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    Axis Introduction Year?

    I see on the web site it says "Since 1996" However I can't find any 96 models at all. I've only seen 97 for sale. Does anyone know if maybe 1997 was the first year for production? Crazy question I know but I've had one of the later ones and and an earlier one and to me the earlier felt better. Could be in my head I know. lol

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    I have a 1996 Hardtail Axis which is my #1 guitar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by holeshot1982 View Post
    I see on the web site it says "Since 1996" However I can't find any 96 models at all. I've only seen 97 for sale. Does anyone know if maybe 1997 was the first year for production? Crazy question I know but I've had one of the later ones and and an earlier one and to me the earlier felt better. Could be in my head I know. lol
    '96 is when they officially went from EVH signatures to the Axis model. Interestingly enough, the original name for the guitars that would become the Albert Lee signatures were originally named Axis.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim O'Sullivan View Post
    I have a 1996 Hardtail Axis which is my #1 guitar.

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    Thank you for posting this. The search continues. Although I doubt there is any difference in the 96/97 models I'll still wait out a 96, that was the year I started playing. Any idea if there is a way to date the serial numbers or do we just have to e-mail support with them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by holeshot1982 View Post
    Any idea if there is a way to date the serial numbers or do we just have to e-mail support with them?
    The serial numbers are not sequential so you will have to ask the Customer Service folks. Fortunately we have made that a little easier with this handy thread here...

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    You can also search the forums for previous mentions of a particular serial number by using XXXXXX site:forums.ernieball.com in your favorite search engine (XXXXXX is the serial number).
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    Good luck finding a '96 pal !!

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    I had one in sunburst and sold it. Was a great guitar especially for clean sound. The Floyd was not my thing
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    I have had 2 96 Axis and still own one. I had an 02 Axis as well which was a great guitar but the 2 96's just felt better to me.
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    I just sold my red 96 recently.

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    FWIW, I have a 97 and a 13, the 97 wins hands down in every area by far...
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    I love my 1996 Axis and will probably never sell it unless it's a last resort. I've always thought that the 1996-2000 time period at EBMM when the neck plate was recessed was something special. It's almost like there was a little extra something going on at EBMM to prove that they were bigger than that guy who just left. If your looking for an early Axis look for one from that time period with the recessed neck plate and you should be good. However, I can't say that my 1996 Axis plays any better or sounds any better than my more current EBMM's... the HHAL is one of the nicest playing guitars I have ever owned.
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