Music Man Axis

Published: Apr 11, 2014 Filed under: Gear


Company: Ernie Ball / Music Man
Release Date: 1990

Rating (out of 5):

Note: from guitarhoo review archives originally dated September 24, 2004

A Quality Feel Built To Rock

Ernie Ball Music Man Axis

Today we decided to review an AXIS. Why? you ask. Well I always thought they looked awesome.

The one we tried out was natural with matching headstock and had a very quilty top. we tried it out through a few different amps... a marshall Jubilee, a Mesa Dual Rec, a Fender Hot Rod Deluxe, and a smokey cigarette pack amp.

Having always been an EVH fan, we have always wanted to play an Axis (then known as EVH models).

The moment you pick up the Music Man guitar you can feel the quality. It felt better than some of the custom shop boutique axes on the market today. The neck, a bit chunkier than most of my guitars, was very easy to get used to and very easy to shred on! It is also very comfortable.

Unplugged it was one of the most resonant guitars I have ever played. All the notes rang out. Even with very low action, harmonics seem to jump out of this guitar. It was easy coaxing them out of positions that on most guitars sound dead.

The crunch sounds were incredible from the fully compressed boogie type drop tuned to the classic rock grind of the Marshall with the AXIS. The bridge pick up is very defined. The neck pick up easily captured that famous Clapton woman tone.

Next we tried the clean tones. We were able to get a full on Nile Rodgers type funky r'n'b tone no problem at all. Even tele type country tones were available.

We liked the idea of the one volume knob. The Floyd rose kept its tuning even under severe whammy abuse.

In conclusion we would have to say the Music Man AXIS is an awesome guitar. We have tried other MM guitars and they are built to rock. The quality of custom shop instruments at production prices. We cannot figure out why more people don't play 'em.

Here is a spec list from the web site:

Size: 12-5/8" wide, 1-3/4" thick, 36-1/4" long
Weight: 7 pounds, 4 ounces - varies slightly
Wood: Basswood with bookmatched figured maple top
Finish: High gloss polyester
Back & Sides - Black
Binding - Cream
Bridge: Music Man® Floyd Rose licensed locking tremolo with fine tuners - lowers pitch only
Scale: 25-1/2"
Radius: 10"
Headstock: Only 5-7/8" long
Frets: 22 - high profile, medium width
Width: 1-5/8" at nut, 2-3/16" at last fret
Wood: Selected maple neck and fingerboard
Finish: Gunstock oil and hand-rubbed special wax blend, matching color headstock optional
Tuners: Schaller M6LA with pearl buttons
Truss rod: Adjustable - no component or string removal
Attachment: 5 bolts - perfect alignment with no shifting
Sculpted neck joint allows smooth access to higher frets
Shielding: Graphite acrylic resin coated body cavity and aluminum lined control cover
Controls: 500kohm volume pot
Switch: 3-way toggle pickup selector
Pickups: 2 DiMarzio custom wound humbucking

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