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 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 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.
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.
Specifications for 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