Mega Music Doorbuster Sale Coming Up!

If you're thinking that some of our dealers will be cutting some great specials as we get closer to Christmas - you're right! The guys at Mega Music in Myaree WA just sent us this shot of some of their S.U.B. bass stock display ahead of their November doorbuaster sale. It's only on this weekend - November 6&7, so be quick - you snooze, you lose!

And if you aren't planning on being in WA this weekend, you can check out a Sterling by Music Man dealer nearer you here!

 
Luke on his Signature LK100D

Legendary guitarist Steve Lukather walks you through his signature LK100D model electric guitar from Sterling by Music Man. Learn more: http://www.sterlingbymusicman.com/lk100d-guitars/lk100d-series

Try a Sterling by Music Man guitar or bass - hear and feel the difference for yourself! Click here to find a stockist near you.
 

John Petrucci demos his Sterling by Music Man JP60

Guitar virtuoso John Petrucci walks you through the John Petrucci JP60 electric guitar from Sterling by Music Man.
Try a Sterling by Music Man guitar or bass - hear and feel the difference for yourself! Click here to find a stockist near you.
 

John Petrucci demos his Sterling by Music Man JP70

Guitar virtuoso John Petrucci walks you through the John Petrucci JP70 electric guitar from Sterling by Music Man.
Try a Sterling by Music Man guitar or bass - hear and feel the difference for yourself! Click here to find a stockist near you.
 

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John Petrucci demos his Sterling by Music Man JP100D 

Guitar virtuoso John Petrucci walks you through the John Petrucci JP100D electric guitar from Sterling by Music Man.
Try a Sterling by Music Man guitar or bass and feel the difference for yourself! Click here to find a stockist near you.
 
     

Music Man Arrives at Mall Music Macquarie Centre

 

Thinking about a Music Man bass, and want to try a few options? Mall Music has just expanded their bass display to include USA Music Man, Sterling by Music Man and the insanely affordable S.U.B. range of Music Man basses. Not only that, but you get to try them through the world's best bass amps - Markbass!

Don't waste time wondering what a Stingray really feels and sounds like when you can find out for yourself. Drop in and talk to Ben, Grahame and the guys at Mall Music at Macquarie Centre Ryde and check out their extensive range of basses, from the new S.U.B. to the reissued Classic Sabre. If you're not near Ryde, click here to find a Music Man Dealer near you!

 
 
     
 

Ernie Ball Music Man Rocks Macarthur at Somerset Music's New Home

 

 

Check out the latest in the Sterling by Music Man range at Somerset Music's new Super Store. Greatly expanded, with a tasty range of affordable Sterling by Music Man basses and guitars, Dean and the guys will be happy to show you just how much better you can sound with a Music Man!

 

 

Click on the pic to check out their website, or just drop into the store and play!
     
 
         
   

LK100D Takes Out Guitar World's Gold Award!

If you like great guitars, read July 2014's Guitar World review of the LK100D - Sterling by Music Man's take on the Music Man Luke III - they LOVED this instrument.

What they said:

• The LK100D is a handsome instrument
• Its design achievements trump any aesthetic considerations
• the long, thin horns act as resonance-enhancing tone forks, contributing to the guitar’s assertive looks
• the bent-steel bridge saddles open the treble response to an almost Stratlike jangle
• The guitar’s electronics are nearly identical to the LIII’s
• The bolt-on maple neck’s mild V shape is reminiscent of a neck from the Fifties that’s been played continuously for the past 60 years
• The LK100D’s clear and deep base tones provide a neutral foundation that works with a range of amps
• Both pickups are well balanced, with the bridge pickup offering gobs of tonal fat and the neck pickup more capable as an articulate, clean-channel option
• The DiMarzio Transition pickups really create the guitar’s voice, offering dense layers of overtones that become stronger as the gain is increased, making this guitar ideal for intense jazz fusion and shredders who don’t muddy their gain with lots of effects
• Metal players may also prefer the LK100D for how the basswood blends with high-gain rigs.

Haven't had an LK100D in your hands, but you're curious now? Check out one of these hot rods at your nearest Sterling by Music Man dealer. Click on the image for a video review of the LK100D!

 
         
   

Seventh Heaven!

Every year what we have to offer in signature instruments gets better. For 2014 we are extending the range of seven string John Petrucci instruments available to include factory fitted DiMarzio Crunchlab and Liquifire pickups, and some brilliant new finishes, including an all black stealth finish and an awesome pearl white whose depth has to be seen to be believed.

The JP70D in pearl white is a strictly limited run and will be available from one shipment in March 2014 and retired after that.

If you'd like to check out a JP70 for yourself, click on the image to the right to find your nearest Sterling by Music Man dealer!

     
         
 

Introducing the new Luke 100D 

Last year Music Man released a radically updated signature instrument for Steve Lukather which for the first time included a preamp, DiMarzio Transition pickups and a push/push adjustable boost function on the volume knob.

This year, it's fans of the Sterling by Music Man range of instruments who get to enjoy the same update. Luke has OK'd the release of a Sterliing version of his signature guitar which includes all the critical features you find on the Music Man version, at a price that will put many more players in the driver's seat of a Luke III.

Click on the image to find a Sterling by Music Man dealer near you.

   
         
 

Sterling JP100D awarded Guitar World Magazine's "Gold Award"

In November's US Guitar World Magazine, the DiMarzio equipped version of our John Petrucci signature JP100 has been awarded the Gold Award for performance.

Some of the reviewer's observations:

This new guitar practically duplicates the tone, response and feel of his high-end guitar

The neck (shape) makes it comfortable to stretch across some of Petrucci’s more difficult scale patterns and multiposition sweeps

Fretwork is absolutely as good as you’ll find at any price range

Even the most extreme shredding was delivered with a ferocious beauty

Like what you read? Click on the pic to find a Sterling by Music Man dealer near you today!

 

   
         
   

Rolling Stone RAY 35 Winner Announced!

Congratulations to Henry Nguyen of Campbelltown on his successful entry to the competition we conducted in April/May Rolling Stone. His was the entry selected from amongst hundreds of hopeful Music Man lovers!

We wish Henry all the best with his new 5 string Ray 35.

If you would like to try a Sterling by Music Man Ray bass for yourself, just click on the image to find a Sterling by Music Man dealer near you!

 
         
 

MUSO Mag competition winner announced!

 

 Congratulations to Courtney Homer of Victoria for winning last month's Muso magazine competition. Courtney is pictured (centre) with a friend, picking up her Sterling by Music Man natural finish Ray 35 from Ben at the newly opened GH Music.

 Her next port of call will be one of GH Music's teachers, so that she can learn how to rock that bass!

 Keep your eyes open for competitions that we run through magazines like Muso, Mixdown and Australian Guitar, our facebook page, and our newsletter (just email info@cmcmusic.com.au to subscribe), and maybe the next instrument or amp we give away will be yours!

 

Click on Courtney's picture to find a Sterling by Music Man dealer near you.

   
         
   

Ray34 a Winner for Australian Guitar Magazine's SUBs Competition!

Pictured to the left are George Ingles and his brother visting Melbourne's Bass Centre to receive the Sterling by Music Man Ray34 3TS that he won in Australian Guitar Magazine's recent subscribers competition.

George isn't a bass player, but the bass player in his band has had to borrow a bass from school every time they play. George was hoping to win the Ray 34 so that he could share the bass with his friend who would then have a great axe available for rehearsals and gigs.

Congratulations George - looks like your Karma's working!

Click on the picture to find your nearest Sterling by Music Man dealer, and drop in to try one of our exceptional basses or guitars.

 
         
     

Perth's Joondalup Music Has a Winner - Sterling!

 

Congratulations to Joondalup Music customer Lisa for winning a Sterling by Music Man Ray 34 in their recent in-store contest.

 

Stay tuned to Joondalup Music's web page for future competitions and giveaways! 

 

 They say that once you've tried a Music Man instrument, you're a convert for life. If you'd like to test that hype, click on the image to find a dealer near you and take one of our basses or guitars for a test drive!

 
         
       

Sterling by Music Man On Show Out West!

 

It's great to see that our accessibly priced new S.U.B. series of basses and guitars is sharing its well deserved spotlight with our traditional Sterling by Music Man and Music Man instrument lines.

 

The image to the left is a snippit of the Music Man, Sterling by Music Man and Sterling by Music Man S.U.B. range on display at Kosmic Sound in Perth.

 

They say that once you've tried a Music Man, you're a convert for life. If you'd like to test that hype, click on the image to find a dealer near you and take one of our basses or guitars for a test drive!

 

 
   
   

New for 2012 - John Petrucci JP100 - Three Times The Colour

When Sterling by Music Man released the JP50 two years ago, we were all impressed by the quality finish, great tone and fast neck. Last year, they excelled themselves with the JP100. This year, we get an exciting variation on the JP 100 theme with a vibrant new 3 tone burst finish.

Based on the exclusive "Ball Family Reserve" BFR JP6, a larger body, quilted top, transparent 3 Tone Sunburst finish and JP's signature domed knobs and shield inlay set up its killer looks, but what really sets this machine apart is its fast board and hot humbuckers. This guitar is a shredder's dream.

Click on the image for specs, then drop into your local Sterling by Music Man dealer for a test drive!

 
   
   
New for 2011 - John Petrucci JP60 - Back in Black
 
The JP60's custom contoured basswood body features a rich deep Black Metallic finish, scooped forearm contour, new improved metal 3-way switch, Petrucci dome knobs, Sterling® Modern Trem bridge and 2 x Sterling® HI-output humbuckers. The same killer tone and playability of the JP100, dressed for any occasion.
  
Click on the image for more info, then try one at your local Sterling by Music Man dealer and see just how lethal a JP60 can be!
 
   
   

New for 2012 - The Limited Edition Ax40 in Trans Black

The Ax series of guitars pay homage to the classic Music Man® Axis®. The familiar iconic body shape is
exact. The 5 bolt neck joint, body mounted alnico humbucking pickups, bound quilt maple top, are standard for the AX series. The transparent red finish and cream binding on this Ax40 accents the deep quilt maple top. The basswood body exudes warm and percussive tones, but it's the incredibly versatileand 100% reliable Sterling Double Locking Tremolo that will give you access to those signature dive bombs and whails that the Axis' reputation is built on.

 
Click on the image for more info, then try one at your local Sterling by Music Man dealer and see just how much excitement you can create with an AX!
 
   
     

 New for 2011 - The Ax30 in Cherry Red Burst

The Ax series of guitars pay homage to the classic Music Man® Axis®. The familiar iconic body shape is
exact. The 5 bolt neck joint, body mounted alnico humbucking pickups, bound quilt maple top, are standard for the AX series.
For the guitarist who loves the playability and tones of the Axis, but prefers a vintage style tremolo to a locking one, the Ax30 is the answer. This bridge design will keep you in tune 100% of the time. The major bonus is the cherry red burst tfinish - a colour you have to see to believe. The depth of colour on this top is outstanding. 

Read the specs by clicking on the image, then go find out just how great the Ax30 sounds and plays at a Sterling by Music Man dealer near you today.

 
   
     New for 2011 - The Classic Active Ray  34 - The Ray goes Retro!

New for 2011, Ray34 Classic Active Series basses deliver old school vibe and looks for the vintage enthusiast. Lightweight slab bodies (no belly or forearm contours) available in 2 finishes – classic Mint Green and 3 Tone Sunburst.

The glossy amber tinted neck features a narrow 38 mm nut width, 34” scale and 21 thin vintage style frets. The finish is a hard glossy coat that exudes the vibe and look of an older instrument.

Music Man designed 2 band active preamp features volume, treble and bass controls. The preamp and pickup were re-voiced for this model, for a more organic feel and are noise free.

 Read the specs by clicking on the image, then go retro with a Classic Active Ray at a Sterling by Music Man dealer near you today.
 
   
     New for 2011 - The Classic Active Ray  34 - The Ray goes Retro!

New for 2011, Ray34 Classic Active Series basses deliver old school vibe and looks for the vintage enthusiast. Lightweight slab bodies (no belly or forearm contours) available in 2 finishes – classic Mint Green and 3 Tone Sunburst.

The glossy amber tinted neck features a narrow 38 mm nut width, 34” scale and 21 thin vintage style frets. The finish is a hard glossy coat that exudes the vibe and look of an older instrument.

Music Man designed 2 band active preamp features volume, treble and bass controls. The preamp and pickup were re-voiced for this model, for a more organic feel and are noise free.

 Read the specs by clicking on the image, then go retro with a Classic Active Ray at a Sterling by Music Man dealer near you today.
 
       
    New for 2011 - The Sterling Style SB14 is Now Available in Tobacco Burst

The SB14 combines the best of both worlds, Music Man’s rich history combined with modern styling and an easy playing neck.

We use a solid contoured basswood body for a light weight body with warm tone. The nut is a narrow 38 mm for friendly and comfortable fingering. The 34” scale neck is attached via a 5 bolt neck joint. The neck heel is contoured and rounded for easy access to the entire fingerboard.

An active 3 band preamp is combined with the Music Man designed SB14 pickup. A 3rd Hum cancelling phantom coil zaps all the noise out and allows for series, parallel and true single coil operation with no hum. Click on the image for more details, or find out just how comfortable the SB14 is at your nearest Sterling by Music Man Dealer

 
   
   

New for 2011 - The Ray 34 is Now Available Left Handed in Tobacco Burst

 

Using the same materials & components as the original, the Ray34 pays respect to the StingRay legacy. Lightweight ash bodies, Music Man® designed active 3-band preamp, Alnico magnet humbucking pickups, hard maple necks, heavy duty Music Man® designed bridges and saddles. These basses are born to rock!

 

Click on the image for more details, or try the Ray 34 for left handers at your nearest Sterling by Music Man Dealer

 
   
   

Only for 2011 - The Limited Edition Ray 34 in White

 

Using the same materials & components as the original, the Ray34 pays respect to the StingRay legacy. Lightweight ash bodies, Music Man® designed active 3-band preamp, Alnico magnet humbucking pickups, hard maple necks, heavy duty Music Man® designed bridges and saddles. These basses are born to rock!

For a limited time only, Sterling by Music Man is offering the Ray34 bass in a White finish. This finish will only be available for 2011 and in limited quantities. Get yours today before they run out!

Click on the image to read the specs, then see just how stunning a white Ray looks in the flesh and how great one feels and sounds to play at your nearest Sterling by Music Man dealer!

 
 
         
 
Check out this Korean shredder's demo of the new JP100 BFR style John Petrucci signature series guitar! It goes to show that music is the real international language... Like what you hear? Try one for yourself at your local Sterling by Music Man dealer...