The guitar brand to make you put away all others (Music Man?)

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by Boxla, Nov 7, 2019.

  1. Boxla

    Boxla Tele-Meister

    Aug 25, 2017
    I've noticed a theme as I've cruised around guitar forums etc.. for the past decade +.

    Of all the brands and guitars out there, I've noticed that Music Man owners, in mass quantities, profess how once they found and played their Music Man, it's made all of their other guitars un-playable (not literally meaning unplayable but more that they don't want to play them)

    I'll confess I am one of them as well but it never ceases to amaze me how many MM owners feel the exact same way I do and I can't think of one other brand that the owners have this strong of feelings for.

    I've had my Tele that I absolutely love since 1994, before that was an Ibanez Sabre, I then got a PRS custom 22 in 1997 and then a custom made Strat. I love them all but when I got my Music Man Axis it made me realize how much better it feels than all the others. In fact I can't even play any of the others, even my cherished PRS,for more than a couple of min before I want to grab the MM. I'll never get rid of the others due to sentimental value but I really don't ever see myself playing them much, if at all, for the rest of my life.

    I've never seen this or heard this with any other guitar brand. It only seems to be Music Man.

    Now granted, I could be crazy and have a singular focus but I don't think so. I've read too many posts of people saying their MM keeps all their other guitars out of their hands. Mine certainly keeps all my other electrics out of my hands. You could possibly call is brand loyalty but I don't think that's what it is. It's not for me as I could care less about EB Music Man. I simply love the feel, look and tone of my guitar. But it's the feel of it in my hands that keeps the others away. I don't have a loyalty to any brand besides maybe Adidas.

    I'd love to hear Joe Bonamassa's take on it as he owns and plays so many different guitars yet I've seen him play a MM numerous times.

    Do you have a guitar brand that makes you feel like this?
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  2. Shuster

    Shuster Poster Extraordinaire

    Oct 31, 2018
    Bulverde Tx.
    I've never had the pleasure of even trying a Music Man guitar, not a lot out there for us lefties?! But, at the beginning of the year, I found a steal deal on a Carvin ST 300 model, and fell in love!!
    Best build, best playing, best looking guitar I've ever owned! I own a few high end guitars, that don't hold a candle, and I thought I'd never say that!!

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  3. KC

    KC Friend of Leo's

    Mar 16, 2003
    Missoula, Montana
    Well, that brand for me is -- wait for it -- Music Man. Sort of. I've had a Cutlass for about a year now & it's head-and-shoulders the best Strat I've every touched, and I've had a bunch of them, including some good ones. The tele still gets quite a bit of playing time but the Cutlass was my gig guitar all summer. Sounds great, plays great, stays in tune onstage no matter how dire the conditions get.

    I bought a Sting Ray thinking it would play as well and cover some different sonic territory but so far it hasn't. I've really wrestled with the setup on this guitar -- string gauge, neck relief, pickup height -- and haven't yet gotten it to the good place. A little stiff with .010s, a little plinky with .009s. Top strings sound bright, bass strings sound muffled, unless you crank the treble, in which case the top strings sound screechy. I expect I'll figure it out one of these days, and it is a perfectly nice guitar -- just not the amazing greatness that the Cutlass has.
  4. Mosstone

    Mosstone Tele-Meister

    Dec 7, 2018
    I only know my speed
    I like EBMM basses (particularly, the Sterling HH). They're the only active basses that I actually like the sound of. I tend to think of Musicman as a bass manufacturer first, and a guitar company second. Kind of like how Gibson is primarily a guitar manufacturer and their basses are kind of an after-thought.

    Oddly, I've never even tried an EBMM guitar. They just never had a model that grabbed me that much, and I don't see them in stores that often (probably because I'm not looking for them), but I'll make a point to try one out now.
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  5. Paulie_Boy

    Paulie_Boy Tele-Holic

    Nov 2, 2019
    Varies. (Witness Protection)
    Absolutely not. Too much fun stuff to choose from.
  6. Sparky2

    Sparky2 Friend of Leo's

    Apr 15, 2017
    Harvest, Alabama
    God help me, I love all brands.
    And I have owned most of them.

    Well. To clarify, though I have owned them, I'm not fond of Squiers, though I do like the Squier '51 a lot.
    And I'm not crazy about Epiphone electrics, but I wouldn't turn down a Casino.

    I'm gonna shut up now.
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  7. brookdalebill

    brookdalebill Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

    Nov 15, 2009
    Austin, Tx
    I’ve never owned a Music Man, and I’ve owned a sinful quantity of guitars.
    The Armada would be my choice, I played a few, and now I covet one.
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  8. ftbtx

    ftbtx Tele-Afflicted Ad Free Member

    Jun 21, 2016
    The west side of Texas
    I foolishly sold my EBMM. Wonderful instrument, felt and played great.
  9. Fretting out

    Fretting out Poster Extraordinaire

    Jun 13, 2019
    Land of Mary
    I have yet to play a music man but the original Steve Morse model music man is very tempting it’s even based off of Steve’s old telecaster
    I have played the sterling models and all the necks feel too small

    As far as only playing one brand or one guitar I have yet to find the one as I play and enjoy both electric guitars... fender and gibson

    What else is there? ;)
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  10. jman72

    jman72 Tele-Afflicted

    Aug 31, 2013
    Central Florida
    Mine is the Ibanez JS series guitars. I have Strats, Teles, SGs, LPs, ES 335, and have played pretty much every production guitar you can find, and while I want to love them, every time I play one I just want to put it down and get back to my JS's.
  11. HTSMetal

    HTSMetal TDPRI Member

    Apr 27, 2011
    Satan's Armpit, KY
    Music Man does make incredible instruments -- I managed to snag this beauty before they discontinued the Axis Semi-Hollow and it is truly custom shop quality in every regard.


    Thing is, it doesn't make me want to quit playing my MIM Fenders, or my Agile P90 LP, or my Godin Kingpin -- they're all different beasts and I love them all for different reasons.
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  12. Fiesta Red

    Fiesta Red Poster Extraordinaire

    Nov 15, 2010
    I’ve owned multiple G&Ls over the years—and still own one...originally I was a G&L player exclusively, but eventually transformed into a 90% Fender player—originally a Strat-man, but eventually a Tele guy...
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  13. Dismalhead

    Dismalhead Poster Extraordinaire

    Feb 16, 2014
    Antelope, California
    I've tried them every time I ran into one in a store, and I haven't found one yet that doesn't feel alien and awkward in my hands. I think it's the neck dimensions. I've got small hands, it might be that they're made for people with longer fingers than I. I want to like them, but so far I've been disappointed.
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  14. EsquireOK

    EsquireOK Friend of Leo's

    Aug 30, 2011
    No brand has done that to me, and I doubt it will. I'll play anything I think works for me.
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  15. Shayo

    Shayo TDPRI Member

    Apr 11, 2013
    Is that a hidden commercial for mm? :) Music Man indeed makes amazing guitars, I personally really dig the majesty and the valentine. But I can't imagine stop playing my other guitars even if I would have owned one of them....

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  16. dannyh

    dannyh Tele-Afflicted

    Jul 1, 2005
    North Texas
  17. Zepfan

    Zepfan Doctor of Teleocity

    Nov 30, 2013
    Horn Lake, MS
    I would love to have a Axis Super Sport like the one EVH had on the Van Halen III album(Mahogany body-Maple neck-2 noiseless P90's-Floyd Rose Trem).

    I have many different brands and types of guitars and some self built, but not one that would make me forget all the others. I like variety.
  18. BluesGuitarMart

    BluesGuitarMart Tele-Meister

    Mar 5, 2012
    Dublin, Ireland
    For me personally it's Fret King, I have owned tons of guitars over the last twenty five years and all of them have been "for sale" in my mind. That is, I didn't have any that wouldn't be sold for the right price and if I needed funds for something else. Earlier this year I bought a Fret King AGB Special and it's now the only guitar I play or want to play. The neck is unlike anything I've ever played, just the smoothest feeling neck with the perfect profile for my hand. My other guitars have nice necks but not compared to the FK, what's funny is the FK is made in Korea and was under £500 brand new! I've even thought about buying a duplicate of this guitar and not playing it, just so I'll have a spare for parts if I ever need them in the future!

    The rest of my guitars are gathering dust in the spare room, and will more than likely be up for sale next summer when I can take decent pictures of them.

    Less specifically to me, I think lots of Ibanez owners feel how you feel about your MM as well, if you look at people like Paul Gilbert, Vai, Satriani, Nita Strauss etc yes they are endorsed by Ibanez but none of them have changed brands in decades and are rarely seen playing anything else which must say something. I've owned a couple of Ibanez and whilst they weren't exactly for me, they do feel totally unique so I could see how it could be easy to become attached to that feeling, the Wizard neck and Edge trem are both fabulous designs.

    I'm yet to try a Music Man, not many of them around in Ireland. I'm interested now though so will try one if I have the chance!
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  19. RoCkstAr256

    RoCkstAr256 Friend of Leo's

    Jan 3, 2017
    I cannot stand the looks of music Man Arm contour. Never have had chance to play one

    Well my favourite on that put other brands away are... Fender and Schecter Theres something magical about these, even lowet price squier rock
  20. NewKid

    NewKid Tele-Afflicted

    Oct 30, 2011
    Froggy Bottom acoustic guitar makes me forsake all other acoustics. I have a 21-year old parlor size that I bought two years ago.

    I don’t have the same strong feelings for electric guitars. I like that my Fenders were affordable and easily modded to make them my own.

    Music Man is a premium brand usually above my $1200 ceiling for electric guitars.
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