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Epiphone Marty Schwartz ES-335 vs Ibanez AZ2202A Prestige

Reasons to Get
Epiphone Marty Schwartz ES-335 over Ibanez AZ2202A Prestige

Decorative Top
5-ply Layered Maple; AAA Flame Maple Veneer vs None
Finished with beautiful natural wood patterns
Release Year
2023 vs 2020
From a more recent year
Type of Frets
Medium Jumbo vs Jumbo
You'll feel the fretboard when pressing down the strings
Pickup Mods
Multiple vs Coil Tap
Body Type
Semi-Hollow vs Solid Body
Lighter and allows more gain than a hollowbody
Volume Knobs
2 vs 1
More volume control
Tone Knobs
2 vs 1
More tone control
Nut Width
1.693'' (43mm) vs 1.654'' (42mm)
Less likely to mute strings by accident and more space for fingerstyle
Fixed vs Tremolo
Good sustain and needs no set-up
Scale Length
24.75'' (628.7mm) vs 25.5'' (647.7mm)
Easier bending, shorter fret separation and warmer natural tone
Value Score
75 vs 74
Better price/quality relationship

Reasons to Get
Ibanez AZ2202A Prestige over Epiphone Marty Schwartz ES-335

Country of Manufacturing
Japan vs China
Built with higher quality standards
Fret Material
Stainless Steel vs Nickel Silver
Best fret material that will last forever
Frets Height
Taller vs Shorter
Easier to press down strings and bend them
Type of Frets
Jumbo vs Medium Jumbo
You won't feel the fretboard when pressing down the strings
Pickups Brand
Seymour Duncan vs None
Pickups from a renown brand
Pickup Mods
Coil Tap vs Multiple
Lowers output of humbucker coil to create a single coil sound
Neck Joint
Bolt-On vs Set
Allows you to detach and swap the neck
Body Type
Solid Body vs Semi-Hollow
Feedback free
Switch Positions
5 vs 3
More tone options
Nut Width
1.654'' (42mm) vs 1.693'' (43mm)
Favors small hands, easier bar chords and other shapes
Luminescent Sidedots
Yes vs None
Assists you when playing in dark environments
Tremolo vs Fixed
Simple vibratos without too much maintenance
Scale Length
25.5'' (647.7mm) vs 24.75'' (628.7mm)
Lower action and brighter natural tone

Other Key Differences
Epiphone Marty Schwartz ES-335 vs Ibanez AZ2202A Prestige

Bridge Pickup
Alnico Classic PRO vs Seymour Duncan Hyperion
Different Bridge Pickup
Neck Pickup
Alnico Classic PRO vs Seymour Duncan Hyperion
Different Neck Pickup
Body Wood
Flame Maple vs Ash
Different Body Wood
Neck Wood
Mahogany vs Roasted Maple
Different Neck Wood
Fretboard Wood
Laurel vs Roasted Maple
Different Fretboard Wood
3-3 vs 6
Different Headstock
Nut Material
Ivory Tusq vs Bone
Different Nut Material

Shared Features
Epiphone Marty Schwartz ES-335 vs Ibanez AZ2202A Prestige

Same playing style
High output without hum
Number of Frets
Same maximum octave
Paint Finish
Resistant paint that ages well
Fretboard Radius
12'' (304.8mm)
Same fretboard comfortability
Pickups Power
Cleaner sound and no battery needed
Neck Profile Type
Comfortable neck that works for most people

Common Strengths

  • Locking Tuners
  • High-Quality Nut
  • High-Quality Frets
  • Expensive Wood

Common Weaknesses

  • Stays in Tune (Evertune)
  • Compound Radius Fretboard
  • Strap Lock
  • 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • Active/Passive Preamp

Price History Comparison


Ibanez AZ2202A Prestige Prices


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    Which One is Better for Beginners?

    The Ibanez AZ2202A Prestige meets 6 out of our 8 criteria items for beginner friendliness, while the Epiphone Marty Schwartz ES-335 meets only 5. This takes into account the type of frets, scale length, nut width, bridge type, fretboard radius, and neck profile to determine the easiest combination for new players.

    New Player Friendliness

    Epiphone Marty Schwartz ES-335
    • Comfortable shape
    • Easy-to-use bridge
    • Locking tuners
    • Tall frets
    • Comfortable neck
    • Comfortable fretboard
    • Narrow nut
    • Short scale

    New Player Friendliness

    Ibanez AZ2202A Prestige
    • Comfortable shape
    • Easy-to-use bridge
    • Locking tuners
    • Tall frets
    • Narrow nut
    • Comfortable neck
    • Comfortable fretboard
    • Short scale

    Nevertheless, when it comes to choosing an instrument, you should pick the one more compatible with your personal style. Still, below we'll try you to give you our results as objectively as it's possible to help you decide.

    Sound Quality Comparison

    The wood used in an electric guitar or bass is not as important to determine the final tone. However, some people prefer specific wood types, so we'll take a look at those first. Then, we'll take a look at the electronics to determine the versatility and sound quality of each instrument.

    Woods Used in the Epiphone Marty Schwartz ES-335

    Mahogany wood pattern used for guitar building
    Laurel wood pattern used for guitar building
    Flame Maple wood pattern used for guitar building
    Flame Maple

    Mahogany is a fairly rare wood nowadays. It's used mostly for bodies due to its relatively lightweight. Gibson popularized it with their Les Paul guitars during their golden years, so this wood has a lot of good reputation behind it. The most expensive type comes from South America and it's still used by Gibson even today. Find out more about Mahogany.

    There are many types of Laurel, but East Indian is the most common for guitar building. Its color can vary from dark to light brown with black lines. Many people find its tonality similar to Rosewood, which favors the warmer frequencies. Find out more about Laurel.

    This wood has beautiful patterns only found in specific types of maple.

    Woods Used in the Ibanez AZ2202A Prestige

    Roasted Maple wood pattern used for guitar building
    Roasted Maple
    Ash wood pattern used for guitar building

    Roasted Maple is just maple without a finish. It's technically cheaper than regular maple, but it doesn't have any extra disadvantages because of this. The color is darker, and it's lighter weight and very stable even when there's a lot of humidity.

    Ash is a type of wood that Fender used almost exclusively in the 50s, and it's still used by many brands. It's a dense wood with a light color that works well for a transparent, natural finish because of its beautiful patterns. In terms of sound, it's known for emphasizing the mid and high frequencies, but with strong low end. Find out more about Ash.

    Winner: Epiphone Marty Schwartz ES-335.

    Pickup Configuration

    Both pickup configurations are HH. Double Humbucker (HH) is the choice for people who want a fuller, more round sound with tons of mids and lows. Humbuckers also get rid of the hum noise that plague single-coil pickups. They can work out for almost any genre going from Djent to even Jazz.

    Pickups Quality

    The Ibanez AZ2202A Prestige pickups from a more specialized brand than the Epiphone Marty Schwartz ES-335. Its pickups should give you a fuller, richer sound, although it all depends on what type of music you're going to play. We recommend these pickups for Hard Rock and similar genres.

    Both use Passive pickups. This is what's used for most music genres. They have a regular output and will serve you for both high-gain and clean tones. The alternative (Active pickups) offer a higher output that is mostly used for heavy music.

    Winner: Ibanez AZ2202A Prestige.

    Versatility Comparison

    Some instruments offer you more ways to explore your creativity than others. Below you'll find how both compare when it comes to versatility.

    Switch Options

    The Ibanez AZ2202A Prestige gives you 5 switch options while the Epiphone Marty Schwartz ES-335 gives you 3. This means that the Ibanez AZ2202A Prestige gives you more options to find the right pickup combination for the type of sound you want to achieve

    Both give you different pickup mod options.

    The Epiphone Marty Schwartz ES-335 offers Coil Split, Phase Out.

    Coil Split lets you disconnect one of the pickup coils. When used with humbuckers, it turns them into single-coil with lower output and cleaner tone.

    When the Phase Out option is activated, the pickups will ''work against each other'', meaning that they will cancel out their shared frequencies. The result is a very thin sound, instead of a full, rich tone. This is an interesting sound for genres like reggae or funk and has also been used in classic Hard Rock.

    On the other hand, the Ibanez AZ2202A Prestige comes with the following: Coil Tap.

    Coil Tap is similar to Coil Split but it works a bit differently. Instead of completely cancelling one of the coils of the humbucker, it only cuts part of the output once activated. Some people believe this gives the split pickups a more real single-coil sound.

    The Epiphone Marty Schwartz ES-335 doesn't come with pickup switching options.

    Ibanez AZ2202A Prestige pickups switch selector and push knobs diagram
    Ibanez AZ2202A Prestige's switch options

    When evaluating versatility, we also take into consideration bridge and neck joint type, number of frets, switch options, amount of pickups and more.

    Winner: Ibanez AZ2202A Prestige.

    Final Sound Quality Scores

    Epiphone Marty Schwartz ES-335
    Pickups 60
    Sustain 75
    Versatility 68
    Tuning Stability 80
    Sound 71
    Ibanez AZ2202A Prestige
    Pickups 90
    Sustain 80
    Versatility 77
    Tuning Stability 75
    Sound 81

    Build Quality Comparison

    When it comes to build quality, we like to take into account everything used to build the instrument. This includes materials, hardware and the quality control expected depending on the country where it was built. Let's see how the Epiphone Marty Schwartz ES-335 compares to the Ibanez AZ2202A Prestige.

    Country of Origin

    The manufacturing country can tell a lot about the build quality of an instrument. The Epiphone Marty Schwartz ES-335 is built in China while the Ibanez AZ2202A Prestige is made in Japan.

    China has a bad reputation when it comes to building quality. However, times have changed and now respectable brands use China's cheap labor to build good instruments for a lower price. Don't discount a guitar only because it was built in China, but also expect more quality from countries like Korea.

    Japan has a long history of high-quality guitar building. Little has changed in terms of their manufacturing and quality control over the years. Many guitars made in this country can be compared—and even beat—others made in the US.

    Winner: Ibanez AZ2202A Prestige

    Nut Material

    If you want your guitar to stay in tune and sound good, you need a well cut nut. Nut quality can be inconsistent even when comparing two copies of the same model. The best way to make sure you're nut will be well done is by getting a nut made by an expert company like TUSQ or Micarta.

    The Epiphone Marty Schwartz ES-335 has a Ivory Tusq nut. Ivory used to be considered the best material for guitar nuts due to its beauty, durability, and the rich harmonics and sustain you could get from a guitar with it. However, the way to obtain it is simply unethical. Enter TUSQ ivory nuts, which are made synthetically to imitate ivory. Technically, it's better than ivory because it is consistent piece-to-piece, while natural materials can vary a lot, even if they're made from the same.

    On the other hand, the Ibanez AZ2202A Prestige comes with a Bone nut. It's a type of nut found in high-quality instruments. They sound similar to Ivory since they give a lot of sustain and a bright sound (at least when striking open strings). The only problem they can run into is that you may get a bone piece that simply doesn't sound as well as others because that's just how natural materials are.

    Winner: Tie.

    Fret Material

    Most fret wire is made of nickel silver. This material eventually wears down after a lot of use and most instruments end up needing a complete fret replacement. However, some expensive models come with stainless steel frets. This is what you should aim for if you can afford it.

    In this comparison, the Ibanez AZ2202A Prestige is the only one that has stainless steel frets. These frets will basically last for the entire life of the guitar. They will never need polishing nor replacement. And not only that, but some people also notice that bending and vibratos are much easier to perform when they upgrade to stainless steel.

    Winner: Ibanez AZ2202A Prestige.


    The perfect bridge for you will depend on your playstyle because they all have advantages and disadvantages. However, some bridges are more expensive—like Floyd Roses and Evertunes—and thus add more value to a guitar.

    The Epiphone Marty Schwartz ES-335's brige is a Fixed. It's a simple bridge that is very beginner-friendly since it doesn't require any set-up. You can swap strings easily. It might also give more sustain since it doesn't have complex moving parts that make the strings lose vibration. However, it doesn't have the same versatility as a tremolo bridge.

    On the other hand, the Ibanez AZ2202A Prestige's is a Tremolo. Tremolo bridges give you more versatility than fixed bridges. They let you perform the intense vibrato effects that would be impossible with a fixed bridge. However, since the bridge floats and there's less contact with the body, the strings lose sustain slightly faster. They can also be a bit harder to restring and set up correctly than fixed bridges.

    Since we need to be objective, the most expensive type of bridge will be the winner of this section. In the end, this doesn't matter if you're not going to use the bridge for its original purpose, so choose the bridge that fits your playing style better.

    Winner: Tie.


    They both have locking tuners. They'll help to keep your guitar in tune because they allow you to tune it without wrapping the strings around the posts. This avoids variations in the tuning due to the strings changing position at the post after a bend. They come at the disadvantage of being slightly heavier than regular tuners. Also, it makes it a lot easier to restring.

    Winner: Tie.

    Neck Joint

    Contrary to popular belief, the difference in sustain and tone that some neck joints give to a guitar is simply unperceivable—if they're all well built. However, some of them do have advantages over the others.

    The Epiphone Marty Schwartz ES-335 has a Set neck joint. This neck is tightly glued to the body. They give you the least versatility because you can't swap them for a neck that fits your hand better if you want to, unlike bolt-on necks. Some people think this gives more resonance and sustain, but there's no real difference if the bolt-on joint is well built.

    On the other hand, the Ibanez AZ2202A Prestige comes with Bolt-On neck joint. This neck is joined to the body by 4 bolts that you can simply unscrew. This allows you to replace the neck or take it off for travel. It's the most common and cheapest way to build a guitar.

    Winner: Ibanez AZ2202A Prestige.

    Here is the list of features that were considered when choosing the winner in the Features subcategory:

    Strengths & Weaknesses
    Epiphone Marty Schwartz ES-335
    • Locking Tuners
    • Expensive Wood
    • Ivory Tusq Nut
    • Coil Split, Phase Out Pickups
    • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
    • Made in China
    • No Top Brand Pickups
    • No Neck-Through Build
    • No Luminescent Inlay
    • No Tremolo
    • No Compound Radius Fretboard
    • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
    • No Strap Lock
    Strengths & Weaknesses
    Ibanez AZ2202A Prestige
    • Stainless Steel Frets
    • Locking Tuners
    • Made in Japan
    • Expensive Wood
    • Bone Nut
    • Top Brand Pickups
    • Coil Tap Pickups
    • Luminescent Inlay
    • Tremolo
    • No Neck-Through Build
    • No Weight Relief
    • No Compound Radius Fretboard
    • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
    • No Strap Lock

    Final Build Quality Scores

    Epiphone Marty Schwartz ES-335
    Quality of materials 68
    Features 70
    Quality Control 60
    Build Quality 66
    Ibanez AZ2202A Prestige
    Quality of materials 81
    Features 75
    Quality Control 90
    Build Quality 82

    Playability Comparison

    Let's now compare their playability. Bear in mind that the instrument will feel different depending on your hand size and play style. That's why you should always test before buying. But if you can't or want a second opinion on it, we can still take a look at each of the important measurements of the instrument for you. This way, we can predict how easy a guitar might be to play, or how different it will feel compared to the other.

    Remember that, even though the difference might seem small, every inch counts when it comes to feeling of the instrument in your hands. Any variation can completely change how comfortable a guitar feels in your hands.

    Nut Width

    Epiphone Marty Schwartz ES-335 Nut Width
    Epiphone Marty Schwartz ES-335 Nut Width
    Ibanez AZ2202A Prestige Nut Width
    Ibanez AZ2202A Prestige Nut Width

    The nut width will affect the separation between strings at the nut. In this comparison, the Epiphone Marty Schwartz ES-335 has the wider nut with 43mm (1.693'') vs 42mm (1.654''). This is a 1mm (0.039'') difference

    This means that it will be more difficult to do bar chords on the Epiphone Marty Schwartz ES-335, especially closer to the nut. However, it's also easier to play without muting strings accidently. This favors people with big hands.

    Scale Length

    Epiphone Marty Schwartz ES-335's Scale Length
    Epiphone Marty Schwartz ES-335's Scale Length
    Ibanez AZ2202A Prestige's Scale Length
    Ibanez AZ2202A Prestige's Scale Length

    The scale length is one of the things that influences playability the most. This is the distance between the nut and the bridge and will affect everything from low action allowance, difficulty to perform bends, fret separation, and even tone.

    The Ibanez AZ2202A Prestige has the longest scale: 25.5". The Epiphone Marty Schwartz ES-335 is only 24.75" long. This is a 0.75'' (19.1mm) scale length difference.

    This longer scale means that the strings need more tension to get in tune. This is good if you want to avoid fret buzz, which can happen when the strings are too loose and touch the frets while vibrating. This is especially important when playing in lower tunings. This will also let you reduce the gap between fretboard and strings (low action) to make them easier to press down. However, this higher tension will also make it harder to perform bends and vibratos as the strings will feel stiffer.

    This also means that the frets have a longer separation between each other, so this will make it harder for people with smaller hands when playing some chord positions.

    Another characteristic of a longer scale is that it makes the guitar sound 'snappier' or brighter. This is due to the extra separation between harmonics and overtones produced by the tension. This influences tone more than any other factor (except the pickups).

    Lastly, remember that you can also affect the tension of the strings by changing your string gauge. You can use a thicker gauge for more tension and a lighter one for less tension.

    Neck Profile

    Epiphone Marty Schwartz ES-335 Neck Profile
    Epiphone Marty Schwartz ES-335's neck profile
    Ibanez AZ2202A Prestige Neck Profile
    Ibanez AZ2202A Prestige's neck profile

    No single neck shape is better than others. However, most people tend to prefer a thinner necks because it doesn't get in their way when playing fast and most hand sizes can adapt to it pretty well. However, some people still prefer thicker necks for a better grip, especially if they have big hands.

    Both the Epiphone Marty Schwartz ES-335 and the Ibanez AZ2202A Prestige have a C-shaped neck. This is what you'll find in most modern guitars. Most people feel like the thickness of a C neck is simply the less intrusive one for playing fast, while at the same time allowing you to grab the neck easily for resting if you want to.

    Fretboard Radius

    Epiphone Marty Schwartz ES-335 Fingerboard Radius
    Both Guitars Have The Same Fretboard Radius

    Most guitar fretboards are not flat; they usually have a curve or arc across their width. A curved fretboard will make it easier to perform chords without muting strings, while a flatter one will make it easier to play single notes, which is good for bending and soloing in general. The best fretboards have a compound radius that varies across the fingerboard, but they're not common since they take a lot more work to build.

    Both the Epiphone Marty Schwartz ES-335 and the Ibanez AZ2202A Prestige have the same fretboard radius of 12". This is the radius used in most Gibson guitars. It gives you a good balance for playing chords without muting, but also good comfortability for playing single notes and bending.

    Hand Size Comfortability

    Everyone has a different hand size, and that's why it's recommended to try a guitar before buying, even if others tell you that it's comfortable to play. However, we can know whether a guitar favors small or large hands just by knowing its exact measurements.

    And after taking into account the scale length, nut width, neck profile and fretboard radius, we can conclude that the Epiphone Marty Schwartz ES-335 favors large hands more than the Ibanez AZ2202A Prestige. But it's still more comfortable for people with small hands, as you can see in the score meter below.

    Epiphone Marty Schwartz ES-335:
    Big Hands
    Small Hands
    Ibanez AZ2202A Prestige:
    Big Hands
    Small Hands

    Fret Size

    Epiphone Marty Schwartz ES-335 Frets Size
    Epiphone Marty Schwartz ES-335's Frets Size
    Ibanez AZ2202A Prestige Frets Size
    Ibanez AZ2202A Prestige's Frets Size

    The Ibanez AZ2202A Prestige has Jumbo frets, which should be taller than the Epiphone Marty Schwartz ES-335's Medium Jumbo frets.

    Some people prefer taller frets because they result in more sustain since the strings get pressed cleanly without interference from the fretboard. However, if they're too tall—like Jumbo frets—, you might change the pitch of the strings accidentally if you press too hard because you won't be touching the fretboard with your fingers. This is also why some guitarists with a heavy grip prefer smaller frets. They like to feel the fingerboard to avoid pressing down too hard and getting out of pitch.

    Final Playability Scores

    Epiphone Marty Schwartz ES-335
    Bending & Vibrato Ease 85
    Chord Playability 65
    Solo Playability 70
    Playability 73
    Ibanez AZ2202A Prestige
    Bending & Vibrato Ease 80
    Chord Playability 60
    Solo Playability 80
    Playability 73

    Specs Side-by-Side

    Epiphone Marty Schwartz ES-335 vs Ibanez AZ2202A Prestige
    General Epiphone Marty Schwartz ES-335 Ibanez AZ2202A Prestige
    Brand: Epiphone Ibanez
    Year: 2023 2020
    Configuration: HH HH
    Strings: 6 6
    Made in: China Japan
    Series: Artist AZ
    Colors: Red Sunburst
    Left-Handed Version: Yes No
    Type: Semi-Hollow Solid Body
    Body Material: 5-ply Layered Maple; AAA Flame Maple Veneer Ash
    Bridge: LockTone Stop Bar Gotoh T1802 Tremolo
    Neck Joint: Set Bolt-On
    Tuners: Grover 502C Roto-Grip Locking Rotomatic Gotoh Magnum Lock machine heads w/H.A.P.
    Fretboard: Indian Laurel Roasted Maple
    Neck Material: Mahogany Roasted Maple
    Decoration: Pearloid Small Block Black Dot
    Scale Size: 24.75" 25.5"
    Shape: 60s SlimTaper, Rounded C AZ Oval C
    Frets: 22 Medium Jumbo Nickel Silver 22 Jumbo Stainless Steel
    Fretboard Radius: 12" 12"
    Nut: Ivory Tusq Bone
    Nut Width: 43mm (1.693'') 42mm (1.654'')
    Bridge Pickup: Alnico Classic PRO (Humbucker / Passive) Seymour Duncan Hyperion (Humbucker / Passive)
    Middle Pickup:
    Neck Pickup: Alnico Classic PRO (Humbucker / Passive) Seymour Duncan Hyperion (Humbucker / Passive)
    Switch: 3 Way 5 Way
    Knobs: Bell Speed
    Pickup Mods: Coil Split, Phase Out Coil Tap
    Volume Controls: 2 1
    Tone Controls: 2 1