The tone chase ends here. The Ibanez AZ242BC's Seymour Duncan Hyperion humbuckers offer extreme clarity in high-gain situations, while its dyna-MIX 10 switching system provides 10 versatile pickup combinations. A stunning figured bocote top caps an asymmetrical American basswood body, delivering a warm growl with amazing midrange definition. The AZ242BC's roasted maple neck and fingerboard exhibit unmatched stability, while its contoured neck heel allows unmatched upper fret access. Beyond that, this guitar's Gotoh T1502 tremolo allows you to bend, twist, and dive-bomb while maintaining perfect intonation. Part of Ibanez's mid-tier Premium series, the AZ242BC features Gotoh locking tuners and a Graph Tech TUSQ nut.
The AZ242BC's roasted maple neck offers increased stability, durability, water resistance, and tolerance to temperature changes. 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 you're playing up high. Luminescent side dots give you a great point of reference on dark stages.
The Ibanez AZ242BC's Seymour Duncan Hyperion humbuckers are amongst 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-MIX 10 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 AZ242BC can achieve it.
Developed in collaboration with Gotoh, the AZ242BC'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.
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.
The luminescent 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 super smooth Graph Tech® nut increases tuning stability, sustain and clarity of sound. 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.
AZ242BC features Bocote top with exotic wood grain.
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.
T1502 tremolo bridge features steel saddles and a die-cast zinc tremolo block for a quick response and improved articulation. 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 Premium|
|Number of Strings||6|
|Body Material||American Basswood|
|Body Finish||Gloss Polyester|
|Color||Deep Espresso Burst|
|Neck Material||Roasted Maple|
|Neck Shape||Oval C|
|Fingerboard Material||Roasted Maple|
|Fingerboard Inlay||Black Dots, Luminescent Side Dots|
|Number of Frets||24, Jumbo|
|Nut Material||GraphTech Tusq|
|Bridge/Tailpiece||Gotoh T1502 Tremolo|
|Tuners||Gotoh Magnum Locking, Height Adjust Posts|
|Neck Pickup||Duncan Hyperion Humbucker|
|Bridge Pickup||Duncan Hyperion Humbucker|
|Controls||1 x master volume, 1 x tone, 5-way blade pickup switch, 1 x Alter mini-switch (Dyna-MIX10 switching system)|
|Strings||D'Addario EXL110 .010-.046|
|Case Included||Hardshell Case|
|Manufacturer Part Number||AZ242BC-DET|