Hi John,

MusicMan Axis GS 90That's a beauty. Great color!
These are amazing guitars to play, aren't they?

According to an old-timer at Music Man, mine is one of the first MusicMan Axis GS guitars. He wanted pictures as well as the serial number before he would comment. There was some strangeness as the EVH deal was closing so they moved the inventory of unassembled components USA components to Japan and assembled them there without any EVH branding.

The way he tells it... There was some strangeness as the EVH deal was closing so they moved the inventory of unassembled made-in-the-USA components to Japan and assembled them there without any EVH branding. Of course, that all happened over twenty years ago before every detail of every event ended up on the web.

I've got other guitars around here, but this one is a monster. 

I hope you're enjoying yours as much as I enjoy mine.

ST

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That Axis is gorgeous!

Oh yes, I was following that drama. Yes, the Axis was actually the internal name for the EVH prior to release. Then over the years, EVH wanted them to manufacture more guitars per year because the demand was so high. But the beauty of Ernie Ball is the low volume of high quality HAND MADE guitars. They really were boutique. 

I know Ernie Ball had patented Eddie's original neck design. They came up with the CADCAM system to scan his original Frankenstein Kramer neck and that's what the EVH Ernie Ball has (Not sure about the Axis but I think it has the scanned Kramer neck too since they own the design and the succeeding EVH guitars by Peavey, Fender and EVH no longer have that 'special feel') AFAIK, the only difference between the EVH and the Axis is that Van Halen's signature isn't on the headstock, and the volume control says volume (not Tone)

Hey John,

Normally I just play 'em. That is, I don't spend much time thinking about the backstory or the details about the components.

AFAIK, the only difference between the EVH and the Axis is that Van Halen's signature isn't on the headstock, and the volume control says volume (not Tone)

Check this out. It came this way when I got it new.

MusicMan Axis GS body and tone

MusicMan Axis GS headstock

I run mine through a Kemper Profiling Amp into my T1® and then through to my L1® Compact or L1® Model II depending on the size of the gig.  I've often thought a SansAmp TriAC would be a handy addition for the gig bag. I'm trying to suppress those kinds of thoughts though.

ST

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Oh it does have the "Tone" knob!!! Cool! Sorry I was a VH geek when I was in highschool.

That Profiler is so cool. A bit out of budget for me! Hahahaha. The TriAC is more than enough for me. Then now that I got the Soundcraft Ui16, it's got a basic amp modeler in it, and it has the Peavey 5150 built in. So I'm good. That's the only set I'll need. HAHAHAHA!

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