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Sterling by Music Man SUB Silo3 Electric Guitar  Black

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Three pickups, a long list of features and one amazing price.

The Silo3, a versatile workhorse, that's easy to play, comfortable and sounds like a higher end guitar. The solid hardwood body is attached to the solid maple neck via a Music Man designed 5-bolt neck joint. The neck heel is contoured and rounded over for easy and comfortable access to the higher frets.

The double cutaway, contoured, hardwood body is fully sculpted and shaped for comfort. All sharp edges have been eliminated and you have just the bare essentials you need for a comfortable, solid body shape that never feels awkward.

The asymmetrical cut maple neck is slimmer on the treble side and thicker on the bass side, for effortless movement as you move around the neck. Thick enough for great tone, thin enough for easy playability. The medium-sized fret wire is easy to fret and offers great intonation up and down the neck.

The pickguard is loaded with two high-output single coils and one overwound humbucker which have clear bell like tone, but can also shred and emote all the nuances of your playing. A 5-way selector switch is wired to a single volume and tone control.

The vintage-style tremolo bridge has a comfortable area to rest your palm on. The solid saddles offer adjustments for height and intonation.

Case sold separately.

FEATURES
  • Solid hardwood sculpted body
  • 5-bolt neck joint
  • 25.5³ scale
  • Asymmetrical cut maple neck
  • Medium frets
  • Smooth satin neck finish
  • SSH pickup layout
  • Overwound single coil and humbucking pickups
  • 5-way selector switch, volume and tone controls
  • Easy access truss rod adjuster
  • White pickup covers on 3-ply black pickguard
  • Tremolo bridge
  • Case sold separately

You'll be a amazed by the sound, comfort and value of the Silo 3. Order today.

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Sterling by Music ManSUB Silo3 Electric Guitar
 
4.6

(based on 25 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (19)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (22)
  • Fun to play (21)
  • Good tone (14)
  • Solid electronics (14)
  • Good pick up (13)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (18)
  • Practicing (18)
  • Recording (15)
  • Rock concerts (12)
  • Small venues (12)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (12), Professional musician (12)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Unique

My wife bought this for me as a gift. I hadn't really heard of this model but after owning it for several months I have developed an attachment to it. I do not have...Read complete review

My wife bought this for me as a gift. I hadn't really heard of this model but after owning it for several months I have developed an attachment to it. I do not have any other experience with Music Man products but may have to check out their other offerings.

This is a basic SSH Strat style with a few well thought out differences which I would call "Upgrades" compared to most Strat knock-offs. I have been a collector for many years and own at least 25 other real Strats so will describe what makes this unique.

I have the older one in Tobacco Sunburst which I believe is no longer available. Starting from the headstock it has 4+2 tuners 4 on one side and two on the other with straight string pull. The headstock is carved in such a way as to eliminate string trees which reduces contact points if you use the tremolo (which I use often). The tuners are decent quality and hold their position well. Some people may find a need to change them but I think they are fine. The nut looks to be synthetic bone. The neck is rosewood and looks nice. The neck shape is what is described as Asymmetrical which is something new to me. I find it extremely comfortable and ergonomic, if you hold your stretched out hand in front of you and and look at the line created from your thumb to along your index finger that is how the neck is shaped. The neck shape is the best feature to me. The frets are described as medium. I find them done very well with no sharp ends. I did a slight fret level on mine but found them done better than most new guitars. (I level the frets on almost every guitar anyway). The last point I would like to make on the neck is the truss rod adjustment. There is a wheel shaped nut at the heel which can be adjusted with any straight piece of metal you can get into the hole. I really like this, no special tool needed. Next is the neck heel. Very nicely rounded and upper fret access is very good, excellent feature. The body is composed of an Asian type of basswood, from what I have read it is called Jabon. It has a nice grain and is medium weight. I don't like guitars extremely light. This one weighs a bit over 7 lbs so is good for me. The body is a bit smaller that a regular Strat so if you don't like small bodies beware. I'm 6'4" and it looks small on me but I still find it comfy to play. The pickups are two singles and a humbucker. I was surprised at how good they sound. The singles are ceramic magnets and register at 4.8 K on my ohmmeter. They are clear and well defined. The bridge measures 8.2K so puts it into PAF output. A lot of people will change pickups but they sound good to me and I have a lot of guitars with "boutique" pickups. The volume and tone controls have a good sweep and are very effective. I have the tremolo set to floating and it works very well. It is different as it has a palm rest built in.

To be honest when I first got the guitar it needed a good set-up, but to be fair I have done set-ups on new guitars that cost a lot more. I did tech work years ago so I find it fun to get a guitar playing perfect. Learning to do this yourself is something I would recommend but if you have a good guitar tech I don't think it would need more than the basics...

Cheers!!!

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Great guitar for the price

Built well and plays well. The pickups are okay. The single coils sound flat and more like humbuckers. They lack the chime that good single coil pickup should have. Other reviewers liked the...Read complete review

Built well and plays well. The pickups are okay. The single coils sound flat and more like humbuckers. They lack the chime that good single coil pickup should have. Other reviewers liked the single coils and I feel they are poor at best(but hey it's a low cost guitar!). The humbucker is interesting though, it has a bright open sound but never tinny or piercing. It may sound close to the new Seymour Duncan 59 hybrid pickup. It lacks mussle though and may not work for people who need a high gain pickup. It does complement the single coils during switching and this is a plus. Add some low cost Tonerider single coils pickups and if still dont like the humbucker, swap that out too and you will have a nice guitar at a fair price.

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(17 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Thick neck, Exceptional comfort

By Machiavelli

from Redwood City

About Me Experienced

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Pros

  • Excellent Value
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone
  • High Quality
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • School Bands
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Sterling by Music Man SUB Silo3 Electric Guitar:

    I've been playing guitar for about 17 years. I consider myself a "cheap guitar" expert. I have about 3 dozen guitars/basses. The version I bought is the black + maple neck.

    There are a lot of options at this price level, so I'll keep it simple:

    Why get this guitar?
    -Lightweight and comfortable. I can understand where this guitar gets its name. It does feel like it's as instrusive as your shadow. Bodyweight is about the same as a Squier bullet, but still retains far superior sustain. Neck heel is countoured perfectly as is body shape.

    -Quality is there. I don't understand why people try to convince buyers that a guitar is worth so much more than it is. If that were true, people would just buy the guitar and sell it for more! With that said, the overall quality is quite exceptional. But quite honestly, a lot of cheap guitars are pretty exceptional nowadays. One issue is that the fret ends are pretty rough. Personally, I don't care about that, but some might see this as a lack of refinement.

    -Thick Neck! I'm not going to try to convince the Wizard shredders that thick is better, but in my experience it is. The neck is baseball bat round, which I think is just great. The fretboard is narrow and for me thick neck + narrow fretboard is the perfect combination. I honestly think it's the best neck shape combo I've ever played (the non-SUB, real Ernie Ball versions are basically the same, by the way).

    -You just want something different. Everyone has a Squier or an Ibanez. This guitar is somewhat obscure, which I think gives it a value on its own.

    Why not get this guitar?

    -You want a stronger humbucker. The H pickup is a bit weak. Honestly, I think it doesn't matter that much, but to each their own.

    -You want a thinner neck.

    -You prefer uncountoured bodies (then get the Ax3!)

    -You want to save some money and get a bullet. If you go to a guitar store and try out 5 Squire bullets, you're probably going to find at least one that is pretty solid. It'll be about the same weight and overall quality as this guitar for about half the price. Everyone thinks that bullets are junk, but they just haven't had the luck of getting a good one. Those things are a steal right now.

    -And most importantly, don't get it if you haven't tried it/aren't prepared to return it. The neck shape is a bit love or hate. If you're used to any other type of guitar, the neck shape may come as quite a shock. You might like it...you might not. Be prepared to not like it.

    (12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Unique

    By Jerkowitz

    from St. Louis, Mo

    About Me Professional Musician

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Sterling by Music Man SUB Silo3 Electric Guitar:

      My wife bought this for me as a gift. I hadn't really heard of this model but after owning it for several months I have developed an attachment to it. I do not have any other experience with Music Man products but may have to check out their other offerings.

      This is a basic SSH Strat style with a few well thought out differences which I would call "Upgrades" compared to most Strat knock-offs. I have been a collector for many years and own at least 25 other real Strats so will describe what makes this unique.

      I have the older one in Tobacco Sunburst which I believe is no longer available. Starting from the headstock it has 4+2 tuners 4 on one side and two on the other with straight string pull. The headstock is carved in such a way as to eliminate string trees which reduces contact points if you use the tremolo (which I use often). The tuners are decent quality and hold their position well. Some people may find a need to change them but I think they are fine. The nut looks to be synthetic bone. The neck is rosewood and looks nice. The neck shape is what is described as Asymmetrical which is something new to me. I find it extremely comfortable and ergonomic, if you hold your stretched out hand in front of you and and look at the line created from your thumb to along your index finger that is how the neck is shaped. The neck shape is the best feature to me. The frets are described as medium. I find them done very well with no sharp ends. I did a slight fret level on mine but found them done better than most new guitars. (I level the frets on almost every guitar anyway). The last point I would like to make on the neck is the truss rod adjustment. There is a wheel shaped nut at the heel which can be adjusted with any straight piece of metal you can get into the hole. I really like this, no special tool needed. Next is the neck heel. Very nicely rounded and upper fret access is very good, excellent feature. The body is composed of an Asian type of basswood, from what I have read it is called Jabon. It has a nice grain and is medium weight. I don't like guitars extremely light. This one weighs a bit over 7 lbs so is good for me. The body is a bit smaller that a regular Strat so if you don't like small bodies beware. I'm 6'4" and it looks small on me but I still find it comfy to play. The pickups are two singles and a humbucker. I was surprised at how good they sound. The singles are ceramic magnets and register at 4.8 K on my ohmmeter. They are clear and well defined. The bridge measures 8.2K so puts it into PAF output. A lot of people will change pickups but they sound good to me and I have a lot of guitars with "boutique" pickups. The volume and tone controls have a good sweep and are very effective. I have the tremolo set to floating and it works very well. It is different as it has a palm rest built in.

      To be honest when I first got the guitar it needed a good set-up, but to be fair I have done set-ups on new guitars that cost a lot more. I did tech work years ago so I find it fun to get a guitar playing perfect. Learning to do this yourself is something I would recommend but if you have a good guitar tech I don't think it would need more than the basics...

      Cheers!!!

      (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      nice for the price

      By guitarman

      from rhode island

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      Pros

      • Good Feel
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing

        Comments about Sterling by Music Man SUB Silo3 Electric Guitar:

        As the title states nice for the price. The sterling sub is to music man as the squire is to fender only better.
        This review is based on my experience of 30 years of playing and a serious case of guitar aquisition syndrome which has resulted in the purchase of too many instruments over the years.
        build quality, playability and sound on this guitar is quite good. tuners are basic squire quality and quite usable. the nut is plastic but cut nicely. the neck is remarkably comfortable to play. the fretwork is much better than most squires I have played although the fret ends were noted to be sharp. electronics are solid enough. pickups are actually quite musical. I probably will not swap them out at least not initially. finish is quite nice with no flaws noted.
        set up was absolutely nonexistant. unfortunately the guitar ships with 9's which appear quite cheap. the high e broke after all of 1 minute use. I set up with 10's but found the 2 springs in the trem inadequate. i added a third spring but wish the guitar had come with one. trem does function well and is certainly adequate. I give this a four star due to the issues noted. That being said this is a nice usable guitar which really does not need anything but a set up. I would recommend this guitar over a squire or product of similar quality

        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Incredible value and versatility!

        By StormJH1

        from Twin Cities, MN

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        Pros

        • Easy to upgrade
        • Great Playable Neck
        • High-quality Tuners
        • Strat Humbucker Tones

        Cons

        • Minor Adjustments Needed

        Best Uses

          Comments about Sterling by Music Man SUB Silo3 Electric Guitar:

          I cannot speak highly enough about the Silo3 as an affordable option for new players, or experienced ones that want a versatile guitar and a great starting point for future upgrades. Sterling by Music Man is like the Squier line of Fender guitars, except the build quality is far superior to (many) Squiers. Sound-wise, you get the sparkle and twang of a Fender, with a bridge humbucker that can cop even some Led Zeppelin riffs. But the real star is the playable neck and the guitar's ability to stay in tune. That's not something you could say about many guitars in this price range. The guitar plays great "out of the box", with perhaps a minor bridge adjustment to free up a string or two. But since the "bones" of the guitar are so nice, it's exciting to think of what it could sound like if you spent a hundred dollars or so upgrading with the pickups of your choice. I own better and more expensive guitars, but the SSH pickup configuration might just make this one the most versatile. Great new offering from Sterling!

          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great guitar for the money

          By Alec W.

          from Syracuse, NY

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Excellent playability
          • Well Contoured Body

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Sterling by Music Man SUB Silo3 Electric Guitar:

              I bought this guitar well over a year ago and have since put about 500 into modding it so I would like to think I know the guitar itself, and what you can get out of it, pretty well. First off, I love the look of the guitar. I have the white one and have seen the tobacco sunburst in person and they are much better looking than pictures will give them credit, especially the tobacco sunburst. The neck is the best part of the guitar by far. It also has the most perfect sculpted neck heel that I wish every strat had. The body is comfortably contoured and light. The tuners are basic but they work well. The tremelo bridge is also pretty basic too and doesn't stay in tune too easily while using it, but isn't going to be too much of an annoyance. For my guitar, the frets were perfect and smooth and the fret ends are not sharp at all. I haven't even needed to work on the frets once since buying it, but that will change later. The pickups are nothing special as they are no-name sterling stock pickups. Expect the guitar to need a setup, mainly for the action. The single coils are rather noisy and the humbucker is a little weak. I may be unfair comparing them to rather expensive Seymour Duncan Pickups, but it is what it is. Thankfully they are one of the easiest things to replace on a guitar and should be replaced, if you have the money, to get the best out of the guitar. The bottom line is that this is an inexpensive guitar and is a great guitar for the money and an even greater guitar for upgrading. It can handle it's own in its vanilla form and is a great guitar for beginners because of its playability. It can also be used as a good backup guitar and a great main guitar once upgraded correctly.

              (3 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              Pickups are DiMarzio

              By Turnpike

              from New Orleans

              About Me Professional Musician

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing

                Comments about Sterling by Music Man SUB Silo3 Electric Guitar:

                Nice axe for the money. Just to correct a misconception in another review, this guitar has the same DiMarzio pickups as the USA-made Ernie Ball Music Man Silhouette. Really good to see the same locking Schaller tuners, too. Bridge looks the same as well.

                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Musicman sterling sub guitar

                By GM Rocker

                from Worcester, Ma.

                About Me Professional Musician

                Pros

                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel
                • Light Body
                • Nice Floating Tremello

                Cons

                • Under Powered Pickups

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Live Shows
                • Practicing
                • Recording
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Sterling by Music Man SUB Silo3 Electric Guitar:

                I wasn't sure what kind of quality I would get at this price point, but I wasn't disapointed.It plays great, good in distortion or clean.Also it's light so you dont get the heavy guitar fatigue in live shows.The tremelo can be adjusted to float and stays in tune very well.Seems the pickups may be a bit under powered, but doesnt hinder the sound in any great way..Bottom line? I'm gonna buy another one !!

                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                simply outstanding !

                By julie shea

                from williamson,NY

                About Me Experienced

                See all my reviews

                Pros

                • Body Fully Insulated
                • Excellent Neck
                • Full Size Pots
                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel
                • Good Pick Up
                • Good Tone
                • Hot Singles
                • Solid Electronics

                Cons

                • Bridge Pickup Not So Hot

                Best Uses

                • Up For Anything

                Comments about Sterling by Music Man SUB Silo3 Electric Guitar:

                Simply cannot stop playing this guitar,black maple finger board.Take your time and go over it and set it up to your liking and you will be happy.there website tells you how to set it up to there specs.single coils are very hot over drives clean channel very easily. bridge pickup not so hot but sounds good though. YOU WILL NOT BE DISSAPOINTED !!!! Been playing 25 yrs and live and breathe guitar.The body is fully insulated and full size pots are smooth.The neck is simply outstanding cant say enough about that.

                (3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Sterling by Music Man SUB Silo3

                By ProPlayer12356945

                from .Mount Juliet Tennessee

                About Me Professional Musician

                See all my reviews

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • No Problem

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Sterling by Music Man SUB Silo3 Electric Guitar:

                I Do Not Buy Cheap Guitars But This One Caught My Eye!It Is Built Like A High End Guitar!The weak point would be the pickups but there really not that bad, You may like them! I Like This Guitar so well that I Am Going To Put A Set Of Good Pickups In It And It Is Going To Be A Monster! This Guitar is Worth Checking Out! You Can Not Go Wrong For The Price! You Will Need To Tweak It And Then It Is Ready For Any Pro Gig! I Will Be Playing Mine Friday And Satuday Night At A Gig! If You Need A Extra Guitar And Don't Want To Spend A lot Of Money But Want Something That Pull A Job Off Then Buy It! You Will Be Glad You Did!

                (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Needs set up but once done plays great!

                By Foghat Hates Your Mom

                from Bloomington, Indiana

                About Me Professional Musician

                Pros

                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel

                Cons

                • Flat Sound

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Sterling by Music Man SUB Silo3 Electric Guitar:

                I never do this but this guitar is pretty cool. As stated from other players it needs set up bad (remember it is cheap). The frets are sharp and the guitar needs adjusted. Also the pickups are pretty bad, I put a JB 59 in the bridge, hot rail in middle, and a 59 JB double stack in the neck. After making these adjustments this guitar is much better. The only thing I don't like is the neck feels cheap almost like laminate or something. However, for a total invest of a couple hundo this guitar plays better than most guitars at ir above its price.

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