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Talk me out of the Ernie Ball Armada

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by EpicEsquire, Feb 5, 2019.

  1. rufedges

    rufedges Member

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    EBMM necks are mostly really thin and narrow, I recommend playing one before you buy. I think it’s pretty ugly, but maybe that’s just me. EBMM is a cult, plan on losing a lot in resale if you modify it in any way, or get any kind of scratches or nicks. Some of their models do well in resale ( petrucci)., some do not.
     
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    The Armada has the only EBMM neck shape that works for me. The neck is wider and deeper than anything else by EBMM - not massive, just comfortably full. To me, the neck shape is pretty comparable to Gibson’s R9 shape.

    MusicMan make consistently great guitars and the only reason not to get it, is if you really want a Les Paul but need help realizing it...
     
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  3. GuitarGuy3

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    EBMM makes a solid, high quality, very playable guitar. Have a few myself. Definitely worth the money. Did you say talk you out of it?
     
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    I think the Armada is awesome looking, but I tried one and didn’t love the pickups or the neck, which is usually the best part of an EBMM.
     
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    Huh. I'm a Gretsch, Epiphone and occasionally a Ric kinda guy and... I actually really like the look of that guitar. That is one beautiful blue beastie.
     
  6. 84superchamp

    84superchamp Silver Supporting Member

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    Especially with that price, a 1st time buyer should really play it first.
    Very interesting inlay pattern, really different but i like it.
     
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    Looks cool!
     
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  9. Stev0Griffin

    Stev0Griffin Trendsetter

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    Been on my radar for quite some time. I’ve never played one, though.

    Go for it!
     
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  10. panther_king

    panther_king Supporting Member

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    Just to clarify, the armada has a 42.9mm (1 11/16) neck, as opposed to the vintage fender 41.3mm, so same as a Les Paul. It's also a pretty fat carve.
     
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    That makes me like it even more :D
     
  12. panther_king

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    My complaint - that blue is literally the worst color the Armada comes in. I mean, Black/Black, Black/Blackburst, Black/Redburst, Black/Goldtop, Brown/Sunburst, Red/Natural.. All those are way cooler imo. Heck, there was even metallic Daphne Blue/Silver and Seafoam Green/White ones that looked like a vintage car.

    Thats it.

    [​IMG]
     
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  13. 84superchamp

    84superchamp Silver Supporting Member

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    Me too, a main reason i sold my RG550. With similar LP hardware at the bridge, it appears to be competition for the Les Paul....except that price.
     
  14. RolandKorg

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    Joking?
    What's more 'natural' than the sky or the ocean or my cat's eyes?
    The 'blue' is the only part of this i like.

    Not gorgeous. It's 'too much.' With 'normal' inlays and without the pizza or Trivial Pursuit/Ouija Board wedge, maybe.
     
  15. Joao Queiroz

    Joao Queiroz Member

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    You know...

    If you want to buy, ask TGP.

    If you don't want to buy, ask your wife.
     
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    redragon Silver Supporting Member

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    Man to man, on a Friday night, in the bar, after a few IPAs, I'd tell you that it's a well made, goofy, kinda geeky guitar that you will likely regret paying so much for.
     
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    Can’t talk you out of it (as I’ve fancied one myself!), but as has been said above, I think pretty much all of the other colour choices are better (and that’s coming from a guy who has an Axis SS in Pacific blue burst).

    My personal favourite was one of the firey Dorito models!
     
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    Here's a couple pros: it's a neck-through and it doesn't have a tremolo.
     
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    I’ve never owned one, but I’ve played four. Stumbled across three in one shop.
    Great craftsmanship, playability, and tone.
    They are certainly in the neighborhood of an LP sonically, but I’d say more refined sounding.

    Two things.
    Single volume and tone.

    It’s been a few years, but they did have a unique (proprietary?) nut.
    It’s not a typical straight nut. It has offsets. IIRC, the goal is to improve intonation.
    You can’t feel it. Hell, you barely see it.
    Just a point to consider.
     
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    Not a fan of the shape/pizza slice, but I do like the blue. I didn't know so many people disliked blue guitars.
     
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