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AES500, LP-Shaped Guitar from Yamaha in the AES series.


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Yamaha AES500 tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer:Yamaha
  • Model:AES500
  • Series:AES
  • Category:LP-Shaped Guitars
  • Added in our database on:10/06/2006

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User Reviews Yamaha AES500

Average Score:4.7( 4.7/5 based on 3 reviews )
 2 reviews67 %
 1 user review33 %
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MGR/Dave12/25/2003

MGR/Dave's review"Yamaha AES 500"

Yamaha AES500
Bought this guitar at a pawn shop for about $150. I was looking for a backup electric, and when I saw this one, I fell in love.

The AES 500 has great action. I can fly up and down the fretboard with wonderfull speed.

Can't think of anything that I don't like about it. Like I said, I bought this as a backup electric, and now this is my main guitar.

The Yamaha AES 500 is built tough. Mine has been dropped and bounced all over the place. Never had a problem with it. Just pick it up and start playing again.

I have owned close to twenty guitars in my years of playing, and I have to say that this is one of my favorites.

This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
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MGR/Phill Mu01/29/2003

MGR/Phill Mu's review"Yamaha AES 500"

Yamaha AES500
I got this guitar almost a year ago, I just saw it and liked it, then when I tested it I loved it, it had a very nice sound. I´m from mexico, I payed about $280 U.S. dollars

First of all, it looks great, it´s very confortable to play it and it has very good sound and sustain..

It would be much better with an on-off switch and a better bridge ( a tune-o-matic would be perfect)...the factory one is not able to be calibrated,I changed it for another one to have better response about the notes I play and listen to.

It´s quite similar to it´s sister aes 800, but a little cheaper because of the bridge and the pickups (the aes 500 has yamaha humbuckers and the aes 800 has dimarzio pickups) It´s hardware is not as smooth as the other´s, but finally it´s great

When I got this guitar I knew i had to get it´s big sister, now I have bought and they´re great. The only real problem of this guitar is the bridge, but it has a solution, so if you like it´s apearence, don´t think about it, it´s an amazing guitar

This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
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Mad_Angel10/09/2006

Mad_Angel's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Yamaha AES500
- Manufacturing in Taiwan
- 22 frets, 2 humbucker splitable (from inconue no référécence behind either)
- Fixed bridge tune o matic type
- 1 pickup selector 3 positions, 3 portards: a micro volume, and a general tone which is push button micro spliter.
- Channel for the relatively late Paul.

Lutherie generally very good for its price, good quality finish, as often with yamaha.

UTILIZATION

- A round very enjoyable to play, relatively late for a les paul that I find conford increase the game! It is also very bein the acordage.
- Compared to a lot of les paul ... weight! I find it rather light for this type of guitar (not dreaming, it's not a classic, must wear it: D). Good balance of all, very enjoyable to play!

SOUNDS

- Is perfect for what I play: a bit of everything: D but on the whole more oriented roxck and ska but still very rhythmic.
- I've had it 5 months, I mainly play with a brand lamps (Peavey 50,212), I also tested on all combos transistor, and a head Randall 4 * 12 (moved ca!)
-Despite the small price I paid (200 €) I was pleasantly surprised at his! a powerful and relatively warm on my all lamps! treble that well with low resortent always present on the head while Randall is Pffff big sound powerful, and devastating, but in my opinion mainly owed to the amp too!
-Overall it is a very versatile guitar with two splittable humbucker! perfect for beginning and have fun after a little more experience. who personally had a preference for the intermediate position (the two microphones) which gave me a more balanced.

PS: I change there in one week the bridge pickup with a Gibson Burstbucker ... and there I do not play on this one! over medium, a well defined even better saturation! that happiness!

OVERALL OPINION

- I've had it 5 months now and no worries! Versatile, original (and it's a model I feel unusual), instead of a handle end for a Les Paul and light too (compared to a lot of les paul forever!) For its price, a very good guitar!
- I tested some models of les paul, it was the models rather then high-end features the best in micro but against conford game and finish it has its place and good maintenance the road!
- A quality / price ratio really very good! € 200 Used (impecable condition) I do not know the price when it was sold new but had to remain very corect ca. After replacing the micro bridge (€ 90) is on I replace it before long! its look, weight, neck make this guitar I love. And even without changing the sound the microphone is not bad at all for a guitar to price!

-If I had to refer this choice? without hesitation! at the beginning I still had a fear may have to pay can be a bit expensive (I saw him several times in the 150 € OCCAZ sites abroad) and I had no opinion on this guitar (yes I wonder if she really was marketed in France, or for a short time no doubt) but after playing a few hours above all hesitation is gone. Today it remains for me the fun! Play a guitar that came back was € 300 with a new microphone and gives me the sound I was looking for a long time without necessarily find it on the instrument sometimes more expensive!

A very good instrument for its price!
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