ASAT classics can be great guitars! The older the better. Some of the best have 3 bolt necks with a neck tilt set screw. (verry cool) Also if it is a maple board you'll notice that it has no fingerboard. No skunk stripe. They split the neck legnthwise and install the truss rod then, glue it up. This is great because there isn't a glue joint between the fingerboard and the neck (better tone transfer) Also I need to disagree with a previous comment about the pups not being any good. IMHO G&L (I'm speaking of older USA modles) have some of the best pickups ever made. Ceramic magnets, adjustable pole pices and SMOKIN' TONE. I havn't seen the guitar you are talking about but, I'd buy up asat classics @ $600 all day long.