Sterling by Music Man reveals 2021 guitar lineup

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Sterling by Music Man reveals 2021 guitar lineup

Words by Will Brewster

Featuring affordable signature models for Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, John Petrucci and Jason Richardson.

Sterling by Music Man have revealed their impressive 2021 range in the lead-up to NAMM next week, showcasing a range that’s led by an assortment of affordable artist signature models.

Perhaps of most note is the new addition of a Sterling by Music Man Mariposa; a wallet-friendly version of the signature model crafted alongside At The Drive-In and The Mars Volta mastermind Omar Rodriguez-Lopez. Available in Dorado Green and Imperial White, these new Sterling models swap out the okoume body of the Music Man originals in favour of nyatoh, with a roasted maple neck, rosewood fretboard and vintage tremolo also being included.

The Sterling by Music Man Mariposa also features two custom-voiced humbuckers wired to two individual volume knobs, while a three-way toggle switch lets you flick between tones with ease.

There’s also two new John Petrucci-inspired models on offer from this year’s collection, reaffirming the Dream Theater legend’s longstanding partnership with Music Man.

The 2021 JP150DSM combines a spalted maple top with an ebony fretboard and roasted maple neck, while DiMarzio LiquiFire and Crunch Lab pickups promise to withstand the most saturated of tones with ease – this one’s also available in a striking Blood Orange Burst finish.

While we’re on the topic of John Petrucci, there’s also the new Majesty MAJ200XQM to check out. This one features identical electronics to the JP150DSM, and pairs a mahogany body with an ebony fretboard and 16″ radius with stainless steel frets. Pick it up in the cool Cerulean Paradise finish and shred away to your heart’s content.

Another signature model, the new Sterling by Music Man Jason Richardson offers players with the option of a six-string variant of the artist’s signature seven-string. It boasts a poplar burl veneer top over an alder body, while a roasted maple neck allows for slick rhythms and slippery leads alike. Other features include a contoured lower horn and twin coil-tappable humbuckers, rounding out what looks to be a premium riff machine.

Finally, the Sterling by Music Man 2021 Cutlass CT50 puts a spin on the classic S-type electric, with a roasted maple neck, poplar body and the choice of either a rosewood or roasted maple fretboard and SSS or HSS pickup configuration putting the onus on the player’s preferences.

Loaded with Sterling by Music Man pickups wired to a five-way selector switch and boasting a vintage-style tremolo, the Cutlass will prove to be more than capable whether handling classic tones or modern stylings. Finish options include Vintage Sunburst, Rose Gold, Dropped Copper, Firemist Silver, Toluca Lake Blue and Vintage Cream.

Find out more about the new range over at Sterling by Music Man. For domestic inquiries, get in touch with CMC Music.