REVIEW: Sterling By Music Man AX30

Ernie Ball Music Man released their Sterling By Music Man line about 18 months ago to offer a price-effective alternative to their very high-quality, high-price-tag US-made models. The Sterling line-up is made up of models that are based on popular EBMM axes, but with a few little concessions made here and there in the name of cost-effectiveness. That said, they’re by no means budget models in terms of quality, and shouldn’t be thought of as such. I was pretty damn impressed by the AX20 a while ago, so I was psyched to get my hands on the new AX30, a new model for 2011.

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REVIEW: Sterling By Music Man JP100

Ernie Ball Music Man scored quite the coup in the late 90s when they wooed Dream Theater’s John Petrucci over from Ibanez. Here was a guy who was strongly identified with another brand and had a well-established and well-selling signature model, jumping ship for a whole different signature axe that was very different in style from his ‘Picasso’ graphic Ibanii. The resulting EBMM JP models have gone through a few changes over the years (like the ultra-cool JPX, the 7-string version of which is right at the very top of my personal wish list). The Sterling By Music Man brand now has several Petrucci models available: the original, stripped back JP50 which was introduced a couple of years ago and, new for 2011, the JP60 (which has the inlays of the EBMM models, right down to the JP shield at the first fret position) and JP100. Read More …