Sterling by Music Man Valentine Chambered Bigsby review: it may borrow from the Tele and the ES-339, but this affordable offset is very much its own guitar – and it’s an absolute must-play

It’s lightweight, super-versatile, nicely priced, with a Bigsby sweetening the deal, and there's nothing quite like it. Why aren't more players talking about this Valentine?

Sterling by Music Man Valentine Chambered Bigsby
(Image: © Sterling by Music Man)

Guitar World Verdict

The Valentine Chambered Bigsby presents itself as a fantastic alternative to other traditional guitars by combining innovative features and modern electronics that make it a standout classic that’ll cover most styles from jazz to rock.


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    Excellent pickup combination makes for a versatile electric.

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    Resonant, lightweight and playable.

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    Totally original.

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    12dB onboard boost.


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    Not much, but if the Bigsby bothers you there is a hardtail version.

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I’m pretty sure signature guitars have outpaced most standard production models. After all, an artist’s collaborative input often brings into focus a nouveau guitar that might offer a refreshing update or integrate timeless looks and modern features, with the potential to surpass anything that came before it. 

With that, there’s no point arguing with the fact that Sterling by Music Man’s new Valentine Chambered Bigsby guitar encapsulates both of the latter views; however, I also believe the brand’s Valentine collection has somehow flown under the radar for most players considering an artist model.

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Paul Riario

Paul Riario has been the tech/gear editor and online video presence for Guitar World for over 25 years. Paul is one of the few gear editors who has actually played and owned nearly all the original gear that most guitarists wax poetically about, and has survived this long by knowing every useless musical tidbit of classic rock, new wave, hair metal, grunge, and alternative genres. When Paul is not riding his road bike at any given moment, he remains a working musician, playing in two bands called SuperTrans Am and Radio Nashville.