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Sterling by Music Man AX4 Sub Series Flame Grain Image Electric Guitar

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AX4 borrows the classic single cutaway body style of Music Mans Axis guitars. An original, classic design that is familiar to all fans of great guita...Click To Read More About This Product

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An original, classic design that is familiar to all fans of great guitars.

AX4 borrows the classic single cutaway body style of Music Mans Axis guitars. An original, classic design that is familiar to all fans of great guitars. The S.U.B. Series version uses a solid hardwood body topped with a bound quilt maple image top.

The neck and body are mated with the same 5-bolt neck joint found on the Silo3. Sculpted and contoured for a super comfortable joint that allows easy access to the upper register. Asymmetrical neck carve on AX4 is sublime and has enough girth for grip and is thin enough for easy playability.

The 25.5? scale maple neck and fingerboard has 22 medium-sized frets and is super easy to play. The neck is seamlessly integrated to the body. Two high-output "Zebra" coil humbucking pickups are direct mounted to the body.

The special wiring of these pickups offer five distinct, versatile tones via the five-way selector switch. Different combinations yield chicken pickin' single-coil tones to throaty, huge humbucking rock tones. Single volume and tone controls. Its all there in one guitar.

FEATURES
Body
Body shape: Double cutaway
Body type: Solid body
Body material: Solid wood
Top wood: Maple
Body wood: Jabon
Body finish: Gloss
Orientation: Right handed
Neck
Neck shape: AX4
Neck wood: Maple
Joint: Bolt-on
Scale length: 25.5"
Truss rod: Standard
Neck finish: Gloss
Fretboard
Material: Maple
Radius: 12"
Fret size: Medium jumbo
Number of frets: 22
Inlays: Dot
Nut width: 1.65" (42mm)
Pickups
Configuration: HH
Neck: Direct mount humbucker
Middle: Not applicable
Bridge: Direct mount humbucker
Brand: Music Man
Active or passive: Passive
Series or parallel: Series
Piezo: No
Active EQ: No
Special electronics: None
Controls
Control layout: Master volume, tone
Pickup switch: 5-way
Coil tap or split: No
Kill switch: No
Hardware
Bridge type: Tremolo/Vibrato
Bridge design: SBMM double locking tremolo
Tailpiece: Not applicable
Tuning machines: Die-cast sealed
Color: Chrome
Other
Number of strings: 6-string
Special features: Pickups
Case: Sold separately
Accessories: None
Country of origin: Indonesia

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Sterling by Music ManAX4 Sub Series Flame Grain Image Electric Guitar
 
4.0

(based on 9 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (9)
  • Fun to play (8)
  • Good tone (7)
  • Solid electronics (5)
  • Good pick up (3)

Cons

  • Fret buzz (3)

Best Uses

  • Jamming (8)
  • Small venues (7)
  • Practicing (6)
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    • Experienced (7)

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Awesome guitar!!

By Plaky

from PA

About Me Professional Musician

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone
  • Price
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

  • Needed A Setup

Best Uses

    Comments about Sterling by Music Man AX4 Sub Series Flame Grain Image Electric Guitar:

    I love this guitar! I owned the original EVH version of this years ago and this feels very similiar and sounds great at a fraction of the price. I gig tested it recently and it passed with flying colors.Its fun to play and light on your shoulder. Electronics are usually the weak part of cheaper guitars but these pickups sound great.I will prob keep them.Its a tiny body and not very thick so your not gonna get fat les paul sounds out of it no matter what you do but I think it sounds great for what it is.The 5 way switch is cool and gets alot of cool single coil tones.Belly carve in the back is nice too.The original didn't have that.The photo flame looks decent as well.I own many expensive guitars and all in all this is an incredible value for 3 bills. My only complaint was the setup.Intonation was terrible and the frets were a little scratchy.I little steel wool on the frets and a quick setup and it was good to go. There is a sticker on the back saying inspected by ernie ball in USA but they either missed this one or just check for build quality cause this was def not setup.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Guitar

    By None

    from Rochester , NY

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Fret Buzz

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Sterling by Music Man AX4 Sub Series Flame Grain Image Electric Guitar:

    this guitar exceeded my expectations considering the price/ It sounds, looks, and plays great. I did some research before buying it. Its made in Indonesia out of jabon wood. The flame maple top is a photo top but looks great, the maple neck is high quality. The Floyd Rose is googt quality and is the same one used on the more expensive AX4 , stays in tune even after many eruption type dive bombs. I've owned several wolfgang guitars , one of them a USA made. This guitar rates right up there with them at a fraction of the price. The pick ups are good to very good, The five way strat type pick up selector switch is a real nice bonus that the axis and evh guitars do not have. The guitar comes fairly well set up but most if not all guitars if ordered on line new , no big surprise there. If you have been a fan of the Axis , Wolfgang or Sterling Ax guitars , you will love this guitar.

     
    3.0

    Just ok..

    By Benjammin'

    from Parker, CO

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Cheap
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Tone

    Cons

    • Poor Pick Up
    • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Sterling by Music Man AX4 Sub Series Flame Grain Image Electric Guitar:

    I've had this guitar for about a year, and it's a ton of fun to play and is easy to bend with. It's much easier to work with than a real Floyd Rose, and has the best of both worlds in that aspect (as it can still do dive-bombs and what not). However, recently I've noticed mine always seems to be somewhat out of tune, no matter how tightly I lock it. Also, sometimes the jack causes it to make no sound. Therefore if I tamper with the tone or the pickup selector, it makes a crackling noise and will cut out. The white tip of the pickup selector has came off, noting some bad craftsmanship. This could be just my guitar, but yeah. Give it a try

     
    5.0

    excellent axe

    By Lamont Lawes

    from cleveland ohio

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • great harmonics and good volume control
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Sterling by Music Man AX4 Sub Series Flame Grain Image Electric Guitar:

      great axe for the money.
      every guitar needs to be setup unless you go custom shop so folks complaining about fret buzz need to learn more than playing guitar. learn to service it. gibson and fenders epiphone and squire cant compete.
      this is a pro axe with entry level price. a few tweaks and it bangs....

       
      4.0

      Very good for the price paid

      By Gardy

      from Live Oak, FL

      About Me Experienced

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      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Tone

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Sterling by Music Man AX4 Sub Series Flame Grain Image Electric Guitar:

        This guitar gives you a lot of good sounds form the stock pickups. The bridge pickup has bite not found in guitars this cheap. The maple neck is very comfortable especially for someone with small hands. It is not a JP model, but you cannot ask for that kind of quality from a cheap guitar. But it is very good for a beginner or a next to beginner.

         
        5.0

        I would buy this guitar again

        By Noodle

        from Springville, Utah

        About Me Novice

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing

          Comments about Sterling by Music Man AX4 Sub Series Flame Grain Image Electric Guitar:

          Love it.

           
          3.0

          Sent the wrong one

          By Licker

          from Lahaina

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

          • Fret Buzz

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Sterling by Music Man AX4 Sub Series Flame Grain Image Electric Guitar:

          Ordered open box, and picked the one that had the damage I could deal with the most easily, which was scratches on the top and back (description verbatim) but what I got was the one that had cracks in the facing which plainly shows that its a cheap veneered body. Came in a box with absolutely zero padding or protection and all the other bits I ordered like the strap and gig bag were half heartedly stuffed into a second box. Had to fudge with locks and bridge and fret buzz was an issue but still a decent axe for something between n00b and middle ground.

           
          4.0

          Definitely Worth The Money

          By mtwhite

          from Memphis, TN

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Good Feel
          • Good Tone

          Cons

          • Fret Buzz

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Recording
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Sterling by Music Man AX4 Sub Series Flame Grain Image Electric Guitar:

          Bought this to start recording again after a long absence. The weight and balance are good and the tone is good. Neck pickup is warm and the bridge p/u has great gain.

          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Amazing neck !

          By Cobias

          from Pacific NW

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          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Great fret size
          • Neck Is Perfect

          Cons

          • made to be cheap
          • Poor Pick Up
          • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Sterling by Music Man AX4 Sub Series Flame Grain Image Electric Guitar:

          Although this is made to be affordable as possible ( and yes its thrown together - action is not consistent per guitar ) and has cheap die cast parts covered on chrome etc , the neck seems worth it all. I played the old VH music man years ago and i remember liking it. The main selling point is the neck. Asymmetrical round back ( like an old les paul ) from the first fret to the joint at the body. And the frets are defiantly NOT medium jumbo, they are the size of vintage fenders. Very small and comfortable. The hype over jumbo frets on guitars is ridiculous . I think if young players took the time to compare necks and frets , they'd see how comfortable small frets are especially if you are a shred player. I understand for the chuga chuga players that tune down to c and use heavy gauge strings, but if you are an all around player , small frets are very nice.

          Other than the neck , the guitar is very cheap. Basswood or agithis body, the hardwear looks and feels cheap like its pot metal covered in chrome, the flame top almost looks like its printed ( which it probably is ) and the action is different from guitar to guitar. If you buy one, youll want to do some modifications - shim the neck ( action is usually high on the upper frets ) then you might have to shim the nut. Replace the pups or at least the bridge pup. And eventually change the hardware . With that you might be able to by the official music man guitar...but if you dont have the money to by a nice one, you can start with this. Its still very playable to me "as is " but it would be a shred machine if it were set up better.

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