Modern instrumental prog pioneers Chon are truly capturing the imaginations of guitar players worldwide. With their virtuoso style, guitarists Erick Hansel and Mario Camarena need instruments to keep up with their advanced playing abilities and also offer a diverse palette of tones. The Ibanez AZ series was a logical choice, with both of their signature models based around this utilitarian yet classy shape.
The Ibanez Erick Hansel AZ EH-10 signature model comes equipped with a set of versatile medium-output Hyperion pickups exclusive to the AZ series. While the bridge humbucker is perfect for handling crunch and high-gain, the neck single-coil is ideal for attaining glassy cleans and softer breakup tones.
The AZ EH-10 also features a comfortable satin-finished maple neck, which has undergone a "roasting" process to remove moisture from its wood texture. This procedure hardens the wood to enhance its strength, which makes it far less susceptible to warping when exposed to different temperatures and improves overall tuning stability.
Other premium features include a smooth-action Gotoh T1502 tremolo, Gotoh locking machine heads, Graph Tech TUSQ XL nut and jumbo stainless steel frets.
Here's what Ibanez says about the AZ EH-10 Erick Hansel Signature:
Jatoba fretboard w/Off-set white block inlay
Jatoba has a reddish brown color which produces a rich mid range with a crisp high end.
Roasted Maple neck
Heat-treatment increases the wood's stability, durability, water resistance and tolerance of temperature changes.
Super All Access Neck Joint
The Super All Access Neck Joint offers superior playability with its 8mm concave curve from the body top to the spherical surface of the joint area. By maximizing the joint area between the body and the neck, sustain and resonance are increased as well.
Seymour Duncan® Alnico II Pro™ Neck Pickup/Seymour Duncan® Hyperion™ Bridge Pickup
Combination of Seymour Duncan® Alnico II Pro™ neck pickup and Hyperion™ bridge pickup provides a vintage sound and vibe along with a clear picking attack.
Coil Tap Switch
The Coil Tap Switch equipped on the neck pickup greatly assist to create variety of sound with 3-way lever switch.
Gotoh® T1502 tremolo bridge
T1502 tremolo bridge features steel saddles and a die-cast zinc tremolo block for a quick response and improved articulation. The 10.5mm string spacing allows for easy picking across strings. Its snap-in construction makes it easy to load a tremolo arm.
Gotoh® MG-T locking machine heads
The Gotoh® MG-T locking machine heads achieve incredible tuning stability, cutting down string-changing time.
Luminescent side dot inlay
The luminescent side dot position marks make it easy for players to see fretboard position marks when performing on dark stages.
Graphtech® TUSQ XL nut/Stainless Frets
The super smooth Graph Tech® nut increases tuning stability, sustain and clarity of sound. Stainless steel frets boast excellent corrosion resistance. The wide and tall fret-type offers a quick response, good articulation when playing chords and clear tone when playing single notes.
- Neck Type: AZ Oval C Roasted Maple
- Top/Back/Body: Walnut Top/Nyatoh Body
- Fretboard: Jatoba w/ Offset White Block Inlays
- Frets: Jumbo Stainless Steel
- Number Of Frets: 24
- Bridge: Gotoh T1502 Tremolo
- Neck Pickup: Seymour Duncan Alnico II Pro
- Bridge Pickup: Seymour Duncan Hyperion
- Factory Tuning: 1E,2B,3G,4D,5A,6E
- String Gauge: .010/.013/.017/.026/.036/.046
- Nut: Graph Tech TUSQ XL
- Hardware Colour: Chrome