“A must-try for fans of guitars that push the boundaries of instrument design”: Sterling by Music Man St. Vincent Goldie review

A streamlined – and more affordable – take on one of the most exciting guitar designs in recent memory

Sterling By Music Man St. Vincent Goldie
(Image: © Future / Phil Barker)

Guitar World Verdict

An aesthetic and tonal antidote to traditional guitar designs, the Sterling Goldie is an ergonomic and inspiring breath of fresh air – and one that compares favorably to its more expensive Ernie Ball Music Man incarnation.


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    The neck is a breeze to navigate.

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    A seriously powerful and versatile tone machine.

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    Radical but comfortable design.


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    Middle pickup might get in the way for some players.

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In 2016, Ernie Ball Music Man unveiled a guitar unlike anything else on the market – one so radical it’s often cited as one of the most exciting guitar innovations of recent memory.

That was the St. Vincent signature guitar, masterminded by Annie Clark [aka St. Vincent herself] and debuting a new body shape. A more affordable version arrived from Sterling by Music Man soon after, but when an updated $3,000-priced Goldie was released in 2021, guitarists began to dream once again.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer, GuitarWorld.com

Matt is a Senior 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.