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Sterling by Music Man AX40 Electric Guitar   

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The Sterling AX40 Electric Guitar has a bound basswood body with a beautiful quilted maple top and a bolt-on maple neck with 22 medium-jumbo frets. A...Click To Read More About This Product

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Pro-quality looks and sound at an easy price.

The Sterling AX40 Electric Guitar has a bound basswood body with a beautiful quilted maple top and a bolt-on maple neck with 22 medium-jumbo frets. A unique asymmetrical neck carve offers the comfort of a fast playing neck, yet enough mass to yield good tone. The Sterling AX40 has a Sterling locking tremolo bridge, the Music Man 4+2 headstock, Sterling A5 Zebra humbucking pickups, and chrome tuners.

Sterling by Music Man, is for players seeking the Music Man vibe at a more affordable price. These instruments are accurate versions of popular Music Man guitars and basses with no compromise on quality or materials. Each instrument is inspected, setup and played.


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FEATURES
  • Basswood body with creme binding, tummy contour
  • Quilted maple veneer top
  • Sterling double-locking tremolo
  • Locking nut
  • 25-1/2" scale
  • Maple neck with asymmetrical neck carve
  • 5 bolt Music Man-designed neck joint
  • Maple fingerboard
  • 22 medium jumbo frets
  • 1.63" (41.5mm) nut width
  • 2 Sterling A5 zebra humbuckers
  • 3-way selector
  • Spoke wheel truss rod adjustment
  • Music Man 4+2 headstock
  • Diecast chrome tuners

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Sterling by Music ManAX40 Electric Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 26 reviews)

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(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Don't believe bad reviews....

By steven-5VgEF

from wa

Comments about Sterling by Music Man AX40 Electric Guitar:

Some critisize this ax, don't believe it. This is a quality musical instrument. Great craftsmanship, beautiful quilted top, plays like a dream. Don't spend thousands. This IS the real deal, have no fear. Been around guitars 20 years. Buy this one!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Killer if you spend a little more money

By Unnamed User-wYXK3

from New Delhi, India

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Comments about Sterling by Music Man AX40 Electric Guitar:

Am not going to be buying an original Axis for quite some time. Am a huge EVH and Jamie Humphries fan so thought would try this out. Got mine on a MF promotion for $480. Could not get over how beautiful it is when I held it in my hands for the first time (I have it in transparent gold). However plugging it in was disappointing. The pickups were very muddy. I put it a Tonezone in the bridge and an Air Norton in the neck and its now one of my favourite guitars. Killer sound! The lack of a tone knob produces more bite and definition and I really don't miss a tone knob as much as I thought I would. I also bought a D-Tuna and installed it but its never worked right. The fret edges were a little jagged but I fixed that with a nail file and a whole lot of patience. It has quite a chunky neck but surprisingly comfortable to play. The Floyd Rose is so so and I can never keep in tune even with the locks clamped down. My Schecter has an original floyd rose and it is really much better. It was also in need a good set up when it first arrived but thankfully I'm fairly decent at setting up guitars. Lastly apart form the frets the build quality is excellent. And though its not listed in the description the maple neck looks like birds eye maple to me.Bottom line: If you are willing to upgrade the pickups and get a good set up this guitar is awesome!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

ITS ALL ABOU THE PLAYER AND HIS OR HER ABILITY

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Sterling by Music Man AX40 Electric Guitar:

I have this guitar and I need to say that a good guitar player can make a cheaper,inexpensive or substandard guitar sound really good. If people arent happy with this guitar because it 'doesnt sound good' then the problem isnt with the product but more likely with the person looking back at you in the mirror.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Decent Guitar.....after some adjustments

By David Schleich

from PA

Comments about Sterling by Music Man AX40 Electric Guitar:

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I bought the AX40 about a year ago and it had some issues out of the box. There was a good amount of fret buzz, the Floyd Rose wasn't setup well, the intonation was horrible, it seemed to have a dead spot around the high E, and it went out of tune all the time. I took it for a setup and a new set of strings (9's) at a local chain and it was better, but it still had quite a bit of fret buzz and the dead spot around the high E was still there. I decided to give it another shot and took it to a luthier who was highly recommended and had him do a thorough setup as well as add an EVH Frankenstein pickup along with 10-46 EB Slinkies. WOW, what a huge difference! Feels like a different guitar and sounds incredible. He did some fret work and adjusted the Floyd Rose, readjusted the truss rod, and performed a bunch of other adjustments. All I can say is, the Floyd Rose feels so much smoother to use, the fret buzz is gone, it stays in tune regardless of what I do to it. If you would have asked me what I thought of the guitar 6 months ago I would have said it wasn't worth the money, but now after adjustments, and the addition of the Frankenstein humbucker, it's a great sounding/playing guitar. I'd say a good amount of the credit should go to the luthier, but regardless, I'm happy as well with the guitar now. I can plug it into my Fender Mustang IV and nail the EVH tone.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I bought this guitar 4 years ago

By Munkykracker

from Minneapolis

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • School Bands
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Sterling by Music Man AX40 Electric Guitar:

    I have been playing this guitar non-stop for 4 years now and I happen to love it. No, its not your top of the line Gibson, but this thing Looks gorgeous and its solid. All I did was string it up with my fav strings, changed nothing else.The shape of the neck is very comfortable and makes it a ton of fun to play.You can get all kinds of sounds from these pick-ups.They arent bad at all. Sounds awesome through a nice 2x12 Tube Amp. I love the unique headstock and kinda EVH shape to the body. Everyone who sees it loves it.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great guitar! Great Price!

    By VMWRockstar

    from Florida

    Comments about Sterling by Music Man AX40 Electric Guitar:

    I have an older AXIS (the real one as some would call it) and the AX40's features and workmanship live up to that of the more expensive AXIS. The lony downside of this model is presently no additional colors or styles available. A Tobacco Sunburst or Flametop would be nice! One other note, I have seen some comments saying this is exactly the same as the Peavey Wolfgang EXP model. I had one of those in the same color and yes the finish was pretty much the same, but playability was not. Much if the hardware on the EXP Wolfgangs were not as nice as what you will find on the AX40. The Tuners, Licensed Floyd and most of all the unfinished maple neck on the AX40 are much better than the EXP Wolfgang! Just love this guitar!!!

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    sterling ax 40 review

    By Rick Marshall

    from montreal quebec

    Comments about Sterling by Music Man AX40 Electric Guitar:

    this guitar is a great instrument to carry around , i use this guitar as my 2nd guitar on the road , just because i love so much my first , a home made strat ( frankenstrat's little brother)
    gives me what i expect of it period.
    looks nice feels nice , perfect size feel , weight .
    although the humbuckers sound cheap.
    the neck with asymetric curve is my first try and i like it , didn t make a big change to me but its alright
    i like the wood , the neck is fine for now but i expect to have trouble with it some day , not good quality wood on my axe
    i think that if they had a real floyd and decent humbucker it would be a great price

    (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Out of the box in need work....

    By fasteddy3

    from Rochester. NY.

    Comments about Sterling by Music Man AX40 Electric Guitar:

    I tried to buy one of these at my local GC. The one they had bad fret edges. The Salesman at the store would order me a new one out of the warehouse and have it sent to the store. If it had the same problem I could return it right then. Sounded good and he order me one. When it came in, it had the same problem. The salesman said "it would cost me only 30 dollars to fix it" I said " would you buy a new car that needed new tires?" I got the same face from him that I get when I ask my 7 year old what is Square root of pie... No Sterlings at my house.

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Guitar

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Sterling by Music Man AX40 Electric Guitar:

    I just bought this guitar as "Used - Like New" condition 1 from MusiciansFriend. First off, I have bought several guitars in this condition and they have all been great values from MusiciansFriend. The Used Like new stuff is awesome. Anyway, this guitar is great. Im a hobbyist and play through a line6 pod. I can get any tone I want with this guitar. I know its not the real thing Music Man Axis, but it is also $1300 cheaper. I have also owned the real deal Axis as well. Aside from the neck (just the wood finish), this guitar is the same. The real deal Axis has the Birdseye maple with is awesome. The neck on this one is just plain ole maple. But it is the exact same contour and shape. Plays great. Pickups sound great. Action is low and the Floyd stays in perfect tune at all times. I will certainly buy another one, if one comes up in Used Like New condition. Point of note. Although it says it comes with locking tuners...it doesnt.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    I can't put this guitar down.

    By TeleMan266

    from Texas

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    Comments about Sterling by Music Man AX40 Electric Guitar:

    I bought this guitar about six months ago and I can't put it down. The neck is smooth. The pickups are great. The flame top is awesome. The strings stay in tune. It has become my favorite guitar. Don't just take my word for it, try one for yourself. You'll be very pleased.I've read others talk about changing out pickups or the tuners and I ask myself, why? The guitar's hardware is good enough. Some people just have to find something negative to say about everything, but there's nothing negative about this guitar.

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