EBMM Silhouette Special or Steve Morse?

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  1. Rushhead

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    I have had a silhouette special for many years. Lovely playing guitar, maybe my nicest playing guitar, but I never loved the tone. Always seemed to be a bit too soft/muffled for my tastes, even when pickups changed. single coil settings lacked presence and Humbucker lacked "grind".

    I have the opportunity to trade for a Steve Morse model, which I have never played. While I have huge respect for SM, I have never really been a fan of his tone on solo albums I have heard, either. However, this guitar is billed as a kind of tonal jackknife by many. Pickups have received mixed reviews from what I have seen.

    Any comments from those who have played both, or even just the SM model? Do you think I would be happier w the trade, or should I just plain sell the silo and steer clear of the SM?

    For reference, I'm currently enjoying a stock baja tele, strat w fat 50's for single coil tones and stock EBMM axis, stock R7 and Yamaha Pacifica w dimarzio super distortion for Humbucker tones.

    Thanks!
     
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    I could have written that. However, I did end up selling mine and regretted it. Sure you can't just keep looking for the right pickups?
     
  3. candid_x

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    I've found the exact same thing with the Silo Special. Plays great but always sounded small to my ear, and I've tried different pickups in both. I think it's a result of the small body.

    The SM seems really nice, normal size, but you'd have to be okay with the 12" radius and different body feel.
     
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    Glad to hear I'm not the only one. It's such an awesome player I just kept waiting to love hearing it but it never happened. Anybody have experience comparing with a Steve Morse model?
     
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    I like the Single Coil pickups in the Silhouette Special. I didn't care for the bridge though, and swapped it out for a Dimarzio Air Zone. It's a little beefier now. Definitely love the playability of the SS.

    The Morse sounds great, it does sound different than the SS. There are two models, the Y2D is probably a more Rock focused guitar. My only issue with the Morse guitar is the lack of a forearm contour, I definitely prefer one. But if you are good with a Telecaster, the Morse shouldn't be a problem.
     
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    I'd love either frankly.
    Probably edge to the morse for it's shape and the way it sits on the body. Sort of tele like.
     
  7. djlynch

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    Morse for sure.
     
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    Morse Darklord is the best thing ever made by EBMM!
    Second being the Albert Lee MM-90
     
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    I have never played a Morse but I have never played any EBMM guitar that wasn't great.

    My Silhouette.. 24 fret with Floyd.. I did change out the bridge pickup to a Suhr/Aldrich though..
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    ^^^ That's really sweet!
     
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    I love everything about my Silo Special SSS. Bone stock and a keeper for life.
     
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    Ive had both and I still have 2 silo specials, the lack of contours on the morse made me let it go, also the necks are quite different, the morse neck is thinner in the first position ( frets 1 to 5) but still nice, I too changed out all the pups on my 2 silos, and they are fat as hell now, one has a Duncan distortion in the bridge and the other I set up with the dimarzio transition set, not as meaty as the Duncan but more articulate...plus I like a trem and the morse either comes hardtail or with Floyd and I despise floyds!! have you looked into maybe a HH albert lee?? has the same pups as the axis in a mahogany guitar with a rosewood neck...
     
  13. Rushhead

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    Thanks to all who replied. I ended up making the trade. I would have liked to have posted before and after pics, but I actually can't figure out how to attach pictures to this message....
     
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    Load pics onto another site like photobucket.com and then link them here
     
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    After plugging in the SM model, I can honestly say that I much prefer its tones, both humbucking and single coil. Much more presence all around, with the exception of the neck HB, which is very round/jazzy sounding. It sounds "bigger" unplugged as well. Only complaint is that I dislike the position of the toggle switch that's immediately underneath the strings. Gets in the way. I also think the neck on the silo was more comfortable, especially towards the nut, but both necks are outstanding overall. Thanks again for the advice.
     
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    I know you've already done the deed, but in my experience the "silent circuit" that EBMM uses in the Silo Specials kills most of the dynamics of the single pickups. I had one and completely rewired it (sans the silent circuit) with a new 36th Ann in the bridge and it was night and day.
     
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    You'll get used to this very soon! It's my main guitar!
     

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