The Artcore AS73T has a slightly lower output than the other guitars here. It’s certainly not as bright as the Washburn, and nowhere near as in your face as the LTD, but the bridge humbucker boasts a lovely sparkle that energises poppy rhythm parts - think Johnny Marr of The Smiths.
The neck humbucker provides the expected warm jazzy tone and responds well to a bit of drive, making upper fret blues noodling hugely enjoyable. Get that vibrato sorted, and this is a steal at £375.
Pros: Refreshingly plain looks; sweet vintage tones.
Cons: The vibrato setup lets the side down.
Verdict: A good guitar at an excellent price - the hardtail is even better value.