Ibanez AZS2200Q Prestige, Royal Blue Sapphire
Overview by GAK
The Ibanez AZS series is an evolution of their popular AZ range, which feature a perfect balance of classic and contemporary. The AZS models are a fresh take on a T-style single-cutaway guitar, boasting versatile electronics and effortless playability whilst retaining a sophisticated retro aesthetic. This is workhorse instrument that can pull of a tonne of styles with ease.
The AZS2200Q is a mini-humbucker/single-coil equipped electric guitar. It’s a part of Ibanez’s Prestige family of Japanese-made instruments, which utilise a combination of cutting-edge manufacturing techniques with traditional Japanese craftsmanship. The result is a guitar of the highest quality, with the precision, performance and playability that you’d expect. For the AZ series as a whole, Ibanez have gathered feedback from leading players from across the globe and have incorporated their ideas into its design.
The foundation of the AZS2200Q’s tone is its alder body, which is well-known for its balanced, full-bodied sound with plenty of clarity and sustain. This is topped by a luxurious quilted maple top, which also adds extra sparkle to the high-end.
The AZS2200Q features an oval-shaped roasted maple neck, which has been given the S-Tech treatment for improved stability, temperature resistance and resonance. Ibanez have opted for an oil-finish seal, which makes the neck feel like a guitar you’ve had for years. There’s also Luminlay dot markers on the side of the neck, which help you find your way around the neck on a dark stage.
A smooth and effortless playing experience is catered for by the Jumbo Stainless Steel frets (with Prestige Fret Edge Treatment for lightning-fast soloing) and the Super All Access Neck join (which provides easy access to the upper frets).
The AZS2200Q revitalises the T-type paradigm with its array of tones - it’s a sonic chameleon! This is provided by the innovative dyna-MIX5 Switching System, which gives you five sounds to choose from. With the flick of a mini-switch, you can change from glassy to ballsy in an instant.
The Seymour Duncan Magic Touch-mini (neck) and Alnico II Pro Custom (bridge) pickups are a potent pair and are able to go from mid-range bark to warm articulation. Their outputs have been closely matched for optimal synchronicity.
A True Workhorse
The Ibanez AZS2200Q comes equipped with advanced Gotoh hardware, Magnum Lock tuners and a T1802 Tremolo bridge, which guarantee rock-solid tuning and a fluid vibrato action. The non-recessed bridge cavity enhances the tone by creating direct contact between the bridge and body.
The AZS2200Q is a gorgeous single-cut that we highly recommend if you’re looking for more agility and versatility than what a traditional T-type guitar can offer. With the Prestige seal-of-quality, you’re getting a full-on workhorse guitar that’ll excel on stage or in the studio.
Overview by Ibanez
Building off of the highly successful AZ series, the AZS takes some of the most popular elements of the AZ and combines them with a modernized take on a classic single-cut design. Fans of the original AZ will immediately appreciate the neck, which maintains the same oval c shape and 12” radius, delivering smooth ergonomic comfort and quick, agile playability. Consistency of tone is another critical aspect of the AZS. Within the series are tremolo and hardtail designs, but unlike other tremolo versions in this body style, both AZS models utilize a metal mounting plate for the bridge pickup preserving the quintessential clear, fat, and twangy tones for which this type of guitar is known.
There are three principles behind the Ibanez Prestige line: Precision, Performance, and Playability. Prestige combines high-tech manufacturing techniques with old-world Japanese craftsmanship, in order to achieve true innovation in design and construction. The series incorporates ideas and suggestions from musicians from around the world as the cornerstones of the Prestige production process.
Oval C S-TECH WOOD Roasted Maple Neck
The S-TECH special roasted treatment increases the wood’s stability, durability, water resistance and tolerance of temperature changes. The neck is sealed with an oil finish which helps make it feel similar to a well-played guitar neck.
Jumbo Stainless Steel Frets with Prestige Fret Edge Treatment
Stainless steel frets boast excellent corrosion resistance. The wide and tall fret-type offers a quick response, good articulation when playing chords and clear tone when playing single notes.
The Prestige Fret Edge Treatment guarantees effortlessly fast playing.
Flamed Maple Top / Alder Body
The Flamed Maple top displays a beautiful wood grain. The Alder body delivers a well-balanced bright tone, enriched resonance and sustain.
Seymour Duncan® Magic Touch-mini™ / Alnico II Pro™ Custom pickups
The Magic Touch-mini™ pickup in the neck position offers iconic tonal clarity for which this style of guitar is known, yet with extra body and articulation. The output level is also carefully configured to perfectly match the bridge pickup. The Alnico II Pro™ Custom pickup in bridge position offers up an ample supply of clarity and twang, while also delivering a nice mid-range bark.
Gotoh® Magnum Lock w/H.A.P. Machine Heads
GOTOH® MAGNUM LOCK® machine heads have an established reputation for tuning stability. Its H. A. P® (Height Adjustable Post) system allows for the adjustment of string posts for the appropriate tension of each string.
Gotoh® T1802 Tremolo
The T1802 tremolo bridge features machined titanium saddles and a machined steel tremolo block for a quick response, thick lows and rich highs. The 10.5mm string spacing allows for easy picking across strings and its snap-in construction makes it easy to load a tremolo arm.
dyna-MIX5 Switching System with Alter Switch
The dyna-MIX5 switching system with Alter Switch adds a sound variation to fit so many different kinds of playing style.
Hardshell Case Included
Ibanez Hardshell case gives you extreme protection for your beloved instrument.
Non-recessed Bridge Cavity
While the AZ series features a recessed bridge cavity for fluid and dynamic tremolo action, this model has non-recessed bridge cavity. The direct contact between bridge plate and the guitar body provides better resonance and helps facilitate subtle nuances in playing dynamics.
5 Tremolo Springs
Five tremolo springs allow string vibration to be more efficiently transferred to the guitar body.
Steel Pickup Plate
This steel pickup plate is designed exclusively for AZS series. It’s a critical component that helps generate that quintessential “Twangy” tone, for which this style guitar is known. This plate is present on both the tremolo and hardtail versions of the AZS, something that is not typical for guitars of this type. This plate, in combination with the traditional style single coil bridge pickup, preserves this iconic sound across the entire ASZ lineup.
Oil-Impregnated Bone Nut
The Oil-impregnated bone nut provides superior tuning stability and warm rich resonance. Stainless steel frets boast excellent corrosion resistance.
Super All Access Neck Joint
The Super All Access Neck Joint increases playability and allows for easy access to the higher frets.
- Neck Type: AZ Oval CS-TECH WOOD Roasted Maple neck
- Top/Back/Body: Quilted Maple top / Alder body
- Fretboard: S-TECH WOOD Roasted Maple fretboard / Abalone dot inlay
- Fret: Jumbo Stainless Steel frets / Prestige fret edge treatment
- Number of frets: 22
- Bridge: Gotoh® T1802 tremolo bridge
- String space: 10.5mm
- Neck pickup: Seymour Duncan® Magic Touch-mini™ (H) neck pickupPassive/Alnico
- Bridge pickup: Seymour Duncan® Alnico II Pro™ Custom (S) bridge pickupPassive/Alnico
- Factory tuning: 1E,2B,3G,4D,5A,6E
- Strings: D'Addario® EXL110
- String gauge: .010/.013/.017/.026/.036/.046
- Nut: Bone nut
- Hardware color: Chrome
- Scale: 648mm/25.5"
- Width: 42mm at NUT
- Width: 56.4mm at 22F
- Thickness: 20.5mm at 1F
- Thickness: 22.5mm at 12F
- Radius: 305mmR