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The AZ242F 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 AZ242F features a flamed maple top on 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 Gotoh T1502 two-point synchronized tremolo bridge, a Graph Tech TUSQ nut, Sure-Grip III knobs, and Gotoh locking tuning machines with height-adjustable posts.

The AZ242F 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.

Several finishes were added in 2019: Black Ice, Dragon Eye Burst and Transparent Brown Burst. A Transparent Purple finish was added in 2020.[1] Also for 2020 the height-adjustable (H.A.P.M.) tuners were replaced with standard MG-T tuners with the thumb-screw locking mechanism.

The AZ242BC is a similar model with a bocote top. The AZ242 is a similar model with a solid American basswood body.

The AZ242F was discontinued after 2019 in all markets except Japan. It was discontinued completely after 2020.

Specifications

Specifications for AZ242F
Model name: AZ242F
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 / Dragon Eye Burst (DEB) 2019 / Tequila Sunrise Gradation (TSG) / Transparent Brown Burst (TBU) 2019 / Transparent Purple (TP) 2020
Body
Body type:
Solid body
Body material:
American basswood w/ flamed maple top
Neck joint:
Super All Access
Bridge:
Gotoh 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:
2018–2019: Gotoh SG381 H.A.P. Magnum lock
2020: Gotoh SG381 MG-T Magnum lock
Electronics/ Strings
Pickup configuration:
HH
Bridge pickup:
Seymour Duncan Hyperion bridge (H)
Neck pickup:
Seymour Duncan Hyperion neck (H)
Controls:
Master volume / master tone / dyna-MIX10 switching system w/ "Alter switch" toggle
Output jack:
¼" stereo barrel (angled side mount)
String gauge (factory):
.010/.013/.017/.026/.036/.046 (D'Addario EXL110)
Factory tuning:
1E,2B,3G,4D,5A,6E (E Std.)

Images

Additional finishes/ details
2019 AZ242F BI 1P 02.png
Black Ice
2019 AZ242F DEB 1P 02.png
Dragon Eye Burst
2019 AZ242F TBU 1P 02.jpg
Transparent Brown Burst
2020 AZ242F TP 1P 03.jpg
Transparent Purple
Dyna-MIX10 switching diagram.jpg
Pickup switching
Controls VT5 Alter-toggle.png
Controls layout
2020 AZ242F TSG 1P 01 back.png
Rear of body

Video

2018 Ibanez AZ242F Tequila Gradation ( Demo by Lee Wrathe )


Sources

  1. AZ242 Transparent Purple, Hoshino parts catalog, archived January 2021