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AZ2402TFF - 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.
SOLD - NEXT OVERDUE
AZ Oval C S-TECH WOOD® Roasted Maple 24 fret neck
305mm Radius S-TECH WOOD® Roasted Maple fretboard w/Black dot inlay
20.5mm at the 1st, 22.5mm at the 12th
Gotoh® H.A.P®-M locking machine heads
Luminescent side dot inlay
Jumbo Stainless steel frets
42mm Bone nut
Gotoh® T1802 tremolo bridge
Bridge features machined Titanium saddles and steel block
Seymour Duncan® Hyperion™ (H) neck pickup
Seymour Duncan® Hyperion™ (H) bridge pickup
dyna-MIX 10 switching system w/Alter switch
TFF - Tri Fade Burst Flat
$2666.65 List price - includes Ibanez Hardshell case.
$1999.99 Suggested Minimum Advertised Price
Continental US shipping is included.
Bronze - Cash Price - AVAILABLE
Bronze - Card Price - AVAILABLE
Silver - Cash Price - $2003 - Shipped US
Silver - Card Price - $2083 - Shipped US
Gold - Cash Price - $2105
Gold - Card Price - $2189
Platinum - Cash Price - $2207
Platinum - Card Price - $2295
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 AZ2402. 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 classic
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 guitar neck.
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 switch.
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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