I’ve sold many new and used Musicman Guitars over the years and have a soft spot for them – I also think there is something of a ‘best kept secret’ about them as well, in that they should be more popular than they are – It is not as though they are short of well known guitar players who have played them on a regular basis – When it comes to the used market, you certainly get a lot of guitar for your money, with a professional build quality and playing experience that out performs the price tag – So time to introduce you to a used Musicman Silhouette HSH, from 2000, with a cool candy apple red finish
In many ways today we can split the Strat market into two halves – The pure vintage based models that are essentially DNA replicas of guitars from their own 50’s and 60’s golden era – Then we have the ‘modern’ influenced models – Suhr, Anderson, Charvel/Jackson, Ibanez and others have pursued this market for many years – Indeed Fender offer their own take on ‘modern’ based Strats – And we can add the Musicman Silhouette HSH to that list – It doesn’t not need to have an exact Strat body and headstock to be influenced by such classic models – But any guitar with a bolt-on maple neck, an alder, ash or indeed basswood body, trem, locking tuners and a 25.5″ scale length, will have a strong Strat based character about how it feels, plays, sounds and performs – Why not click here and have a look at the Musicman Silhoutte HSH web site page, to view additional spec and check out the video clip of the guitar in action
Additional info :-
- Whole guitar weighs 7lbs and 9oz
- Now around 20 years old from 2000
- 5 bolt neck complete with the ‘easy access’ comfort contour body/neck heel
- Deluxe Musicman wood case with nice interior ‘teddy bear’ lining
- Condition wise – For a guitar that has been played and is now around 20 years old, this is a clean instrument – Almost no visible grazes to the gloss finish – Any slight graze you can find is subtle and only skin deep – Any hint of fret wear is minimal and certainly no attention is required – The key word is ‘hint’ of fret wear – Put it this way, you’ll probably be able to play it for another 10 years before any fret dress is required
- The neck has a natural silky smooth feel to it – thanks to a special blend of gun stock oil and wax that is rubbed into the maple – It naturally discolours from use with a ‘dirty dish cloth’ character – But this is just how they look and they certainly need to attention – The plus point of such a neck is that they feel slick and played in with no drag or that sticky feel that you can find on many new gloss finished necks
- The maple neck has a comfortable C profile with just enough girth to the depth – Not fat – Not skinny – Measures .852″ around the top nut end and .947″ around the top nut end
- 1 5/8″ nut width so traditional Fender territory
- 10″ fingerboard radius with 24 medium jumbo frets
- Set up with the trem flat to the body, yet only a slight touch is required for any down pitch – I can adjust as required
- Re-strung with 10-46 gauge strings and set-up with a slick and easy action that responds to a light touch
- A set of locking tuners, plus a 2 point modern fulcrum trem assembly, with solid steel saddles, ensures the trem system feels smooth and positive and delivers a trouble free tuning package for most playing styles – You’d have to be going pretty berserk on the trem to put it out of tune
Tonal character :- Spec’d with a set of custom wound and voiced Dimarzio pick-ups with the HSH format – Pick-ups measure 8.18K neck, 6.30K middle and 8.24K bridge – So more of a gentle output as against screamin’ demon models – The 5 way blade switch functions Strat style, so positions 1, 3 and 5 are each pick-up on its own – Position 2 + 4 are the ‘out of phase’ options with the humbucker now on a coil tap mode to function with the single coil middle pick-up to deliver those funky ‘out of phase’ tones – The physical make up of the guitar ensures that its unplugged character is that of a Strat – Lively and crisp – And a lot of this transfers into the sound you’ll hear through the amp, with no shortage of the snap and attack that you’ll hear from a good Strat – Very dynamic and responsive
When you put a humbucker on a Strat it doesn’t all of a sudden sound like a Les Paul – It retains the Strat character, yet offers a bigger version of that lively voice with a bit more girth about the overall tone – This is what you’ll hear from the Silhoutte – Great for country, or country rock – Great in a good all round covers band – Great for those kind of good pop, rock, country bands – Think Bryan Adams, Keith Urban, The Eagles etc – So clean to crunch rock or classic rock and it is on home turf – Yet equally apply more gain on the amp and delve into those Satriani virtuoso styles and the Silhoutte won’t let you down – On overdriven amp settings the humbuckers add more girth, with a bigger voice, for either power chords and riffs, or screamin’ licks – The bridge humbucker has that tight bite and guts that you’ll hear from a good black guard early 50’s Tele – Whilst the neck pick-up purrrrrs yet is still crisp, funky and clear – Maybe no one guitar does it all, yet the Silhouette can do one hell of a lot
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