NAMM 2021: Ibanez launches the Tele-inspired AZS series electric guitars

Classic looks, modern features.

NAMM 2021: Ibanez has announced the AZS series electric guitars, which bring modern features to a classic Tele-inspired body design

Four Japan-made models form the series – and as far as electronics and hardware are concerned, they’re very similar to each other. Each AZS series guitar comes loaded with a Seymour Duncan Alnico II Pro Custom single-coil in the bridge and a Seymour Duncan Magic Touch-mini humbucker in the neck.

These route to a volume knob, a tone control and a five-position pickup selector. Adding more tonal depth to the control section is an Alter Switch, which splits the humbucker and lets you run different pickup combinations for a quick and radical change in tone.

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Each guitars also has a one-piece, S-Tech roasted maple neck with an oil finish. Its specs include 22 stainless steel jumbo frets and an “oil-impregnated” bone nut for enhanced tuning stability.

The differences between the AZS2209, AZS2209F, AZS2209Q and AZS2200 models lie in their construction.

The vintage-minded AZS2209 [above] model features an ash body and comes in Tri Fade Sunburst and Prussian Blue Metallic finishes. It also sports an ergonomic curved control section and a pickguard to round off the classic look.

Meanwhile, the AZS2200, AZS2200F and AZS2200Q [above] showcase a more modern aesthetic. The alder-bodied guitars lose the pickguard and also come in flame maple top and quilted maple top editions.

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Pricing and availability of the AZS series guitars is yet to be announced. Yesterday (18 January), Ibanez also launched the FlatV1, a T-style signature model for blues virtuoso Josh Smith.

Learn more about the AZS Series here.

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