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    Sterling Ax40 bass and sustain problem.

    Hello friends.
    Sorry for my poor English, I'm talking about Brazil.

    I bought a guitar Sterling ax40, but I noticed that the guitar has little bass and sustain, I changed the pickups for the 36 series dimarzios I had of my gibson les paul (a monster) but in the sterling they had no effect.

    I plugged pickups directly into the output jack, and the problem persists.

    I think it has to do with the floyd rose bridge and her block.

    What do they tell me?

    I appreciate help.
    Last edited by Tavio Miranda; 02-10-2017 at 03:27 PM.

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    Hello Tavio,
    Not exactly following what you are asking, but if you could, please email me directly and I will see if there is a way we could figure this out off forum.

    You can email me at brian@praxismusical.com
    Brian Martin
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    The guitar has strident sound, but it has no bass and sustain ..


    The bass sounds canned.

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    i send email.

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    A guitar with a bolt-on neck and a Floyd Rose bridge like the AX40 will typically be much brighter/thinner than a set-neck, mahogany, TOM bridge guitar like a Les Paul. It's not surprising that the Dimarzio 36th pickups sound great in a Les Paul, but in comparison, they will sound brighter/thinner in an AX40. You might want to try a Dimarzio Tone Zone which was designed to deal with the problems you're having.
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    80/5000
    I have a stratocaster with Schaller floyd rose, and it has double sustain and bass.

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    Is there any chance that you could try another AX40 to see if you have the same experience?
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    Hi Tavio, I'm on Skype with you now. Search in the upper right of the forum page. Eric O'Reilly is the name I suggest to search. I know he has modified this guitar and can help you with aftermarket suggestions.
    Brian Martin
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    ok. Thanks.

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    Sorry for the late response, i have modified my ax40, and put the music man acis pickups in, they are a great combo with this guitar, as for jo punch or bass? I have never had that problem with this model, they were originally made for Eddie Van Halen who is a lead player and has a great tone, also what amp are you using?

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    As for the bridge i think the stock one is great, i switched the toggle switch for a chrome one, just for looks and feel, and i also refinished the neck ,bare wood rubbed with danish oil and wax. Much better imho. As for the tone, this guitar is a beast even with the sbmm pickups, the ebmm pickups are much better because they are custom dimarzios, but your problem might be in eq. The guitar is basswood with a paper thin maple veneer, if it were a real maple cap like the axis it would be even brighter!

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    Remember this guitar was originally made for EVH in the 90s and sounds great through a high gain tube amp like the 5150. I use a peavey 5150 with 212 cab and have a great tone. But it is primarily a screaming lead guitar for bright cut through the mix tone, not a chugging rythem machine, although it can be used for anything, i have gotten great cleans using the neck, and or in between positions with the clean channel of my 5150, an amp not known for good cleans.

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    When you say PUNCH, i thing of loud and clear tone , which this guitar has in spades, try to describe you problem in a little more detail, sorry if dont get back right away, i have a crazy work week.

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    The problems I noticed were poor sustain and very thin sound.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tavio Miranda View Post
    The problems I noticed were poor sustain and very thin sound.
    I'm not sure what type of block came on the bottom of the floyd in the AX40, but I know a lot of people upgrade the block on their floyd tremolos to a big brass 42mm block. I'm not going to link anything here, but a simple google search will point you in the right direction. Two things to be concerned with... make sure an add-on block fits the Floyd in the AX40 (I thought they were pretty standard, but I could be wrong) and make sure there is enough room in the cavity for a bigger block. Some guitars require you to route a little bit of wood from the underside cavity.
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