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AXL Badwater SRO Electric Guitar   

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The AXL Badwater SRO Electric Guitar has a light-weight double-cutaway alder body, maple neck, and rosewood fingerboard. The guitar's deep recessed n...Click To Read More About This Product

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A cool guitar with a one-of-a-kind style, rocking tones, and excellent playability.

The AXL Badwater SRO Electric Guitar has a light-weight double-cutaway alder body, maple neck, and rosewood fingerboard. The guitar's deep recessed neck joint offers superior access to the upper register. This unusual AXL guitar is equipped with EMG-designed pickups for hard rocking tones and clean delivery. An anodized tremolo invites your dive-bombing pleasure.

With a distressed body and antiqued hardware, AXL Badwater Series guitars have the look and feel of ancient artifacts. Even the headstock and backplate have vintage distressing. No area was spared the treatment. The Badwater Series has received Guitar World's December 2007 Gold Award for overall value.

The crackle brown and white body finish has a reptilian texture throughout. The off-white finish has a rusted, phantom-like appearance. The brown finish AXL guitar has the look of a museum-quality guitar stored away for decades. The crackle blue finish looks like it was pulled from deep on the ocean floor. The crackle black finish evokes the texture of a guitar blackened and burned by lightning. Case sold separately.


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FEATURES
  • Model: SRO
  • Pickguard: Classic-Style, Distressed
  • Headstock Finish: Natural, Distressed with Burned AXL Logo
  • Body: Alder
  • Neck: Rock Maple
  • Fretboard: Rosewood
  • Hardware: Antiqued / Anodized
  • Inlay: Dot
  • Bridge: Anodized Tremolo
  • Pickups: EMG-Designed; 1 Humbucker, 2 Single Coil
  • Controls: Volume/Tone/Tone, 5-way Selector Switch
  • Neck Profile: C
  • Neck Joint: Deep Cut Bolt-On
  • Neck Joint Location: 16th Fret
  • Radius: 12"
  • Nut Width: 1-5/8"
  • Nut Type: Plastic
  • Scale Length: 25-1/2"
  • Total Length: 39"
  • Case sold separately
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AxlBadwater SRO Electric Guitar
 
4.4

(based on 22 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Pretty good guitar for the price

I got this guitar 4 years ago, it was my first guitar, and I still use it quite often. It works pretty well, especially for the price. The only problems I have...Read complete review

I got this guitar 4 years ago, it was my first guitar, and I still use it quite often. It works pretty well, especially for the price. The only problems I have with it are that when tuning the b string the tuner does not start tuning the string until it's moved quite a bit, making it slightly more difficult. The pick guard is sticking up in several places, although this can be fixed by simply re-screwing it. there is some wear on the guitar from playing, and when the paint starts to chip off it makes it a light blue instead of a dark. It is a very interesting and good looking guitar. And I feel I will still use this for a long time.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not worth it

I've had this guitar for a while. The guitar is, quite simply, one of the worst guitars I've ever owned.The build quality is horrible. The neck has multiple frets that are popped up...Read complete review

I've had this guitar for a while. The guitar is, quite simply, one of the worst guitars I've ever owned.The build quality is horrible. The neck has multiple frets that are popped up on the ends, the fret ends are sharp, and there are actually some dings and gouges in the frets themselves.The edges of the plate that goes around the output jack were sticking out quite a bit and the plate wasn't properly screwed down, so I had to screw it down so it wouldn't catch on everything.The string action was the highest of any guitar I've ever bought, as in, unplayabley high. This can be fixed with a fret job, truss rod adjustment, further saddle adjustment, and shimming the neck, but it's disappointing it came like this.Further, the metal of the saddle height adjustment screws bends easily and don't work well.This guitar isn't worth your time and money.

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(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

GREAT guitar for the price

By Adam Reinhard

from red bluff CA

Comments about Axl Badwater SRO Electric Guitar:

i was looking for my first electric guitar a few years ago and i saw this sitting in the local music shop and instantly fell in love with it i loved the look of the pickups and tremolo and now that i know what to look for i know that it wasn't just good looks. great tone stays in tune good playability amazing neck. string it up with a set of .13 guage strings and it has the perfect tone for the blues

(6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

AWESOME GUITAR!!!

By Aidan Gibson

from California

Comments about Axl Badwater SRO Electric Guitar:

Great guitar! Makes and awesome sound with the EMG pick ups. Can do anything on this guitar, classic rock, heavy metal, whatever. Get it.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

value and vibe.

By RTillmanIII

from NW NC

Comments about Axl Badwater SRO Electric Guitar:

Guitars like this keep me from saving up for more expensive guitars. I can't resist the look, and I can put up with the weak points. Yeah, the tuners are total crap and the nut is a shade too high; which means tuning is always suspect and intonation is tricky...you have to compensate on the flat side when tuning the B and G strings, or they'll play a bit sharp on the lower frets. Some lowering or replacement of the nut may be in order, but for now I'm cool with it. You'l have to add a spring to the trem, and you'll have to string it with 10's. But with that done, you've got a serviceable, giggable guitar that gets deep into the strat vibe, lots of midrange and spank in the pickups... and the neck is an absolute joy to the eyes and the fingers. No fret issues as others below have noted.Thinking of buying another...I have the white model, and trying to decide between the brown and the blue...hope this helps.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Little Rocker

By Pleased!!

from St. Joe, MO

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Comments about Axl Badwater SRO Electric Guitar:

Just got one of these little gems. Boy was I supprised. These sound great! The weight and the neck are fantastic. The Pickups are what you would expect from EMG. Hot and heavy! The finish is alright, the pickguard is painted which will eventually flake off. The tuners are alright, for now. Just a lot of fun and a great beater guitar. Might even be a backup guitar?

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome guitar!

By Wunderwhirl

from South Carolina

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Comments about Axl Badwater SRO Electric Guitar:

I bought this guitar from a local shop about two years ago. It was reasonably priced and looked great (crackle blue). But upon getting it home and giving it the ole run through I feel in love with it. Especially its neck! One of the smoothest fastest necks I've played. The tone from this baby is impressive! Almost any position you click the 5 way has something rich to offer! I play with it distorted, clean, effects, you name it and it sounds great. Never have had a problem with its realiability, and have gigged with it many of times. This AXL company is really making some quality products here, I just can't believe they're doing it so cheaply.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Guitar

By arnie

from Mississippi

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Comments about Axl Badwater SRO Electric Guitar:

I have owned this A.X.L. for over a year now. It is the crackle brown finished one. I played 7 different ones at my local dealer before deciding on this one. The neck is incredible on this guitar and the action is super low and buzz free. With some nut lube and a good tremolo adjustment (extra spring installed) it stays in tune really well, must better then my mexican strat. The humbucker sounds great and it has a good volume pot. The tone pots don't really do much. I removed the lower one and installed a kill switch. Every guitarist that plays this guitar is surpised by the neck and the action. It also has the coolest vibe surrounding it. It is very liberating to not have to worry about scratching it up or polishing it. I don't know what the differnce is with the 6 that I have played on and the one that I currently own, but this is the best sub 300 dollar guitar that I have played. I would recommend that they get the guitar properly set up before making a judgement.

(3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Not worth it

By WeekendGuitarTech

from US

Comments about Axl Badwater SRO Electric Guitar:

I've had this guitar for a while. The guitar is, quite simply, one of the worst guitars I've ever owned.The build quality is horrible. The neck has multiple frets that are popped up on the ends, the fret ends are sharp, and there are actually some dings and gouges in the frets themselves.The edges of the plate that goes around the output jack were sticking out quite a bit and the plate wasn't properly screwed down, so I had to screw it down so it wouldn't catch on everything.The string action was the highest of any guitar I've ever bought, as in, unplayabley high. This can be fixed with a fret job, truss rod adjustment, further saddle adjustment, and shimming the neck, but it's disappointing it came like this.Further, the metal of the saddle height adjustment screws bends easily and don't work well.This guitar isn't worth your time and money.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very cool for the price - sounds great!

By SixString-scPG4

from Texas

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Comments about Axl Badwater SRO Electric Guitar:

I had heard about these guitars from an on line review. The guitar has really good sound. The come with Alnico EMG designed pickups. The playability is really good on mine. I purchased the crackle blue. I recommend to put on better strings...other then that I love it. I recommend this product.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Average features, great sound, great price

By micahwc

from TN

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Comments about Axl Badwater SRO Electric Guitar:

I got it cheap, and it sounds great. Sounds like a strat, plays very well. The crackle brown finish is stunning.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Pretty good guitar for the price

By Guiltyspark0343

from Canby, OR

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

  • Fret Buzz
  • Pickguard
  • Poor Quality Craftsmanship
  • Tuners

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Small Venues

Comments about Axl Badwater SRO Electric Guitar:

I got this guitar 4 years ago, it was my first guitar, and I still use it quite often. It works pretty well, especially for the price. The only problems I have with it are that when tuning the b string the tuner does not start tuning the string until it's moved quite a bit, making it slightly more difficult. The pick guard is sticking up in several places, although this can be fixed by simply re-screwing it. there is some wear on the guitar from playing, and when the paint starts to chip off it makes it a light blue instead of a dark. It is a very interesting and good looking guitar. And I feel I will still use this for a long time.

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