Versatile doesn't even begin to describe the Ibanez AZ2204â€™s capabilities. Its Seymour Duncan Hyperion pickups preserve your clarity when you crank up the gain, while its dyna-MIX9 switching system provides nine different pickup combinations for an endless supply of tones. It looks great too, boasting a balanced-sounding alder body framed by an eye-catching white pearloid pickguard. The AZ2204â€™s S-Tech wood roasted maple neck and fingerboard supply you with unprecedented comfort and stability. Bend, twist, and dive-bomb with perfect intonation thanks to the AZ2204â€™s Gotoh T1802 tremolo. Gotoh locking tuners round out the AZ2204â€™s top-shelf feature set.
The AZ2204â€™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 youâ€™re playing up high.
The Ibanez AZ2204â€™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 AZ2204 can achieve it.
Developed in collaboration with Gotoh, the AZ2204â€™s T1802 bridge features machined titanium saddles and a solid steel tremolo block, ensuring quick response and amazing articulation. String skipping and hybrid picking is effortless thanks to narrow string spacing. Loading the guitarâ€™s tremolo arm is a breeze, by virtue of the T1802â€™s snap-and-hold socket, and its arm torque adjuster allows for fine adjustments without any tools. The T1802â€™s stud lock screws lock the stud bolts in place, enhancing the instrumentâ€™s resonance and providing excellent tuning stability. Beyond that, the T1802â€™s 2-point floating tremolo system achieves an astoundingly smooth tremolo motion in either direction.