Gorgeously styled with a classic sound, the Ibanez Prestige-series AZ2022A offers a deluxe playing experience for discerning guitarists. Featuring an S-TECH WOOD roasted maple neck, the AZ2202A feels sublime in hand and makes for smooth movement up and down the roasted maple fingerboard, for easy fretting and effortless runs. The GOTOH T1502 tremolo system has unparalleled responsiveness for delicate vibrato and rock-sold tuning stability for accomplishing dramatic divebombs without dropping out of tune. A pair of Seymour Duncan passive humbuckers delivers a balanced sound with a slightly vintage inflection that excels at creamy clean tones and crunchy, rock 'n' roll overdrive. And guitarists at Music Experience are inspired by the AZ2022A's dyna-MIX 10 switching system, which offers incredible tone-shaping flexibility to match any genre or style.
The AZ2202A’s roasted maple neck was subjected to Ibanez’s S-TECH WOOD nitrogen-heating treatment, which increases its stability, durability, water resistance, and tolerance to temperature changes. The neck is then sealed with oil, resulting in a well-played feel. And it’s supremely comfortable — its fingerboard edge was finished with a smooth curve that extends through the border between the fingerboard and the neck to the fingerboard itself. Beyond that, this guitar’s AZ oval C-shaped neck fills your hand nicely at the lower frets, while providing a more modern feel when playing up high.
Developed in collaboration with Gotoh, the AZ2202A’s T1502 allows for effortless string skipping and hybrid picking thanks to narrow string spacing. Loading the guitar’s tremolo arm is a breeze by virtue of the T1502’s snap-and-hold socket, and its arm torque adjuster allows for fine adjustments without any tools. The T1502’s stud lock screws lock the stud bolts in place, enhancing the instrument’s resonance and providing excellent tuning stability. Beyond that, the T1502’s 2-point floating tremolo system achieves an astoundingly smooth tremolo motion in either direction.
The Ibanez AZ2202A’s Seymour Duncan Hyperion humbuckers are among the most balanced-sounding pickups we’ve heard here at Music Experience. These passive humbuckers yield a moderate output and sport Alnico V magnets, which preserve the clarity of your fundamental tone in high-gain situations. You’ll also benefit from a dynamic and clear pick attack. Beyond that, Ibanez’s dyna-MIX10 switching system provides 10 different pickup combinations via a mini toggle and 5-way blade switch. Whatever tone you’re hearing in your head, the AZ2202A can achieve it.
Even though Ibanez is thought of as a modern guitar brand, we have decades of accumulated knowledge and a history of pushing the boundaries. The AZ series carries with it all of the hallmarks of these tried and tested Ibanez qualities: the smooth oval neck grip, the well balanced asymmetrical body shape, and the neck heel allowing unrivaled playability.
S-TECH special roasted treatment increases the wood's stability, durability, water resistance and tolerance of temperature changes. The neck is sealed with an oil finish which helps make it feel similar to a well-played guitar neck.
S-TECH special roasted treatment provides a superior attack and a well-balanced tone and a rich sustain. In order to achieve supreme neck grip comfort, the fretboard edge is finished with a smooth curve.
The Super All Access Neck Joint offers superior playability with its 8mm concave curve from the body top to the spherical surface of the joint area. By maximizing the joint area between the body and the neck, sustain and resonance are increased as well.
The Luminlay side dot position marks make it easy for players to see fretboard position marks when performing on dark stages.
The AZ comes with GOTOH® MAGNUM LOCK® 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 for the appropriate tension of each string.
The Oil-impregnated bone nut provides superior tuning stability and warm rich resonance. Stainless steel frets boast excellent corrosion resistance. The wide and tall fret-type offers a quick response, good articulation when playing chords and clear tone when playing single notes.
A Flamed Maple top and Alder back body produces a well-balanced tonal character from low to high end.
A shallow body back contour and a big forearm contour make the guitar body fit the player naturally, thus increasing playing comfort. The AZ body has a deep waist and different radii on each body edge curve, making it easier to play in both standing or sitting positions.
Seymour Duncan® Hyperion™ Pickups feature a moderate output through Alnico-5 magnets to keep the clarity of the fundamental tone when using a distortion sound, and to deliver a clear pick attack. From treble to bass, the overall tonal balance is evenly adjusted., and works well with various effect pedals.
dyna-MIX 10 offers ten sound variations, and can easily switch from humbucker and single coil modes with the mini switch. The power Tap mode provides a realistic single coil sound despite its two humbucker pickup layout.
T1802 tremolo bridge features machined titanium saddles and a machined steel tremolo block for a quick response, thick lows and rich highs. The 10.5mm string spacing allows for easy picking across strings. Its snap-in construction makes it easy to load a tremolo arm.
|Body Shape||AZ Prestige|
|Number of Strings||6|
|Top Material||Flamed Maple|
|Body Finish||Gloss Polyester|
|Color||Tri Fade Burst|
|Neck Material||S-Tech Roasted Maple|
|Neck Shape||Oval C|
|Fingerboard Material||S-Tech Roasted Maple|
|Fingerboard Inlay||Black Dots|
|Number of Frets||22, Jumbo, Fret Edge Treatment|
|Bridge/Tailpiece||Gotoh T1802 Tremolo|
Gotoh Magnum Locking Machine Heads with H.A.P.
Seymour Duncan Hyperion Humbucker
Seymour Duncan Hyperion Humbucker
|Controls||1 x master volume, 1 x master tone, 1 x dyna-MIX10 switch, 5-way blade pickup switch|
|Strings||D'Addario EXL110 .010-.046|
|Case Included||Hardshell Case|
|Manufacturer Part Number||AZ2202A-TFB|