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Few guitar players of the world merit as much respect as Alex Skolnick. Originally gaining fame as the teenage phenomenon holding down guitar duties for Bay Area thrashers Testament, Alex has gone on to tackle multiple musical genres, including sophisticated jazz playing in his Alex Skolnick Trio. With the LTD AS-1, guitarists of all styles will appreciate this amazing single-cutaway design that's surprisingly affordable considering its feature set that was created for professional players. Its contemporary set of tools include a set-neck, U-shaped three-piece mahogany neck for smooth access all the way up and down the fingerboard to the full thickness Eclipse body made of mahogany with maple cap. It comes with an excellent set of Seymour Duncan '59 (neck) and JB (bridge) pickups. Its flexible controls include individual volume knobs for each pickup, a tone control with push-pull access to split the neck pickup coil, and a pickup selector toggle. Its high-end components include a bone nut, TonePros locking TOM bridge and tailpiece, Dunlop straplok, and Grover tuners. The LTD AS-1 comes in an amazing-looking Lemon Burst translucent finish over its figured flamed maple top.
Construction Set-Neck
Scale 24.75"
Body Mahogany
Top Flamed Maple
Neck 3Pc Mahogany
Fingerboard Pau Ferro
Fingerboard Radius 305mm
Nut Width 43mm
Nut Type Bone
Neck Contour U
Frets/Type 22 XJ
Hardware Color Chrome
Strap Button Dunlop Straplok
Tuners Grover
Bridge TonePros Locking TOM & Tailpiece
Neck PU Seymour Duncan '59*
Bridge PU Seymour Duncan JB
Electronics Passive
Electronics Layout Volume/Volume/Tone(Push/Pull*)/Toggle Switch
Strings D'Addario XL110 (.010/.013/.017/.026/.036/.046)
Case Included Y
Controls Alexskolnick
Rodski R.

Can you get the AS-1 in blue/black like the AS1-FR model? Love the blue color but don't want the Floyd Rose. 

Carl N.

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Cody H.

Is the body chambered, or solid?

Carl N.

This will be solid

Frank H.

 What's not to love about this guitar if you are looking for something with the feel of a LP?  Thick body, chunkier neck, great Duncan pickups, fit and finish is top notch! Straight out of the included case it felt and played great, resonates well unplugged and sustains for days!  The top on mine is a beautiful lemon burst and I could not be happier with a guitar!!

Carl N.

glad you enjoy it

Ronald W.

Hello. You said that the U neck is chunkier? I prefer a thick neck like on my 2012` R8 Les Paul. Is this model here made in Japan? I would a MIJ if I could get a chunky neck. I am going to see if the USA model could be made with a ticker neck. I think a will get this one.





Sadly, I had to reject the Lemon Burst that I ordered. The color was no where near the yellow shown in ESP's official photos of the Lemon Burst.

This does not look like a photographic lighting issue or ‘slight variation in color’ that most manufacturers warn consumers about. The guitar I got was a deep honey gold:  this looks like a manufacturing quality control issue. I am a woodworking craftsman among other things and understand that there will be some variation in color, in particular with wood, but I'll bet good money that the formulation of the stain and or finish coat and or selection criteria of the maple was changed at some point, either by ESP, or by a sub-contracted vendor.

This is not a case of just one rotten lemon: I later found photos of used models on the web that reflect the true color of the guitar that I rejected: it's gold, not even close to lemon yellow.  Alex, if the lemon yellow color advertised for your Lemon Drop represents your artistic vision, sadly, ESP's manufacturing has somehow strayed far from your choice. - Mark 

Carl N.

Hey Mark, thanks for your comment and sorry to hear you were displeased.  Yes, colors can vary and it is assumed you received a lighter instrument than what is currently displayed.  Shouldn't be cause for concern but I can understand your gripe with this.  Hope you find one that pleases you.

Mark C.

Hi I would just like to ask what kind of strap buttons did the older AS1 models come with. Plus they didn't come with a hard case right? The older models with the rosewood fingerboards. Thanks

Carl N.

Hey Mark, these were equipped with Dunlop strap locks.  These previously did not come with a case but now this is included.

Mark C.


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