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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jun 2016

    Selling the Salesman

    I stopped into a local Guitar Center today to see if they had a pedal. I of course had to step into the Platinum Room to see what Music Man guitars were there, and there was a store employee in there noodling around (noodling quite well, I must say) on a new Gibson Firebird plugged into a boutique amp that had come in on a trade. We spoke for a minute or two about the Firebird, and then I pointed to and asked him if he'd played the buttermilk Valentine hanging on the wall across the room. "I'm really not much of a Music Man fan," he said. I encouraged him that he really should play that one, so he said, "Yeah, I should," then placed the FB back on the wall and went to unlock the Valentine's hook and plugged it into the same amp. He tuned it up (badly out of tune when he picked it up) and played it for a couple of minutes before stopping, turning it over and saying, "That neck!"

    I thought, "My work here is done." I had to wonder what his impression of MM guitars was based on previously, but I didn't probe. I hung out another couple of minutes and then left him to continue enjoying the Valentine. Such a versatile, impressive guitar...
    2018 Valentine in Three-tone Burst
    2016 PDN Luke 3 HH in Starry Night
    2016 Valentine in Trans Maroon
    2014 Axis SS Semi-Hollow MM90 with Piezo
    2012 Reflex Game Changer HSH with Piezo
    2006 20th Anniversary Silhouette Hardtail with Piezo

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2013
    Poison SoCal
    Atta boy.... well played....
    Enjoy Your Balls!!!

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Central Ohio
    Great job!!!
    EBMM Axis Super Sport (Pacific Blue Burst)
    EBMM L3 HH (Olive Gold)
    EBMM L3 HSS Roasted (Bodhi Blue)
    EBMM Silo Special (Blue Dawn)
    EBMM Albert Lee SSS (Sky Blue)
    EBMM Majesty (Iced Crimson)
    EBMM Cutlass (Vintage Turquoise)
    Fully Loaded)
    EBMM L3 BFR (Blueberry Burst)
    EBMM Cutlass HSS (Firemist Silver)

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Nice. I took my Axis in for a setup a couple of weeks ago, and the tech kept raving about the neck. Said he used to have a Silo and regretted letting it go. Never had anyone play one of mine and say, "eh, not for me."
    My stuff:
    2007 Axis Pacific Blue Burst (9/25/07)
    2016 Axis Super Sport Starry Night PDN (11/23/16)
    2010 JP6 Mystic Dream (6/22/10)
    1989 Fender HM Strat HSS Blackstone
    2016 Gibson Les Paul Studio Deluxe Caribbean Night
    1995 Washburn N2 Padauk Stain
    2017 Taylor 224ce-K DLX Koa
    SBMM JP70 Trans Purpleburst
    SBMM S.U.B. SB4 Black
    A half-dozen pawn shop beaters no one cares about

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