The Sterling SUB AX4 is an affordable version of Music Man's flagship guitar - the Axis. By no means does 'affordable' mean bad, though. No, that's because the AX4 has a number of features that make it superior to many of its contemporaries in the same price bracket.
Boasting a double-locking tremolo, an ultra-comfortable Maple neck and a gorgeous Quilted Maple image top, this guitar has the look and feel of a high-end guitar without the huge cost.
The Sterling SUB AX4 features a Jabon body; possessing the balanced tonal characteristics of Basswood but with more resonance and a slightly heavier feel. Adorned with a stunning Quilted Maple image top, this instrument really carries some flair.
The body is paired with a Maple neck, giving the AX4 a bright and lively top-end tone. Joined with the same 5-bolt design found on the Silo3 model, this not only adds strength but its sculpted heel allows for easy access to all 22 of the AX4's medium jumbo frets.
The most noteworthy aspect of the AX4's neck, though, is its asymmetrical profile. Giving your hand just the right amount of support for chord playing or lead lines, this carve will suit modern and traditional players alike.
Electronics & Hardware
The AX4 features a dual dose of powerful humbucking pickups. Direct-mounted into the Jabon body, this design increases sustain while giving the instrument a more contemporary look, especially with the zebra coils. Although these pickups are truly in their element with overdriven or distorted tones, they are actually very versatile - thanks to the AX4's special wiring.
Via the 5-way selector switch, you are offered a number of distinctive tones that can suit a variety of styles. Different combinations yield chicken pickin' single-coil tones, all the way to thick and punchy humbucker tones. With single volume and tone controls, you can easily tame the AX4's output and treble frequencies respectively.
- Construction: Solid
- Body Material: Jabon
- Top: Quilted Maple Image
- Neck Joint: Bolt-On
- Neck Material: Maple
- Fingerboard Material: Maple, 12" Radius
- Fret Size: Medium Jumbo
- Number of Frets: 22
- Nut Width: 1.65" (42mm)
- Scale Length: 25.5"
Electronics & Hardware
- Bridge: Locking Tremolo
- Hardware Finish: Chrome
- Pickup Configuration: H/H
- Bridge Pickup: Direct-Mounted Humbucker
- Neck Pickup: Direct-Mounted Humbucker
- Controls: 5-Way Pickup Switch / 1 Volume / 1 Tone