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Just curious-thinking about buying one-the look and price are right-I've played one accoustically but not plugged in. Anybody here have any opinions that would be of any use to me? Thinkin' rock, blues and jazz...Thanx,
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I picked up an AE500 awhile ago from Mothers Music at a clearance price of $299, it's in this thread:

http://guitarscanada.com/Board/showthread.php?t=3600

I assume this one would be very close to the same for quality control.

I find it actually a surprisingly good guitar for the price. It has a real Gibson feel to it.

A couple of issues:
-check the fret ends, mine were sharp (but I have needle files), the store tech should fix this for free
-the action was way too high, make sure setting it all the way down works for you. The nut seemed to be perfect.
-prob just a fluke, but on mine one of the caps was grounding against the pot so the tone control didn't work. Only took about 2 mins to fix.

Pickups sound good, playability is really good. For the price, I think they are a score.
 
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