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    Differences between the SBMM LK100D and the Luke III?

    I want desperately to try a Luke III, but nobody around here carries them. I saw a video of Steve repping the LK100D and am thinking of jumping.

    It seems like it's pretty close to being the exact same guitar, right down to the Transition pickups and push-push boost.

    Thoughts?
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    It's a fantastic guitar, one of the best that we make. The perfect 'gateway drug' into the real deal EBMM.

    Here's a few of the differences:

    LK100D has a Basswood body
    LK100D has a regular Maple neck
    LK100D has nickel/silver frets
    LK100D has a fixed 12dB boost push-push circuit (designed for us by Dudley)

    We do use the DiMarzio "Transitions" pickups in LK100D

    All in all, it really is an amazing guitar, but, I'll be the first to admit freely, nothing beats the real deal, Made in U.S.A. EBMM instrument!

    I hope that this helps.
    Brian Martin
    Former VP, Praxis Musical, 2012 - Jan 2018
    Product Guru All Things SBMM
    Brian.Xavier.Martin@gmail.com

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    I imagine this is the video that you saw with Luke and the LK100D:

    Steve Lukather demos his Sterling by Music Man LK100D Electric Guitar - YouTube
    Brian Martin
    Former VP, Praxis Musical, 2012 - Jan 2018
    Product Guru All Things SBMM
    Brian.Xavier.Martin@gmail.com

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    You are correct! Thanks so much for the info...

    Quote Originally Posted by SBMM View Post
    I imagine this is the video that you saw with Luke and the LK100D:

    Steve Lukather demos his Sterling by Music Man LK100D Electric Guitar - YouTube
    2011 Axis Trans Orange

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    IIRC, Pete at DuBaldo Music in Connecticut has both the Luke Blue and Black Metallic LK100D in stock if you are serious about wanting to pick one up. Pete's a great guy, and DuBaldo Music is a top notch SBMM Dealer.
    Brian Martin
    Former VP, Praxis Musical, 2012 - Jan 2018
    Product Guru All Things SBMM
    Brian.Xavier.Martin@gmail.com

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    When you say a "fixed" 12dB boost push-push circuit, what do you mean?
    2011 Axis Trans Orange

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    Quote Originally Posted by phillybri View Post
    When you say a "fixed" 12dB boost push-push circuit, what do you mean?

    It is 'fixed' at 12dB boost, meaning that there is not a mini VR on the PCB assembly that you can adjust/attenuate up/down. IIRC, the Music Man circuit can be adjusted.
    Brian Martin
    Former VP, Praxis Musical, 2012 - Jan 2018
    Product Guru All Things SBMM
    Brian.Xavier.Martin@gmail.com

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    I'll jump in...

    I'm the owner of several EBMM guitars and a fan of the Luke series... always one of the most inspiring guitars I've ever played.

    I had a telecaster that was stolen when a friend borrowed it and as a "replacement" he could only afford something sub $1000. As a result I found the LK100D and said that would work.

    Knowing my love for the EBMM Luke I wasn't hoping it would satisfy the itch. Not only has it satisfied the itch its brought me to realize the value and quality that is SBMM and have started buying them more regularly.

    The LK100D is a fixed 12db boost that as stated is non-adjustable and very usable on all pickup positions. The musicality of the transition pickups are incredible - feels very much like an EBMM Luke.

    There are no doubts about it that it is an import - doesn't mean it's "cheap" as it's a rock solid instrument that I used almost exclusively for a year. Still use it but with my other SBMM guitars this one has gotten a break - but bringing 'er back out this weekend and use her all the time at home.

    this is as Brian stated a gateway guitar... if you can't afford the LIII you certainly won't be short selling yourself with the LK100D it's probably one of the best guitars in their line up... I've got the valentine and thats just on a whole new level for SBMM but think the LK100D is just superb.

    I second the support of Pete DuBaldo I've purchased through them several times and they are just above and beyond the best. Let 'em know you're from the forum and they'll take real good care of ya.
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    Thanks for the plug guys!

    I wish I could help out on this but at the moment I don't have any Luke models in stock - we just got a large shipment from SBMM and have the following ready to go - several CT50 in the following colors Fiesta Red, 3Tone Sunburst, Olympic white, a SR50 in 3Tone Sunburst, a handful of JV60 Trans Buttermilk (which we upgraded with push/pull coil split & more), a few St Vincent models in Blue, a JP160 in Pearl White, a JP150 in Neptune Blue with an insane quilt top (upgraded with DiMarzios, JP toggle, & more), some Majesty models in Stealth Black and Crimson, and a killer Koa JP (will be listed on the site Thursday).
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    I know it's not the LK100D but I also have a JV60 from pete with his upgrades and I'll be the first to admit this aint no joke... the highly polish frets and the coil tap OH MAN!! these guitars are killer as well...

    but pick up a lk100D and you won't be disappointed by any means

    Quote Originally Posted by PeteDuBaldo View Post
    Thanks for the plug guys!

    I wish I could help out on this but at the moment I don't have any Luke models in stock - we just got a large shipment from SBMM and have the following ready to go - several CT50 in the following colors Fiesta Red, 3Tone Sunburst, Olympic white, a SR50 in 3Tone Sunburst, a handful of JV60 Trans Buttermilk (which we upgraded with push/pull coil split & more), a few St Vincent models in Blue, a JP160 in Pearl White, a JP150 in Neptune Blue with an insane quilt top (upgraded with DiMarzios, JP toggle, & more), some Majesty models in Stealth Black and Crimson, and a killer Koa JP (will be listed on the site Thursday).
    Enjoy the Journey - Enjoy the Process
    G27494 20th Anniversary Silhouette
    G53462 Silhouette Special
    SG31073 StingRay
    SG26540 LK100D
    SG23128 AX40D
    SG34621 VALENTINE
    SG36060 LUKE
    SG26016 AX40D
    SGXXXX AX30D

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