The AZ has a completely new body shape although it clearly is inspired by the classic Fender Stratocaster. It is an offset double-cutaway design with less pointy horns and headstock than the RG series super-Strat. The neck joint is also a completely new design referred to as the Super All Access neck joint.
Besides the body, the other main differentiating point between the RG and AZ series is that while most RGs have Floyd Rose style double locking tremolos, the AZ series employ Fender-style synchronized tremolo units without locking nuts. In addition, the AZ models feature an oval C shape neck profile which is thicker than that found on a typical RG model.
The initial AZ models have alder, American basswood or mahogany bodies. They feature roasted maple necks, which is a new spec for Ibanez in 2018. Signature models for Martin Miller and Tom Quayle were offered in 2018.
For 2019 signature AZ series guitars were introduced for Andy Timmons, Erick Hansel, Mario Camarena, Marco Sfogli, Scott LePage and Tim Henson.