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Sterling by Music Man AX4 Sub Series Flame Grain Image Electric Guitar  

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AX4 borrows the classic single cutaway body style of Music Mans 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... Click To Read More About This Product

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AX4 borrows the classic single cutaway body style of Music Mans 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. Asymmetrical neck carve on AX4 is sublime and has enough girth for grip and is thin enough for easy playability.

The 25.5? scale maple neck and fingerboard has 22 medium-sized frets and is super easy to play. The neck is seamlessly integrated to the body. Two high-output "Zebra" coil humbucking pickups are direct mounted to the body.

The special wiring of these pickups offer five distinct, versatile tones via the five-way selector switch. Different combinations yield chicken pickin' single-coil tones to throaty, huge humbucking rock tones. Single volume and tone controls. Its all there in one guitar.

Features
  • Body
  • Body shape: Double cutaway
  • Body type: Solid body
  • Body material: Solid wood
  • Top wood: Maple
  • Body wood: Jabon
  • Body finish: Gloss
  • Orientation: Right handed
  • Neck
  • Neck shape: AX4
  • Neck wood: Maple
  • Joint: Bolt-on
  • Scale length: 25.5"
  • Truss rod: Standard
  • Neck finish: Gloss
  • Fretboard
  • Material: Maple
  • Radius: 12"
  • Fret size: Medium jumbo
  • Number of frets: 22
  • Inlays: Dot
  • Nut width: 1.65" (42mm)
  • Pickups
  • Configuration: HH
  • Neck: Direct mount humbucker
  • Middle: Not applicable
  • Bridge: Direct mount humbucker
  • Brand: Music Man
  • Active or passive: Passive
  • Series or parallel: Series
  • Piezo: No
  • Active EQ: No
  • Special electronics: None
  • Controls
  • Control layout: Master volume, tone
  • Pickup switch: 5-way
  • Coil tap or split: No
  • Kill switch: No
  • Hardware
  • Bridge type: Tremolo/Vibrato
  • Bridge design: SBMM double locking tremolo
  • Tailpiece: Not applicable
  • Tuning machines: Die-cast sealed
  • Color: Chrome
  • Other
  • Number of strings: 6-string
  • Special features: Pickups
  • Case: Sold separately
  • Accessories: None
  • Country of origin: Indonesia
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Sterling by Music ManAX4 Sub Series Flame Grain Image Electric Guitar
 
4.3

(based on 27 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (22)
  • Good feel (21)
  • Good tone (21)
  • Good pick up (16)
  • Solid electronics (15)

Cons

  • Fret buzz (4)

Best Uses

  • Jamming (23)
  • Practicing (23)
  • Small venues (14)
  • Recording (13)
  • Rock concerts (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (16), Novice (5), Professional musician (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Sterling by Music Man AX4 Sub Series

Heads up if you're buying this guitar. I was told by three separate people who work for GC in their local stores and in their corporate center, that this guitar is NOT in stock...Read complete review

Heads up if you're buying this guitar. I was told by three separate people who work for GC in their local stores and in their corporate center, that this guitar is NOT in stock in their Kansas City warehouse. They have no new stock of this item. All stock is being pulled from store stock of the GC closest to you in your state. If your local GC doesn't have it then it comes from another GC located in another state. I found this out when I ordered one online and what showed up was the same scratched up one I saw at my local GC a few days earlier and passed on. The packing slip confirmed it came from my local GC.

Long story short, I returned two of these and finally settled on the third one they got for me from another state. If you want one call the 855 number and ask the rep which stores have multiples of the color you want. If a store has two or three of the same color there's a decent chance that one of them is new in a box and sitting in their stock room. Call that store directly and talk to a manager and ask him if he can ship you one that's new in the box. If a store only has one of the color you want, the chances are very good that it's a demo model, I would avoid it.

Now as for the guitar itself I am very happy with the third one I got. I purchased a EVH Wolfgang Standard in early 2015 and I had multiple issues with that guitar, I went through four of them, and they all had serious issues with fretwork, as in very sharp fret edges and a lot of high frets on each one, they all needed full fret levels. I returned each one and gave up on that model. Maybe it was an issue with that particular run, I don't know. The Sterling by Music Man AX4 Sub Series has better fretwork than any of the EVH Wolfgang Standards I had or tried, it's not even close. The pickups in the AX4 sound great, the trem works well, the neck is very comfortable, and I like the five way pickup selector and it's placement on the body. I bought this while it was on sale and it's solid guitar.

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Not always new gear!

Bought this guitar as upcoming Christmas gift for my daughter. Guitar seems fine, problem is it's not new as expected from warehouse. This was NOT purchased as Used Gear, yet someone at Guitar...Read complete review

Bought this guitar as upcoming Christmas gift for my daughter. Guitar seems fine, problem is it's not new as expected from warehouse. This was NOT purchased as Used Gear, yet someone at Guitar Center #421 decided I should be shipped a floor model that had finger prints and pick scratches all over the lower half below the pickups. Yet no one reached out to let me know that I was getting a used guitar or that this was the last one or anything. Fyi, I have no problems with used gear, just purchased a Gretsch G2655T Streamliner double-cutaway from Open Box gear on musiciansfriend site. But I do have a problem with bait&switch sales/inventory handling Guitar Center- so make this right and I'll update this review, otherwise this is only the beginning..

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5.0

Love the guitar, not thrilled about the delivery

By Mark

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Sterling by Music Man AX4 Sub Series Flame Grain Image Electric Guitar:

I love the guitar (that's what the 5 stars are for). I didn't like the way Guitar Center handled my order. I ordered on a Wednesday with 2 day shipping. I expected to receive it by Saturday or maybe Monday at latest. On Monday, I the only thing I got was a call from a store in Indiana asking if I wanted a floor model. Nope, I wanted a new guitar that hadn't been sitting on a showroom floor getting abused for who knows how long. I got a call from a store in Atlanta the next day asking the same thing. So I called the main customer service line and was told the guitar was discontinued. Considering that and Guitar Center's generous return policy, I reluctantly called the Atlanta place, asked them to check out the guitar closely, and ship it if it was ok.

The guitar itself is great. I really like the feel of the guitar. The guitar stays in tune well even after using the tremolo. Some set up was done, but still needs some adjustment. The neck is straight, intonation is slightly off, and the action was uneven with the E strings being higher. Not so off that I've adjusted it yet, but will do that fairly soon.

 
5.0

Excellent guitar!!

By kev82668

from Pennsylvania

About Me Novice

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing

    Comments about Sterling by Music Man AX4 Sub Series Flame Grain Image Electric Guitar:

    Just got back into learning guitar, I've been a drummer for 32 Years. My skill level is intermediate. I've been around high quality guitars most of my life, my brother is an excellent guitarist. He was very surprised with the quality of this instrument, he said the only thing he would upgrade is the pickups (he suggested Seymour Duncans or DiMarzio). I bought my AX4 used on this site, very happy with it!

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A real "Best Buy"

    By Frank

    from Syracuse,N.Y.

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Sterling by Music Man AX4 Sub Series Flame Grain Image Electric Guitar:

      Purchased out of curiosity about pick up versatility.Has great humbucker tones as well as very nice single coil options.

      (5 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Not always new gear!

      By Kevin

      from undisclosed

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Sterling by Music Man AX4 Sub Series Flame Grain Image Electric Guitar:

      Bought this guitar as upcoming Christmas gift for my daughter. Guitar seems fine, problem is it's not new as expected from warehouse. This was NOT purchased as Used Gear, yet someone at Guitar Center #421 decided I should be shipped a floor model that had finger prints and pick scratches all over the lower half below the pickups. Yet no one reached out to let me know that I was getting a used guitar or that this was the last one or anything. Fyi, I have no problems with used gear, just purchased a Gretsch G2655T Streamliner double-cutaway from Open Box gear on musiciansfriend site. But I do have a problem with bait&switch sales/inventory handling Guitar Center- so make this right and I'll update this review, otherwise this is only the beginning..

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Slow on Shipping

      By N/A

      from Winchester Ca.

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      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 AX4 Sub Series Flame Grain Image Electric Guitar:

        The Guitar is Great, I was impressed. I wanted the Ernie Ball Eddie Van Halen Model, but I settled for this one instead. It was On Sale. I'm Very Happy with the Guitar. But the email you sent to me, says you shipped the guitar "A couple of Weeks since we shipped" I was Not Happy about the Long Wait. I've only had the guitar for three days Today. It took a lot longer to ship to me from Kansas, just a few state's away. I also bought it before the 4th of July, so they told me that was part of the delay.. That was the only thing I was Bummed about. It also was not Tuned, but That's Okay, as long as I've been playing, I Know How to Tune it Myself. Other than the Shipping, It's All Good !!! I've been goin to Guitar Center for Many years, I'm 50yrs Young. An I will continue to Go there.. Thanks !!

        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Sterling by Music Man AX4 Sub Series

        By Guitar Player

        from NC

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Sterling by Music Man AX4 Sub Series Flame Grain Image Electric Guitar:

          Heads up if you're buying this guitar. I was told by three separate people who work for GC in their local stores and in their corporate center, that this guitar is NOT in stock in their Kansas City warehouse. They have no new stock of this item. All stock is being pulled from store stock of the GC closest to you in your state. If your local GC doesn't have it then it comes from another GC located in another state. I found this out when I ordered one online and what showed up was the same scratched up one I saw at my local GC a few days earlier and passed on. The packing slip confirmed it came from my local GC.

          Long story short, I returned two of these and finally settled on the third one they got for me from another state. If you want one call the 855 number and ask the rep which stores have multiples of the color you want. If a store has two or three of the same color there's a decent chance that one of them is new in a box and sitting in their stock room. Call that store directly and talk to a manager and ask him if he can ship you one that's new in the box. If a store only has one of the color you want, the chances are very good that it's a demo model, I would avoid it.

          Now as for the guitar itself I am very happy with the third one I got. I purchased a EVH Wolfgang Standard in early 2015 and I had multiple issues with that guitar, I went through four of them, and they all had serious issues with fretwork, as in very sharp fret edges and a lot of high frets on each one, they all needed full fret levels. I returned each one and gave up on that model. Maybe it was an issue with that particular run, I don't know. The Sterling by Music Man AX4 Sub Series has better fretwork than any of the EVH Wolfgang Standards I had or tried, it's not even close. The pickups in the AX4 sound great, the trem works well, the neck is very comfortable, and I like the five way pickup selector and it's placement on the body. I bought this while it was on sale and it's solid guitar.

           
          4.0

          plays great at a great price

          By lenny

          from west haven ct

          About Me Experienced

          See all my reviews

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel

          Cons

          • Poor Pick Up

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing

          Comments about Sterling by Music Man AX4 Sub Series Flame Grain Image Electric Guitar:

          pretty good for the price, good for a first guitar.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great Player for Two Bills on Sale

          By Headed up the mountain

          from Upstate New York

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Fret Buzz

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording

          Comments about Sterling by Music Man AX4 Sub Series Flame Grain Image Electric Guitar:

          Used for practicing mostly. Might use to record and/or play with friends in some garage setting. Not a professional instrument, but hella fun to play. Aweomes surprose, Pickups are really quiet, no buzz and have a warm tone. I will definitely keep them in, no need to change out, they produce a great tone.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          This is a Great Guitar if set up right

          By pogadaeus

          from Nashville, TN

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Sterling by Music Man AX4 Sub Series Flame Grain Image Electric Guitar:

            I have sixteen guitars of all types including Gibson Les Pauls and Fender Strats. This guitar is extremely well made for the price range. I spent some time setting up the pickup height, poles, and whammy bar , but it plays very well and feels really good! Well worth the money. Music Man has a high quality standard when it comes to the basics of body, neck, and electronics. I set up the vibrato bar to have a little more give by loosening the springs and it still stays in tune. I adjusted the poles and pickup height to get the right balance between lows, mids, and highs. Other than that, it looks and plays great. Already played a gig with it.

            (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            what a bargain

            By horsecat

            from Washington state

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • chime even when not plugged in !
            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone
            • Solid Electronics

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Sterling by Music Man AX4 Sub Series Flame Grain Image Electric Guitar:

              I believe an electric guitar should sound good before it is ever plugged into an amp . This guitar, and others I have played just like it have that character . The pickups are way better than most I have ever played in this price range , and the neck is really comfortable and the frets have been finished well ..

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