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    SBMM Armada?

    Any thoughts on why this isn’t a thing? Been out the loop a little while with the SBMM stuff so forgive me if this has already been answered. Would love a MM um, “single cutaway” type without the slightly too out of reach for me, price tag...
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    I would think since it a neck thru that the cost wouldn't be cost effective to make in the end. Or maybe it would cause the EBMM model to loose it's appeal. These are just my thoughts.

    But along the same lines you can ask, why no Steve Morse? They just came out with the SBMM AL and those that have it here really like them, so that's a total hit from my point of view and it gets AL's out in the hands of player whom might not be able to afford the full up EBMM.

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    Based on what Dargin said about the future of the EBMM Armada, I wouldn't expect to see SBMM put one out. Back in January, I think, he spoke as though the Armada was almost eliminated from the product line for 2018.

    With the apparent success of the Cutlass, I wonder if we might see a similar approach taken to a new model intended to get closer to the LP look and feel in a masterfully-built, modern guitar?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jones4tone View Post
    Based on what Dargin said about the future of the EBMM Armada, I wouldn't expect to see SBMM put one out. Back in January, I think, he spoke as though the Armada was almost eliminated from the product line for 2018.
    That is a shame, this looks like a stellar guitar; yet another that I have *never* seen in a store...
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    Sometimes you just can't win. Armada should have blown away all the blues daddies and bald ponytail crowd imo.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CaseyBall View Post
    bald ponytail crowd imo.
    Haha!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaseyBall View Post
    >Armada should have blown away all the blues daddies and bald ponytail crowd imo.
    Just building awareness among that crowd for a guitar that's not easy to run across in stores is a challenge. I'm glad I'm just buying and playing them, and not trying to conceive/choose designs to put out in the market!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jones4tone View Post
    Just building awareness among that crowd for a guitar that's not easy to run across in stores is a challenge. I'm glad I'm just buying and playing them, and not trying to conceive/choose designs to put out in the market!
    I'd better be more careful because every guitar company needs the bald ponytail crowd. The joke never gets old, though, can't help myself.

    Your point is absolutely valid, so so many MM converts are made through being able to actually manhandle an instrument in a store. The real pros keep telling me that 'you cannot understate the value of the retail experience'. It's why I still go to Best Buy before I really decide on my new TV every couple of years.

    Back to the Armada: No SBMM Armada is in the works as far as I know. However, I'm strategically kept in the dark about a lot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CaseyBall View Post
    Your point is absolutely valid, so so many MM converts are made through being able to actually manhandle an instrument in a store. The real pros keep telling me that 'you cannot understate the value of the retail experience'. It's why I still go to Best Buy before I really decide on my new TV every couple of years.
    This is absolutely true. I was introduced to the brand by seeing a demo video, which was the first time I'd ever seen an electric guitar with piezo saddles. (Yes, I did live under a rock!) That demo video left me intrigued. Playing my first EBMM in a store, and seeing the exquisite wood grain and fine craftsmanship, left me positively obsessed!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jones4tone View Post
    This is absolutely true. I was introduced to the brand by seeing a demo video, which was the first time I'd ever seen an electric guitar with piezo saddles. (Yes, I did live under a rock!) That demo video left me intrigued. Playing my first EBMM in a store, and seeing the exquisite wood grain and fine craftsmanship, left me positively obsessed!
    Well another thing that might have helped was that you didn't see someone at the company flippantly insult your demographic while you were researching them. That's why I gotta watch out with the jokes around here. I think we've come to the real answer to our problems though: we need more EBMM's in more stores.
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    When I first saw photos of the Armada, I definitely liked it, but not enough to order one sight unseen. About a year later, I came across one in a Guitar Center. I was an Armada owner shortly thereafter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CaseyBall View Post
    we need more EBMM's in more stores.
    This x 1,000!
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    Quote Originally Posted by CaseyBall View Post
    Well another thing that might have helped was that you didn't see someone at the company flippantly insult your demographic while you were researching them. That's why I gotta watch out with the jokes around here. I think we've come to the real answer to our problems though: we need more EBMM's in more stores.
    Don't worry - to be part of the bald ponytail crowd you HAVE to have a good sense of humour
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    Quote Originally Posted by CaseyBall View Post
    we need more EBMM's in more stores.
    This! Honestly my wife and I would likely own twice the number of EBMM's we currently do if we could see them in a store. Specifically on the Armada, I'm in love with it, wife wants to see/feel/try one before committing... when I find out stores have any EBMM stock within an hour or so drive, we go that day to check them out. I've got friends at stores that know to call us when/if they get in anything EBMM, new or used.

    (if a certain Sam Ash in Sarasota, FL were to get in an EBMM Armada, in say, Balboa Burst Blue, with a build code something like 750-Y4-20-00, we would be there that day with about a 98% chance of it coming home with us that night)
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    That would be interesting to see, and if I had to guess it would most likely be manufactured as a set neck (similar to the SBMM Majesty) and not a neck-through like the EBMM versions.

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