Ibanez is due to present over 40 new instruments (!) at Winter NAMM 2019. Sifting through this glut of guitars, the Axion and Prestige models were the first to catch our eye. But we also the noticed another set of signature guitars based on the AZ series that look pretty cool.
Ibanez AZ series
This group of new Ibanez Signature models bears the names of five players: Timothy Henson and Scott LePage from the band Polyphia, Mario Camarena and Erick Hansel from the band Chon and longtime Ibanez artist Andy Timmons.
All five have a classic look, and there’s something for every taste here. In addition to the striking visual features, the different pickup components are also interesting; these models come loaded with Seymour Duncan Hyperion or DiMarzio pickups.
ATZ100 Andy Timmons
First up is the Andy Timmons model. It’s got a one-piece roasted maple neck loaded with 22 frets and a bone nut. The alder body is finished in a two-tone sunburst. The bridge is a Wilkinson-Gotoh VSVG tremolo bridge. Pickups consist of three DiMarzio “The Cruser” single coil units.
Coming at you like a Strat on steroids, this guitar will appeal to both modern and more traditional tastes.
EH10 Erick Hansel
Let’s keep it short: A Nyatoh body with a walnut top, a maple neck with a Jatoba fretboard and 24 jumbo stainless steel frets and a GraphTech nut. The bridge is a Gotoh T1502. The pickups: a Seymour Duncan Alnico II Pro at the bridge and Hyperion at the neck position (Passive/Alnico), also by Seymour Duncan.
MAR10 Mario Camarena
After our eyes have recovered from the shrill colour scheme on this model, we checked out the specs: The body is made from American basswood while the neck is made of maple and features 24 jumbo stainless steel frets and a GraphTech nut. The bridge is also a Gotoh T1502. It also has three Seymour Duncan Hyperion pickups.
SLM10 Scott LePage
Another American basswood body here, this time with a top from quilted maple. The neck is maple with a matching 22-fret fingerboard and GraphTech nut. The bridge is, once again, a Gotoh T1502 Tremolo Bridge, this time in gold matching the rest of the hardware. Let’s not forget the pickups: a DiMarzio True Velvet (Passive/Alnico) single coil at the neck and in the middle, and a DiMarzio SLM original humbucker at the bridge.
THBB10 Tim Henson
Last up is the new Tim Henson model which comes in a classic black finish. The fretboard position markers are far more noticeable on this one. It has an American basswood body, roasted maple neck and a fingerboard with 24 jumbo stainless steel frets and a GraphTech nut. This one also has a Gotoh T1502 bridge. The pickups: a set of DiMarzio THBB original pickups.