What a better time to get a new guitar than in confinement? You get to spend a lot more time playing and enjoying it rather than having any kind of social interaction. Buckle up, this is going to be a long review! So I have been on the lookout for an Ibanez AZ for at least 1 year. Considering the price, and the fact that I did not have that kind of disposable income last year, I had settled for something else. Fast forward one year and I stumble on one heck of a great deal on a new one at a local dealer. Perfect timing! Onto the pics. They have been taken on purpose with meh lighting. I find a lot of the AZ pics on the internet are overexposed and do not represent how dark the neck is in the room. These pictures are more accurate as far as finish and neck color. This was a concern as I didn't think it looked good at all on Ibanez website. It does look stunning (IMO) in person. Neck: I will start with the neck, as this will be the most polarizing part of this guitar. It has been mentioned many time that it is a departure for an Ibanez solidbody. While this is all true, it is nowhere near as thick as some reviewers makes it sound like (see picture). The profile is an hybrid between an Suhr Modern Elliptical and a modern Fender C. Very comfortable, ergonomic and medium sized. One thing is certain, it has nothing to do with a 17mm Super Wizard. The finish is smooth and very fast under the hand. Luminlays are a great addition. One thing you notice right away is how resonant the neck/guitar is. I'm unsure if this is a byproduct of the roasting process, but this without a doubt the most resonant guitar I owned. Maybe the size of the trem block and titanium saddles? Electronics: The pickups is the other most talked about aspect of this guitar. Made in USA, exclusive Seymour Duncans that produce 10 sounds and are only vaguely described on Ibby website. After browsing Seymour Duncan's forums, it seems like they share DNA with the Pegasus and Sentient set. They sound quite fat, but with very good note definition and a lot of sustain. It's not a set that would do percussive metal very well, but they sing for leads and sound very natural clean. The switching system is very useful (and actually found a use for all sounds except the center position). These are the best split and tapped single coil sounds I have heard on an HH guitar. The tap sounds (first and 5th position, switch up) are reminiscent of a P-90 while the second position (coil split) sound very close the Cutlass I just parted with. It would be too long to go through all the sounds, but it's highly unlikely you wouldn't like at least a few of them if you are into singles and mid-output Alnico V humbuckers. These are without a doubt the finest Ibanez exclusive pickups (Dimarzio Ibz are terrible in comparison). Hardware: nothing but high quality here, as anyone would expect from Gotoh on a prestige axe. The bridge is a trusty 510 with titanium saddles and recessed cavity. The tuners are interesting, they release or lock the string automatically by winding the tuner in each direction. Also the height can be easily adjusted by removing the string and screwing/unscrewing the post. The stainless frets are very appreciated, thank you for listening Ibanez! Fit and finish: I will not dive too deep here. The finish is what would be expected from a prestige guitar, very good. Nothing to mention here. On a previous thread, I have seen some concerns about the neck pocket gaps. Maybe it's just mine, but it is so tight you couldn't fit a sheet of paper. In summary, I just love this guitar. Ibanez really knocked it out of the park with the AZ. They listened to the players (at least those who helped design it) and it shows. If you get an opportunity, you should definitely try one out! Note: why is grammarly telling me my text sounds aggresive?