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    Normal Vs. BFR

    Hi everyone.

    A newbie to the forum here

    I've a feeling this question has been asked MANY times, but I'm new to this forum stuff and not sure where to look.

    I've had a couple of Axis's and ASS's over the years, as they have become my go-to guitar "feel", especially in recent years.

    I've got the chance to get a BFR ASS, but never pulled the trigger on one before. I'm usually not one for bling and prefer woods, tone and the guitars mojo when playing over looks. HOWEVER, I have seen one that I think looks amazing! And have serious G.A.S. for it!

    What's everyone's experience with BFRs over normal builds?

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    Oh .. I'm a UK'er living in Germany... musicman guitars are quite hard to find and very expensive here. The BFR is approx 2000€ more than I'd usually pay for an axis/ASS. So, I need some expert opinions from you guys.

    The issue is I will potentially be buying "blind", without a chance to play it beforehand.

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    I currently own an AL BFR and other various AL models. (PDN or regular)

    "Qualitywise", they ARE all the same.

    Regarding the sound, it is a question of what you like most.

    As an example, both my AL SSS sound great. The BFR is more 50's strat. The PDN is more 60's strat.
    Yet the differences are subtle and I suspect it does vary just the same within the same range of instruments (BFR or "regular").

    I've also owned a few Luke III's

    - 1 "Hazelnut BFR"
    - 1 regular Bodie Blue
    - 2 "limited" rosewood-necked Olive Gold

    I would chose the Olive Gold over the BFR anyday!

    Not that the BFR wasn't a fantastic instrument but the rosewood neck brought a sweeter tone to the Luke III that was more to MY liking. Once again, it's a question of what YOU like.

    So, IMHO, BFR is more a question of looks, fancy woods and "rareness".

    I love mine and will never part with it but... a "regular" model could very well be more suited to you!!!
    Last edited by Magic Jason; 05-13-2019 at 08:40 AM.
    AL SSS BFR Pinkburst
    AL SSS Neptune Blue
    AL HH Starry Night
    AL HH Candy Apple Red
    AL MM90 Sparkle Turquoise
    L3 HSS Olive Gold

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    I concur with Magic J...
    Balls are Best!!

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    Yep. My BFR AL (PDN 2016) came with a way-worse setup, but is otherwise the same quality as my other MusicMan.
    To my mind, it's not that BFRs 'should' be better and non-BFR worse; BFRs just up the options. But non-BFR MMs are extremely good and consistently so.

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    Yeah, Jason pretty much hit the target square in the bullseye.
    Albert Lee HH - White
    Cutlass RS SSS - Ivory White
    Cutlass RS HSS - Firemist Silver
    Cutlass Hunter Hayes - Lake Tahoe Blue
    St Vincent - BFR Trans Gold
    American Vintage 59 Strat - Sherwood Green

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    Quote Originally Posted by Awhitlock View Post
    Hi everyone.

    A newbie to the forum here

    I've a feeling this question has been asked MANY times, but I'm new to this forum stuff and not sure where to look.

    I've had a couple of Axis's and ASS's over the years, as they have become my go-to guitar "feel", especially in recent years.

    I've got the chance to get a BFR ASS, but never pulled the trigger on one before. I'm usually not one for bling and prefer woods, tone and the guitars mojo when playing over looks. HOWEVER, I have seen one that I think looks amazing! And have serious G.A.S. for it!

    What's everyone's experience with BFRs over normal builds?
    Which BFR Axis?

    Glenn |B)
    Silhouette Special SSS in Fuschia Sparkle (Hardtail) [1/01/2002] [1 of a kind from CLB]
    Silhouette Special HSS in Gold Sparkle (Hardtail) [7/12/2002] [Made for Matchbox 20]
    Albert Lee 3 MM90's in White Sparkle (Hardtail) [8/14/2001] [Just pure awesomeness]
    Albert Lee HH in Black Sugar (Hartail) [1/06/2011] [BFR]


    Like BP said in the Chapman video "You've got a room full of guitars, and no money!!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by GWDavis28 View Post
    Which BFR Axis?

    Glenn |B)
    It's the trans blue quilt top, from the Jan 2018 run.

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    Magic Jason
    TrapperJ
    Pott

    Thank you guys for your honest input. It is fantastic!

    I am really having to think now (Haha!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Awhitlock View Post
    It's the trans blue quilt top, from the Jan 2018 run.
    The Aqua Blue? If I'm not mistaken that one has a mahogany body and neck, so may have some more pronounced differences.

    That said, my original Axis and my Steel Blue BFR sound very different from each other despite having the same basic materials. The original is a little more brash and a little more to the treble end. The BFR is more refined and a little darker. I love both, but the BFR has my favorite tone of any of my guitars. I attribute some of it to the pickup covers, but that can't be all of it.
    My stuff:
    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)
    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

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