I just bought an ASAT classic off of evil bay and it's a semi-dud... I'm frankly VERY surprised it's playing as bad as it is because I was under the impression that it would take a lot to make a USA ASAT play like garbage. The main concerns are that the G and high E are completely pinched. The top 3 strings are not in tune with one another up the fretboard, the nut looks like it's not cut/filed completely right and the action should be much better. Other than that it looks sick and the neck (although satin finish, not gun oil tint) seems like it might have promise. The neck is fat and wide (must be 12" which I thought was more rare with ASAT classics) but I can live with it with the right TLC. The electronics seem quiet, but the neck is much louder than the bridge <odd for an ASAT> but I haven't had time to tweak it yet. I believe the place I bought it from on ebay has a return policy. This one needs more attention that I have time (or expertise) to give it but I know at least one tech that could probably make this guitar smoke. Problem is, he's f***in expensive. What would you do? I could easily use the cash ($700) to invest in a similar used ASAT (or another nice playing Tele). I would think work on this would be in the $100 - 200 range going by my last visit to this particular tech (nut filing, possible fret filing, setup/intonation, etc.). I'm quite surprised by this -- I mean, the guitar is MINT and it still have the plastic on the pickguard. Could this really be a true G&L dud direct from the factory???