Music Man's Sterling range gets UK launch at LIMS

PRESS RELEASE: Alongside 80 new products making their UK debut at LIMS, UK distributor Strings and Things Ltd are set to showcase the new Sterling by Music Man line of guitars and basses.

The new line introduced by Ernie Ball Music Man is a licensed product line which is manufactured and distributed worldwide by Praxis Musical Instruments of Orange, CA USA.

The new line features classic Music Man designs, parts/components designed and approved by the Music Man team. Four guitar models & three bass models were introduced at the 2009 Winter NAMM Convention and received a tremendous response from dealers and players.

Working closely with the Music Man team, many parts and components are identical to the USA instruments. The bass pickups use the same bobbins and covers (supplied by Music Man) and are wound with the same wire, same number of turns per pickup.

The three-band active bass preamp offers boost/cut of treble, mid and bass frequencies. The Music Man designed bridge features stainless steel saddles. The instruments use solid wood construction, no laminate materials. Manufactured in Indonesia, components made in Korea and final inspection set up in Orange, CA USA.

Guitar Models:

AX20 – Based on the iconic Axis Super Sport model, this features a solid bound Basswood topped with a Quilt Maple Veneer Top, Hard Maple Neck w/ 22 Fret Rosewood fingerboard, Asymmetrical Neck Shape, Locking Tuners, Music Man Designed Hardtail bridge, 2 Zebra Humbuckers, 5 way switch, Vol and Tone controls. Available in Transparent Orange.

AX40 – Based on the popular Axis model, Solid Bound Basswood body w/ Quilt Maple Veneer Top, this sports a Sterling Double Locking Tremelo, Locking Nut, single volume, 3 way switch, Hard Maple neck and fingerboard, 22 frets, asymmetrical Neck Shape, 2 Zebra Humbuckers. Available in Transparent Gold Finish.

Silo20 – This double cutaway guitar uses a solid Basswood body, Hard Maple 24 fret neck and fingerboard, Locking Tuners, Hum – Single – Hum configuration Top mounted on a white pickguard with vol, tone and 5 way switch. Music Man Designed Hardtail bridge with vintage saddles. Available in solid Black finish.

JP50 – John Petrucci Siganture model utilizes the same forearm and ergonomic contouring found on the USA version. Solid Basswood Contoured Body, Hard Maple Neck w/ 24 fret Rosewood Fingerboard, Locking Tuners, 2 post Sterling Modern Tremelo bridge uses a thicker heavier weight tremolo bar, 2 hi output Sterling Modern humbuckers, perfect for the shredders or players looking for a no-nonsense guitar that delivers plenty of rock attitude with top shelf components. Available in Pearl Red Burst.

Bass Models:

Ray34 – based on the iconic Stingray 4 string bass, uses a lightweight Swamp ash body, maple neck with rosewood or maple fingerboard, Nut width 1.69", 6 bolt neck joint, Music Man designed pickup and active 3 band preamp, Music Man designed bridge, 21 frets, spoke wheel truss rod adjustment, heavy duty gig bag included. Available in 3 finishes: Honeyburst (w/rosewood fingerboard), Black (w/rosewood fingerboard) and Natural (w/ maple fingerboard). Honeyburst and Black finishes come standard with matching headstocks.

Ray35 – 5 string version of the Ray bass features Swamp Ash body, maple neck w/rosewood or maple fingerboard, Nut width 1.77", 6 bolt neck joint, Music Man designed pickup and active 3 band preamp, Music Man designed bridge, 22 frets, spoke wheel truss rod adjustment, heavy duty gig bag included. Available in 3 finishes: Honeyburst (w/rosewood fingerboard), Black (w/rosewood fingerboard) and Natural (w/ maple fingerboard). Honeyburst and Black finishes come standard with matching headstocks.

SB14 – based on the Sterling bass, features a smaller downsized Basswood body, Maple neck w/ rosewood fingerboard, 22 frets, Nut width 1.49", 5 bolt neck joint, Music Man designed pickup (w/ 3rd hidden phantom coil) and active 3 band preamp, Music Man designed bridge, 22 frets, spoke wheel truss rod adjustment, heavy duty gig bag included.

Available in 3 finishes: Pearl Blue, Candy Apple Red, Black, comes standard with matching headstocks.

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For more information, visit www.sterlingbymusicman.com

Information taken from official press release

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