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Sterling by Music Man SUB Silo3 Electric Guitar  Black 

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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 so...Read More

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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
  • 25.5¬≥ 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
 
4.5

(based on 24 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (18)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (21)
  • Fun to play (20)
  • Good tone (13)
  • Solid electronics (13)
  • Good pick up (12)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (17)
  • Practicing (17)
  • Recording (14)
  • Rock concerts (11)
  • Small venues (11)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (12), Professional musician (11)

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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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

In all colours please

By Luis cannon

from Sacramento

About Me Experienced

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Sterling by Music Man SUB Silo3 Electric Guitar:

    Definitely one of the best guitars you get at that price . The pickups sounds amazing with clean tones. Keeps intune really well . The most convenient truss rod adjustment ever made. Trust me on this I have been working in a music shop for 12 years this has got to be one of the best guitars you can find for such a price.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Amazing

    By Kush

    from Earth

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Reviewer

    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:

      This guitar is absolutely splendid. Quite a powerhouse, if I say so myself.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Cool!!!

      By Chubby

      from Princeton, B.C., Canada

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Practicing
        • School Bands

        Comments about Sterling by Music Man SUB Silo3 Electric Guitar:

        Came highly recommended!

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        (13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Thick neck, Exceptional comfort

        By Machiavelli

        from Redwood City

        About Me Experienced

        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.

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          (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Unique

          By Jerkowitz

          from St. Louis, Mo

          About Me Professional Musician

          Ask me a question

          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!!!

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            (3 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            Pickups are DiMarzio

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            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.

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great value. Great guitar.

              By Overdub

              from Nashville TN

              About Me Professional Musician

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Tone
              • Good Tone Great Neck
              • Solid Electronics

              Cons

              • Needed Setup Badly

              Best Uses

              • Liverecording Live Gigs
              • Recording

              Comments about Sterling by Music Man SUB Silo3 Electric Guitar:

              Great guitar, especially for the money. Needed setup badly. But after adjusting the bridge height, it plays great. I bought it because I had played music mans with those great feeling necks, and this one feels great. Recorded with it 30 mins after I boxing it

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              (4 of 4 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.

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                  (2 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  1.0

                  Not what I thought

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                  By Me

                  from cropcircles of Iowa

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Ask me a question

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                    Cons

                    • Fret Buzz
                    • Poor Pick Up
                    • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Sterling by Music Man SUB Silo3 Electric Guitar:

                      I was expecting good things but was very disappointed. The one I bought was a customer return. I see why they returned it. The truss rod wouldnt adjust the relief that the guitar needed. The fret ends were very sharp and it wouldn't stay in tune. Maybe the tuning issue was due to poor strings but I will never know. The nut at the low E string had a very small chip and it would have caused issues in the future with the string popping out. The single coils sounded ok but the humbucker was very weak. The guitar itself looked amazing. Maybe I just got a bad one but for that reason I couldn't recommend this to anyone. A Squier Bullet out of the box blows the Sterling away

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                      (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 !!

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