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Posted by Mel Chislett on 2001-08-16
At 2000$ cdn, the ASAT-S3 is not one of your cheaper guitars. But for your money, you do get a genuine USA hand made guitar with a flawless premier finish and exemplary attention to detail. The response is first class and the tonal range has everything from smooth and silky to downright raunchy. The Ebony fingerboard, optional, and medium jumbo frets make its playability nearly effortless over the entire fingerboard length. I expected the guitar balance to be "body heavy", but this was quite contrary to its looks. With a fairly long headstock, x strat players, like me, will be tuning their B sring instead of the E string. The overall length takes some getting used to. The ASAT-S3 tunes easily and holds it even under "serious" playing. Two critiques: The 5-way pickup selector is too close to the volume control. You actually have to look at it before you change pickups. Or, off goes the volume - or you blast off. Second is the included hard shell case. It is a generic - made for two types of guitars - lacks proper storage space for those necessay essentials and will most likely "fall apart" within a year or two. All things said and done, the ASAT-S3 is one mighty fine guitar.

Reliability: 8
Sound: 10
Bang for the Buck: 8
Overall Rating: 9

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