I was looking for an ES 335 style guitar that didn't cost $2800.00 like my last one. There are many YouTube reviews that were very helpful - highly recommend you check them out. The AS53 has a slighly smaller body size than the ES 335 which I like. Ibanez has an even a smaller version AM53. There are some quality concessions to achieve a low price point but overall the AS53 delivers in where it counts- in spades. The tone wood, neck, fit and finish on mine are all excellent. After initial tuning the intonation was perfect out of the box. The action and playability were also very good and can be improved to equal my old ES 335. My initial take is that the AS53 will satisfy even experienced players as a working guitar and the high quality construction supports upgrading the pickups and tuners to make this guitar a true value gem. No, you won't have mother of pearl inlaid head stock or flame tiger maple paint job but you can have everything else at a bargain price. Enjoy.
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