“Open the gate of your reservoir of inspiration”: Ibanez adds 3 eye-catching new finishes – and reintroduces an upgraded Seymour Duncan HSS configuration – to its AZ Premium family for NAMM 2024

Ibanez AZ Premiums 2024 lineup
(Image credit: Ibanez)

NAMM 2024: Ibanez has expanded its AZ family of electric guitars with a quartet of models that introduce new cosmetics and upgraded appointments to the Japanese brand’s modern Strat-style family.

Specifically, Ibanez has bolstered the attacking arsenal of its AZ Premium collection, which is engineered to “open the gate of your reservoir of inspiration”.

It’s a fairly straightforward drop (a trio of new finishes have been debuted for three of the models) but Ibanez has sought to up the ante with the AZ24P1QM – a Deep Ocean Blonde-finished instrument that brings back an HSS configuration to the Premium platform.

As well as its aquatic aesthetic, the guitar comes packing with a set of premium Seymour Duncan Hyperion pickups – a humbucker in the bridge, two single-coils in the middle and neck – which are wired to Ibanez’s dyna-MIX9 switching system with Alter Switch.

Ibanez AZ Premiums 2024 lineup

Ibanez AZ24P1QM in Deep Ocean Blonde (Image credit: Ibanez)

To translate, the dyna-MIX9 offers nine sound variations, and offers both humbucker and single-coil sounds by way of an additional mini switch.

As for some more fundamental features, the HSS AZ Premium boasts a basswood body with a quilted maple top, an AZ Oval C roasted maple neck and a 22 jumbo stainless steel-fret roasted maple fingerboard.

A Gotoh T1502 tremolo bridge lines up alongside Gotoh MG-T locking tuners, with the well-spec’d six-string also arriving with mother of pearl dot and Luminescent side dot inlays.

The new-for-2024 AZ Premium is available for $1,399.

Ibanez AZ Premiums 2024 lineup

Ibanez AZ42P1 in Prussian Blue Metallic (Image credit: Ibanez)

As mentioned, the rest of the drop is concerned with cosmetics alone: across the board, Ibanez has added Twilight Blue Burst, Prussian Blue Metallic and Dragon Eye Burst to its AZ Premium roster.

There are, naturally, some common specs that can be found between the AZ42P1, AZ427P2QM and AZ47P1QM.

For example, each arrives with a basswood body, with those boasting the ‘QM’ suffix to their product code also flaunting a quilted maple top. The fret count has been bumped up to 24 – jumbo, stainless steel – with Gotoh MG-T locking tuners, mother of pearl dot, and Luminescent side dot inlays all making the cut.

Ibanez AZ Premiums 2024 lineup

Ibanez AZ47P1QM in Dragon Eye Burst (Image credit: Ibanez)

As for differences, the Dragon Eye Burst variant features an HSH configuration composed from DiMarzio units – Air Norton and The Tone Zone humbuckers with a True Velvet single-coil – and opts for an ebony fingerboard.

The HH-engineered AZ42P1, meanwhile, drafts in a rosewood fingerboard, and enlists the tonal services of two Seymour Duncan Hyperion humbuckers. Here, a dyna-MIX10 switching system with Alter Switch – which behaves similarly to the aforementioned dyna-MIX9 circuit – can also be found.

That just leaves the Twilight Blue Burst: for all intents and purposes a quilted maple-topped, seven-string sibling to the above, arriving equipped with Hyperion 7 humbuckers, and expanded Gotoh T1572S tremolo and a rosewood fingerboard.

Ibanez AZ Premiums 2024 lineup

Ibanez AZ427P2QM in Twilight Blue Burst (Image credit: Ibanez)

As for prices, the seven-string weighs in at $1,449, while its six-string variant is slightly more affordable at $1,299. The HSH model, meanwhile, is available for $1,399.

Head over to Ibanez to find out more.

For more NAMM 2024 news, visit our dedicated NAMM 2024 hub.

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Matt Owen

Matt is a Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.