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Pre- Owned Ernie Ball Musicman Sub 1 USA Made

Today we are looking at one of the best values out there in an American-made electric guitar, The Musicman SUB1. 

Back in 2003, the Ernie Ball company wanted to provide a lower-cost alternative to their admittedly expensive guitars and basses; the SUB line of instruments came from this idea. These instruments were built in the same San Luis Obispo factory as their other wares, but with features that made them more affordable. This included cheaper body woods and hardware, as well as textured finishes that required less labor and polishing to complete. You will notice that it does not say “Ernie Ball” anywhere on this guitar.


The SUB 1 was their take on the Silhouette guitar, in this case a hardtail with two humbucker pickups. This one has a poplar body that is finished in Black. Many of the SUB instruments came with this neat metal faux diamond-plate pickguard.

The neck is maple (painted matte black) with a 10-inch radius rosewood fretboard and 22 high-profile, medium-width frets sunk into the fretboard. This is a 25.5-inch scale instrument, and the neck is 1 5/8-inches wide at the plastic nut. The neck is attached to the body with five bolts and an angled neck plate, due to the extensive cutaway that allows access to the higher frets. The SUB instruments get the standard MusicMan truss rod wheel for easy adjustments. 


The hardware is a bit cheaper than what is found on the Silhouette. This one has chrome-plated sealed tuners,  tremolo and locking tuners. This SUB 1 strings through the body, and the bridge has bent stainless steel saddles.

The electronics package is simple, with volume and tone controls, a 3-way toggle pickup selector and two custom humbucker pickups. The MusicMan SUB guitars were made from 2003 to 2006. This one shows some ware on the head stock but shows little to no play ware anywher else (see photos). Comes with a Gator Hard Shell Case.