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Versatile fixed bridge Ibanez?

If the AZ models had a fixed bridge version, I would buy one immediately, but unfortunately they don't. I'd like to find out what my other options are. I'd want something that gets both single coil tones and humbucker. Fixed bridge. I really like the AZ power tap sounds where it is split coil but you don't lose output. Is that exclusive to the AZ line?


What other options do I have? I prefer maple fretboards if possible.
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If the AZ models had a fixed bridge version, I would buy one immediately, but unfortunately they don't. I'd like to find out what my other options are. I'd want something that gets both single coil tones and humbucker. Fixed bridge. I really like the AZ power tap sounds where it is split coil but you don't lose output. Is that exclusive to the AZ line?


What other options do I have? I prefer maple fretboards if possible.
As far as i know the switching/wiring is exclusive to the az line, but that doesn't mean you couldn't get something cheaper and wire it up yourself/have it wired that way. I found the diagram for the 9, but not for the 10 (two humbucker version) .

There are some cool maple fretboard fixed bridge models in the iron label line. Most don't have single coils though. You could always rewire to fit what you are looking for.

most of the maple fretboard hss ibanez stuff comes with at least a vintage style trem. what your are looking for is a bit of a hard combo.

if you don't mind me asking, why no vintage style one way tremelos ? you can set them up so they don't dump and are basically a fixed bridge.
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Re: Versatile fixed bridge Ibanez?

Does the "Tremel-no" work on the types of bridge on the AZ line?

"Back in the day" folks used to block the trem for less whammy action and go from there. Of course, back in "my" day, we used to rout huge chunks of wood from under the trem and fit a Floyd for even MORE whammy action!!!
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The AZ tremolo is amazing for a floating non-locking bridge. I usually play fixed bridge guitars and the Gotoh trem feels pretty much like a fixed bridge if I'm ignoring the bar.
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If the AZ models had a fixed bridge version, I would buy one immediately, but unfortunately they don't. I'd like to find out what my other options are. I'd want something that gets both single coil tones and humbucker. Fixed bridge. I really like the AZ power tap sounds where it is split coil but you don't lose output. Is that exclusive to the AZ line?

What other options do I have? I prefer maple fretboards if possible.
Look past Ibanez if you haven't already. The Prestige AZs cost more than Suhrs which come fixed & maple & fully customizable. I regularly see some used minty Suhrs at the price of Premium AZs. Anderson, Gibson (not maple), Fender, etc. You can rewire a fixed-bridge to your liking not being stuck with Ibanez' over complicated AZ wiring & meh pickup choice. Sure you can block the bridge but that's unfortunately not a real hardtail. Good luck.
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