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The AZ226 is an AZ series solid body electric guitar model introduced by Ibanez for 2020. It is produced in Indonesia as part of the mid-tier Premium line.

The AZ226 features 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 direct mounted Seymour Duncan Hyperion pickups with a humbucker with a chrome cover 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 AZ226 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 AZ226PB is a similar model with a poplar burl top. The AZ224F is a similar model with a flamed maple top and a white pearloid pickguard.

Specifications

Specifications for AZ226
Year(s) produced: 2020
Sold in: Asia & Africa / China / Europe / Japan / North & South America and Oceania / USA
Made in: Indonesia
Finish(es): Black Flat (BKF)
Body
Body type:
Solid body
Body material:
American basswood
Neck joint:
Super All Access
Bridge:
T1502 tremolo (10.5mm string spacing)
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) w/ chrome cover
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

Additional details
Dyna-MIX9 switching diagram
Pickup switching
Controls VT5 Alter-toggle
Controls layout

Sources

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