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    Video: turning an Axis sport into a Red Special

    Did you guys see this? Richie Castellano’s homage to Brian May

    Turning my Ernie Ball Music Man Axis Sport into a Brian May style Red Special - YouTube
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    Very cool! I’ve always thought the axis was never a million miles from the Bryan may, body size and shape, at least.
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    1997 Axis Sport Translucent Purple
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    Hurt to watch it being done, but the end result is pretty cool.
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    2007 Axis Pacific Blue Burst (9/25/07)
    2016 Axis SS Starry Night PDN (11/23/16)
    2016 Axis SS Semi-Hollow Trans Teal one-off (6/8/16)
    2018 Axis BFR Steel Blue No. 45 (9/18/18)
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    Agreed, that's a conversion I could put on my short list to try. Probably using the Burns pickup set. But I too cringed with that routing job. God bless Uncle for his willingness and help, and yes, it's all hidden under the guard so no harm, no foul, but that view of the carnage made me itchy. Love the vision and end result though. I'd buy that one all the same.
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    1997 Axis Sport HSS Kandy Lime w/ Maple Neck

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    Richie is a good dude. I enjoy his DIY vibe (although I usually curse myself later -- "why did I just spend an hour watching a guy rewire a guitar when I have an Axis right over there that needs to be rewired for the past year?!? I should be rewiring mine!!!"



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    Now that is f'n cool. Damn.

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    Wow, that's fantastic IMO.

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    I'd love to do something like this... an Axis SSS is my dream guitar...
    BFR Axis Quilt Amethyst Burst 12/17/2008
    JP Majesty Arctic Dream 04/17/2014
    Stingray 4H Pacific Blue Burst 09/04/2014
    Axis Super Sport Semi Hollow w/Piezo Black Cherry Burst 09/08/2015
    Albert Lee SSS Pacific Blue Burst 09/22/2015
    JP7 Mystic Dream 01/30/2017

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    I keep wanting to turn a swimming pool routed guitar into a red special. However I think the 24 short scale has a lot to do with Brian May's sound as well.
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    What did he do with the original pickups?
    2001 Axis Sport HH hardtail maple fretboard burnt apple
    2001 Axis SuperSport HH hardtail maple fretboard translucent gold
    1997 Axis Sport HSS hardtail maple fretboard translucent red
    2001 Silo Special HSS hardtail maple fretboard BlueDawn ** for sale **
    2002 AL MM90 hardtail maple fretboard honeyburst converted to AL 2H

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    The Axis sport is such a great looking guitar. They should bring it back
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    St Vincent - BFR Trans Gold
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    +1. To be honest, I am not too excited about all tzhe new designs they put out in the last 5 or 10 years. But that may just be me becoming an old fart settling on things I have been used to for years ..
    2001 Axis Sport HH hardtail maple fretboard burnt apple
    2001 Axis SuperSport HH hardtail maple fretboard translucent gold
    1997 Axis Sport HSS hardtail maple fretboard translucent red
    2001 Silo Special HSS hardtail maple fretboard BlueDawn ** for sale **
    2002 AL MM90 hardtail maple fretboard honeyburst converted to AL 2H

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    Quote Originally Posted by headcrash View Post
    +1. To be honest, I am not too excited about all tzhe new designs they put out in the last 5 or 10 years. But that may just be me becoming an old fart settling on things I have been used to for years ..
    +1'd as well. Axis and AL are just superb. I'd love to see some revisit to the Axis, the Sport, a SSS variant, (bring back piezo!), tc...
    BFR Axis Quilt Amethyst Burst 12/17/2008
    JP Majesty Arctic Dream 04/17/2014
    Stingray 4H Pacific Blue Burst 09/04/2014
    Axis Super Sport Semi Hollow w/Piezo Black Cherry Burst 09/08/2015
    Albert Lee SSS Pacific Blue Burst 09/22/2015
    JP7 Mystic Dream 01/30/2017

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrapperJ View Post
    The Axis sport is such a great looking guitar. They should bring it back
    A limited run BFR would be awesome!!!!

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    Silhouette Special HSS in Gold Sparkle (Hardtail) [7/12/2002] [Made for Matchbox 20]
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    Quote Originally Posted by GWDavis28 View Post
    A limited run BFR would be awesome!!!!

    Glenn |B)
    Except that a BFR would be 3x the price of the original Axis Sport

    I'd be happy with a throwback/vintage release... obviously the price wouldn't be the same, but no need to breach the 2.4k+ mark either...
    BFR Axis Quilt Amethyst Burst 12/17/2008
    JP Majesty Arctic Dream 04/17/2014
    Stingray 4H Pacific Blue Burst 09/04/2014
    Axis Super Sport Semi Hollow w/Piezo Black Cherry Burst 09/08/2015
    Albert Lee SSS Pacific Blue Burst 09/22/2015
    JP7 Mystic Dream 01/30/2017

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