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    Quote Originally Posted by dibart77 View Post
    I believe that every EBMM guitar made is either:

    a) ordered by a dealer, because the dealer's customer asks the dealer to order that guitar
    b) ordered by a dealer without a particular customer in mind, to hang in the store or stock in their warehouse
    c) made for an EBMM artist
    d) made for a trade show (like NAMM or the Philly/Dallas guitar shows) -- usually a pretty cool one off
    e) made for an employee or friend of EBMM
    f) a prototype new model or new color combo -- usually go to an artist or get chopped

    The key is: EBMM does NOT say "ok, next week we are going to do a run of 50 red Majesty Monarchy's for our warehouse in anticipation of sales", whereas other manufacturers do that and then keep them all in a big warehouse waiting (hoping) a dealer will order it.

    EBMM DOES say, "next week we'll make the next XX guitars on our backlog."

    Casey, did I get that right?



    That seems pretty spot on to me.

    I can say pretty definitely that the Axis is not going anywhere. It will keep chugging along like all other models in our lineup. As a matter of fact, part of what we want to do is get the word out on non sigs like Axis and Silhouette models, get them in new hands, different audiences, that kind of thing.

    Signatures already do so much for us as a company, but we really want to support the non sigs to get them on that same level. That's one of our focuses right now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CaseyBall View Post
    That seems pretty spot on to me.

    I can say pretty definitely that the Axis is not going anywhere. It will keep chugging along like all other models in our lineup. As a matter of fact, part of what we want to do is get the word out on non sigs like Axis and Silhouette models, get them in new hands, different audiences, that kind of thing.

    Signatures already do so much for us as a company, but we really want to support the non sigs to get them on that same level. That's one of our focuses right now.
    Great news!!! I was a little worried about the Silo and Silo Special - those are great guitars (as is the Axis)
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    Thanks, Casey. There is much love for the Axis here on the forum, so that's a relief.

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    Regardless, something HAS happened in the marketplace with these. Perhaps they've been missing from marketing for so long, people assumed they were gone. Hence, a downward spiral?

    Pete, that Koa AXIS.... *drool*

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeller View Post
    Great news!!! I was a little worried about the Silo and Silo Special - those are great guitars (as is the Axis)
    Agreed Mike.

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    Perhaps some more exciting finish choices and options like roasted necks etc might spike some interest. I have a Silo Spec in blue dawn with a gray pearlized pickguard. That guitar, (and I am sure your Fuschia Sparkle) and some of the models Jeff has are so exciting I can't imagine people not drolling !!!
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    EBMM Majesty (Iced Crimson)
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeller View Post
    Perhaps some more exciting finish choices and options like roasted necks etc might spike some interest. I have a Silo Spec in blue dawn with a gray pearlized pickguard. That guitar, (and I am sure your Fuschia Sparkle) and some of the models Jeff has are so exciting I can't imagine people not drolling !!!
    Its hard to argue with that, we've done it so much in the past making either one offs or specials or PDNs or DDs or whatever. But really we have so many models with so many color options that it can be a burden on the logistics of manufacturing and sales, and not just for us, keeping it easier for the retail guys is important too. Expressing that our guitars sound better, perform reliably, and advertise the ergonomic considerations we put into our guitars (ie truss rod wheel, 5 bolt neck, trem system, short headstock for airline travel, etc) is what should drive people to us.
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    Albert Lee MM90 piezo "Silver Surfer"
    Classic Morse
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    Axis Super Sport Semi-Hollow natural flame piezo
    Silhouette Special
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    White Cutlass Bass roasted neck

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaseyBall View Post
    Its hard to argue with that, we've done it so much in the past making either one offs or specials or PDNs or DDs or whatever. But really we have so many models with so many color options that it can be a burden on the logistics of manufacturing and sales, and not just for us, keeping it easier for the retail guys is important too. Expressing that our guitars sound better, perform reliably, and advertise the ergonomic considerations we put into our guitars (ie truss rod wheel, 5 bolt neck, trem system, short headstock for airline travel, etc) is what should drive people to us.

    Yeah, I can't even imagine what you good people do there to keep it all straight. Whatever, we are grateful and proud on this end of it!!!
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    EBMM Majesty (Iced Crimson)
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    If your looking... Willcutt guitars has a handful of Axis models to choose from.

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    Glad to hear the Silhouette Special is not being phased out. It's my favourite guitar of all time.

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    Here in the uk my local stores are desperately short of EBMM guitars, I think a few demo instruments would build up interest in them because everyone who tried my silo special with rosewood neck absolutely loves it.




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    There seem to be quite a few BFR versions of the AXIS coming up over the next few months (mine arrives Friday) so it seems there is still a lot of love for what I regard as the most versatile of the Music Man stable.

    Lots of love on this Facebook group we are running as well.

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    The Axis was what got me into EBMM originally. By far my favourite guitar.
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    Just refresh the Axis hardtail already.... Three colors was simply not enough for what I believe to be the ultimate rock guitar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaseyBall View Post
    That seems pretty spot on to me.

    I can say pretty definitely that the Axis is not going anywhere. It will keep chugging along like all other models in our lineup. As a matter of fact, part of what we want to do is get the word out on non sigs like Axis and Silhouette models, get them in new hands, different audiences, that kind of thing.
    The sigs are great amazing guitars.
    The SiLO is what I take to do the show.

    I am really thankful for the SiLO Maple board Piezo trems that I have. To me those things are perfect.

    Trying to spread a positive word for the SiLO here
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