Asher Ultra Tone T-Deluxe - Full Review Added...

Discussion in 'The Small Company Luthiers' started by mgrier1, Jan 25, 2012.

  1. mgrier1

    mgrier1 Silver Supporting Member

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    Hi Asher Guitar Fans,

    Just received a note from Bill Asher yesterday informing me that my Ultra Tone T-Deluxe is complete! I am heading over in the next few days to Bill's shop in town and pick it up in person... I could not be more excited to meet him and see this fine guitar.

    Let me just say this: Dealing with Bill has been an absolute pleasure! He is very informative, replies to queries promptly, and best part of all - delivers on deadline as he promised! Probably the best experience I have had in years with a Luthier...

    Here are the specs:

    2012 Asher #634 model T-Deluxe for Michael Grier
    one piece select swamp ash body
    1/4 sawn two piece Birdseye neck construction with flame maple board
    1 11/16" nut
    deep soft V shape .97 to 1.00, stock electronics
    Blonde Nitro lacquer

    Full tone report here: and more pix to follow, but here is a shot from Bill as a bit of a tease!:

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    Best,

    Mike
     
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  2. gtrckl

    gtrckl Silver Supporting Member

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    NICE guitar, Mike!
     
  3. jetattblue

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    That's awesome! I like the appointments on it. Are both pickups Charlie Christians?
     
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    Beautiful~I bet it weighs 6 pounds.
     
  5. starjag

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    These guitars are so freaking sexy!!!
     
  6. cugel

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    i have the same neck on an ultra-tone s. took about a week to get used to it , its huge for my hands, i simply love it.
     
  7. GAT

    GAT Gold Supporting Member

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    Damn, Mike, looks amazing!

    Bill called last week and said mine would be ready about the first week of February! Can't wait. Give us a tone report!
     
  8. Dana Olsen

    Dana Olsen Gold Supporting Member

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    Hey Mike - Great minds think alike. (GRIN) That's from left to right, me, Lance Keltner, and Dana Duplan (Stringmaster) Congrats, Dana O.[​IMG]
     
  9. Stringmaster

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    Looks just like mine--congrats! Played a bunch over the weekend--Bill and I were discussing how the different tonewoods represented (ash, alder, mahogany), lend a different vibe to the mix.
     
  10. IPLAYLOUD

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    Gorgeous...just like his Mother.
     
  11. Dana Olsen

    Dana Olsen Gold Supporting Member

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    Hey Dana - Nice to see you at NAMM!

    It's interesting how Dana's, Lance's and mine all sound the same, but at the same time distinctly different from one another, even though they're all Ash w/ maple necks. Same hardware, same pickups. Gives credence to the concept that it's (guitar tone) about individual pieces of wood more than species of wood.

    Bill's alder and mahogany and limba bodied Ultra T's sound GREAT too. He's got an alder one w/ rosewood fret board that I'm currently trying to sell my, er, left nut to be able to buy ...

    Thanks, Dana O
     
  12. mgrier1

    mgrier1 Silver Supporting Member

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    Thanks for all the positive comments, guys! Yes, very excited to say the least... I am set to go pick it up on Feb. 1st in Venice...

    I like the big neck idea and think it will be good news for my larger-size hands. I get into all kinds of bad habits with skinny necks...

    Dana: love the photo above! You guys look like three happy campers with your Ultra-T's!

    More to come...

    Best,

    Mike
     
  13. bforest4

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    Congrats Mike! I've got one coming also, I played a bunch at the guitar show and was blown away! Hard to decide between swampash body/maple fretboard or alder/rosewood fretboard/killer flame maple top.
     
  14. eddie101

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    Yep, bewitching indeed! ;)
     
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    I have a thinline with a Koa top coming in a few months...

    tic toc tic toc
     
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    After you had a chance to break her in, would love a comparison to some other well known axes. Enjoy.
     
  17. eddie101

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    +1. Against some well-known boutique teles, and I'd interested in hearing some results.
     
  18. Stringmaster

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    Likewise Dana--great seeing you my friend. It was cool seeing all of the variants of the T's. I know you were stoked on a particular one!
     
  19. Tone Disciple

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    Hey Mike

    I will be really surprised if you are not amazed by this guitar. They are just too cool! They play great, sound incredible, and look really cool! I would go on, but I am running out of adjectives.

    Congratulations!

    Regards
     
  20. Jaya

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    Stunning guitar.
    Please let us know how it sounds when arrives. Enjoy it!

    Jaya
     

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