Ibanez AZES40 AZ Essentials Electric Guitar

Ibanez ups the ante for affordable guitars with the AZES40. Cycle through the offerings from the dyna-MIX 9 switching system to experiment with many sounds.
Welcoming yet another expansion to the highly successful AZ series, Ibanez is proud to introduce the AZES or AZ Essentials line. The philosophy behind this series is to bring the tone, versatility and, playability of this celebrated lineup to a wider array of beginner and intermediate players. However, AZ Essentials are also equipped with series-specific features such as a Mono-unit output jack, a 250mm fingerboard radius, and Comfort round bridge saddles, all designed to make the beginner's learning process a streamlined, enjoyable and fun experience.

Features

Maple neck
The Maple neck provides stability and bright tonal character.

Jatoba fretboard
Jatoba has a reddish brown color and produces a rich mid range with a crisp high end.

Medium frets
Medium sized frets enhance the accuracy of your notes.

Poplar body
Poplar used as body wood delivers a well-balanced tone with incredible thickness.

Essentials / Accord S-S-H pickups
Essentials and Accord pickups provide well-balanced tone and as well as versatility, so that guitar players can enjoy various styles of music with just one instrument.

Ibanez machineheads w/ Split-shaft
They feature die-cast housings and split-shaft. The die-cast housing offers protection from dusts and ease of tuning and the split-shaft makes it easy to change the strings.

T106 tremolo w/ Comfort round Steel saddles
This T106 bridge is equipped with comfort round Steel saddles. Its construction provides wider range of height adjustment and read more ease of setting up. Additionally, the screws are less likely to stick out, leading to less stress on your strumming hand and better playing comfort.

dyna-MIX9 switching system with Alter Switch
The dyna-MIX 9 offers nine sound variations and can switch between humbucker and single coil modes with just a flick of the mini switch. It even simulates a humbucking sound from the combination of two single coil pickups.

Special Features:
25 inch scale (AZES)
AZES guitars feature a 25" scale length, which makes for an easier playing instrument for children and players of smaller stature. Additionally, as the 25", medium scale is also large enough that the player can continue to grow with the instrument as they mature as a guitarist.

250mm fretboard radius (AZES)
The 250mm fretboard radius is not too flat, not too round, and makes for an excellent choice for the first-time player. This radius is a great middle ground that allows for learning to play each note correctly, while still maintaining a high degree of comfort.

Mono-unit output jack
The mono-unit output jack is made of solid, durable material and is a single piece to avoid unwanted movement and loosening of the jack, which leads to contact failure or disconnection. This innovation allows for long term playing enjoyment and minimal maintenance.

All Access Neck Joint
All Access Neck Joint offers superior playability at the high frets.
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Neck: Maple neck
Fretboard: Jatoba fretboard
Frets: Medium frets
Body: Poplar body
Pickups: Essentials / Accord S-S-H pickups
Tuners: Ibanez machineheads w/ Split-shaft
Bridge: T106 temolo w/ Comfort round Steel saddles
Switching: dyna-MIX8 switching system with Alter Switch
Scale Length: 25 inch scale (AZES)
Fretboard Radius: 250mm fretboard radius (AZES)
Output Jack: Mono-unit output jack
Neck Joint: All Access Neck Joint
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Black
Shipping Weight: 12 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 45 x 18 x 5 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): IBA AZES40 BLK
Mint Green
Shipping Weight: 12 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 45 x 18 x 5 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): IBA AZES40 MGR
Purist Blue
Shipping Weight: 12 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 45 x 18 x 5 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): IBA AZES40 PRB
For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:
Phone: 800-669-8262
(1 ratings)
Submitted November 14, 2021 by Scott P in Springfield, OR
"Ibanez AZES 40….Another Home Run"
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This guitar was meant to attract beginner level guitarists, but this could be a great guitar for a pro as a main axe or backup. There are so many tones in this guitar.Out of the box this thing is ready to rock!

Sound
The sounds of this guitar are fantastic with 9 different pickup settings and the toggle switch. I played it both clean and dirty. The 2 and 4 positions give you that Mark Knopfler clean solo tone.Also, the pickups sound very full and snarly through my Orange will the gain all the way up.The pickups have a really high octane sound. Don’t think that because they are ceramics that the resulting tone will be compromised.The most useful feature is the toggle switch. Depending on which position you are at on the 5-way, you can get Tele flavors, typical strat, and even some Brian May like tones.The body wood is quite resonant. And the maple neck with Jatoba fretboard are quite smooth and well finished. The hardware on this guitar are very good. The tuners are quite nice and function flawlessly. The split shafts make restringing a breeze. All components were snugly secure from the factory. The T106 trem bridge is very nice with its rounded comfort saddles. No grub screws sticking out, waiting to slice your hand when resting it on the bridge. The bridge is set up Decked. You can only dive on it, but the guitar stays in tune after a dive, and the string trees seem to be smooth, as well as the nut slots.

Features
This guitar is read more so easy to use. The switches and pots function flawlessly. If there is a learning curve it is because there are so many tonal choices with the five way and toggle switches.This guitar was playable right out of the box. Even the action was low and the guitar was intonated right from the factory and the action was just a hair under 4/64ths at the 17th fret.

Ease of Use
A well made instrument, the fit and finish is superb. No cosmetic or functional flaws. As far as for a beginner, this guitar should be a good one for the entire learning journey. It should last for many, many years to come with proper maintenance. The scale is a little shorter than a standard strat style guitar and a little longer than a typical Gibson.If I have any complaint, it’s that the frets might need to be polished a little. The frets seem to be level, but a little polishing will take them from smooth to smooth as glass.

Quality
I have not had to deal with Ibanez directly, but if there is a problem, call up customer service and they can deal with an Ibanez rep quickly. I’ve done that before and had good results.

Value
This guitar is the best looking of my three AZ’s. I want to get the other colors when they are available. At least the black one. I am going to use this guitar for bar jams and videos. I could use another guitar for this, as I have over 30, but these guitars are priced right to be what I need, and that’s a tool to make music with. And the AZES guitars are so versatile, and cost so little, why would I use anything else.

Manufacturer Support
This guitar is the most bang, for so few bucks, in the Ibanez line. It is worth every penny. At $349.00 brand new, the AZES 40 kicks ass, and is a better value than a Squier Classic Vibe. Better frets and electronics, and in some cases better tuners and a better jack assembly.

The Wow Factor
I have 9 Ibanez guitars, including the AZES 40 and two AZES 31’s ranging from $299.00 to 2K, and these are some of the best guitars I’ve ever played.

Musical Background:
I started learning guitar and bass in 1983. My first guitar was an Ibanez RS100.

Musical Style:
I play rock, metal, blues and classical. Been a guitar tech almost as long.
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