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The AZ242BC is an AZ series solid body electric guitar model introduced by Ibanez for 2018. It was produced in Indonesia as part of the mid-tier Premium line.

The AZ242BC features a bocote top on an American basswood body bolted to a roasted maple neck with a 24 stainless steel fret roasted maple fingerboard with 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.

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The AZ242BC employs a dyna-MIX10 switching system (see diagram at right) 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 is a similar model with a flamed maple top.

The AZ242BC was discontinued after 2019.

Specifications

Specifications for AZ242BC
Year(s) produced: 2018–2019
Sold in: Worldwide
Made in: Indonesia
Finish(es): Deep Espresso Burst (DET)
Body
Body type:
Solid body
Body material:
American basswood w/ bocote top
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
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
String gauge (factory):
.010/.013/.017/.026/.036/.046
Factory tuning:
1E,2B,3G,4D,5A,6E (E Std.)

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