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?
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.
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 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.
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.
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 roasted figured maple neck, Ebony fretboard, St. Vincent inlays, Schaller locking tuners, 5-way pick up selector with custom configuration and 3-mini humbuckers
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.