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Sterling by Music Man SUB AX3 Axis Electric Guitar

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Dual humbuckers, a long list of features and one amazing price.

AX3 borrows the classic single cutaway body style of Music Man's 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.

The Asymmetrical neck carve on AX3 is sublime and has enough girth for grip and thin enough for easy playability. The 25.5? scale maple neck & fingerboard has 22 medium sized frets and is super easy to play. The neck is seamlessly integrated to the body.

2 high output "Zebra" coil humbucking pickups are direct mounted to the body. The special wiring of these pickups offer 5 distinct, versatile tones via the 5 way selector switch. Different combinations yield chicken pickin single coil tones to throaty, huge humbucking rock tones. Single volume and tone controls. It's all there in one guitar.

Vintage style tremolo bridge has a small area to rest your palm while picking. Individual saddles offer height and intonation adjustments for dialing in the perfect set up.

Case sold separately.

FEATURES
  • Solid hardwood body
  • Quilt maple image top w/ binding
  • 5 bolt neck joint
  • 25.5? scale
  • Asymmetrical cut maple neck & maple fingerboard
  • Medium frets
  • Smooth satin neck finish
  • Easy access truss rod adjuster
  • 2x high output humbucking pickups
  • 5 way selector switch
  • Tremolo bridge
  • Case sold separately

You'll be a amazed by the sound, comfort and value of the AX3. Order today.

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Sterling by Music ManSUB AX3 Axis Electric Guitar
 
4.1

(based on 28 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (14)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

81%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (23)
  • Good feel (23)
  • Good pick up (17)
  • Good tone (17)
  • Solid electronics (17)

Cons

  • Craftsmanship (6)
  • Fret buzz (3)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (22)
  • Jamming (19)
  • Recording (13)
  • Small venues (10)
  • Rock concerts (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (16), Professional musician (9), Novice (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great guitar for the money!

I own a USA Axis and this guitar is very close in feel and tone. The pickups are punchy and surprisingly good for a guitar in this price range. The 5 way switch provides...Read complete review

I own a USA Axis and this guitar is very close in feel and tone. The pickups are punchy and surprisingly good for a guitar in this price range. The 5 way switch provides a surprisingly wide array of tones. The neck feels similar to my USA Axis. There are a few slightly sharp fret ends after the 12 fret but I can work on those. The weight and balance of the guitar is also similar to the USA version. The trem is not a Floyd so it is not really for divebombing but is not bad for a guitar at this price. Nice looking blue quilt top. I put some graphite in the nut slots and changed the strings to 10s and it really improved the tuning stability and tone. Bottom line, for the price this is a great guitar stock or for a modding project.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Sub AX3 AXIS honest review

I'm going to be tough because of all the "fantastic reviews" I read about this guitar prior to purchasing it. Been playing for 47 years. I have lots of guitars,...Read complete review

I'm going to be tough because of all the "fantastic reviews" I read about this guitar prior to purchasing it. Been playing for 47 years. I have lots of guitars, build'em, buy'em, buy cheap ones like these to see what all the rave is and hope that it is good as what I see on youtube and read in the reviews. But even if it is a dog, I can make it right because I have learned how to repair instruments etc. So here goes.

This guitar should have been B-stock (it isn't). Right out of the box (I have only had it for 3 hours as I write this review).... The back of the headstock is dented and scratched in a circular pattern where the assembler dragged the tuner into position it during assembly. Neck bowed, no tension on truss rod. Fret edges SHARP...not dressed, they are not sticking out too long though. Trem studs not adjusted equally (by a bunch) so that the bridge is angled toward the strap button on one side. Intonation off. The neck actually has a small knot hole near the heel. Nut not cut properly... 1st string almost on the edge of the fret board and it isn't the neck angle. The nut is wrong and some of the slots are gripping the strings. Made in Indonisia. I have had some fine instruments made there BTW.

These Sterlings are supposedly INSPECTED AND SET-UP by Musicanman in the USA. No chance of this or their technician is totally incompetent. I doubt they can do a setup and inspection on a cheap money guitar....maybe its only done on the non-SUB version.

I have owned the real Axis (1995). I have owned the real Axis Sport. Albert Lee model (early 1990s). I have owned the OLP Axis from the early 2000 years also. When I read the comments that this Sterling is very much like the real Axis, I just have to buy one right? Hey, I loved my Musicman guitars years ago, I'll buy one of these.

No way does this guitar feel like the real Musicman Axis or play like one. In fact, my old OLP Axis was fairly close to the real thing and was a great guitar but NOT this SUB AX3 Axis.

What's good about it? It is worth the money if you know how to work on your guitars. I adjusted what was necessary to get it to play VERY well. I have not replaced the nut nor have I dressed the frets yet. I am on the fence whether I should return/exchange it for another one. I am flabbergasted at the wonderful reviews I read regarding this guitar. I really want this guitar to work because I miss the small size and neck profile of my previous real Musicman guitars.

Soundwise. I think it sounds pretty good. I am not a fan of high gain. I play southern rock, blues and classic rock.....mostly guitar hero stuff. These pickups are fine for me and my style of music. I wouldn't replace them. Considering the bad nut, it stays in tune (well don't use the trem with a bad nut).

It does some convincing strat sounds whichis a plus for me.

What else? The frets are not jumbo, they are more like the original frets on Fenders from years ago...they have a thinner footprint than medium jumbo. I'm okay with that. The quilted image top is cool and looks nice. Don't expect to see the 3D depth that you see on the real thing but it sure beats a solid color.

So let me make some comparisons. I have had some set neck ESP LTD guitars that were much worse than this guitar. It is better than the cheap0 Squiers BUT the Vibe Squiers and Modern Vintage are way better. I just bought a Modern Vintage Surf Squier Strat with lipstick pickups. I have played over a dozen gigs with it in the past 2 months and it is so nice, I leave all of my real strats at home now and just bring the Squier and a PRS SE. I was hoping that the Sterling was going to blow me away based on the reviews and I was hoping that I would be able to buy a couple more of them and set them up for gigging. I love their small size and neck profile. I am going to take a trip to the 2 GC stores near me and try their stock of the Sterlings. If they play better, then I will exchange this guitar with MF and take a chance at another one. If not, I will do the necessary work to it...new nut, dress the fret edges, put good .10 gauge strings on it and play it for a few months to see if it grows on me. It looks like the real thing but it doesn't play like it and it isn't built with the care of the real thing. It costs a fraction of the real thing. I love to grab a cheap guitar and make it play like a $3000 guitar...it's my hobby. It will take a bit of time to make this one like that.

If you want a guitar that looks like a real Axis, buy it! If you want a guitar that looks like a real Axis, plays like it, sounds like it, dig deep or do the MF credit plan. Get the real one. It's only money.

If you know how to work on guitars like I do, this guitar is worth every penny. But based on MY Sterling SUB AX3 guitar, these reviews I read here are way off base. Laughable or my guitar is the odd junker.

Musicians Friend is great. They treat me great. Their policies are great. I do not like writing a negative review like this.

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(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Sub AX3 AXIS honest review

By Temporary Saint

from Massachusetts

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Tone

Cons

  • Fret Buzz
  • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Small Venues
  • Tinkering

Comments about Sterling by Music Man SUB AX3 Axis Electric Guitar:

I'm going to be tough because of all the "fantastic reviews" I read about this guitar prior to purchasing it. Been playing for 47 years. I have lots of guitars, build'em, buy'em, buy cheap ones like these to see what all the rave is and hope that it is good as what I see on youtube and read in the reviews. But even if it is a dog, I can make it right because I have learned how to repair instruments etc. So here goes.

This guitar should have been B-stock (it isn't). Right out of the box (I have only had it for 3 hours as I write this review).... The back of the headstock is dented and scratched in a circular pattern where the assembler dragged the tuner into position it during assembly. Neck bowed, no tension on truss rod. Fret edges SHARP...not dressed, they are not sticking out too long though. Trem studs not adjusted equally (by a bunch) so that the bridge is angled toward the strap button on one side. Intonation off. The neck actually has a small knot hole near the heel. Nut not cut properly... 1st string almost on the edge of the fret board and it isn't the neck angle. The nut is wrong and some of the slots are gripping the strings. Made in Indonisia. I have had some fine instruments made there BTW.

These Sterlings are supposedly INSPECTED AND SET-UP by Musicanman in the USA. No chance of this or their technician is totally incompetent. I doubt they can do a setup and inspection on a cheap money guitar....maybe its only done on the non-SUB version.

I have owned the real Axis (1995). I have owned the real Axis Sport. Albert Lee model (early 1990s). I have owned the OLP Axis from the early 2000 years also. When I read the comments that this Sterling is very much like the real Axis, I just have to buy one right? Hey, I loved my Musicman guitars years ago, I'll buy one of these.

No way does this guitar feel like the real Musicman Axis or play like one. In fact, my old OLP Axis was fairly close to the real thing and was a great guitar but NOT this SUB AX3 Axis.

What's good about it? It is worth the money if you know how to work on your guitars. I adjusted what was necessary to get it to play VERY well. I have not replaced the nut nor have I dressed the frets yet. I am on the fence whether I should return/exchange it for another one. I am flabbergasted at the wonderful reviews I read regarding this guitar. I really want this guitar to work because I miss the small size and neck profile of my previous real Musicman guitars.

Soundwise. I think it sounds pretty good. I am not a fan of high gain. I play southern rock, blues and classic rock.....mostly guitar hero stuff. These pickups are fine for me and my style of music. I wouldn't replace them. Considering the bad nut, it stays in tune (well don't use the trem with a bad nut).

It does some convincing strat sounds whichis a plus for me.

What else? The frets are not jumbo, they are more like the original frets on Fenders from years ago...they have a thinner footprint than medium jumbo. I'm okay with that. The quilted image top is cool and looks nice. Don't expect to see the 3D depth that you see on the real thing but it sure beats a solid color.

So let me make some comparisons. I have had some set neck ESP LTD guitars that were much worse than this guitar. It is better than the cheap0 Squiers BUT the Vibe Squiers and Modern Vintage are way better. I just bought a Modern Vintage Surf Squier Strat with lipstick pickups. I have played over a dozen gigs with it in the past 2 months and it is so nice, I leave all of my real strats at home now and just bring the Squier and a PRS SE. I was hoping that the Sterling was going to blow me away based on the reviews and I was hoping that I would be able to buy a couple more of them and set them up for gigging. I love their small size and neck profile. I am going to take a trip to the 2 GC stores near me and try their stock of the Sterlings. If they play better, then I will exchange this guitar with MF and take a chance at another one. If not, I will do the necessary work to it...new nut, dress the fret edges, put good .10 gauge strings on it and play it for a few months to see if it grows on me. It looks like the real thing but it doesn't play like it and it isn't built with the care of the real thing. It costs a fraction of the real thing. I love to grab a cheap guitar and make it play like a $3000 guitar...it's my hobby. It will take a bit of time to make this one like that.

If you want a guitar that looks like a real Axis, buy it! If you want a guitar that looks like a real Axis, plays like it, sounds like it, dig deep or do the MF credit plan. Get the real one. It's only money.

If you know how to work on guitars like I do, this guitar is worth every penny. But based on MY Sterling SUB AX3 guitar, these reviews I read here are way off base. Laughable or my guitar is the odd junker.

Musicians Friend is great. They treat me great. Their policies are great. I do not like writing a negative review like this.

(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Follow Up Review

By Rick

from Westport, MA

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel

Cons

  • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

Best Uses

  • Gigging
  • Practicing

Comments about Sterling by Music Man SUB AX3 Axis Electric Guitar:

This is a follow up review to my previous review as "Temporary Saint". I noticed that there was a reviewer who insisted that the bridge was positioned incorrectly and returned multiple guitars. All my measuring and geometry checking shows that the neck pocket is actually routed slightly off on my guitar. I carefully re-routed the pocket and now the strings set over the neck perfectly. I had to remount the neck pickup slightly toward the upper cutaway and now the strings sit perfectly over the pole pieces. This guitar has been out on many gigs with me. It is a fun guitar. The tuners have proven not to be very good and the tremolo arm is weak and the threads actually tear away as you use it and there becomes more slop or play in the arm. I don't dive bomb or pull hard on the trem either. Just a little wobble on certain chord passages.

Having had the real Axis and an Axis Sport over the years made me want to have this guitar. Getting this guitar has certainly made me want to plunk down the cash to get a real one again. I sold my real Axis guitars when I started using Parky Fly guitars. I am going to buy the real Axis again.

I like tinkering but the bottom line is I spent way to much time and money to make this guitar right. I did install a Graphtech Tusq Nut and I have ordered a Wilkinson Tremolo for it. Remember that song...She Ain't Pretty She Just Looks That Way. That sums it up. Buy a Vibe Squier or the Low End Modern Fenders......Or the real Axis for sure.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

UNDERVALUED GUITAR!!!!

By CS93

from Monticello, GA

About Me Professional Musician

See all my reviews

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

  • Flat Sound

Best Uses

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

Comments about Sterling by Music Man SUB AX3 Axis Electric Guitar:

This is THE BEST low budget guitar I have ever played. Very fun to play, has a consistent sound, and looks killer (I have the trans black and picture does NOT do it justice). I will say that when you first get this guitar, it will need new strings and need setting up. I stuck with 9 gauge strings and asked the tech to raise the action just a little bit so that the tremelo would "float" and not have the tail end resting against the wood. My only major complaints are that the pick-ups sound under par for me, especially on higher gain stuff (a pair of dimarzios will take stock's place) however the electronics are very diverse, I love the five way switch, it really lets me do any style of music I want, and it needs locking tuners. For the most part it stays tune with the tremelo, but not always. Out of the box, the tremelo is very responsive, after having it setup, it's almost like having a floyd! (it's not perfect at dive bombs, but it's pretty close!) Overall, I would recommend this to anyone, whether it being a first electric guitar for somebody, or for a pro!

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best import Axis

By Micky J

from New York

About Me Professional Musician

See all my reviews

Ask me a question

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Sterling by Music Man SUB AX3 Axis Electric Guitar:

      Best. Import Axis style guitar.Yes it cost twice what the OLP Axis went for but it is worth ten times more due to better trem, neck, pickups and wiring.The Axis imports always had a great neck, now they have a great everything....except the beautiful top is not a thick piece of quilted maple....but if that floats your boat and is worth 1500. More to you this is a great floor plan to put it on! Then get the USA and have fully set up version.

      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Best Deal Out There

      By Strat_attack

      from Virginia

      About Me Experienced

      See all my reviews

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording

        Comments about Sterling by Music Man SUB AX3 Axis Electric Guitar:

        The Sterling Sub AX3 is probably one of the biggest bangs for the buck out there right now. I dont write reviews very often but considering my experience with this guitar I feel I have too.

        The first thing I noticed about this guitar was the weight. Apparently its made from a wood called jabon but it honestly feels like mahogany. This guitar feels very solid and comfortable to play for hours. The hardware on this guitar feels very reliable and it has held tune very well. It even held its tuning after messing with the tremelo a bit. Which is very rare for a guitar in this price range that dosent have some kind of locking tuners. The guitar came with the action a tad bit higher than my liking after a few minutes of adjusting the action its setting quite low with ZERO fret buzz and ZERO dead frets. The craftsmanship in this guitar is very surprising. The neck just feels amazing its like the perfect cross between a Strat and a Les Paul. Also the wheel style truss rod adjuster makes it a breeze setting your neck relief.

        This guitar sounds just as well as it plays. Im playing straight into a Fender Frontman 212R. The 5 way selecter and coil tapping can really help get some awesome tones. This guitar can go from jazz, blues, and country. To hard rock and metal in seconds. On higher gain settings I did not experience any feed back or muddy sounds. It was still very clear and you could hear all the notes being played.

        I have been playing guitar for about 12 years now and this has to be one of the best deals out there. I have always been a big fan of the Ernie Ball Axis super sport and musicman stingray basses. This guitar does the musicman name very proud. Dont let the price fool you this is not just a beginners guitar. This is a players guitar. This is the guitar you play on stage when you dont want to bring your 1k+ Ernie Ball, Gibson, Fender etc. To some shady gig and risk messing it up. Its a very comfortable guitar to play with lots of versatile tones for lots of different styles. This guitar is also very easy to set up and work on the way everything is laid out. I highly recommend this guitar for a beginner, just for jamming, playing on stage, recording etc. I cant say enough good things about this guitar. Its well worth the money. Ive had and played alot of guitars. This thing can give a majority of midranged guitars a run for there money or just blow them out the water completely.

        (5 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        SUB AX3

        By SenathDavid

        from Kenton, Tn.

        About Me Experienced

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        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Nicely Finished

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Sterling by Music Man SUB AX3 Axis Electric Guitar:

            The finish on the guitar was flawless. Very attractive to look at.
            Experimenting with the selector switch and tone control can yield a wide variety of different sounds. some pleasing, some not.
            The fret edges were capable of doing damage to the fingertips, and definitely needed fixing; something that should have been done at the factory. The vibrato tailpiece, in my opinion, is useless, it is difficult to operate and dips only, does not raise pitch.
            It came with a straight neck, and the intonation was right on, but the strings were VERY high. When the strings were adjusted properly, the bridge pickup had to be lowered.
            Its an OK guitar if you only have limited funds, and are a fair amateur or pro luthier, but if all you can do is play, find a good setup man, or avoid this one.

            (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Great Guitar

            By Thad McCormic

            from VA

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Build quality
            • Durable
            • Easy On The Wallet
            • Electronics
            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone
            • Solid Electronics

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Sterling by Music Man SUB AX3 Axis Electric Guitar:

                I found this guitar through an ad in a magazine. The first thing that attracted me was the user-friendly price. The design is a familiar one that reaches the perfect mix of different enough from the usual (Les Paul, Fender) type shape, and recognizable as the Music Man shape we've seen before.

                Aesthetically, this guitar is amazing. Some seem to be weary of the body being printed on (?) Trust me, it still looks beautiful in person.

                The weight of the guitar is very differently balanced from say, a telecaster. most of the weight is in the body so there's no neck dive (though that's what straps are for). The feel of the instrument is great, and when you factor in the low price of the guit, the feel of the instrument is stellar! The neck pocket is superbly carved, the vintage sytle temelo is solid, and to my surprise the electronics are quality.

                The pickups provide 5 different tones that may seem the same upon first listen, but in a band environment you'll see just how distinct each position is. All around this is an amazing guitar period without considering the price. but if you DO consider the price, I would go as far as to say that this guitar is perfect. I recommend this to other players. Try one

                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                A mix of good parts and poor workmanship

                By EngineerWithGuitar

                from Canada

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel

                Cons

                • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing

                Comments about Sterling by Music Man SUB AX3 Axis Electric Guitar:

                First off, Sterling by Music Man has HORRIBLE customer service, at least for customers of the entry level gear. I contacted them three times:

                1) inquiry about the possible of getting 'International Catalog' items in Canada and received curt and rude response.

                2) inquiry about defective bridge routing (see below), no response.

                3) inquiry about defective neck in 2nd guitar. No response.

                MF had to send me three of these due to poor workmanship. MF was very good about the returns.

                - 1st guitar - this one had bridge pins that were drilled such that the bridge was very crooked. You could really see it by inspecting the tremolo block through the plastic rear plate it was very crooked. The bridge pickup was also routed off center, there wasn't enough room to recenter the pickup correctly.

                - 2nd guitar - despite the sealed manufacturers box in pristine shape, the finish had a dime size chip right through the laminate top. The neck screws were not all the way in and partially stripped, so it looked like a banana! Good pickup routes and perfectly straight bridge though!

                - 3rd guitar - sloppy drilling on bridge pins again so crooked bridge. Not nearly as bad as the first one, so I could compensate by adjusting the height of the bridge pins which would realign the bridge due to their hour glass shape. However, because the bridge is not hooked into the pin correctly, it must be kept flat, no floating bridge if you have to do this.

                On the plus side the parts are excellent quality for a guitar in this range. The tuners are decent for entry level, the bridge and saddles hardware are decent, and the trem block is same size you get on a mex fender. Electronics are not great, but not terrible.

                This *should* be an amazing value but the one thing you can't fix on this guitar is shotty drilling and routing of the wood.

                Customer service seems to be non-existant for buyers of their entry level products.

                I'm sure lots of people have no problems, but its the people that do have problems that show what kind of company you are dealing with.

                Summary: Great guitar if you can find one that has properly aligned parts!

                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Love it.

                By Cwaster

                from Asheville, NC

                About Me Experienced

                See all my reviews

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing
                  • Small Venues

                  Comments about Sterling by Music Man SUB AX3 Axis Electric Guitar:

                  Great feel, light weight. Great sound, easy to play, and looks and sounds great. One hell of a bargain for the price. The reviews I saw in Guitar Player on this guitar and some research clued me in and they were spot on. Feels like a guitar worth twice the price or more. Thank you, Sterling.

                  (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  For the money, u HAVE to get this guitar

                  By Canadian_ VanHalen_ fan

                  from Montreal Quebec Canada

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Ccompletely Unadjusted
                  • It Was Comletely Unadjust

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing

                  Comments about Sterling by Music Man SUB AX3 Axis Electric Guitar:

                  Backround:

                  Bought it for my 14yr old son
                  I've been playing guitar and bass since 13, now 46.
                  Have owned guitars from 300-$3500
                  I'm no van Halen, neither is my son...yet(lol)
                  Many thanks to a luthier friend of mine who taught me years ago how to adjust everything on a guitar.

                  Delivery:

                  The guitar arrived promptly and undamaged. Second guitar bought from musiciansfriend.com in the last year, very happy with them.

                  The BAD:

                  1) It was completely unadjusted, it's as if they just assembled it and shipped it.
                  2) The 5 bolts that hold the neck to the body were all loose
                  3) The saddle heights were all the way up, not adjusted at all, just installed
                  4) Intonation all off
                  5) The Tone control was very stiff, plastic knob pushed all the way down and rubbing/touching body, had to raise it and all was good
                  6) Bridge pickup way too high, had to lower it
                  7) Truss rod totally off, big inward bow, but the easy truss adjustment at the neck/body position made this a joke to do, all guitars should have this type of adjuster
                  8) The tremolo was super crazy stiff, after removing the back cover, found the two screws that hold the tremolo claw plate were pushed all the way to the back, brought it out to about 1.5cm, now tremolo feels and works great
                  9) The cheapest strings out of the box. Make sure you get a good set.
                  10) The quilted maple finish does not look real. It looks really great from a few feet away but you can see it's a bit on the cheap side up close, almost looks like a paper printed on a high end color printer and then veneered, but it's well done considering the price of this guitar, so I'll have to let this one slide

                  The GOOD: (after adjustments)

                  1) It plays effortlessly
                  2) The action is amazing, so low and no fret buzz,
                  3) The pickups, while they may not be the best out there, sound pretty amazing in all selector position.
                  4) Good weight and balance.
                  5) Stays in tune after using tremolo like crazy, but please put a good set of strings, the ones that come with the guitar some of the worst I've seen.
                  6) The frets were amazing, no sharp edges as others have commented, maybe they were unlucky
                  7) Amazing feel to the neck with the asymmetric curve
                  8) Tuners are very good and lock well

                  Conclusion:

                  For the money, you HAVE to get this guitar.

                  This guitar is not just for beginners as others have stated, it plays and feels as good as higher priced guitars, it plays better than a lot of other guitars that are 2-3 times the price, so this guitar allows you to keep your money in your pocket.

                  Would definitely recommend to anyone, but be prepared to make adjustments to do this guitar justice. After adjustments you will not regret buying this guitar.

                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Excellent Guitar

                  By Aschman

                  from Paso Robles Ca.

                  About Me Experienced

                  See all my reviews

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Action Is Low A Big Plus
                  • Craftsmanship Is A-1
                  • Fun To Play
                  • Good Feel
                  • Good Pick Up
                  • Good Tone
                  • Great For 70's To Present
                  • Solid Electronics

                  Cons

                  • One Week No Complaints

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Sterling by Music Man SUB AX3 Axis Electric Guitar:

                  This guitar does everything I want it to do. It's not a heavy guitar but should hold up well for part time gigging. The action is low which was a pleasant surprize. More to the point it looks amazing, sounds very nice both clean and dirty. It's a well made guitar that I will enjoy for many years to come. In closing I just want to say that I'm glad I added this Axe to my collection. Don't delay add it to your collection too!

                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great....easy to tune and love the color

                  By Crash10

                  from Kingsport, TN.

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                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Fun To Play
                  • Good Feel
                  • Good Pick Up
                  • Good Tone
                  • Great Guitar No Problems
                  • Great value for the money
                  • Solid Electronics

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about Sterling by Music Man SUB AX3 Axis Electric Guitar:

                    Plug it in and hit the distortion pedal and you're set. If you don't it still has a very sweet clean sound all by it's self. Pedals may help, but it just a great guitar. For the price you can't beat it.If you didn't buy one. sorry you missed the discount.

                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    A great buy !

                    By Dobby

                    from Columbus,Ohio

                    About Me Experienced

                    Pros

                    • A Good Guitar

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Sterling by Music Man SUB AX3 Axis Electric Guitar:

                      This guitar for the money cannot be beat. If you're a beginner? Excellent choice. If you're an experienced player who doesn't have major cash for another guitar like me. This guitar can't be beat. I tried to find flaws, couldn't find them. The neck is amazing. I was concerned about a basswood body guitar. No concerns at all now. Sounds great!! Very happy with the money spent.

                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      Great guitar for the money!

                      By Rob

                      from Westchester, NY

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                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Jamming
                        • Practicing
                        • Recording

                        Comments about Sterling by Music Man SUB AX3 Axis Electric Guitar:

                        I own a USA Axis and this guitar is very close in feel and tone. The pickups are punchy and surprisingly good for a guitar in this price range. The 5 way switch provides a surprisingly wide array of tones. The neck feels similar to my USA Axis. There are a few slightly sharp fret ends after the 12 fret but I can work on those. The weight and balance of the guitar is also similar to the USA version. The trem is not a Floyd so it is not really for divebombing but is not bad for a guitar at this price. Nice looking blue quilt top. I put some graphite in the nut slots and changed the strings to 10s and it really improved the tuning stability and tone. Bottom line, for the price this is a great guitar stock or for a modding project.

                        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        Great deal on Used guitar

                        By tankerboy

                        from Miami

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                        Pros

                        • Fun To Play
                        • Good Feel
                        • Good Pick Up

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Jamming
                          • Practicing

                          Comments about Sterling by Music Man SUB AX3 Axis Electric Guitar:

                          Found this in the used section, and it is like new didn't notice anything wrong with it at all. For the price it is an excellent starter guitar or just something to mess around on.

                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          2.0

                          Im disappointed

                          By thaghost2

                          from wilkes barre, pa

                          About Me Novice

                          Pros

                            Cons

                            • Fret Buzz
                            • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

                            Best Uses

                            • Practicing

                            Comments about Sterling by Music Man SUB AX3 Axis Electric Guitar:

                            This guitar has a couple pros that are unfortunately outweighed by the cons. The main pro is the whammy bar stays in tune very well despite not having a locking nut. I've dived it all the way down to the body and it came back up in perfect tune. This is good if you dont want to deal with the annoyances of a floyd rose. But this guitar feels awkward and isnt built properly. It has been to the shop already and im just gonna trade this in for a schecter omen 6 when i get the chance which is way better than this. The frets are weird. When tapping, itll play different notes than what your hitting. It does this for sweeping too. Overall, not worth it

                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            3.0

                            adjustments and cleaning needed.

                            By mwaynew22

                            from Upstate NY

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                            Pros

                            • Fun To Play
                            • Good Feel

                            Cons

                            • Appeared To Be Used

                            Best Uses

                            • Practicing
                            • Recording

                            Comments about Sterling by Music Man SUB AX3 Axis Electric Guitar:

                            Nice guitar for the price but it needed more work than I expected. Appeared to have come straight from a "previous owner" rather than MF. Ok after cleaning and adjustments

                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            3.0

                            Not bad after setup

                            By Uncle John

                            from GA

                            About Me Experienced

                            Pros

                            • Fun To Play
                            • Good Feel

                            Cons

                            • Poor Pick Up
                            • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

                            Best Uses

                            • Practicing
                            • School Bands

                            Comments about Sterling by Music Man SUB AX3 Axis Electric Guitar:

                            Setup out of the box was horrible. Sharp fret edges, intonation was way off, bridge springs to tight, input jack installed crooked. Pups are only good for heavy distortion and not great for that. After all those problems were fixed it plays as well as some more expensive guitars. If you can do all the work to it or know a reasonably priced guitar tech you can have a pretty nice guitar for not much money.

                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Awesome little guitar

                            By Very happy guitar teacher

                            from Utah

                            About Me Professional Musician

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                            Pros

                            • Fun To Play
                            • Good Feel
                            • Solid Electronics

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Sterling by Music Man SUB AX3 Axis Electric Guitar:

                                I had taped a John Fogerty concert and noticed he was playing a Musicman Axis on a song and it was screaming. Later that week I was handed a Sterling SUB that was exactly like Fogerty's. I play bass and teach guitar, preferring acoustic guitars. I had to have a SUB. Right now it's sitting on a stand in my living room. Initially I bought it(at a phenomenal price)as a toy. But I have been playing the heck out of it and have come to the conclusion that it owes no apology to anyone. I sure got my money's worth.

                                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                Great Guitar

                                By g-funk

                                from Arizona

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                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Jamming
                                  • Practicing
                                  • Recording

                                  Comments about Sterling by Music Man SUB AX3 Axis Electric Guitar:

                                  I'm a bass/keyboard player by trade and was looking for a decent six string guitar. This guitar plays great and the workmanship is flawless. The adjustment tools come with the guitar and easy to setup. I would recommend to anyone who is on a budget and is looking for the best guitar for the price.

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