As some that know me know I am a huge EVH fan. My guitar and gear collection would show it. So of course when the striped series came out i had to get the 5150. To be honest, hate the neck. Fast forward to last night. I bought a sterling sub axis and got it yesterday. Wanted to see what they were all about. For 300 bucks this thing blows the evh stiped series outta the water. Since last night I bought two more sterling ax40 of reverb. Yes they are not exactly a axis but i tell you what folks. Its as close as your gonna get and the necks feel great while slightly different. What I am getting at is even with a cheap model music man still beats out people selling guitars for over a grand. They never stop amazing me. Thanks Sterling and the whole company!