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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 05-14-2012, 12:48 AM Thread Starter
 
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Musicman Axis

Hi All-
I have been playing the EVH wolfgang special and the Musicman Axis at GC. They are quite similar, except the special has vintage frets, while the Axis has high profile frets (PUPs are different too).

I love the PUPs on the Axis and the neck better overall. However since I am more of an Ibaneze player, I miss the Jumbo frets. The small frets on the Axis tends to slip out of my fingers.

Would anyone have advise on replacing the Axi frets with jumbo frets?

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post #2 of 18 (permalink) Old 05-14-2012, 03:57 AM
 
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I would not go through that trouble. You will likely adapt quickly to the frets and higher fretboard radius with a little playing. My Axis is one of my best sounding and playing guitars, and I grew up with jumbo frets and flat radius fretboards.
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cm_17 nailed it. It's a good idea to become accustomed to switching between different guitar feels, especially if you've ever been caught in a situation where someone hands you an unfamiliar guitar and you felt lost (which happened to me a few times. Urgh). I went to a Marty Friedman clinic once where he didn't bring a guitar: he simply asked that the store provide him with the two best-sounding guitars they could find. He didn't care how they played, what they looked like or what brand they were, just that they sounded good. Then he explained the whole 'not be caught off-guard by an unfamiliar guitar' thing.
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post #4 of 18 (permalink) Old 05-14-2012, 08:40 AM Thread Starter
 
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Thanks All.

That is encouraging..

I will definitely give this a try.
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post #5 of 18 (permalink) Old 05-14-2012, 07:45 PM
 
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Yes I concur with the above - I have an EVH Wolfgang special and it took me less than a day to adapt to the smaller frets and I've been a long time RG550/770 player. The SS frets are much better in my opinion than other materials. I also built an Axis copy with a Wolfgang profile neck from Warmoth with Jumbo SS frets - it is an excellent playing guitar also. I don't even hardly touch my RG's anymore.
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post #6 of 18 (permalink) Old 05-14-2012, 10:35 PM
 
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If you end up getting the Axis, also look into getting a little flask each of Birchwood Casey Tru-Oil and Gunstock Wax, plus some fine sandpaper as described here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=24yWr2LRmJY

They come from the factory with only a light coat of oil/wax. I re-did mine after a year as in the video, and let the wax cure a little before rubbing the excess off. The feel of that neck is divine.
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Thanks again for everyone's feedback and helpful suggestions.
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post #8 of 18 (permalink) Old 05-16-2012, 03:26 PM
 
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awesome vid...can that be done on all rosewood fret boards..what about maple boards..any info on cleaning them ty
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post #9 of 18 (permalink) Old 06-02-2012, 01:15 PM Thread Starter
 
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On memorial day, I visited GC to purchase the MM Axis. But when I got there, they also had brand new EVH Wolfgang specials out and they were $500 less. I had not spent a lot of time with these models earlier. So spent 2 hours playing both the guitars through a Marshall rig to see which one stood out. I tried hard to convince myself that the MM Axis was the better guitar, but in the end, the EVH Wolfgang won.

What won me over to the EVH was the higher height of the frets. There were no noticeable differences in the sound between the 2 guitars, at least to my ears.

It's been a week now and I can't be happier with this beautiful axe. It plays very well, good harmonics and awesome sustain. Probably the best guitar I have owned. I play it through a THD Univalve.

One thing I would like to try next is the American made EVH Wolfgang. It's twice as expensive, but I don't know yet why it might be a better guitar.
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post #10 of 18 (permalink) Old 06-02-2012, 06:11 PM
 
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Bought an EVH Wolfgang Special 2 months ago too - I absolutely love the sound and playability of this guitar. I tried the American made EVH and it didn't play or sound any better. I honestly don't know why someone would buy the American one over the Japanese made one - its the same neck, same pickups and hardware.
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Bought an EVH Wolfgang Special 2 months ago too - I absolutely love the sound and playability of this guitar. I tried the American made EVH and it didn't play or sound any better. I honestly don't know why someone would buy the American one over the Japanese made one - its the same neck, same pickups and hardware.

I thought the American had the Dimarzios?
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I thought the American had the Dimarzios?
They have the EVH Frankenstein pickups which I believe are made by Fender.
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Glad you found something that spoke to you in exensive comparisons. Such purchase stories are only too rare these days. Enjoy your new axe!
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They have the EVH Frankenstein pickups which I believe are made by Fender.
Cool! I will have to try them when I get the chance.
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Glad you found something that spoke to you in exensive comparisons. Such purchase stories are only too rare these days. Enjoy your new axe!
You bet. Looks like I finally found something that really fits comfortably in my hand. The small fret board- compared to the Ibanez axes- do make a difference. I regret not having got this earlier.
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