Designed in collaboration with Berklee College of Music professor and YouTube guitar instructor Tomo Fujita, the Ibanez AZES Electric Guitar is prepared to set a new standard for entry-level instruments by offering stage-ready playability, electronic bells and whistles, and an attractive price. It all starts with a poplar body, which is paired with the trademark snap and sustain of a maple neck and silky-smooth playability of jatoba for the fingerboard. Beginners are guaranteed to benefit from enlisting these hard-hitting tonewoods, leading to less time sparring with the instrument to get it feeling just right and more time practicing beloved riffs. Music Experience's gigging guitarists are blown away by the quality of the AZES's onboard electronics, with an HSS pickup combination for nailing both single-coil and humbucker sounds alongside Ibanez's dyna-MIX9 switching system for unleashing more sonic possibilities. With its impressive woods and electronics, the Ibanez AZES is an unprecedented beginner-grade instrument.
Many entry-level instruments come with just enough features to get you started on your musical journey. When constructing the AZES, Ibanez decided to forgo this bare-minimum mindset by including two incredible single-coil pickups and a humbucker in the bridge. This configuration delivers the trademark crispness and chime of vintage single coils along with the gut-punching power of a humbucker, with a traditional 5-way blade for switching between each pickup. Not only can you channel the sound of one of rock music's most beloved axes, but the AZES comes stock with Ibanez's dyna-MIX9 switching system onboard. With this high-powered switching system, up to nine different sound variations are at your disposal with the flick of a mini switch, a fantastic option for budding guitarists looking to find their sound as well as seasoned performers seeking to expand their tonal palette.
Welcoming yet another expansion to the highly successful AZ series, Ibanez is proud to introduce the AZES or AZ Essentials line. The philosophy behind this series is to bring the tone, versatility and, playability of this celebrated lineup to a wider array of beginner and intermediate players. However, AZ Essentials are also equipped with series-specific features such as a Mono-unit output jack, a 250mm fingerboard radius, and Comfort round bridge saddles, all designed to make the beginner’s learning process a streamlined, enjoyable and fun experience. Ibanez builds guitars for players of all levels—from beginners to the most demanding masters of the instrument. Regardless of price, Ibanez always strives to offer the absolute best sound, style, and playability in its class. The Standard series incorporates all the staples the Ibanez brand is famous for, such as fast necks, floating trems, and high-octane distortion in a package that is available and accessible to most players.
The Maple neck provides stability and bright tonal character..
Jatoba has a reddish brown color and produces a rich mid range with a crisp high end.
Medium sized frets enhance the accuracy of your notes.
Poplar used as body wood delivers a well-balanced tone with incredible thickness.
They feature die-cast housings and split-shaft. The die-cast housing offers protection from dusts and ease of tuning and the split-shaft makes it easy to change the strings.
AZES guitars feature a 25" scale length, which makes for an easier playing instrument for children and players of smaller stature. Additionally, as the 25", medium scale is also large enough that the player can continue to grow with the instrument as they mature as a guitarist.
The 250mm fretboard radius is not too flat, not too round, and makes for an excellent choice for the first-time player. This radius is a great middle ground that allows for learning to play each note correctly, while still maintaining a high degree of comfort.
The mono-unit output jack is made of solid, durable material and is a single piece to avoid unwanted movement and loosening of the jack, which leads to contact failure or disconnection. This innovation allows for long term playing enjoyment and minimal maintenance.
All Access Neck Joint offers superior playability at the high frets.
Essentials and Accord pickups provide well-balanced tone and as well as versatility, so that guitar players can enjoy various styles of music with just one instrument.
This F106 bridge is equipped with newly developed comfort round Steel saddles. Its construction provides wider range of height adjustment and ease of setting up. Additionally, the screws are less likely to stick out, leading to less stress on your strumming hand and better playing comfort.
The dyna-MIX 9 offers nine sound variations and can switch between humbucker and single coil modes with just a flick of the mini switch. One mode even simulates a humbucking sound from the combination of two single coil pickups.
|Body Shape||AZ Essentials|
|Number of Strings||6|
|Body Finish||Gloss Polyester|
|Neck Shape||AZES C|
|Fingerboard Inlay||White Dots|
|Number of Frets||22, Medium Nickel|
|Bridge/Tailpiece||F106 Bridge with Round Steel Saddles|
|Neck Pickup||Essential Single-coil|
|Middle Pickup||Essential Single-coil|
|Bridge Pickup||Essential Accord Humbucker|
|Controls||1 x master volume, 1 x master tone, 1 x Alter Switch, 5-way blade pickup switch|
|Strings||D'Addario EXL110 .010-.046|
|Case Included||Sold Separately|
|Manufacturer Part Number||AZES40-PRB|