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The KSAZ01 is an AZ series solid body electric guitar model introduced by Ibanez for 2020. It is produced in Japan by Fujigen as part of the upscale Prestige line and offered as a spot model exclusively for Japanese retailer Kurosawa Gakki.

The KSAZ01 features an alder body bolted to an S-Tech roasted maple oval C shaped neck with an S-Tech roasted maple fingerboard with 24 stainless steel frets, pearl dot position markers and luminescent side dots. Components include a pair of Seymour Duncan Hyperion humbucking pickups, a T1802 two-point synchronized tremolo bridge made by Gotoh, an oil-impregnated bone nut, Sure-Grip III knobs, an angled output jack and Gotoh locking tuning machines with height-adjustable posts. Because of this choice of gold hardware on this model the usual are replace with gold-plated steel saddles.

The KSAZ01 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 AZ2402 is a similar model with chrome hardware, titanium saddles and black dot fretboard inlays. The KSAZ02 is a related model with a humbucker/ single/ single pickup configuration and a pickguard.

Specifications

Specifications for KSAZ01
Year(s) produced: 2020
Sold in: Japan
Made in: Japan
Finish(es): White (WH)
Body
Body type:
Solid body
Body material:
Alder
Neck joint:
Super All Access
Bridge:
T1802 tremolo w/ gold-plated steel saddles (10.5mm string spacing)
Knob style:
Plastic top hat
Hardware color:
Gold
Neck
Neck type:
AZ Oval C
Neck material:
One-piece S-Tech roasted maple
Scale length:
648mm/ 25½"
Fingerboard inlays:
Pearl dot / luminescent side dots
Frets:
24 / jumbo stainless steel
Nut:
Bone (42mm)
Machine heads:
Gotoh SG381 H.A.P. Magnum lock
Electronics/ Strings
Pickup configuration:
HH
Bridge pickup:
Seymour Duncan Hyperion w/ white bobbins (H)
Neck pickup:
Seymour Duncan Hyperion w/ white bobbins (H)
Controls:
Master volume / master tone / dyna-MIX10 switching system w/ "Alter switch" toggle
Output jack:
¼" stereo barrel (angled)
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.jpg
Pickup switching
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Controls layout

Sources

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