Sterling by Music Man introduces the Sabre design to its 2022 lineup with two Fishman Fluence-equipped electrics

Earlier this year, Sterling by Music Man dropped its new-for-2022 collection of electric guitars and bass guitars, which comprised new-look versions of its Stingray, Mariposa, Majesty, Axis, Cutlass and Stingray models.

Now, the affordable offshoot of the US-made Ernie Ball Music Man brand has introduced an all-new addition to its electric guitar lineup – the Sabre, which takes inspiration from the Ernie Ball Music Man original.

However, rather than featuring either the Music Man custom-wound humbuckers or the new HT humbuckers found on the flagship Sabre, the Sterling iteration instead opts for a set of Fishman Fluence Modern pickups.

Sterling by Music Man Sabre

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Available in either Cobra Burst or Deep Blue Burst, the latest Sterling six-strings sport double-cut nyatoh bodies, which are paired with C-shaped roasted hard maple necks and either a roasted hard maple or rosewood fretboard, depending on the finish.

Despite the ‘board differences, both guitars also utilize a 12” radius and 22 stainless steel frets, as well as dot marker inlays and a 25.5” scale length.

Elsewhere, the Sterling by Music Man Sabre comes equipped with a modern tremolo bridge and locking tuners, as well as a dual action truss rod, five-bolt pattern neck plate and flame maple top.

Sterling by Music Man Sabre

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The standout spec, though, is of course the Fishman Fluence Modern humbuckers, which seek to offer two distinct voices via push/pull volume and tone pots and a three-way selector switch.

As for how this compares to the Ernie Ball Music Man variant, that opts for an Okoume body and a figured roasted maple neck, as well as premium Schaller M6-IND locking tuners. The bridge is slightly different too, featuring a crescent cover with vintage bent steel saddles.

The Sterling by Music Man Sabre is available now for $1,499.

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Matt is a Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.