elements help the AZ
push the existing boundaries of playability and sound to the next
level for modern cutting-edge players, while also providing a touch of
A first in guitar neck construction, The AZ’s neck is manufactured
with S-TECH WOOD® treated Maple. This nitrogen-heating-treatment
increases the wood’s stability, durability, water resistance and
tolerance of temperature changes. The neck is sealed with an oil
finish (sealer coat) which helps make it feel similar to a well-played
In order to achieve a supremely comfortable neck, the fretboard edge
is finished with a smooth curve that extends through the border
between the fretboard and the neck to the fretboard itself. The Oval C
neck shape allows for a comfortable grip in the lower register, and a
more modern feel in the higher register. Luminescent side dots also
provide a great point of reference on dark stages.
A shallow rear body contour combines with a larger forearm contour
increases player comfort. The pickups, designed in collaboration with
Seymour Duncan®, are a moderate output pickup, sporting Alnico-5
magnets to keep the clarity of the fundamental tone while using
distortion. This design also provides a dynamic and clear pick attack.
From treble to bass, the overall tone is evenly balanced and works
well with various effects. A newly developed dyna-MIX 10 switching
system provides excellent versatility in that it has 10 different
possible pickup combinations by way of the mini toggle and 5-way blade
The T1802 bridge is a result of direct collaboration between Ibanez
and GOTOH®. It features machined titanium saddles and a solid steel
tremolo block for a quick response and improved articulation. The
narrower string spacing allows for easy picking across strings, for
styles such as string skipping and hybrid picking. The snap and hold
tremolo arm socket makes it easy to load a tremolo arm, and the arm
torque adjuster allows for fine torque adjustments without any tools.
The stud lock screws lock the stud bolts in place, for better tuning
stability and resonance. The 2-point floating tremolo system creates a
super smooth tremolo motion in either direction.
The AZ is also equipped with GOTOH® H.A.P®-M locking machine heads,
which have an established reputation for tuning stability. Its H. A.
P® (Height Adjustable Post) system allows for the adjustment of string
posts to attain appropriate tension on each individual string.
Hardshell case included.
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