« Yamaha AES800 »Published on 12/07/01 at 15:00
The AES800 was listed at $899 Canadian funds and I ended up walking away with it for $450 (tax included)!
The very best feature on the AES800 is the massive-sounding pick-ups: 2 DiMarzio Q-100 hum cancelling soap bar style humbuckers.
The Q100's are very quiet. They are very much like P90's. The switch/knob design allows you to probe a wide variety of captivating sounds. You will find some excellent tones no matter what style of music you play. This is a great can do it all type of guitar with very useful sounds through every amp I experimented on - Fenders, Marshals, Tech 21.
The realtime phase control knob feature will add some interesting colors to your sound on both the clean and dirty channels of your amp. What I have discovered is that on a clean I prefer setting the phase knob at 1 while my daughter prefers position 10 always. With distortion, we both prefer position 10. Setting the knob somewhere in between does not appear to be a very practical option, perhaps an on/off switch would have been a better design solution for this in and out of phase feature?
Another minor detail of very little concern is that the fret ends could have been smoother.
Cherry Sunburst finish with mahogany-veneered Alder body. Maple bolt on neck with Rosewood fretboard and 22 medium jumbo sized frets. Chrome hardware and string through body design with six individual tailpieces mounted in the body. The tuners are nice and smooth. Tune-O-Matic Bridge.
The control knobs are: 5-way pickup selector, master volume, master tone and a realtime phase control knob. In position #2 only, the inside coils are hot and the phase knob brings the outer bridge coil in and out of phase.
I cant say anything bad about the overall quality of this guitar.
The best way to describe this guitar is to mix the best features of a Strat and a Les Paul together, and voila the inception of an AES800.
I love the way the guitar looks and the neck feels awesome, very comfortable to me.
I am most happy with this guitar. It was an incredible deal!
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