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Thread: Canít decide between a Silo Special and an Axis Super Sport

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    Canít decide between a Silo Special and an Axis Super Sport

    I have an OLP MM4 that I love. This has me gassing for a used silo Special.
    As I searched for one online, I came across a few Super Sports that caught my eye, as well.

    Now I’m not sure what to get.

    Pickup configs and body woods aside, how different to the necks feel on these.

    I’ve played both (models), but it’s been years (I can’t even remember how long it’s been).

    Advice? What do you think?

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    Silo has a slightly thicker neck--not much thicker, but noticeable if you switch between the two. Also, the ASS has an asymmetrical neck, so the feel is different. I had both and liked the Silo, but I settled on the Axis because I loved the neck (and the pickups).
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    I’ve never compared Silo and ASS necks side-by-side but the silo neck is slim in the grand scheme of things. Both my Silo Special and my Cutlass measure (IIRC) 0.80” at the nut and 0.90” at the 12th fret, similar or a hair slimmer than, say, modern strat necks.
    Silhouette Special (2005 Buttercream Limited Edition)
    Cutlass HSS (2018 Roasted Special, Ivory White)

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    I almost exclusively play Sports or Super Sports, but until recently also had a Silo Special. To me, the most obviously "feelable" difference was not thickness of the necks, but the width. Silo Spec necks are wider than Axis, AS or ASS necks.
    Also the vibe of the guitars is different. I think the Axis/As or ASS breathe rock and heavier styles, whereas the Silo Spec is more of a traditional style allround guitar. You might play rock and heavier styles, but will easily cover a wider range of styles such as Funk, Fusion, Jazz, whatever.
    That is not to say, that you won't be able to play different styles, but it's just what the guitars "convey", at least for me.
    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
    2002 AL MM90 hardtail maple fretboard honeyburst converted to AL 2H

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    Silo and Silo Special are the same at the nut a little wider at the heel than the axis.
    Silhouette Special (2005 Buttercream Limited Edition)
    Cutlass HSS (2018 Roasted Special, Ivory White)

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    Paralysis by analysis, as I’ve yet to decide (that and a busy work schedule).

    Thanks for all of the help, guys.

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    Not that this helps but, if you can only afford one... Get BOTH hahahha. I love my Special and Silhouettes for that matter but I think the Axis (Sport, Super Sport) are the best guitars ever made/ever played. You can't go wrong with whatever decision you choose! Good luck and trust that you will be more than happy with either...
    *2011 Silhouette Special(Black)*sold*
    *2010 Reflex(Black&Cream)*sold*
    *2008 Silhouette(Sapphire Black)*lost*
    *2001 Axis Super Sport(Blue Pearl)
    *2000 Axis Sport MM90(Tri-Burst)*sold*
    *1991 Silhouette(Natural/T-shell PG)
    *1999 Axis Sport MM90(Platinum)*sold*
    *1986 Music Man Pre- Silhouette
    (serial#86034)

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    They're both awesome. I would buy whichever one you can find first at a reasonable price.

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    At last count I had 14 guitars. Strats, PRSi, LP's, Tele's, but the 2 I reach for first are the ASS and Silhouette. Beautifully made, easy to play, and they just sound great. The ASS has a piezo and the Silo is HSS, I can pretty much cover everything I could possibly need with them.

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    I've played and liked both very much, but both present challenges for me. Functionally, I like the Axis pickups a little better, but I like the Silhouette neck a little better. Both are good on both fronts. I also prefer 22 frets to 24. Aesthetically, the I like the shape of the Axis much better, but I wish I could find it in solid colors, because figured maple just isn't my look.

    Hard to go wrong either way. They're both great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anacharsis View Post
    I've played and liked both very much, but both present challenges for me. Functionally, I like the Axis pickups a little better, but I like the Silhouette neck a little better. Both are good on both fronts. I also prefer 22 frets to 24. Aesthetically, the I like the shape of the Axis much better, but I wish I could find it in solid colors, because figured maple just isn't my look.

    Hard to go wrong either way. They're both great.
    Silhouette neck with Axis pickups = Reflex / 25th anniversary

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    Axis Sport SSS Trem Transparent Purple 1998
    Axis Sport MM90 Trem Transparent Orange 1999
    Axis SS Hardtail Piezo Honeyburst 2007
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    Is this Silo Special a HSS, as the pickup combinations between an HSS and an Axis double-coil is different, not that I play funk gigs with an Axis from time to time...?

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    Update: I pulled the trigger on a used Silo Special HSS in beautiful metallic blue (looks like a dark pearl blue) today from GC Connecticut. I should get the guitar in about a week.

    I’ve always loved that color, rosewood boards, and I still remember the first and only time I played a Silo Special that I kick myself for not getting( many years ago like in 2009 or 2010).

    Had I ever put together a partscaster, this is the color I would’ve tried to get to paint it.

    We’ll see how it is when it comes in. Very excited.

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    I was contemplating that very guitar !! I am glad you snagged...and so is my wife.... Let us know your take on it once you had had a chance to play it for a while. That guitar had the look and I am sure will play great, Enjoy !!

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    Quote Originally Posted by click track View Post
    I was contemplating that very guitar !! I am glad you snagged...and so is my wife.... Let us know your take on it once you had had a chance to play it for a while. That guitar had the look and I am sure will play great, Enjoy !!
    I was watching it for a few days, and almost contemplated buying parts for a parts caster, and then figured,” Nah...I just wanna play.”

    I’ll keep you posted on it.
    I love my cheapy OLP Silo Special (MM4), so if it’s as good or better, I’ll be over the moon.

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