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Sterling by Music Man Silo30 Electric Guitar

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The Music Man Sterling Silo30 Electric Guitar offers a solid contoured basswood body for resonance sound and light weight that feels great. Music Man...Click To Read More About This Product

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A guitar with classic design, top-quality components, and incredible value.

The Music Man Sterling Silo30 Electric Guitar offers a solid contoured basswood body for resonance sound and light weight that feels great. Music Man equips the Silo30 with a 22-fret maple neck, 5-bolt Music Man designed neck joint, a 4+2 style headstock, and a classy white pearloid pickguard.

The Silo30 has a SSH pickup layout packed with vintage voiced hot single-coil pickups in the neck and middle positions, and a humbucking pickup at the bridge. Controls include a 5-way switch, with master Volume and Tone knobs.

The Silo30 guitar's Sterling locking tuners provide excellent stability and enable quick string changes. The Music Man-designed tremolo bridge uses bent steel saddles, a pop-in arm, and 2-post design for smooth, stable action. Music Man includes a heavy-duty gig bag with each Silo30 electric guitar.

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Basswood body with ergonomic contours 
Maple neck
Maple fingerboard (rosewood fingerboard on white finishes)
4+2 headstock design
Locking tuners
22 medium jumbo frets
Sterling vintage style tremolo bridge
25.5" scale
5-bolt Music Man designed neck joint
2x single coil, 1x humbucker
5 way selector (1-bridge, 2-bridge and neck inner coils, 3-all coils, 4-neck parallel, 5- neck)
42mm nut width (1.65")
Spoke wheel truss rod adjustment
Heavy duty gig bag included
Glossy white or black finish

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This guitar surprised me the moment i picked it up

By RicardoDiazHimself

from Calexico, CA

I came to the store looking to buy a strat-type guitar. i tried 5 or 6 MIM strats, the quality was good! but the neck was chunky and the resonance and sound of the instrument wasnt THAT good. i picked up the Sterling Silo30 and played a chord unpluged and sounded really good! i immediatly bought it,now its my Strat-type guitar. the pickups are Very low output but they sound good, i replaced them because i like hot pickups but thats just me. the sterling vintage tremolo is Awsome, i set mine to float, its a very musical tremolo, with a good tone and a big block. the fretboard was nicely done, no sharp frets, good relief, etc the locking tuners on this guitar also are very good, and the guitar stays in tune even if i abuse the whammy bar. GREAT value for the money! i highly recommend them! i have some ibanez prestige and other high end shred type guitar so i needed a strat-tone and this guitar is a great one!

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Great guitar for the price!

By LooAustin95

from Maryville, TN

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I picked this guitar up at Guitar center today because i was beginning to outplay my guitar. This guitar is amazing for the price! The neck is very comfortable and the size of the body makes it extremely easy to play. The locking tuners + whammy bar make it easy to whammy solos and keep the guitar in tune! In my opinion Ernie Ball makes their Sterling guitars almost to good to justify spending 3x as much for the real Music Man guitars. Over all, this is one of the best guitars ut there for the money!


A pretty decent guitar for the $$

By John Connor

from N suburb of Philly, PA

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It's good and covers that single coil, in between spanky, and you also get the humbucker power. It has a really nice neck carve feel and locking tuners.

However, the fret issues and tuning issues are a pain. I thought the locking tuners would work better. I hate having to tune a little flat and then hope it goes to pitch when I tighten the locking tuner.

The tone does not rival its strat counterpart. It just doesn't. It'll get by, but just doesn't get that chimey/spanky tone that a Strat will.

I don't plan on keeping this guitar. When I have the money, I will sell this and go for an alder bodied Strat-style guitar that I can upgrade with a Super Vee Bladerunner trem (and not have to worry about locking tuners), GraphTech Tusq nut (which my Schecter came with), and Seymour Duncan pups (JB bridge, duckbucker middle, classic stack plus neck).
It's got a basswood body. Satch and EVH use basswood b/c it sits in between mahogany and alder on the tone scale. So if you're the only guitarist, then it can cover more territory. It's really light which makes it easy to wear for hours (vs say a LP). I prefer alder and was looking for a strat-style alder body guitar. The tone is not as nice to me as alder would be.

The unfinished neck is nice. And I love the asymmetrical neck shape. It really makes chording, especially in the lower frets, easy. Probably the nicest thing about the guitar.

The locking tuners are nice...especially when you have a vintage trem. This helps the guitar stay in tune. However, I find that I still need to tune the guitar regularly (temp issues - cold/hot). When you have to tune the guitar, on the lower/thicker strings you need to tune it somewhat flat and then tighten the locking mechanism on the tuner which makes it go sharp...into tune. This is a pain...similar to a Floyd Rose equipped guitar when you tune it flat and then tighten the locking nuts. But at least on a Floyd you have the bridge fine tuners to then fine tune the guitar. This one you may need to tune a few times before you get it locked and in tune. That said, once in tune, I usually don't need to retune it during that gig.

The body is a scaled-down size (as all EBMM guitars are). It's nice since I'm not a big guy. This guitar feels really great. I got mine in the white with white pearloid pickguard, which looks nicer to me than the black with white pickguard. However, I would prefer a maple neck to the rosewood on this one. Just personal preference for me.

The fret job is ok. I noticed the fret ends sticking out which are pretty sharp and can scratch your fingers up. I had someone look at it and they said it was the lack of humidity and the cold temps (winter) causing the fretboard to contract/shrink...because the neck was straight and did not need adjusting. I bought a couple of those little humidifiers to stick in the provided gig-bag, but that didn't seem to help. It was only in the summer when it felt right. This guitar listed for more than my Schecter Solo 6 Standard, but it is not near the quality. I don't have that problem on my Schecter.

The vintage trem is pretty nice, but I would prefer a Super Vee Bladerunner (youtube it) and no locking tuners.

The pickups are pretty nice for this price. I was looking for hum-single-single with a 5-way switch and this has it. I compared it to a Mexican Strat and felt this was a better deal...with the neck carve and locking tuners. Now I'm not sure. I traded an alder body for basswood, maple neck for rosewood, to have this asymmetrical unfinished neck (which is really nice) and locking tuners. The body and overall guitar feel nice, but I don't think this is as "pretty" looking or as sweet sounding as a Strat. If you want a Strat...get a Strat.
It's ok, but doesn't have the tone of a strat. Probably due to the basswood vs alder and the manufacturer of the pickups. The fret issues and the tuning are my biggest issues with this guitar. In my opinion, those who think this rivals the American made Music Man guitars...I think not. This kinda feels like a cheap guitar. It's nice, but you get what you pay for.
Again, if you're looking for a Strat...get a Mexican Strat and then upgrade it. This also has 22 frets vs. a Mexi Strat only has 21. So that's a plus. This does have some nice features, but don't expect American made quality (or even S Korean quality).

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