Sound Quality: All the features have been explained so I don't feel the need to rehash this. The bottom line here is that Greg Howe once told me, It's a good hunk of wood." He's right. This guitar will spoil you for all other guitars because its so l...
Sound Quality: All the features have been explained so I don't feel the need to rehash this. The bottom line here is that Greg Howe once told me, It's a good hunk of wood." He's right. This guitar will spoil you for all other guitars because its so light and ergonomic. It just feel right when you're wearing it on stage. The neck is great. It may be a little wide for most people but the rear girth makes it very comfortable. It's a manly neck with great access to the upper regions. It envelopes your body and feels practicle.
I have an amber quilt top and it's gorgeous. It's very striking and I don't have to look like a SRV clone anymore.
I realize that this guitar was built to be a more versatile Wolfgang or shredder guitar. Mission accomplished. If you're one of these guys who has to have his Recto saturated to get your tone than this axe might me for you.
I play shred, blues, jazz, rock, fusion, funk and because I do all these things I realized the stock pickups were middy, unfocused, dark, fizzy and cheap sounding. It's subtle but it's there. You can make due, but it's there.
The Guitar player Magazine review for this guitar pretty much nailed this guitar for not having good clean tones. While I was playing the guitar I kept feeling like the pickups were the weak link here. Even though I'd read articles about how anal they were about these pickups and getting them to sound good together.
Curiosity got the best of me. I make a special order at DiMarzio and got a pair of black and cream humbuckers. A DiMarzio PAF in the neck and a DiMarzio Evolution in the bridge. I took it to a jam and became Steve Morse! The guitar sang!
I was right about the stock pickups. They were cheap. Or just maybe not to my taste. Maybe some people like cheap pickups. The DiMarzios I put in are more vibey, articulate with a lot more definition. No fizz! There's also a little spank in the neck pickup which the old pickups never did. I can still get the tele tones but now they sound more substantial.
Over all I'd say the guitar has a richer more luxuorious sound to it. The guitar screams like a bitch when you crank the distortion and gets soft warm jazz tones when you need that. I couldn't get those sultry tones with the old pickups. It was very woody, blocky and clunky sounding playing it through a clean amp.
Everybody seems happy with their guitars, but if you want to take this guitar to the next level and make it even more versatile, CHANGE THE PICKUPS! I'm planning on playing funk with my guitar!
I recommend Peavy adding a single coil in the middle for those straty funk tones that need to be funked. The middle position is kinda cool when you want the spanky tele thing for funk. But it would be even nicer to have strat pickup tone available.
Great guitar. Just make it your own!
Purchased From: eBAY
Music Man 900-01-20-01 Steve Morse Signature Model Electric Guitar
Music Man Steve Morse Signature Guitar
Overall Rating: I've been playing for over 20 years. I do pro gigs and have a CD out. I've humiliated myself with lots of stupid gear over the years and learned some hard lessons. This guitar is definetly a keeper. I wish I had gotten one sooner and ...
Overall Rating: I've been playing for over 20 years. I do pro gigs and have a CD out. I've humiliated myself with lots of stupid gear over the years and learned some hard lessons. This guitar is definetly a keeper. I wish I had gotten one sooner and had another one as a backup.
There is nothing I dislike about this guitar. My only comment is that I occasionally hit the front selector switch by accident adding in the bridge pickup. I'll get over it though and learn not to flail around so much.
I can't believe the whiners who didn't fall in love with this axe. I guess they got a bad one. It's a players guitar. For those who are only concerned with well known brand names and what people think of them there's always Fender and Gibson.
Features: Features? Two single coils, two humbuckers, stop tail piece, and a nice blusey neck with just enough beef. Oh, and enough pickup selectors to scare off the mildly retarded.
Sound Quality: I'd be lying to you if I said I was in a Steve Morse tribute band. I wish! I'm a contemporary blues guy and this guitar is perfect for what I do.
It nails lots of tones and even some that you can't find on other guitars. I think of this guitar as the Swiss Army Knife of guitars. You can play around with pickup combinations or just leave it alone and leave it on the neck pickup for a fat warm tone. You can get lots of milage simply using just one pickup and your volume and tone controls.
I've noticed that it isn't the loudest guitar in the world even though the humbuckers have the potential to get hot. Through a high gain amp this guitar will perform. You just crank the volume on the amp a tiny bit more than usual.
It appears that the pickups were chosen because they work extremely well together and by themselves. To swap something out could be disasterous. What's up with the guy putting Carvin humbuckers in there?! Jesus!!! Put down that crack pipe!!!
Overall the guitar has a smooth warm tone. The body is very alive and ambient and you can hear this before you even plug it in. The bridge pickup is hot but not ice picky and cleans up extremely well. Played through a clean amp you can get Tele tones with plenty of bite.
The single coils alone and together sound great. Very twangy like an old Strat or Tele. No hum canceling. 100% vintage sounding single coils. These pickups are the key to how Steve gets all his cool guitar tones. Well, that and he's a virtuoso!
The neck pickup is fat, warm, and just hot enough to give you some oomph. You still get all the cool artificial harmonics when the amp is over driven but it's sweeter. A sweet midrange tone that's not muddy by any means. Lush depending on the amp.
I've been using a Fender Bass Breaker, Deluxe Reverb, and a 5150. This guitar sounds incredible clean with no effects. With toys it gets even better. I've always admired Steve's liquid neck position tone. Now I got it!
The various pickup combinations might scare some people away but it took me 5 minutes to figure it out and I was on my way. One of my favorites is starting a solo with the neck pickup and hitting the back selector to add in the neck single coil to it. Wala! From Les Paul to neck position Strat tone and then some. This is only the tip of the ice berg. Tele mixed with Strat and Les Paul sounds galore.
Real chicken pickin' tones just like Steve! But in your own sweet way.
Reliability/Durability: I've only had it for a few weeks so we'll see how well this axe holds up under tons of gigs. No worries yet. It is now my number #1 guitar.