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  1. #151

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    Angry Inferior Product

    Well.... I see a lot of happy folks with their new Sterling Albert Lee's so far on here. I'm wondering if all of you have really checked your guitars out or if I just got the lemon? The biggest issue is the bushings for the 2 point bridge. On one side the wood has already broken away and was lodged between the tremolo back plate and the block. The other side is over drilled in diameter and is already cracking like the other. IT also appears there was some sort of glue used to piece it all back together. I have never seen holes drilled completely through into the tremolo cavity to begin with. IF you bought one of these guitars you should take a look to see if your fixing to have problems. Shorter bushings are needed for sure. The other issue is the jack plate. They didn't get it centered and one of the four screw holes is barely into the wood and will not tighten. I can't believe Music Man nor Sterling would want their names associated with this kind of work. Mine is going back and I'm not sure I will try again.
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  2. #152

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    Have you tried contacting Sterling to discuss this? I usually give companies a chance to rectify an issue before complaining online.

  3. #153

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    Complaining?

    Quote Originally Posted by beej View Post
    Have you tried contacting Sterling to discuss this? I usually give companies a chance to rectify an issue before complaining online.
    Wasnít aware I was complaining? Simply sharing what I encountered and yes I have already reached out to both those links you shared with no response yet.

    Thanks for your reply though.

  4. #154

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    I think you definitely got a lemon. I’d send it back and ask for a replacement, but if the replacement was bad too then I’d be very concerned and be after some more answer. Good luck
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  5. #155

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flip View Post
    Wasn’t aware I was complaining? Simply sharing what I encountered and yes I have already reached out to both those links you shared with no response yet.
    Sorry, "publicly venting".

    Look, I'd be really upset too. But contact Sterling (not Music Man or Ernie Ball - Sterling is a separate, company that licenses the designs) and and follow that through. I've seen many stories here of them making issues right. Some guitars have issues ... no doubt. But that's what customer service department is there for.

  6. #156

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    Thanks Trapper J

    Yep, it's a sorry example of craftsmanship at best. I just hope others are not going to have issues due to the design and installation of the bridge bushings, but after seeing a couple of others now it don't look good.

    Flip

  7. #157

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    beej

    So is that why you keep attaching both Music Man and Ernie Ball's contact info??? I just wanted to alert others out there who don't have the luther experience

  8. #158

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    Hi Flip,

    I have EB/MM's contact info in my signature as a reference for folks that need it (as this is the official Music Man forum). Sterling, however, is a separate company - I don't have their contact info. Someone here can probably point you in the right direction.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flip View Post
    Yep, it's a sorry example of craftsmanship at best. I just hope others are not going to have issues due to the design and installation of the bridge bushings, but after seeing a couple of others now it don't look good.

    Flip
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  10. #160

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    Looks like at the bottom the holes are so big that they aren't supporting the bushings at all.
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    Just got this guitar, and I have to say itís a great piece of instrument in this price range. Amazing value!

    Having previously owned Gibson, Fender, Epiphone, Squier, Peavey and Reverend guitars, this is my first foray into Sterling.

    I have to admit, the reason I bought it, was because I just thought it looked crazy cool and retro futuristic (Daphne blue).

    Just about the same colour scheme as the Sonic Blue Mustang Kurt Cobain played on the In Utero tour.


    Besides the look, it plays great. The neck profile is just about right for me, but could be slightly chunkier. Frets are above expectations for the price. The whole thing just feels substantial, even if the weight is fairly low.

    The vibrato seemed to work fine, although I managed to destroy the arm by twiddling with it too much. Not too saddened by this, as I didnít plan to use the arm anyway.

    But if I wanted too replace/upgrade the tremolo, what do I have to choose from that wouldnít require major adjustments?


    As others have written here, upgrades of the tuners and the nut is due - as I would have expected given the pricing. Iím guessing I will go for Hipshot tuners, as I really rate their products.

    My only real gripe is the buckers. I think they are overly shrill and anemic. I need something slightly warmer and more full bodied, probably with a bit more output.

    Any suggestions besides the Dimarzioís used in the equivalent Music Man model?


    I do have an affection for Bare Knuckle pickups, but donít necessarily need to go down the boutique route.

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