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.
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.
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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