AG 131 review by Ashton

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  • Sound: 4
  • Overall Impression: 6
  • Reliability & Durability: 3
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 5
  • Features: 5
  • Reviewer's score: 4.6 Poor
  • Users' score: 7.5 (45 votes)
Ashton: AG 131
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Price paid: $ 76

Purchased from: Beggs Music Store

Sound — 4
It didn't suit my style (rock back then) at all as the pickups couldn't handle the level of distortion I needed. I used it with a GA10 and a DigiTech Grunge pedal. The guitar can make lots of sounds if you work hard but a lot of playing around with amp settings is required and with a small amp this is not really an option.

Overall Impression — 6
I don't own it anymore but basically I wish I had tried it and the amp out first or saved more money and got some decent gear (which I have now). Not really a very good guitar.

Reliability & Durability — 3
The guitar withstood one gig but the neck was so screwed by then that I messed up the intro solo to 'Paradise City'. The strap buttons did not hold the strap very well and the finish had like 10 scratches in it by the time I got it home from the store.

Action, Fit & Finish — 5
The action was average as were the pickups. All of the hardware and electronics was stock and the neck was very loose as was the output socket.

Features — 5
It was made in Australia, I think it's a 1997 but I'm not sure as I no longer own it. It came in a starter pack and it is a strat-style guitar. 22 frets, green woody finish, made of crappy ash wood. It had a strange stock bridge with a useless vibrato system that would bend strings out of tune every time I used it. 5 way selector Switch, and a volume and tone control. Useless stock pickups with non-locking tuners. Came with an Ashton GA10 Amp a gig bag and a useless cable that always breaks. A good guitar for beginners but not good for soloing or any kind of lead work.

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