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Musicman Silhouette Special Review

It’s just another Strat copy, right?!

Sunday, 1. June 2014  -  by  Michael Baugh

The Silhouette Special has many great features and refinements often not found on other Strat-like ‘copies’ or even ‘real’ Strats, for example, the one piece maple neck really is made from one piece of beautifully finished maple, the compensated nut, the Schaller locking machine heads and the fantastic Music Man tremolo system.

It also has great features under the bonnet, it is properly shielded, it has the amazing Music Man silent circuit which makes single coil pickups completely noiseless without any tone loss, and the way the neck joins the body is beautifully done. These refinements are usually found on the mega expensive custom shop Fenders, and in my opinion, the Music Man sounds better and feels better, I even prefer the way it looks. But here’s the biggest selling point: it is almost half the price of the particular Fender that I would say is it’s closest match spec wise!

To me, the Silhouette is not a ‘Strat copy’, it is a ‘Strat beater’, it plays better, feels better, costs less and the list goes on…

Build quality: Solid. Top quality wood, great hardware and good attention to detail.

Looks: The finishes on musicman guitars are second to none.

Sound quality: The stock pickups are Di Marzio and they sound great for anything from blues to hard rock.

Playability: The frets feel lovely, the string action was just right and the tremolo feels really good.

Value for money: Unbeatable. This guitar is king of the under £1800 guitars. The only guitar to rival this is the Music Man Luke III which costs about £500 more!

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