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The AZ242 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 AZ242 features an American basswood body bolted to a roasted maple neck with a roasted maple fingerboard with 24 stainless steel frets, black dot position markers and luminescent side dots. Components include a pair of Seymour Duncan Hyperion humbucking pickups, a T1502 two-point synchronized tremolo bridge made by Gotoh, a Graph Tech TUSQ XL nut, Sure-Grip II knobs, and Gotoh locking tuning machines with height-adjustable posts.

The AZ242 employs a dyna-MIX10 switching system (see diagram below) with an "Alter switch" toggle which allows the user to access ten distinct tones. The Alter switch appears to tap one coil of the humbucker (as opposed to a traditional coil-split which disables one coil completely) to achieve a sound similar to a single coil without the drop in output which typically accompanies a coil split.

The AZ242F and AZ242BC are similar models with a flamed maple and bocote tops, respectively. The AZ242PBG is a similar model with a poplar burl top and gold hardware.

Specifications

Specifications for AZ242
Year(s) produced: 2020
Sold in: Asia & Africa / China / Europe / Japan / North & South America and Oceania / USA
Made in: Indonesia
Finish(es): Sea Foam Green Matte (SFM)
Body
Body type:
Solid body
Body material:
American basswood
Neck joint:
Super All Access
Bridge:
T1502 tremolo (10.5mm string spacing)
Knob style:
Sure Grip III (black)
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:
24 / jumbo stainless steel
Nut:
Graph Tech White TUSQ XL (42mm)
Machine heads:
Gotoh SG381 H.A.P. Magnum lock
Electronics/ Strings
Pickup configuration:
HH
Bridge pickup:
Seymour Duncan Hyperion (H)
Neck pickup:
Seymour Duncan Hyperion (H)
Controls:
Master volume / master tone / dyna-MIX10 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-MIX10 switching diagram
Pickup switching
Controls VT5 Alter-toggle
Controls layout

Sources

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