Leo Fender (rings a bell right?) and Tom Walker started the Music Man company in middle of the 70’s after selling their previous company to CBS. Tom and Leo designed a great number of instruments and amps that still are used today. Despite this, business was slow.
Ernie Ball and his son Sterling had in the same decade conquered the world with the now famous Ernie Ball strings. At this time they felt that the market was ready for US built quality instruments and with Music Man’s great reputation in mind, they decided to buy the whole company. Sterling Ball whom had worked as a sales rep for some years had a huge network of stores and artists and Music Man started to gain market shares and has been growing even since. With a mix of modern technology and traditional handicraft, artists such as John Petrucci, Steve Lukather, Steve Morse are all now a part of the growing Music Man family. Will you be next?
Music Man's first dual humbucking bass is back! The Classic Sabre features updated electronics, classic mini humbuckers, mute pads and a figured maple neck.
After more than 3 decades Ernie Ball Music Man is proud to announce the reintroduction of the HD and RD series amplifiers. The new Music Man amps are faithful recreations of the most popular and coveted models from the golden era of amplifier design.
Designed together with BWM’s awarded design team in Los Angeles. Music Man Bongo is the bass for you if want a instrument that sticks out. Basswood body with a 24 fret maple neck and a rosewood fingerboard. Available as 4, 5 or a 6-string.
Introduced in the mid 70’s, the Stingray bass is a true icon and is generally known for the punch of their sound, making them very suitable for rock/funk applications and excellent for slapping, and for being of extremely high build quality. Available as both 4-string and 5-string and can be orsered with either a single humbucker, humbucker/singlecoil or dual humbuckers, every bass player can find it’s fit.
Originally designed for Eddie Van Halen in the 90’s, Axis is still the shredders delight. You get a basswood body with a highly figured maple top. Features two custom made DiMarzio pickups that are mounted directly in the body, giving you great dynamic response and sustain. Ultra fast 22 fret neck in maple with 25,5” scale. As all true shred machines the Axis is equipped with a Floyd Rose tremolo.
The Ball family is the last of a dying breed, a family business making guitars and basses exclusively in the United States. Ball Family Reserve is a celebration of our heritage in instrument craftsmanship which features some of the finest figured tone woods and finishes available.
The Axis Super Sport semi-hollow body builds upon the familiar aspects of the solid body classic by adding two chambers on either side of the pickups and an attractive "M" hole on the top. The result is a resonate and lighter guitar with smooth lows, airy highs and a very responsive attack.
Music Man Reflex has a partially chambered basswood body with a maple top and mahogany tone block. This construction does not only make the guitar lighter, it also gives you a different tone with rounded bass and highs and a more pronounced mid range. The pickups are custom made by DiMarzio and is controlled with a 5-way lever pickup selector and a 2-way toggle series/parallel selector. This gives you a extremely versatile guitar that can handle anything between country and heavy metal. You get a maple neck with the option to choose a maple or a rosewood fretboard. You can also choose between a Music Man strings-thru-the-body bridge or a Music Man vintage tremolo. Locking tuners from Schaller comes as standard.
The Classic Colletion brings you back to the golden age of barefoot dancing and super flare jeans. The Classic Collection basses feature a ash body, the highly figured maple necks have a yellow vintage tint and is available with both maple and rosewood fretboards.
Guitar and bass players alike can now unlock their instruments' tonal possibilities with this patent-pending pickup switching system. Combining any order of pickup coils in series, parallel, in or out of phase gives you access to the most extensive library of never-before-heard tones. Imagine having complete tonal control of your instrument, with over 250,000 pickup combinations, without manually rewiring anything! True to form, the audio signal is never digitized or modeled in any way, providing a transparent analog signal path for the absolute purist.
Introducing Music Man's first neck-through solid body guitar, the Armada. Featuring a mahogany body, V-shaped figured maple top, rosewood neck, and custom mother of pearl inlays, the Armada is sure to inspire musicians around the world!
Introduced in 1993. With a smaller body than it’s big brother Stingray and its narrower 22 fret neck, the Sterling bass is a real player. Available with either a single humbucker, dual humbuckers or a humbucker/singlecoil configuration, this beast will give you all the sounds that are expected from a high end bass. Also available with piezo system for that extra funk!
"The Majesty guitar symbolizes the very reason why I am so proud to be a Music Man artist. I had the idea for this guitar a couple of years ago but it is because of their innovative spirit and dedication to the art of guitar building that it is now a reality. I am so grateful that I am able to collaborate with the best guitar company on the planet and so incredibly proud that together we have created what is to me, the perfect musical instrument for guitar players. I really hope you get a chance to play one and am confident that you will feel the same!" - John Petrucci
The Silhouette Special is a extremely versatile instrument with oustanding quality and comfort. It has got an Alder body with a maple neck where you can choose between a maple or a rosewood fretboard. The pickups are custom made from DiMarzio and all guitars are equipped with Music Mans patented “Silent Circuit” system that eliminates hum without coloring your sound.
Steve Lukather has been with Music Man for many years and his signature model has gone through some changes over the years. This model has an alder body and a maple neck with a rosewood fingerboard. The pickups are a set of active EMG’s, 85 in the bridge position and two SLV singlecoils in the the neck and middle position.
The Ernie Ball Music Man Luke III solidbody electric guitar takes perfection to new heights. With a three percent larger alder body than previous models, vintage floating tremolo, and Schaller locking tuners, the Luke III continues to provide a guitar worthy of the Steve Lukather name. In addition to great tonewoods such as the rosewood fretboard and roasted maple neck, the Ernie Ball Music Man Luke III is equipped with two creamy DiMarzio passive humbucker pickups and a Custom Ernie Ball Music Man active preamp with a push/push pot that provides a 12dB boost
Steve Morse has influenced thousands of players with his awesome guitar skills since the middle of the 80’s. He got his first breakthrough with the Dixie Dregs and has since 1994 been the lead guitar player for Deep Purple. He has been a part of the Music Man family since 1987 and has two different signature models on the market, the standard model and the new Y2D. Both models have a poplar body and a maple neck with a rosewood fingerboard. The Y2D model also have a stunning maple top and a see through pickguard. Both models have a unique pickup configuration, the standard model has a HSSH configuration whilst the Y2D model has a variation of a HSH configuration. Both models are extremely versatile and will give you a wide array of tones.
The JP15 is the first John Petrucci production model to feature a roasted maple fretboard and roasted maple top. The African mahogany body features a Sahara Burst satin finish and a pair of DiMarzio Illuminator humbuckers. The roasted, figured maple neck is finished in gunstock oil and wax. Piezo, 20 dB gain boost and custom pearl JP15 inlays come stock on every JP15. Available in 6 or 7 string with your choice of flame or quilt top.
John Petrucci has since the beginning of the 90’s been one of the most influential players around. He joined the Music Man family in the beginning of 2000 and has since then released a line of different signature models. This specific guitar is the original model and has a basswood body and has a maple neck with a rosewood fretboard. The pickups are made by DiMarzio, CrunchLab in the bridge position and LiquiFire in the neck position. The JP model is available both as a 6-string and a 7-string and also with a Fishman piezo system. A number of different finishes are available.
The JP13 marks the first time a preamp circuit has been introduced in his guitar along with a solo boost conveniently accessed from the volume knob. The enhanced tonal range and openness is noticeable and welcomed from the moment you plug it in.
The JP12 features a combination of top appointments, including an extra slim profile mahogany neck, with a flatter 20" radius ebony fretboard and medium jumbo stainless steel frets. Combined with a basswood body, mahogany tone block and maple top, the JP12 is the ultimate heavy metal tone machine.Controls include two three-way toggles perfectly wired for the Custom Dimarzio LiquiFire and Crunch Lab humbuckers, in addition to a Music Man/Fishman piezo system bridge pickup and a Custom John Petrucci Music Man floating tremolo system made of chrome-plated hardened steel with solid steel saddles. And the Schaller M6-IND locking tuning machines keep the JP12 perfectly in tune under even the most punishing circumstances.
Continuing the tremendous success of the JPX, the JPXI is the latest evolution in the John Petrucci line of signature guitars. The JPXI features a combination of top appointments from JPX and BFR Petrucci signature instruments. Most notably, the JPXI neck has been streamlined to a symmetric, extra slim profile featuring a flatter 20" radius, medium jumbo stainless steel frets with a finished mahogany neck and an ebony fingerboard. This, combined with the non-chambered body, mahogany Tone Block and maple top, has become the ultimate rock machine! The controls are similar to that of the JP BFR line, with 2 three way toggles perfectly wired for the Custom Dimarzio LiquiFire and Crunch Lab humbuckers, as well as the Piezo bridge pickup.
The Ernie Ball Music Man JPX 6 commemorates 10 years of collaboration between Ernie Ball Music Man and master guitarist John Petrucci. Although similar to previous Petrucci signature model guitars, the JPX 6's body has a thinner upper horn and a more symmetrical profile. The JPX 6 also produces more acoustic resonance, due to its improved tonewoods and chambered body. Two updated DiMarzio humbuckers ensure that you won't have to work hard to get the thick, modern sound you crave. If you'd like to bring more tonal variety to your guitar sound, you owe it to yourself to check out the Ernie Ball Music Man JPX 6!
Albert Lee has inspired a whole generation of country pickers with his lightning fast chops. He designed his own signature model back in 1993 and has been his weapon of choice since then. The Albert Lee signature model is available in two different costumes, the original singlecoil model as well as the newer humbucker-model.
Ernie Ball Music Man is proud to announce an imaginative new signature guitar with GRAMMY® award-winning musician and guitarist St. Vincent. Envisioned and designed by St. Vincent with support from the award-winning engineering team at Ernie Ball Music Man, the unique electric guitar was crafted to perfectly fit her form, playing technique and personal style. Crafted in Ernie Ball Music Man's San Luis Obispo, California factory, the St. Vincent signature is available in black or custom Vincent Blue, a color hand-mixed by Annie. Featuring an African mahogany body, Ernie Ball Music Man tremolo, gunstock oil and hand-rubbed rosewood neck and fingerboard, St. Vincent inlays, Schaller locking tuners, 5-way pick up selector with custom configuration and 3-mini humbuckers
The Cutlass bass is the latest edition to the Modern Classic line of instruments. This newly designed passive 4-string bass features rich, vintage tone surrounded by streamlined, modern appointments for ultimate comfort and playabilty. The Cutlass's many great features include a old school split-coil humbucking design for that big round bottom end tone, a comfortable "C" shaped neck carve and a lightweight contoured alder body that fits like a glove. The top-loading bridge is made from hardened steel and complemented by a newly designed oversized headstock with the familiar 3+1 tuner arrangement. All in all the Cutlass is a sleek, modern bass with vintage features that stays true to its Music Man heritage
The Ernie Ball Music Man Modern Classics pays homage to the vintage styling and cosmetic appeal of Leo Fender’s original Music Man models. Updated vintage spec electronics, super smooth modern hardware, and lightweight bodies are welcome refinements to these new modern renditions. Flawless craftsmanship throughout make these new modern classics a perfect culmination of old world aesthetics and styling with modern design and playability.
The Ernie Ball Music Man James Valentine “Valentine” guitar features a slab ash body, two Ernie Ball Music Man designed pickups (1-humbucker/1-single coil), with 3-way custom wired lever switch, coil tap, modern hardtail bridge with vintage bent steel saddles, 25.5-inch scale, oil and wax rubbed roasted maple neck with 10-inch radius maple fingerboard, 22 stainless steel frets, oversized 4-over-2 headstock and compensated nut, designed for superior tuning.
The JP16 is a combination of the original Music Man John Petrucci signature model and later Ball Family Reserve models. Highlights include a lightweight basswood body with high gloss Black Lava finish and a new Floyd Rose 1000 Pro Floating Tremolo system. The JP16 also features the return of the original scooped forearm contour which will provide many hours of playing comfort. First fret JP16 logo, stainless steel frets and a smokey ebony fretboard are standard options on the ultra thin and fast figured/roasted maple neck. A pair of DiMarzio Illuminator humbuckers and 20+ dB gain boost push/push volume pot provide the JP16 with plenty of sizzling tone.
The Caprice, another welcome newcomer to the Modern Classic family of instruments is a bold new statement in passive design. A workhorse bass that is capable of blending two distinct pickup voicings offering a variety of tones suitable for any musical environment. This compact offset design provides a body shape that is comfortable and balanced along with a slim neck profile that makes this bass a pleasure to play. The top-loading bridge is made from hardened steel and complemented by a newly designed oversized headstock with the familiar 3+1 tuner arrangement. As with the Cutlass, the Caprice is a sleek modern bass with vintage features that stays true to its Music Man heritage.