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1997 Ernie Ball Music Man Axis EX Transluscent Gold, Post EVH


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Up for sale, a 1997 Ernie Ball Music Man Axis EX in exceptional condition and in perfect working order, complete with a softshell case. An early example of the Axis produced in the years subsequent to the sunsetting of Music Man's endorsement deal with Eddie Van Halen, the Axis EXs were assembled in Japan with USA-made components including DiMarzio humbuckers and a genuine Floyd Rose tremolo. They are identical to their USA-assembled counterparts save for the positioning of the pickup selector switch (at the cutaway) and the headstock logo, and this particular Axis EX has been augmented with an EVH D-Tuna.

Tonewoods include a basswood body capped with a deeply figured quilted maple top and a select birdseye maple neck capped with a maple fretboard. The custom pair of DiMarzio humbuckers were wound specifically for the Axis and not offered elsewhere; these pickups are mounted directly for the body for optimal resonance, dishing out plenty of articulate cut and sweet sustain, with more growl and attitude from the bridge pickup and a nice thick, round sounding neck pickup. Weighing 7lbs 13oz, this Axis EX has been professionally setup with 10-46 strings, slinky action, and spot-on intonation.

Neck Specs:

-Wood: Birdseye maple
-Shape: Asymmetrical C, slightly fuller on the bass side, measuring .850” 1st fret, .970” 12th fret
-Fretboard: Maple slab, 10” radius
-Frets: Medium, virtually no wear
-Scale Length: 25 1/2”
-Nut: 1 5/8”, locking
-Tuners: Schaller
-Serialization: Handwritten “7327” on neck heel/pocket translates to March 27th, 1997

Body Specs:

-Wood: Basswood, Quilted maple
-Pickups: DiMarzio humbuckers (neck 14.8k ohms, bridge 16.3k ohms)
-Harness: Untouched solder, CTS 250k pot dates to the 30th week of 1996
-Controls: Volume, Three-way pickup selector mini-toggle
-Hardware: Genuine Floyd Rose tremolo, added EVH D-Tuna

The gloss Translucent Gold finish highlights deep and consistent quilt figuring extending across the top. Cosmetic wear is limited to light buckle rash on the bass-side of the back and some minor dings on the body as a whole, largely along the perimeter and on the back. The smooth satin finish on the neck profile is flawless, finished with gunstock oil and a hand-rubbed special wax blend.

A One’s Way (Japanese) padded softshell case is included.