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The AZ224F is an AZ series solid body electric guitar model introduced by Ibanez for 2018. It is produced in Indonesia as part of the mid-tier Premium line.

The AZ224F features a flamed maple top on an American basswood body bolted to a roasted maple neck with a roasted maple fingerboard with 22 stainless steel frets, black dot position markers and luminescent side dots. Components include a Seymour Duncan Hyperion pickups mounted in a white pearloid pickguard with a humbucker at the bridge and single-coils in the neck and middle positions, a T1502 two-point synchronized tremolo bridge made by Gotoh, a Graph Tech TUSQ XL nut and Gotoh locking tuning machines with height-adjustable posts.

The AZ224F employs a dyna-MIX9 switching system (see diagram below) with an "Alter switch" toggle which allows the user to access nine distinct tones. The Alter switch allows the player to access two modes with the single coils connected in series creating a tone similar to a second humbucker.

The AZ224BCG is a similar model with a bocote top and gold hardware.

The AZ224F was discontinued after 2019 in all markets except Japan.

Specifications

Specifications for AZ224F
Year(s) produced: 2018–2020
Sold in: Asia & Africa 2018–2019 / China 2018–2019 / Europe 2018–2019 / Japan / North & South America and Oceania 2018–2019 / USA 2018–2019
Made in: Indonesia
Finish(es): Black Ice (BI) 2019–2020 / Blue Iceberg Gradation (BIG) / Brown Topaz Burst (BTB) / Transparent Ruby (TTR) 2019–2020
Body
Body type:
Solid body
Body material:
American basswood w/ flamed maple top
Neck joint:
Super All Access
Bridge:
T1502 tremolo (10.5mm string spacing)
Pickguard:
White pearloid
Knob style:
Plastic top hat (white)
Hardware color:
Chrome
Neck
Neck type:
AZ
Neck material:
One-piece roasted maple
Scale length:
648mm/ 25½"
Fingerboard material:
Roasted maple
Fingerboard inlays:
Black dots / luminescent side dots
Frets:
22 / jumbo stainless steel
Nut:
Graph Tech White TUSQ XL (42mm)
Machine heads:
Gotoh SG381 H.A.P. Magnum lock
Electronics/ Strings
Pickup configuration:
HSS
Bridge pickup:
Seymour Duncan Hyperion (H)
Middle pickup:
Seymour Duncan Hyperion (S)
Neck pickup:
Seymour Duncan Hyperion (S)
Controls:
Master volume / master tone / dyna-MIX9 switching system w/ "Alter switch" toggle
Output jack:
¼" stereo barrel
String gauge (factory):
.010/.013/.017/.026/.036/.046 (D'Addario EXL110)
Factory tuning:
1E,2B,3G,4D,5A,6E (E Std.)

Images

Gallery
2019 AZ224F BI 1P 02
Black Ice
2018 AZ224F BTB
Brown Topaz Burst
2019 AZ224F TTR 1P 02
Transparent Ruby
Dyna-MIX9 switching diagram
Pickup switching
Controls VT5 Alter-toggle
Controls layout

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