An Interesting Tool
I like the AT200 guitar, but only after some adjustments. It's quite pretty but the detailing on the China-sourced instrument left a lot to be desired. The frets were sharp at the edges of the neck and the intonation was WAY off.
Why does intonation matter on the AutoTune guitar? Because if the AutoTune section dies then you'll want to switch to mag pickups and keep playing. Sometimes the mag pickups just plain perform a lot better, like driving a saturated Boogie Dual Rect, the AutoTune piezo bridge pickups are just too noisy to use with a super high gain amp like the Boogie.
This was my biggest gripe about the Line6 axes, the piezo pickups don't reproduce the same nuance as magnetic pickups, no matter what software you're processing through.
I have been using the AT200 a lot in the studio as a writing instrument. It is really great to lay down a scratch guitar track that I KNOW IS IN TUNE. Sometimes the scratch track becomes the main guitar track if it was really well played.
My biggest gripe about the guitar is the location of the toggle switch between the volume and tone knobs, it is too easy to hit that switch and change pickups when trying to adjust the volume, especially in a fast song with a lot of changes.
I used a fret file on the ends of the frets and tweaked up the intonation, added a new set of strings and this guitar was ready to make music. I recently recorded a Reggae original song and it was perfect tone-wise with the AT200 with the Autotune engaged.
If you can only afford one guitar I would choose a different instrument but if you can afford an AT200 as a second or third (or 37th) guitar it is a fun axe.
BTW my GF gave me my AT200 for Valentines day so it's RED and she named it Valentine. I have quite a few attractive Gibson guitars in my collection but she thinks this guitar, with its metal-flake finish, maple neck and dark fingerboard is the prettiest guitar I own.
Good music to all!