SMG Review: Music Man Steve Morse Y2D Guitar with Standard Bridge

SMG reviews the Music Man Steve Morse Y2D Guitar with Standard Bridge!

BRIEF ERNIE BALL HISTORY

Sometime in 1957 or 1958, Ball opened what was arguably the first music store in the United States to sell guitars exclusively, in Tarzana, California. When music sales reps criticized him for refusing to sell drumsticks and other instruments equipment, Ball replied, “I just want to sell guitars.” He was repeatedly told that a guitar store would never be a success, but the words rang hollow as people began to come from miles around to visit the shop. Eventually, the products spawned from his company would sell in more than 5,500 stores and be exported to more than 70 countries of the world.

OFF THE RACK

The first thing I noticed about the Music Man Steve Morse Y2D guitar was the super fast neck! The neck is left unvarnished for a feel that resembles a 25 year old guitar. It is very comfortable and has that warn in feel.  The Y2d is definitely a shredders guitar but can accommodate a wide variety of players and styles. The DiMarzio pickups are superb and very full in terms of tone. The neck pickup is very thick and smooth perfect for blues and jazz. The middle single coil position has that Steve Morse signature tone, especially when combined with the neck pickup. The bridge pickup is very punchy with a fair amount of bang to it. I find that the bridge pickup is slightly dirty and allows you the option of achieving a variety of tones. The guitar stays in tune beautifully and hangs well on the body. At 7 lbs the axe is fairly heavy, but well worth a little extra weight for the tone you get from it.

THE SPECS

  • Frets: 22 high-profile, wide
  • Width: 1-5/8″ at nut, 2-1/4″ at last fret
  • Neck wood: Selected maple with a rosewood fretboard
  • Tuners: Schaller Locking M6-IND
  • Truss rod adjustable, no string removal or loosening required
  • Neck Attachment: 5 bolts – perfect alignment with no shifting
  • Sculpted neck joint for smooth access to upper frets
  • Body Wood: Poplar
  • Pickguard: Clear
  • Switching: 3-way lever, 2-way toggle
  • Custom DiMarzio pickups: humbucking DP-205 Morse Signature (neck), Single Coil – Proprietary Custom Wound (middle), humbucking DP-200 Morse Signature (bridge)
  • Standard bridge
  • Weight: approximately 7 lbs., 7 oz.

The Low Down

Over all the Music Man Steve Morse Y2D Guitar with Standard Bridge is a great signature series axe with all the trimmings. It is super versatile and has awesome tone. The multi-toggle and lever-toggle switch combined with the three DiMarzio pickups give you every tone you could be looking for. This axe sounds great both clean and over-driven with tones ranging from smooth and jazzy to punchy and powerful. The thin fast neck is one of the easiest necks I have played to date.  The only problem I found worth mentioning with the Y2D is that the guitar would have been perfect with 24 frets.

The Music Man Steve Morse Y2D Guitar is on the pricey side, but like most Ernie Ball guitars they are well worth it. I like the fact that you can get to the truss rod without taking off the strings, that was a very nice touch. Also, the locking tuners are great and work perfectly on this axe keeping you in tune through even the most brutal jam sessions. I highly recommend this guitar to anyone looking for an easy playable guitar with everything you need to get through a tour or recording session. Try one out and see if this axe is the right one for you.

 

Pros: Fast thin neck, Dimarzio pickups, Great tone, Amazing playability.

Cons: N/A

Street Price: $1600 – $1900

Till next time, thanks for reading and keep on shredding.

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