REVIEW: Music Man Reflex HH Electric Guitar

The Music Man Reflex HH Electric Guitar has substance and style!

Music Man History

The Music Man story began in 1971 when Forrest White and Tom Walker talked with Leo Fender about starting a company they would call Tri-Sonic, Inc. White had worked with Leo in the very early days of Fender Electric Instrument Manufacturing Company as the plant manager and stayed on after the company was sold to the CBS Corporation, but had grown unhappy with their management. Tom Walker worked as a sales rep at Fender. Because of a 10-year non-compete clause in the 1965 contract that sold the Fender companies to CBS, Leo Fender was a silent partner.

Off the Rack

Right off the bat, the Reflex feels like an Axis in almost every way. The Reflex is a bit lighter but hangs nicely on the body.  The fretboard feels great in your hands and is moderately fast. The thinner neck allows for amazing grip and string control. The longer scale neck allows for better tuning and string tension. The tone from the dual Dimarzio pickups are powerful and bright. The parallel/series capabilities allow you to fine tune your tone to your liking. These tones go well with any style of music. The axe also features Schaller locking machine heads which work perfectly, keeping the Reflex in tune throughout an entire set. This is one of the most comfortable guitars I have ever played!

The Specs

  • Model: Reflex Guitar
  • Body Wood: Chambered basswood with maple top and mahogany Tone Block
  • Body Finish: High gloss polyester
  • Neck Wood: Select maple neck
  • Fingerboard: Select maple or rosewood
  • Neck: 5 bolts – Sculpted neck joint.
  • Scale Length: 25-1/2″ (64.8 cm)
  • Neck Radius: 12″ (30.5 cm)
  • Frets: 22 – High profile, medium width
  • Fret Markers: Mother of Pearl dots
  • Neck Finish: Gun-stock oil and hand-rubbed special wax blend
  • Pickups: 2 DiMarzio custom humbuckers
  • Tuning Machines: Schaller M6-IND locking
  • Bridge: Standard – Music Man® strings-thru-the-body bridge
  • Truss Rod: Adjustable – no component or string removal
  • Electro Shielding: Graphite acrylic resin coated body cavity and aluminum control cover
  • Switching: 5-way lever pickup selector; 2-way toggle series/parallel selector

The Low Down

All and all, this is a great axe! Just what you have come to expect from Ernie Ball guitars. The tone is stellar, thanks to its custom electronics that allow you to fine tune your tone in a variety of unique ways. The 5-way series/ parallel switch is a must in an ever changing musical world. No longer will you have to rely on small tonal options. With the Reflex, you can go far beyond the norm of tonal options. I highly recommend that you check this axe out. The reflex has all the ingredients of a great guitar, it just needs you. Try one out and experience the magic for yourself. The Reflex carries a big price tag… but it’s well worth it.

Pros: Custom electronics, Comfortable, Dimarzio pickups, Series/parallel switching, Locking machine heads, Thin neck.

Cons: N/A

MSRP – $1900 – $2000

Till next week, thanks for reading and keep on shredding. Cheers.

Nick Arrietta is a staff writer at SMG. Nick is a professional Music teacher from California and has been playing the Guitar for 24 years. Along with teaching music he is a touring guitarist, studio musician and songwriter. Email:

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