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post #47 of 56 (permalink) Old 01-17-2021, 09:53 PM
 
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The new AZ models look like that custom job that Tom Quayle was showing off on his Instagram last year, I'm guessing that was a prototype. Not really a massive fan of anything I've seen on their site to be honest, not really feeling the AZ Telecasters either. Is there more to come or is that it?
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Yeah, i'm not feelin the curved control plate either. The pickguardless ones are okay though.
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The Josh Smith one looks excellent, I can forgive the control plate there.

The Lari Basilio knocks it out the park, IMO. It's the ash-bodied HSS AZ to die for.
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post #50 of 56 (permalink) Old 01-18-2021, 07:13 AM Thread Starter
 
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Haha, man, Ibanez seems to be scooping up everyone.

Apart from the Turbot/Ballback and FR, Ibanez hasn't offered many T-style axes (not counting old lawsuit stuff), so it's cool to see. It's interesting that they went on the split plate even for the hardtail models. The separate plate for the pu reminds me of some of those old Floyded Kramers which had a similar arrangement. Kinda dig the mini hum as well.

The control plate is unusual for sure, but there seems to be more space between the switch and volume pot, which traditional Teles lack when you're in the bridge position.

I guess this is the guitar for guys who secretly wanted a T-type with a trem but were afraid of voicing such a desire for fear of being shouted down as heretics .
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Hm, looks like Ibanez actually dug back into their archive for the AZS. Anyone remember Richie Kotzen's custom from the early 90s?
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AZS would be great in Standard and Premium levels.

I play moderately priced American Std electrics and now similarly midrange priced Fender Classic Series, but Ibby puts out great stuff but too pricey.

I am sure many like the AZS, but you can buy an American tele and nice amp to boot and a few effects for same money.
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Hm, looks like Ibanez actually dug back into their archive for the AZS. Anyone remember Richie Kotzen's custom from the early 90s?
100% prefer this over the AZS
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^^ This shape seems to have been used for some of the Starfield guitars in the mid 90s, with modifications. Below is another they built for Kotzen but it has some things production Starfields had, like 3+3 headstock and more offset lower bout.
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AZS would be great in Standard and Premium levels.

I play moderately priced American Std electrics and now similarly midrange priced Fender Classic Series, but Ibby puts out great stuff but too pricey.

I am sure many like the AZS, but you can buy an American tele and nice amp to boot and a few effects for same money.
Yeah, I expect other ranges will come depending on how the current line goes this year. I agree that the T-style market is a tough one because there are loads of options covered across various price points, with traditional to quirky stuff from big F and Squier, and modern from Schecter. There's lots of choice in terms of pickups, finishes etc. across the board.

I guess Ibanez is differentiating itself via the fancy neck treatment/SS frets, multiple switching options, whammy model, separate pickup plate, sculpted neck joint, sleeker looks. Question is whether that's enough given the price point. I think it's cool, personally, but I'm not hung up on having an exact '50 Nocaster spec or whatever. It might be down to that - there's people who like Tele tones but not so much the feel/playability of a traditional type.

I listened to Tom Quayle's short demo the other day; seems a bit more hi-fi than a regular Tele (maybe the titanium saddles? or his recording setup). Do like the tone of the mini hum – more Strat/Firebird.
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^^ This shape seems to have been used for some of the Starfield guitars in the mid 90s, with modifications. Below is another they built for Kotzen but it has some things production Starfields had, like 3+3 headstock and more offset lower bout.
Good lord! What a horrendous abomination... I was almost starting to sort of like the tele shaped az's a LITTLE. I'm back off that bandwagon now...
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