- Made in Indonesia
- Maple neck, maple fingerboard, 22 frets
- Body Swamp ash
- The body is dug (= semi hollow body) with a hearing
- 2 microphones: 1 Alnico V humbucking & 1 G & L Magnetic Field single coil G & L
- Traditional Electronics: 1 volume, 1 tone, 3-position selector
- To look to the side, mine is orange "translucent" appear letting the wood grain, white pickguard with a "pearl" (unusual look anyway). I think it is also more traditional sunburst finish with a red pickguard "turtoise".
- The wood grain is apparent, there are the guitar body is made up of several different pieces of wood (3 on top). The wood air quality but must admit they are not entirely uniform on mine, making a little less pretty, one side is "assembly" quite visible (but good in this price range, almost no guitar has a body made of a piece). The violin is very very good.
- No problem tuning level.
- Important note: this is the series of "tribute" made in Indonesia and not the version United States, although more expensive, however, which has the same bridge pickup has a microphone but seymour duncan seth lover to the handle.
- The handle is SUPER NICE. This is one of the highlights of the guitar.
- I think having a body does not really dug resonance significantly larger. However, this body has widened the advantage of making the guitar lightweight and very comfortable. An important point for someone like me with a middle shrimp.
- Are easily obtained a good sound. There are two microphones, three possible positions: acute, grave and between the two ... super simple.
The above three elements were decisive for the choice of the guitar: I was looking for a simple guitar with personality, lightweight, easy to play, plug and play without split buttons and other frills ...
- The guitar suits a lot of style as it's still not too bad. She will go to hard rock in a relatively convincing, but no further.
- The clean is great in the 3 position. Crunches are also pretty good, though surly in bridge pickup.
- Making the rounds of three positions:
* I think the bridge pickup NOT the typical sound of fender telecaster twang that acute supra just by looking. it still remains in the mind telecaster (surly and sharp) but it is a little different. This micro G & L is more modern, it has an output level slightly higher than the pickups telecaster tradionnel. Moreover, it is the same microphone that G & L puts on his top models States, so it's not a micro cardboard. Very good mic then, more balanced than traditional micro telecaster.
* The middle position is great. you can do anything with. my favorite.
* The neck pickup is a little too "muffled" for my taste. this is perhaps my biggest complaint. It is quite usable but it is in the spirit davatage jazz than rock. I am more rock oriented, I think the change to a seymour duncan 59 (sh1).
Overall very beautiful sounds, it's going to sound round and cozy as the sound punchy and slamming.
Small note: I fell in love with this type of setup microphone (1 single + 1 humbucker at the bridge to the handle). it changed my way of playing. I love playing in rhythmic easel clean edge, and then move in crunch position intermediate or neck pickup for solos ... really interesting as config.
I use it for 10 months. I hesitated with the telecaster baja Mexican who had beautiful sounds but was heavier, less comfortable (thicker handle), and above were more "frills" (6 positions possible if I'm correct, it is too much for me). It is above all the great comfort (lightweight and extra handle) of AST and the fine making direct appeals to me. The sound quality of the beast remains undeniable (especially the bridge pickup and middle position in clean as crunch). Moreover, the salesman gave me a great price, 850euros on the label became 600euros ... I went for it!
I plan to buy other AST, the price / quality ratio is very good, and the violin seems much more reliable than Mexican Fender guitar making variable. G & L is a real alternative to Fender for a competitive price.
I can only advise.