From its classic aesthetics to its excellent playability and deluxe appointments, the Ibanez AZ226 is a sophisticated entry into the Ibanez AZ lineup. It features a comfortable roasted maple neck and fingerboard for a hearty tone with plenty of snap, along with a sonically balanced basswood body. Three Seymour Duncan pickups in an HSS configuration have a vintage vibe with modern clarity, perfect for chunky power chords, slowhand leads, or virtuosic soloing. Guitarists at Leaseville enjoy the AZ226 for its versatility; it's a true Swiss Army knife guitar that excels in any genre or playing style. Once you pick up this guitar, you'll never want to set it down!
The AZ226â€™s roasted maple neck was subjected to Ibanezâ€™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 itâ€™s supremely comfortable â€” 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 guitarâ€™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 AZ226â€™s T1502 allows for effortless string skipping and hybrid picking thanks to narrow string spacing. Loading the guitarâ€™s tremolo arm is a breeze by virtue of the T1502â€™s snap-and-hold socket, and its arm torque adjuster allows for fine adjustments without any tools. The T1502â€™s stud lock screws lock the stud bolts in place, enhancing the instrumentâ€™s resonance and providing excellent tuning stability. Beyond that, the T1502â€™s 2-point floating tremolo system achieves an astoundingly smooth tremolo motion in either direction.
The Ibanez AZ226â€™s Seymour Duncan Hyperion pickups are among the most balanced-sounding weâ€™ve heard here at Sweetwater. Laid out in an HSS configuration, these pickups yield a moderate output and sport Alnico V magnets, which preserve the clarity of your fundamental tone in high-gain situations. Youâ€™ll also benefit from a dynamic and clear pick attack. Beyond that, Ibanezâ€™s dyna-MIX9 switching system provides nine different pickup combinations via a mini-toggle and 5-way blade switch. Whatever tone youâ€™re hearing in your head, the AZ226 can achieve it.