A Versatile AZ Series Axe
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 capped in a gorgeously figured poplar burl. 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 Sweetwater 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!
S-TECH WOOD roasted maple neck offers stability and durability
The AZ226’s roasted maple neck was subjected to Ibanez’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 it’s supremely comfortable — 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 guitar’s AZ oval C-shaped neck fills your hand nicely at the lower frets while providing a more modern feel when playing up high.
Gotoh T1502 tremolo provides excellent tuning stability
Developed in collaboration with Gotoh, the AZ226’s T1502 allows for effortless string skipping and hybrid picking thanks to narrow string spacing. Loading the guitar’s tremolo arm is a breeze by virtue of the T1502’s snap-and-hold socket, and its arm torque adjuster allows for fine adjustments without any tools. The T1502’s stud lock screws lock the stud bolts in place, enhancing the instrument’s resonance and providing excellent tuning stability. Beyond that, the T1502’s 2-point floating tremolo system achieves an astoundingly smooth tremolo motion in either direction.
Seymour Duncan Hyperion pickups yield an endless array of tones
The Ibanez AZ226’s Seymour Duncan Hyperion pickups are among the most balanced-sounding we’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. You’ll also benefit from a dynamic and clear pick attack. Beyond that, Ibanez’s dyna-MIX9 switching system provides nine different pickup combinations via a mini-toggle and 5-way blade switch. Whatever tone you’re hearing in your head, the AZ226 can achieve it.
Ibanez Premium AZ226 Solidbody Electric Guitar Features:
- S-TECH WOOD roasted maple neck and fingerboard offer stability and durability
- Gorgeously figured poplar burl top
- AZ oval “C” neck profile fills your hand nicely down low while providing a more modern feel up high
- 22 jumbo stainless steel frets for extra durability
- Seymour Duncan Hyperion humbuckers excel at creamy clean tones and crunchy overdrive
- dyna-MIX9 switching system provides 9 different pickup combinations
- Gotoh T1502 tremolo provides excellent tuning stability