Music Man Products Carmel IN

AX40 and Silo20 are two nice products from Music Man. The AX40 is a straightforward instrument, with a single Volume knob, no Tone control, and a 3-way toggle, while Silo20 has some bells and whistles, mostly due to its hum/sing/hum pickup configuration. Music fans read on to know more about them.

Carmel Music Center
(317) 846-7768
22 W Main St
Carmel, IN
Types of Instruments Sold
Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music, DJ Equipment

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Piano Solutions
(317) 582-1946
290 W Carmel Dr
Carmel, IN
Types of Instruments Sold
Acoustic Piano, Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Organs, Print Music
Store Information
Instrument Rental: Yes
Instrument Repair Information
Repairs : Yes
Hours
Monday - Saturday 10:00AM - 5:30PM

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Reno'S Music
(317) 879-8528
4335 W 106Th St
Carmel, IN
Types of Instruments Sold
Print Music

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Irc Audio
(317) 849-6887
8035 Craig St
Indianapolis, IN
Types of Instruments Sold
Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, DJ Equipment

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Guitar Center
(317) 578-9570
8475 Castleton Corner Drive
Indianapolis, IN
 
Violin Shop Of Old Carmel
(317) 818-2326
1001 W Main St
Carmel, IN
Types of Instruments Sold
Band & Orchestral, Recording Equipment, Print Music

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Meridian Music Company, Inc
(317) 575-9588
12725 Old Meridian St
Carmel, IN
Types of Instruments Sold
Acoustic Piano, Digital Piano, Organs, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Irc Music
(317) 849-7965
5911 E 82Nd St
Indianapolis, IN
Types of Instruments Sold
Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments

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College Piano Co Inc
(317) 253-4857
7440 Steinmeier Dr.
Indianapolis, IN
Types of Instruments Sold
Acoustic Piano

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Sam Ash Music Stores
(317) 577-3006
8284 Center Run Drive
Indianapolis, IN
 
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Sterling by Music Man AX40 and Silo20

Anyone who had ever wanted to get into an Ernie Ball Music Man guitar at a lower price point got a taste of that when Music Man licensed some of their designs for the OLP (Officially Licensed Products) a few years back. The OLP brand was retired earlier this year, leading some to wonder how they might get some Music Man on a budget. Well, rest easy,because at the 2009 Winter NAMM Show, the MM folks debuted their Sterling line, which sports some of their classic designs at more modest prices. Having long been a fan of the originals, I was eager to check out the AX40 and Silo20 featured here. I cranked them through a Divided by 13 CJ11, a Bogner Alchemist, and a Nolatone Tango 22.

AX 40

Fans of Hagar-era Van Halen will instantly recognize this maple-capped beauty. The AX40 looks pretty much identical to the guitar that Mr. Ed wielded in those days, which ultimately became the Axis. This Indonesian-made instrument is loud and lively when strummed acoustically. The double-locking whammy is flush against the body, which transfers vibrations from the strings very effectively. It also makes for great tuning stability if you break a string and eliminates whammy sag during double-stop and oblique bends. The neck is super comfy, with a satin finish and a slim, a symmetrical carve.

The AX40 is a straightforward instrument, with a single Volume knob, no Tone control, and a 3-way toggle. Not surprisingly, it dishes out robust, powerful humbucker tones. The bridge pickup, is punchy and clear. The neck pickup is warm and full—almost too full in fact. It is noticeably louder and boomier than the bridge pickup and I would probably lower it a tad to even out its response. As is, though, it’s great for singing, flutey, Cream-style woman tones. At high gain settings it was a blast to sweep and shred on this pickup, and it was easy to do thanks to the AX40’s spot-on setup. When I perceived a slight fretting out on extreme bends—which wasn’t audible through an amp—the “spoke wheel” trussrod provided an easy fix. The pleasant sonic surprise came from the middle position. I’m not always crazy about dual-humbucker tones, particularly when you don’t have separate volume controls to blend the pickups. But Sterling really nailed it on the AX40. Even with no ability to split the coils, the middle setting was bright and chimey. It also cleaned up amazingly well through a loud amp. In fact, I think this guitar is at its best plugged into a cranked amp, with me riding the Volume control to go from clean to dirty.

It’s pretty impressive how Sterling is able to deliver such bang for relatively low bucks. The AX40 is a must-try option for anyone looking to grab a piece of Music Man magic.

SILO 20

Where the AX40 sported a relatively stripped down feature set, the Silo20 has some bells and whistles, mostly due to its hum/sing/hum pickup configuration. What it shares with the AX is slick playability and resonant acoustic ring, but the Silo has 24 frets, a hardtail bridge, and an a...

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