The Music Man Steve Morse Signature Model Electric Guitar is a versatile tone monster with an insanely comfortable neck and a truckload of pickups. First of all, it has 4 DiMarzio pickups: 2 humbucker... Read More
The Music Man Steve Morse Signature Model Electric Guitar is a versatile tone monster with an insanely comfortable neck and a truckload of pickups. First of all, it has 4 DiMarzio pickups: 2 humbuckers (Morse signature DP-205 and DP-200) and 2 single coils (DP-108 Vintage and a custom wound). It also has a special switching system. 2 toggles and a 3-way lever provide 11 pickup selections and a full range of tonal possibilities. Includes a poplar body, maple neck, Schaller tuners, and a stopbar tailpiece. Includes case.
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Take your time with this guitar - it's designed to change pick-up/volume/tone settings on-the-fly. It's been described before - the 'swiss army knife' of electric guitars - it's true. If you play in a situation where you need single coil spank, then a beefy Les Paul type sound all within the same set (of even song) - this is your axe. The quality is second to none - Ernie Ball Music Man clearly has great quality control checks throughout their process because this thing is put together really well. The neck is tight, the guitar was set-up at the factory beautifully, it came with a quality hard-case. The volume knob changes tone more than anything (between about 7-10) and it doesn't get muddy when you do that as many other popular guitars do. Try it out for yourself. This was built for a pro.
It took some time, but I finally got one of these in red with matching painted headstock and musicman locking trem. Don't worry about the switching system, you'll get that down in a couple of days. What an instrument! Very unique tone, the neck is an absolute work of art. The body has no contour, it doesn't get "lost" in your body when you strap it on. Gritty, twangy, smooth almost vocal are all words to describe the dimarzio pickups. Harmonics are outstanding! Play any style, you will have a unique tone that you will love! Steve still plays #1 with the steve morse band and deep purple. You will find out why. No disappointment, no regrets.
Pros playability, sounds Cons could use slightly better craftsmanship, less noisy pickups The Bottom Line versatile guitar for all styles This guitar is pretty much like Steve Morse himself - a very versatile player deserves a versatile instrument and this axe delivers from clean to metal sounds and all in between. There are so many tonal options it is just unbelievable. There are 4 pickups on this guitar - 2 humbuckers and 2 single coils. The switches operate in the following manner: the 3 way switch top position selects neck p/up, mid position a blend between neck pickup and one single coil and the back position the bridge pickup. On top of that there is a 2 way switch which select whether the neck pickup to be activated in any of the other modes of switch #1 (if you want to blend in neck pickup to either front or middle position). On top of that there is also a 3 way switch at the back which throws the other single coil into play. Bottom position is off, mid position blends with the other selection out of phase and top position is just that pickup by itself. There is also volume and tone control for further tailoring your sound. The craftsmanship on this guitar is pretty good. What I mean by that is that it isn't totally top notch but still it is quite good. There are some minor problems with the axe, like the 3 way selector plastic cover to the switch falling off, the pickup cover being bolted on with the plastic wrappers that it came in (what a mess to take out!). Also the 2 tone controls have a cheap feel to them and I believe replacement soon will be in order. The neck plays fast, the tone is great, especially if you are a blues and rock player and you don't deal in heavy wads of distortion. If you play distorted the single coil pickups get quite noisy and only the bridge pickup work well under these circumstances. For metal playing this guitar can be on the noisy side unless you stick only to the bridge pickup. The tuners are also excellent lock in tuners which don't let go. Probably this guitar has been the one I've spent the least amount of time tuning because they hold so well. The finish is superb and this guitar is a beatiful piece for either studio work or to go on the road with. For the price you can possibly get a better guitar without Steve's name but for the versatility this guitar is really good and if you need one guitar that can do all - this is it!
I had been looking for a guitar I could use that had both the single coil and humbucker sound in one package, this is it. I play a wide range of music and this guitar can get all the sounds. I have one with a Floyd fitted. This is my number one guitar and I liked it so much I ordered a secon, the Y2D this time. If you want versatility look no further.
The only thing missing on this guitar is Steve. I always thought his tone was in the processing but it?s so deeply rooted in this instrument that it inspires me to play to it. I?m heavy on the left hand for accent so I purchase the guitar with the fixed bridge and it holds perfect intonation all the way up the neck. The switches are ideally positioned for changing sounds on the fly. I?d say more but I wanna play?.
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