The Prestige AZS2209B guitar draws on the historic elements of the Strat-style body and combines them with time-tested Ibanez build elements centered around stability, speed, and comfort. Produces tones with a clear, full, and crisp twang in a hybrid body design.
Building off of the highly successful AZ series, the AZS takes some of the most popular elements of the AZ and combines them with a modernized take on a classic single-cut design. Fans of the original AZ will immediately appreciate the neck, which maintains the same oval c shape and 12” radius, delivering smooth ergonomic comfort and quick, agile playability. Consistency of tone is another critical aspect of the AZS. Within the series are tremolo and hardtail designs, but unlike other tremolo versions in this body style, both AZS models utilize a metal mounting plate for the bridge pickup preserving the quintessential clear, fat, and twangy tones for which this type of guitar is known.
There are three principles behind the Ibanez Prestige line: Precision, Performance, and Playability. Prestige combines high-tech manufacturing techniques with old-world Japanese craftsmanship, in order to achieve true innovation in design and construction. The series incorporates ideas and suggestions from musicians from around the world as the cornerstones of the Prestige production process.
Oval C S-Tech Wood Roasted Maple neck:
The S-TECH special roasted treatment increases the wood's stability, durability, water resistance and tolerance of temperature changes. The neck is sealed with an oil finish which helps make it feel similar to a well-played guitar neck.
S-Tech Wood Roasted Maple fretboard:
The S-TECH special roasted treatment provides a superior attack, a well-balanced tone and a rich sustain. In order to achieve supreme neck grip comfort, the fretboard edge is finished with a smooth curve.
Jumbo Stainless Steel frets with Prestige fret edge treatment:
Stainless steel frets boast excellent corrosion resistance. The wide and tall fret-type offers a quick response, good articulation when playing chords and clear tone when playing single notes.
The Prestige Fret Edge Treatment guarantees effortlessly fast playing.
The Ash body delivers a pleasant brightness and rich sustain.
Seymour Duncan Magic Touch-mini / Alnico II Pro Custom pickups:
The Magic Touch-mini pickup in the neck position offers iconic tonal clarity for which this style of guitar is known, yet with extra body and articulation. The output level is also carefully configured to perfectly match the bridge pickup. The Alnico II Pro Custom pickup in bridge position offers up an ample supply of clarity and twang, while also delivering a nice mid-range bark.
Gotoh Magnum Lock With H.A.P. machine heads:
GOTOH MAGNUM LOCK machine heads have an established reputation for tuning stability. Its H. A. P (Height Adjustable Post). system allows for the adjustment of string posts for the appropriate tension of each string.
Gotoh F1803 bridge:
The Gotoh F1803 bridge improves sustain and tuning stability.
dyna-MIX5 switching system with Alter Switch:
The dyna-MIX5 switching system with Alter Switch adds a sound variation to fit so many different kinds of playing style.
Luminlay side dots:
The Luminlay side dot position marks make it easy for players to see fretboard position marks when performing on dark stages.
Hardshell case included:
Ibanez Hardshell case gives extreme protection for your beloved instrument.
Control plate specially designed for AZS series:
This control plate is curved for easier access to all the knobs and switches, without sacrificing its traditional appearance.
Steel pickup plate:
This steel pickup plate is designed exclusively for AZS series. It’s a critical component that helps generate that quintessential ”Twangy” tone, for which this style guitar is known. This plate is present on both the tremolo and hardtail versions of the AZS, something that is not typical for guitars of this type. This plate, in combination with the traditional style single coil bridge pickup, preserves this iconic sound across the entire AZS lineup.