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We are pleased to introduce a signature model from AZ line of one of Ibanez legends, Andy Timmons. The ATZ100 is based on the Ibanez AZ Prestige model and includes all of that model's advantages, as well as adding new features favored by Andy and not yet offered in the AZ format. The ATZ100 features the one-piece Maple neck made with S-TECH wood, an AZ staple. S-TECH wood is processed with a special nitrogen-heat treatment. This process increases the wood’s stability, durability, water resistance and tolerance of temperature changes. The neck is sealed with an oil finish (sealer coat) which makes it feel similar to a well-played neck. The ATZ100’s fretboard width measures 40.5mm at the nut, slightly thinner than the Prestige AZ, and its grip shape is also slightly thicker, to mirror Andy’s legendary AT guitar. The shallow body back contour and big forearm contour help the guitar’s body fit the player naturally, thus increasing playing comfort. The body has a deep waist and different radii on each body edge curve (3 mmR on body top/8 mmR on body back), making it easier to play in both standing and sitting position. Andy’s favorite DiMarzio® The Cruiser® pickups are installed in all positions. The combination of these pickups deliver single-coil tone, open vocal-sounding mids and a bit of added strength to the bass. These pickups also relieve players of string drop-outs and sustain-killing magnet pull. The guitar also includes the Smooth Taper volume filter, which maintains the guitar’s high frequencies at low volumes and provides more uniform tone from 1 to 10. The Wilkinson®-Gotoh® VSVG tremolo unit features smooth arm action and the unique design of its elongated baseplate screw holes help promote accurate pitch return by eliminating binding. Its locking bent-steel saddles provide a vintage tone and feel. The string mounting holes in the steel block are staggered to help keep string angle over the saddles consistent, which helps increase tuning stability. GOTOH® MAGNUM LOCK® machine heads, which have an established reputation for tuning stability, are mounted on the headstock. Its H. A. P® (Height Adjustable Post). system allows for the adjustment of string post height to achieve the appropriate tension and string angle for each string individually. Hardshell case included. The Ibanez ATZ100 SBT Electric Guitar - Sunburst Flat features include its S-Tech Wood 1pc Roasted Maple Neck with S-TECH WOOD Roasted Maple Fretboard, DiMarzio® The Cruiser® (H) Neck and DiMarzio® The Cruiser® (H) Bridge Pickups and Prestige fret edge treatment
- neck type
- ATZ S-TECH WOOD 1pc Roasted Maple neck
- Alder body
- S-TECH WOOD Roasted Maple fretboardBlack dot inlay
- Jumbo Stainless Steel fretsPrestige fret edge treatment
- number of frets
- Wilkinson®-Gotoh® VSVG tremolo bridge
- string space
- neck pickup
- DiMarzio® The Cruiser® (H) neck pickupPassive/Ceramic
- middle pickup
- DiMarzio® The Cruiser® (H) middle pickupPassive/Ceramic
- bridge pickup
- DiMarzio® The Cruiser® (H) bridge pickup
- factory tuning
- D'Addario® EXL110
- string gauge
- hardware color
a : Width
40.5mm at NUT
b : Width
56mm at 21F
c : Thickness
21mm at 1F
d : Thickness
23mm at 12F
As guitarist for pop-metal band Danger Danger, he toured the world opening for Kiss and Alice Cooper, sold over a million records worldwide, and had two #1 videos on MTV, plus amassing a discography that includes 7 solo releases that range from blazing guitar instrumentals, to blues, and even a Beatles/Elvis Costello-inspired collection of pop tunes.
As a session player, he's been highly featured on CDs by drumming legend Simon Phillips, a live CD with Olivia Newton-John (Andy has been her music director/guitarist for several U.S. tours), two internationally acclaimed CDs by Kip Winger, recording sessions for Paula Abdul, Paul Stanley, and countless radio and television jingles. He has also played alongside many of his heroes such as Steve Vai and Joe Satriani (as a regular guest on their G3 tours in Dallas), Eric Johnson, Steve Morse, Mike Stern, Ace Frehley, Ted Nugent, and Pierre Bensusan, as well as some of his fave '60's singing stars such as the Beach Boys, Lesley Gore, and Gordon Waller (of Peter and Gordon fame!)
Andy's musical career began in his hometown of Evansville, Indiana at the age of 13 with his first band, Taylor Bay. "Early on, I realized that making it in a rock band was such a long-shot, that I better figure out other ways of making a living playing guitar. I began reading about players like Steve Lukather and Larry Carlton who made their living as session musicians. This really appealed to me, since I really loved a wide variety of musical styles."
The decision to pursue the studio scene led him to more serious music studies. He studied classical guitar for two years before moving to Miami to study jazz guitar at the University of Miami (largely because the Dixie Dregs, Pat Metheny, and Jaco Pastorius had all gone there). He eventually ended up in Dallas where he was very fortunate to get a foot in the door of a very good studio scene. In 1988, the Andy Timmons band was formed and he quickly gained a following in Texas. Around that time, Epic recording artists Danger Danger recruited him to finish their debut record, film several videos, and begin touring.
After 4 years in New York with Danger Danger, Andy returned to Dallas in 1993 to resume his studio career and the Andy Timmons Band. His first solo release, ear X-tacy, was released in 1994 to critical acclaim followed 1997's ear X-tacy 2. He then released Pawn Kings (1997), Orange Swirl (1998), The Spoken and the Unspoken (1999), and And-thology 1 & 2 (2000). In 2001 Andy signed with Favored Nations and released his first international record, That Was Then, This is Now, a compliation of the first two ear X-tacy records and and five new tracks. Resolution (2006) marks Andy's first full-length new release for Favored Nations. Andy's latest release is ‘Andy Timmons Band plays Sgt. Pepper,' which was released in 2012.
Andy has been consistently voted a "Top 20 Favorite Guitarist" in most of Japan's rock music magazine's reader polls, as well as being voted "Musician of the Year" four years in a row in the acclaimed Dallas Observer Music Awards. He also has become one of the most respected and sought after clinicians representing Ibanez Guitars, touring the world on their behalf.