Limited Edition Series review by Artist Series Guitar

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  • Sound: 9
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 10
  • Features: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 9.6 Superb
  • Users' score: 9.1 (36 votes)
Artist Series Guitar: Limited Edition Series
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Sound — 9
Thick, full-bodied, mahogany Les Paul tone all the way. It was surprising to hear such a light guitar create such a dense sound from either pickup, and regardless of where the toggle switch was set, the guitar cleaned up very nicely when dialing back the volume and tone knobs. While experienced players tend to be suspicious of new pickups, the ASG humbuckers sound crisp and full at the same time. It would be nice to offer coil-splitting as well, to offer more realistic Strat and Tele tones as well, but this pickup and control layout is quite typical for singlecut guitars.

Set to the bridge pickup, the guitar featured a very sharp attack, and every string could be heard even on high-gain power chords. Set to the neck pickup, the guitar had a deep, low, voluminous sound, providing the best of what a singlecut guitar can do.

Overall Impression — 9
These are very reasonably-priced, feature-rich guitars, with great tone and very unique, metal-oriented custom artwork. They feature rich, rosewood fretboards with nice inlay work, and they play and sound very well right out of the box. These easily stand up to any other Les Paul-inspired guitar, and due to the limited nature of each artistic run, you're virtually guaranteed to stand apart when you take the stage.

Reliability & Durability — 10
The matte-finish ASG hardware used on the guitar feels solid and easy to maintain, and the tuners have a smooth and flawless motion to them. The frets are big and the fretboard and neck all feel solid and smooth. The guitar looks as reliable as any major-label guitar available today. The inclusion of a custom hardshell case is a critical and welcome feature as well.

Action, Fit & Finish — 10
The guitar arrived already setup very well for Standard tuning, with a .10 gauge set of D'Addario XL strings. The action and the pickup heights are all carefully dialed-in, and the instrument is essentially ready to plug-n-play.

The satin finish is smooth and plays very fast, clearly meant for shredding or fast chord changes. A nice feature is the matte hardware throughout, which should show less dirt and wear over time, and gives the same smooth feeling to the entire guitar.

Features — 10
The Artist Series Guitar Limited Edition Series guitars are exactly that: a limited-edition singlecut, Les Paul-style guitar, available exclusively through ArtistSeriesGuitar.com. This guitar, offered in one of several limited ART packages, features the following specs, taken straight from the website:

Solid mahogany body with traditional weight relief
Set mahogany neck with rounded profile
24-3/4 scale length
Satin black finish on back, sides, neck and headstock
Dual Coil, ASG humbuckers
2 volume controls, 2 tones, 3-way toggle switch
Black matte, ASG hardware
Single-ply cream binding on top

The guitar feels very lightweight, with high-quality craftsmanship and attention to detail. Clearly taking some cues from the ESP Eclipse and LTD EC-1000 guitars, this is a shredder for the player who prefers singlecut guitars. There are Standard volume and tone knobs for each humbucker, making it easy to dial in for any experienced player. The guitar comes in a hardshell case with the Artist Series Guitar logo emblazoned on it.

26 comments sorted by best / new / date

    claux23
    We're told these are "reasonably priced" guitars, yet we're never given a price range. Poor writing and even poorer organization.
    Flipje
    claux23 wrote: We're told these are "reasonably priced" guitars, yet we're never given a price range. Poor writing and even poorer organization.
    Simply checking the site gives you the price, they're a $399 ex shipping etc.
    -LAW-
    I looked at the pictures of the guitar and literally lol'd.. my idea of a disgusting looking guitar. tacky, cliche designs imo... no? But, if they play well, a nice price I guess.
    dazcakes2010
    Yer, would probably have raised the price of the guitar though. They have obviously cut a deal for production of their ASG labelled parts and bridges so you can assume that you'll be able to buy it cheaper
    wilkin94
    This review is really out of the box , ive only heard good things about this so i gave it a shot. Ended up sending it back due to the guitar was in bad condition. The artwork had been handpainted on some places to cover it up , you can see the thicker colour. Its kinda overpriced with taxes and stuff you get when ordering from Europe. The guitars strong side is the look, sound and feeling of the fretboard wasnt too good impressive. Really hard to reach the higher frets. The only thing that would make it worth is with the bands autograf in my opinion.
    sewoo55
    hmm.... the manufacturer and model names are quite weird. sounds like decent guitars
    rob904
    MonsterOfRock wrote: Looks decent, probably a 7. How much is it? The review sounds like its off the box, so how do you give it a 10 on reliability and durability? 9.6 is a rating you give to a PRS Custom 24, not this. Certainly not if you are being unbiased, UG.
    nobody reviews objectively. Guitar looks pretty sweet though, probably of the same calibre as any LTD deluxe series guitar
    Oosh.
    They look pretty awesome but i think they'd be even nicer with an ebony fretboard.
    Iceman10129
    nailsarecruel wrote: Man, I'd love to get the goat design.
    Haha, I totally thought that was a Wooly Mammoth, the design is upside down
    MonsterOfRock
    Looks decent, probably a 7. How much is it? The review sounds like its off the box, so how do you give it a 10 on reliability and durability? 9.6 is a rating you give to a PRS Custom 24, not this. Certainly not if you are being unbiased, UG.
    Dextermaniac
    Cool designs, but I don't think I would ever buy the signature guitar of a band...it's a lot cooler to have a guitar in your own style right?
    Chaos-Serenade
    I can just tell by the look of the fretboard that this junk is made in China. *sigh*
    lucaspateo
    Bro, all the guitars are handmade in USA, by his owners. Take a short research before tell something, is not hard.
    Sam Wotrey
    Iceman10129 wrote: nailsarecruel wrote: Man, I'd love to get the goat design. Haha, I totally thought that was a Wooly Mammoth, the design is upside down
    Demon Hunter's goat logo.
    Chaos-Serenade wrote: I can just tell by the look of the fretboard that this junk is made in China. *sigh*
    Whoa, my radar is picking up large quantities of Elitism.
    wilkin94
    In my opinion any serious guitar player is better of with a quality brand guitar. Which can be bought for the price i paid. I love pwd but it wasnt worth it.
    melon_55
    Anyone have one of these guitars, who is experienced with guitars? What do you think of it. Do you agree with this review?
    lucaspateo
    I bought a "Killswitch Engage" model, but has not arrived yet. I will post my review as soon as possible
    Metallica>Life
    MetalheadforJC wrote: Sam Wotrey wrote: Demon Hunter's goat logo. It's sopos to be "a demon skull" :/
    Your sopos to know how to spell correctly.