YAMAHA  AES-1500 REVIEWS



5 Stars  very unique instrument  By Williams  from Vancouver, BC

this is a really unique instrument. It's not a hollowbodied jazz guitar, and it's not an ES- 335 clone. It's something of its own... a very versatile instrument that can handle a variety  of styles from rock through blues through jazz. The feedback resistance is phenomenal  compared to a lot of archtops and semi-hollows. The dimarzios are very versatile pickups.  The guitar is constructed solidly, and it can take a beating. This is a guitar for the working  session player.  I've owned hofner archtops and a gibson ES-335... if this thing were  stolen I'd buy another right away.

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5 Stars   Move out of the way ES335   By Stringman-1yASP  from North Carolina

I've been playing for over 25yrs and have played every type of guitar you could think of,  And still own Gibson 335,PRS,Strat,Tele,Ibanez 105,G&L but none that I could use for  everything but this guitar. I take two guitars to the studio the Yamaha and a Strat the strat  just in case but other than that my guitars collect dust. Nothing to say bad about this  guitar. You can't go wrong with this guitar.

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5 Stars  Outstanding!!!   By TreR69  from SE Oklahoma

I was a diehard Strat player for 15 years...THEN my boss brought his AES1500 to me and  asked if I was interesed in buying it from him, and honestly I wasn't interested. Not my  style. He said take it home for a week or two and just play it. With nothing to loose I  agreed. Upon getting it home and plugging it in my jaw dropped! I couldn't believe what  an incredible instrument it is...it was like driving a fine Italian sports car, it responded  perfectly to everything I would ask it to do...and with undleieveable tone! NExt I got on the  web to learn more about the AES and that is when I found out how expensive it is...no way  I could spend that much on a guitar (wife would KILL me). Reluctantly I took it back  several days later...he must have really needed to sell it though, because he immediately  came down to $1,500. Needless to say, I now own it and only pick up my Strat to move it  out of the way. It is a big instrument and I am still getting used to it. The fretboard is fairly  large and the neck is moderatly deep, but it a such an easy instrument to play...solos are a  breeze on here. Whereas on my strat I always felt like I was fighting the neck, here the  strings and frets are right where they should be. It just feels right. The pickups can be  brutal...particularly the bridge PU. In humbucker mode, when piped through a saturated  tube preamp they absolutely seeth with power. When clean, they are extremely well  balanced: big smooth bass, punchy mids and a bright high end. In single coil they sound  good by themselves but when mixed together the tone isn't particularly unique (that is  probably why Fender doesn't typically include a setting for the neck and bridge PUs  together!) All in all, it is an incredible instrument...check one out.

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5 Stars   A versatile workhorse  By WarrenJBuntz from Wellsville, NY

Our band covers blues, rock, jazz and even some country and bluegrass and this guitar  handles it all. It has a broad range of tones available thanks to the split humbuckers...  from warm and thick to edgy twang, and the action is faster than all other archtops I've  played. I bought a Gretsch 6196 (my dream guitar) but it can't compare to the AES-1500  for sheer versatility.

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5 Stars I passed up a Chet Atkins for this axe!!  By Slickpicker-A09nZ  from Lanesville, IN

It was between this guitar and a Gibson Chet Atkins. Being a GINORMOUS Chet fan, I  thought it was a no-brainer. And then a local legend guitarist I respect and admire bought  the Yamaha! I was bamboozled at how he could commit such thumb picking blasphemy!  He handed it to me and said, "Try it out." I was amazed at the versatility and playability  this guitar presented to me! The Q100 p'ups are superior to many others out there. They  are hotter than most you here in a guitar like this, yet they don't feedback excessively. As a  matter of fact, this was my stage axe when I played out during my Grunge cover days, and  it never really fedback at me much at all! Add the idea of a REALLY good'n'twangy single  coil sound in the bridge AND neck positions, and you can play all the Johnny Cash and  Waylon (the majority of my current playing)you want and never be disappointed. This axe  has survived a little over 15 years of gigging out with nary a problem save for a short in  the electronics (p'up selector) when I first got it.I would weep if anything ever happened to  this guitar. It is a guitar that deserves many more accolades than I've ever heard about it.  Yamaha has created a true classic with this instrument!! You will NOT be disappointed!

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5 Stars  Its changed the way I play!!  By Fatty--oAJ1 from Sorrento, VIC, Australia

Like everybody else, I love this guitar. I bought it from my guitar teacher....who now wants  it back!! No way. I came from a metal playing background....into blues and now into  rockabilly. Honestly, this guitar is harder to play than my Jackson but the vocal tone is  where it comes into its own. Ive never experienced anything like it. From a tinny sharp  sound to a THICK THICK blues sound..... I love it.......its changed the way I play... Get  one!!

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5 Stars  You Have To Love It  By Oldies for You  from New Jersey

I have the Yamaha (AE 1200S) Had it now for 25 year's. I had every guitar you can think  of and
this AES-1500 guitar just has them all beat!

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