The left handed Ashton SL29 is a slim bodied electro acoustic guitar, in the Yamaha APX mould, but only about half the price!
OK, I'm not going to say it sounds or plays quite to those heady heights, but for this money, the SL29 offers remarkable value for money, with a Flame Maple top, Sapele body, 4 Band EQ system with built in fully chromatic tuner and a quality finish.
The SL29CEQ has a small and compact headstock, with a coloured face matching the front of the guitar, fully bound in 5 ply cream and black, and Ashton's logo on top in smart looking Abolone.
Around the back, we have 2 rows of slightly offset chrome die-cast Machine Heads keeping the string in pitch perfectly well.
The neck is Mahogany, it's fairly slim, made for smaller hands, a shallow D profile. Nut width is 44mm. The fingerboard is Rosewood, with large white dot position markers, and it's fully bound in cream plastic.
The action of this model straight from the factory is about 3mm across the 12th fret, so it's set up pretty nicely, and playing the SL29 is very enjoyable, the small body and slim neck make things very comfortable.
The neck joins the Sapele body at the 14th fret on the bass side, and 17th on the treble, the cutaway body here giving access up to about the 19th fret.
The back of the neck joint, the heel, has a useful strap hook, whilst the top of the SL29 is fully bound in 5 ply black and cream plastic, the back also in cream and there is a thin cream centre join running down the back.
The top edge is where you'll find the Prener pre-amp, very good it is as well, giving good sound performance when amplified, with a 4 band EQ to shape your sound, presence and volume controls, all on sliders, and an excellent automatic chromatic tuner with a clear and easy to see LCD screen.
The front of the guitar has a flame Maple appearance, here in a dark Tobacco Sunburst and a proper wooden inlaid mosaic soundhole rosette, no cheap transfers here, this is impressive for a budget instrument!
Sounds wise, the SL29CEQ is bright and cheerful, with plenty of sustain and character. The bass is maybe a little thin for my heavy handed strumming, but this is more than made up having so much clarity and warmth in the mid and higher end.
In all, an excellent left handed guitar considering it's bargain basement price, with a very nice finish, flame Maple top, proper wooden rosette, a very good EQ with chromatic tuner and an impressive sound.
Great guitar for practising and playing through an amp. It feels good to play and has a very nice tone when played as an acoustic. It also looks good. Well worth the price and highly recommended.
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All Guitars are Checked Before Dispatch
All Guitars go through our 12 point checking procedure to make sure that it passes our standards before shipping. This helps ensure your guitar will reach you in perfect condition. All guitars are checked against our 12 point check list and once passed, have a Guitarbitz quality control sticker attached. In addition to this we want to ensure that no harm can come to your guitar on the journey between us and you and so we have a rigorous packing procedure involving multiple protective layers. If you notice that this packaging is damaged when delivered by our courier, it is important to check the goods and if damaged, refuse the delivery and call us immediately. For your peace of mind, we have outlined the 12 point check below to show how we are passionate about your instrument.
|1) Finish checked for imperfections or damage
||2) Strings tuned up and tested for tone and playability
|| 3) Neck checked for bending or humps
|4) Truss rod adjusted for correct positioning
||5) Frets examined for playability||6) Bridge checked for position and hold on strings
|7) Strap buttons tested for secure fitting
||8) Neck joint examined
||9) Machine heads turned and tested for secure grip on strings|
|10) Nut tested for secure fitting and correct string height
||11) Switches, volume and tone controls tested for faulty connections||12) Pickups checked for responsiveness|
For more details on our checking and packing procedure, please see our 12 Point Check and Packing Procedures page.
When You Will Receive your Order
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• Orders weighing less than 2kg are posted via First Class Royal Mail on the dispatch date shown.
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