Tonally, the AV1P is a little more rounded in the top end than the PRS and the mids are fuller. Played clean, the AV1P demonstrates an almost Tele-like character, especially when picking nearer the bridge, which adds extra bite to country riffs or choppy indie.
Under ample gain, the AV1P is very transparent; the overall tonal quality remains and offers a really interesting blues-rock alternative to a humbucker-equipped LP-style guitar. The roll control adds some hum, even on the full ’bucker selection, though it does offer some interesting versatility.
The full humbucker setting sounds so sweet we feel no need to thin out the tone, instead reaching for the volume control to tame things when needed.
Bridge pickup demo:
Pros: Distinct looks; Gibson-inspired feel; sweet and varied tones.
Cons: Final fit and finish is below par.
Verdict: The AV1P has great feel, sounds good and is a rewarding experience for reasonable outlay.