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Brett Kingman on the Valentine
Brett ran our James Valentine signature guitar through it's paces the other day and came away well impressed! Check out the video for a taste of some of the tones you can pull from this incredibly versatile instrument
Like what you hear? Click here to find a Music Man dealer near you, and get one in your own hands.

 
 
 
 

STARRY NIGHT PDNS COMING THROUGH!

 

We've just received our first shipment of the 2016 Premier Dealer Network Starry Night finishes - and of course, they are stunning to behold. Above are some shots we took of the finish on a St Vincent. It's a brilliant but subtle sparkle finish that rolls off to darkness around the edges. The roasted neck adds a final touch of class.
If you want to see a Starry Night finish in the flesh, get in touch with your local Music Man dealer here. If they haven't got one yet, they'll probably be getting theirs soon!
 
New Music Mans at WA's Music Park
If you're looking for a Music Man instrument in the WA area, talk to Barry and the guys at Music Park in Victoria Park. In the picture above is happy camper Ivan picking up his deadly weapon - the John Petrucci signature series Artisan Majesty.
 
BK and STV Play The Blues
Brett Kingman takes his new St Vincent for a run. In his words: "I know, Annie Clark is probably rolling her eyes and wishing that bastard from Australia never laid hands on one of her creations. I'll bet the blues was not part of the job description. Oh well, too bad. I like it. The guitar speaks to me and it's great for all sorts of stuff. And I'll bet Annie doesn't mind a bad Australian blues interpretation every now and then. :)"

The amp was a Vibrolux Reverb sim from the Axe-FX II XL+. There's a tubescreamer in there and a delay or two as well.
To check one out at your nearest dealer - click here.
 
A Man, His Axis, and His FX
Brett Kingman just couldn't resist installing the latest firmware into his Fractal FX unit and taking it for a run using his Axis. While this isn't an Axis demo, you get to hear a whole slew of very attractive tones coming from Brett's Axis courtesy of his new software. Check it out.
Like what you hear? Click here to find your nearest Ernie Ball Music Man dealer and test drive an Axis for yourself!
 
   

Keep Your Finger on the Pulse!

Why not check out Ernie Ball Music Man's blog by clicking on the image to the right? Our blog keeps you worded up on the inside dirt behind players and playthings that emanate from the legendary San Luis Obispo facilities. If you appreciate Ernie Ball Music Man's unique philosophy when it comes to hand crafted 'players instruments', you need to - as Molly would say 'Do yourself a favour' and check out the blog.

   

ERNIE BALL MUSIC MAN INTRODUCES 8 NEW MODELS AT NAMM 2016

Our new guitar and bass models were the highlight of the 2016 NAMM show, with our James Valentine taking home a “Best In Show” Award. 

JAMES VALENTINE SIGNATURE GUITAR WINS “BEST IN SHOW.”

First off, we’re excited to announce that our James Valentine signature guitar won “Best in Show.” This is a HUGE win for the Ernie Ball Music Man team, and a testament to the hard work and ingenuity that went into the creation of this amazing instrument. Learn more about it here: http://musc.mn/1QqCZzS

ST. VINCENT TALKS CRAFTING SIGNATURE ERNIE BALL GUITAR IN NEW VIDEO

Watch the video below to see how St. Vincent and Ernie Ball Music Man created a one-of-a-kind instrument.  The St. Vincent signature will be available March 1st and comes in black or custom Vincent Blue, a color hand-mixed by St. Vincent herself.
Click here to find an Ernie Ball Music Man dealer near you.
 

JOE WALSH TALKS ABOUT THE NEW CUTLASS GUITAR

Joe Walsh is a big fan of our Cutlass guitar. Check out the demo video below as well, and staye tuned for news on Joe and the Cutlass...  
 
 

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ERNIE BALL MUSIC MAN CUTLASS GUITAR

DEMO DEBUT

 

The Cutlass features updated vintage spec electronics, a super smooth modern tremolo system and lightweight alder body are welcome refinements to the Cutlass. Oversized 4 over 2 headstock with straight string pull provide superior tuning stability and flawless craftsmanship throughout make the Cutlass a perfect culmination of old world aesthetics and styling with modern design and playability.
Click here to find an Ernie Ball Music Man dealer near you.
 

ERNIE BALL MUSIC MAN STINGRAY GUITAR

DEMO DEBUT

The StingRay guitar features updated vintage spec humbucking pickups, a super smooth modern tremolo system and off-set lightweight African Mahogany body. The sound is big and bold when needed but smooth as glass if desired with no loss of high end thanks to the perfectly voice custom pickups with buffered output circuitry. 3-way switch accesses versatile coil combinations while oversized 4 over 2 headstock with straight string pull provide superior tuning stability. Flawless craftsmanship throughout make the Stingray a perfect culmination of old world aesthetics and styling with modern design and playability.
Click here to find an Ernie Ball Music Man dealer near you.
 

 

ERNIE BALL MUSIC MAN AND JAMES VALENTINE DESIGN

THE VALENTINE SIGNATURE GUITAR

- AND WIN BEST OF NAMM 2016

 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 stability

 
 

ERNIE BALL MUSIC MAN INTRODUCE

PASSIVE BASSES AT NAMM 2016! 

The Cutlass and Caprice are Ernie Ball Music Man's first fully passive basses, with designes influenced by the StingRay and Cutlass guitars - marrying a familiar, classic design quality with moern playability. Music Man compared a variety of the most sought after pickups in passive basses, and hand wound dozens of prototypes until they found the exact tone they were searching for. Where the active StingRay basses provide a punchy in-you-face sound, the Cutlass and Caprice give you a warmer, and mellower tone. Single split-coil pickup, or two. C shaped neck, or the slimmer profile borrowed from the Sterling bass - it's up to you.

 

 
 

OLD SMOOTHIE IS BACK TO CELEBRATE OUR THE STINGRAY'S 40TH

Since its introduction in 1976, the Music Man StingRay has been embraced as one of the world’s classic electric bass designs. To celebrate, Ernie Ball Music Man is proud to introduce the 40th Anniversary “Old Smoothie”StingRay, a faithful reproduction of StingRay prototype #27, designed by Leo Fender for Sterling Ball during his time spent testing and developing the original prototypes back in the 70’s. Named for its smooth even tone that is reminiscent of the highly sought after vintage Music Man StingRay sound, “Old Smoothie” has been precisely reproduced including the one-of-a-kind custom made 10 pole piece pickup design, body headstock and pickguard shape, 34-inch scale maple neck and fingerboard, high profile narrow frets, active electronics, hardware and exclusive chocolate-burst finish. Below, Sterling Ball talks about his history with Leo Fender and the origins of Old Smoothie.

 

 
 

PERTH'S   KOSMIC   SOUND   NOW SHOWING   1   OF   ONLY   300   UNIQUE 

LIMITED  EDITION  JP15s  IN  THE  WORLD

Yes, that's Voyager's shredding demon, Simone Dow looking slightly impressed

Yes, you can see this instrument on display at Kosmic Sound - for the moment!

Yes, Simone and staff have plenty to say about this unique guitar now they've got their hands on it! Check out their first impressions and more info on this incredible instrument by visiting Kosmic Sound's blog page here!

 
Albert Lee Demos His SAlbert Lee 
 
 
 

Play Music Man Guitars Now at Scarlett Music

If you're in Melbourne and have always wanted to see just how good an Ernie Ball Music Man guitar can play and sound, Scarlett Music now offers a range of premium USA made instruments, from the Semi Hollow Body Axis Super Sport and Silhouette Special, to the high speed John Petrucci models - including one in the incredible Neptune Blue finish with roasted neck.  Click on the picture to visit Scarlett Music's website. If you aren't in the Melbourne area, but want to try one of these extraordinary instruments, click here to find your nearest Ernie Ball Music Man dealer.
 
 

What are Sterling Ball and James Valentine Up to?

Apparently James Valentine of Maroon 5 and Sterling Ball of Ernie Ball Music Man have been colluding on the design for a new signature instrument. We don't know any more than you can tell from the pics above that Sterling leaked yesterday, but from the smiles on their faces, it going to be cool!
You can stay tuned to the latest on Ernie Ball Music Man via our dedicated Facebook page here, or you can check out what's new with your nearest Ernie Ball Music Man dealer by clicking here!
 
 
 

Talylor Swift and Beck checking out St Vincent's St Vincent

The shot above was taken back stage at an LA sound check during T Swift's '1989 World Tour'. Taylor commented that it was one of her favourite memories.

Beck seems impressed too ;)

Interested in an instrument that pushes the boundaries and offers you a new look and tone? Speak to your nearest Ernie Ball Music Man dealer - you can find him by clicking here.
 
 

Caligula's Horse Light the Fire with 

Ernie Ball Music Man on 'Firelight'

Sam Vallen and Zac Greensill of Brisbane progressive alternative rock band Caligula's Horse put their twin John Petrucci JP7s to good use on their new album 'Bloom'. Check out the guitar work on their new single - 'Firelight'.  Want to play one of these Ernie Ball Music Man guitars yourself? Click here to find a stockist near you!
 
 
 

 

 
 

Scarlett Music Joins The Ernie Ball Music Man Family

We are very pleased to announce that Lorelle Scarlett and her team at Scarlett Music have chosen to join the Ernie Ball Music Man family. If you're interested in playing some of the world's most prefessionally crafted guitars, straight out of the workshop in San Louis Obispo CA, drop in and see the lads at their Footscray digs! You can check out their website here. Their contact details are also on our dealer page here.

 
        
 

ERNIE BALL MUSIC MAN ANNOUNCES

ST.VINCENT

SIGNATURE MODEL

 

Shipping Early 2016 - 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 guitar also comes complete with Ernie Ball Regular Slinky guitar strings. Further information here.

 

For the latest news on Ernie Ball Music Man products, visit our Facebook pagehere. If you'd like to check out our Californian made basses of guitars, you can find a dealer near you by clicking here

   
     
 

Joe Walsh and Sterling Ball Work on Something New

From Sterling August 27 (last night for us Aussies!): "Having a very special day with Mr Joe Walsh we are having fun creating a new guitar. Notice the warren county pork chopper shirt. Haha"  

For the latest news on Ernie Ball Music Man products, visit our Facebook page here. If you'd like to check out our Californian made basses of guitars, you can find a dealer near you by clicking here.
 
 

New Ernie Ball Music Man Model Caught in the Wild!

 
From Sterling Ball recently: "So happy! This is a guitar that I've just finished co designing with Drew Montell and primarily the incredibly talented Annie Clark also known as St Vincent. The debut was supposed to be the sold out St Vincent Hollywood bowl show, but Taylor asked her to be a special guest at her residency at the Staples center".
 
For the latest news on Ernie Ball Music Man products, visit our Facebook page here. If you'd like to check out our Californian made basses of guitars, you can find a dealer near you by clicking here.
 
 
 

Hand Signed Limited Edition JP15 Blueberry Burst Announced

Limited to 300 pieces worldwide, this exclusive Blueberry Burst custom JP15 signature edition will be personally autographed by John Petrucci and sequentially numbered #1- #300, with special laser etching on the back tremolo cover. All Blueberry JP 15 guitars will feature an African mahogany body with highly quilted maple top, roasted maple neck and fingerboard, 20db boost and DiMarzio Illuminator pickups. Click here to place your order with an Ernie Ball Music Man dealer near you!
 
 
 

2015 Premier Dealer Network Finish Announced

The Vintage Tobacco color package features alder bodies finished in a custom Vintage Tobacco Burst finish. The package also includes tinted, figured maple neck and optional matching headstocks. Once again Music Man will offer maple fretboards on the JP, BFR JP, Bongo, Morse and Luke models. Click here to place your order with an Ernie Ball Music Man dealer near you!
 
 

 MUSIC MAN NECK THROUGH STINGRAY GARNERS
GUITAR WORLD'S PLATINUM AWARD

This year Ernie Ball Music Man unveiled a new weapon in the bassist's sonic arsenal - a neck through version of the iconic Stingray bass. Click on the image above to watch Matt Scharfglass' review. For those hungry for the bottom line, we've bullet pointed Matt's main observations below.

“Perhaps the best way to describe the difference between the StingRay Neck Through and the standard StingRay is that the neck-through version sounds bigger.“

  • The low end has more body
  • The treble has more presence  
  • Its sustain is virtually endless   
  • Notes have more roundness and warmth
  • It can still sound very aggressive.
  • The bass delivered very satisfying growl with plenty of high-frequency bite. (Our example came from the factory with new Ernie Ball Slinky Flatwound strings)
  • The three-band EQ controls can dial in an incredible range of tones and provide perfect string-to-string balance with almost any bass amp or speaker configuration.
  • The StingRay Neck Through’s versatile tones are absolutely killer
  • What really seals the deal is how solid it feels and how incredible it plays, particularly at the uppermost frets.
  • The rock-solid, flex-free neck is by far the most comfortable and fast bass neck I’ve ever played
  • The Ernie Ball flatwound strings added to the playing comfort, of course, but when flatwounds sound this punchy, bright and round, there’s little need to use roundwounds.
 
Like what you hear? Then why not try the real thing? Click here to find an Ernie Ball Music Man dealer near you! 
 
Luke talks Luke

Legendary guitarist Steve Lukather walks you through his signature Luke model electric guitar from Ernie Ball Music Man.

Learn more by clicking here.

Like what you hear? Then why not try the real thing? Click here to find an Ernie Ball Music Man dealer near you! 
 
Luke demos his Luke III

Legendary guitarist Steve Lukather walks you through the Luke III (LIII) electric guitar from Ernie Ball Music Man. Learn more: http://www.music-man.com/instruments/guitars/luke-III.html

Like what you hear? Then why not try the real thing? Click here to find an Ernie Ball Music Man dealer near you! 
 
Luke's New Baby - The Luke III BFR

Legendary guitarist Steve Lukather walks you through the Luke III (LIII) BFR electric guitar from Ernie Ball Music Man. Learn more: http://www.music-man.com/instruments/guitars/luke-iii-bfr.html

Like what you hear? Then why not try the real thing? Click here to find an Ernie Ball Music Man dealer near you! 
 

 

Voyager Riff Run Down
Simone and Scott, from Australian prog band Voyager slow down, and discuss a riff from Orpheus, from the 2014 album, 'V', for GearGods Australia Week-ly riff. Catch Voyager live in Australia with Dead Letter Circus through May and June - dates here, or in the US with Evergrey through August and September - dates here.
Simone plays a Music Man JPX and, in her own words, she is "Absolutely loving my guitar. Best decision of my life" Click here if you'd like to find out why she feels this way, by trying an Ernie Ball Music Man instrument at a store near you!

 

 

John Petrucci demos his Ernie Ball Music Man JP15

Guitar virtuoso John Petrucci walks you through the John Petrucci JP15 electric guitar from Ernie Ball Music Man
If you'd like to know more about Music Man guitars, of just want to try one for yourself, click here to find a Music Man Dealer near you!
 

 

John Petrucci demos his Ernie Ball Music Man Majesty

Guitar virtuoso John Petrucci walks you through the John Petrucci Majesty electric guitar from Ernie Ball Music Man
If you'd like to know more about Music Man guitars, of just want to try one for yourself, click here to find a Music Man Dealer near you!
 

 

John Petrucci demos his Ernie Ball Music Man JP13

Guitar virtuoso John Petrucci walks you through the John Petrucci JP13 electric guitar from Ernie Ball Music Man
If you'd like to know more about Music Man guitars, of just want to try one for yourself, click here to find a Music Man Dealer near you!
 

 

John Petrucci demos his Ernie Ball Music Man JPBFR6

Guitar virtuoso John Petrucci walks you through the JPBFR6 John Petrucci Ball Family Reserve (BFR) electric guitar from Ernie Ball Music Man
If you'd like to know more about Music Man guitars, of just want to try one for yourself, click here to find a Music Man Dealer near you!
 

John Petrucci demos his Ernie Ball Music Man JP6

Guitar virtuoso John Petrucci walks you through the John Petrucci JP6 electric guitar from Ernie Ball Music Man
If you'd like to know more about Music Man guitars, of just want to try one for yourself, click here to find a Music Man Dealer near you!
 
     

Music Man Arrives at Mall Music Macquarie Centre

 

Thinking about a Music Man bass, and want to try a few options? Mall Music has just expanded their bass display to include USA Music Man, Sterling by Music Man and the insanely affordable S.U.B. range of Music Man basses. Not only that, but you get to try them through the world's best bass amps - Markbass!

Don't waste time wondering what a Stingray really feels and sounds like when you can find out for yourself. Drop in and talk to Ben, Grahame and the guys at Mall Music at Macquarie Centre Ryde and check out their extensive range of basses, from the new S.U.B. to the reissued Classic Sabre. If you're not near Ryde, click here to find a Music Man Dealer near you!

 

 

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Music Man at Guitar Factory

 

If you're looking for a Music Man guitar or bass in Sydney, Stan, Bronson and the guys at Guitar Factory Parramatta have recently taken a fresh delivery of USA Music Man instruments. 

Music Man has been making some of the world's best basses and guitars for over forty years now. The tone and playability pf instruments like the Axis, made famous by Eddie Van Halen, or John Petrucci's signature guitars, the iconic StingRay bass or the iconoclastic Bongo bass is world renowned.

However, the only test of quality that matters is the one YOU make. If you'd like to try a Music Man guitars, drop in to Guitar Factory and speak with Bronson. If you're not near Parramatta, click here to find a Music Man Dealer near you!

 

 

 
   

Music Man On Stage for History of The Eagles Tour

 

The rich harmonies, melodies and musicianship of The Eagles collected works has become the soundtrack to the lives of many, and last week we were able to relive that soundtrack live thanks to The Eagles adding Australia to their History of the Eagles world tour.

The band delivered all of their classics to an enthusiastic audience, including one of the epic highlights of the night - Hotel California, which featured Joe Walsh and Steuart Smith playing the famous harmonised riffs from the song and trading licks between Joes single coil Music Man Silhouette and Steuart's unique twin neck Silhouette with humbuckers - an experience to make the hair on the back of your neck stand up!  

If you'd like to know more about Music Man guitars, of just want to try one for yourself, click here to find a Music Man Dealer near you!

 
     
     
  WA's Mega Music Flexes Their Music Man Muscle!  
  WA bassists are being spoiled for choice when it comes to Music Man basses at Mega Music Myaree. They've got everything from the exceptionally good value Ray 4 up to the newly re-released Classic Sabre. If you're in Perth and want to A/B a few great US basses, drop into Mega Music and put them to the test! Click on the picture for Mega Music's contact details.  
 
     
   
  Rare Music Man Pieces at WA's Music Park  
  If you're looking for a Music Man instrument, but want something even more special than what's available from our regular range, talk to Barry and the lads at Music Park who have collected some unique Music Man guitars and basses - including the stunning 20th Anniversary Silhouette and PDN Neptune Blue Luke shown above. Truly outstanding instruments! Music Park's contact details are on our Music Man dealer page here.  

 

 

 

The Majesty in Arctic Dream
We thought you'd like to check out a very rough run over the Arctic Dream finish on the most recent Music Man Majesty to arrive in Australia. Arctic Dream is the Majesty take on Music Man's Mystic Dream finish available on other John Petrucci instruments. This finish changes colour depending on the angle of light reflection and can look like anything from deep green to blue to purple depending on where you stand.
It's a rough video, but you get the idea. More important than the look is the feel and sound. Check out this amazing neck through guitar at a Music Man dealer near you by clicking here.
 

 

 
 
 
INTRODUCING THE NEW 2015 PRECIOUS METALS SERIES MAJESTY
 

Music Man have given us a sneak peak at their first new release for 2015 - Three new finishes for the John Petrucci Majesty. These stunning colours - Silver Lining, Copper Fire and Goldmine - include chrome hardware and black knobs and will be available at no upcharge on the regular Majesty pricing. Click here to check out the fastest guitar on earth at your nearest Music Man dealer!

 
 
John Petrucci's Majesty Arrives in Australia
 

Check in with your friendly Music Man dealer - the first of Music Man's new Majesty guitars has arrived. A completely new design that stands apart from anything that Music Man has previously done with John, this instrument is the result of years of research. In John's own words: "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

 
  Click here to locate a Music Man dealer near you!  
 

 

 
NEPTUNE BLUES ARE ARRIVING
 

The Bongo in the image above is just one of several examples of Music Man's last Premier Dealer Network release of 2014. The Neptune Blue colour package features African mahogany bodies finished in a custom Neptune Blue finish. The package also includes figured, roasted maple necks and high profile, wide stainless steel frets. This is the first time Music Man has offered maple fretboards on the JP, BFR JP, Bongo and Luke models. Dealers are telling us they're completely gob smacked by the look and performance.

 
  The 2014 Neptune Blue PDN release is a one-off. This finish can no longer be ordered from Music Man. If you see one in a store - chances are it's a very rare and collectible beast. Click here to locate a Music Man dealer near you!  
 
Guitarist Magazine Video Reviews the Music Man Semi Hollow Body Axis Super Sport
As Jamie Dickinson of Guitaris Magazine comments - Music Man has reinvented the bolt on Semi Hollow Body. It speaks clearly - even with dense chord shapes, it's light weight makes it a joy to wear, and Music Man's attention to detail means you'll keep picking up this axe time and time again.
Read more about the new Music Man Semi Hollow Body Axis Super Sport  here, or contact your nearest Music Man dealer for a demo here!
 

 

   

 

Signature Sound: By collaborating closely with a select group of guitarists on entirely original designs, Ernie Ball Music Man redefined the artist signature series guitar phenomenon.

By Richard Bienstock,

This is an excerpt from the all-new July/August 2014 issue of Guitar Aficionado magazine. 

For 30 years, Ernie Ball Music Man CEO Sterling Ball has run his company by adhering to a simple credo: “We make tools for artists.” He forged that mantra back in 1984 when Ernie Ball purchased Music Man, a brand established a decade earlier to manufacture the first products designed by Leo Fender after he split from the company that bears his surname.

The initial instruments manufactured by Ernie Ball Music Man were an updated version of the StingRay bass, a design first conceived in the mid Seventies by Leo Fender (with input from Sterling Ball and Tom Walker), and the Silhouette, a streamlined yet versatile six-string that was compact enough to fit into an airplane overhead compartment. Despite its sleek curves, easy playability, and bold tone, the Silhouette was not a hot commodity upon its release. “This was the mid Eighties,” Ball recalls. “When we showed the guitar, people laughed because it didn’t have a pointy headstock or a semi-naked girl airbrushed onto it. It was 10 percent smaller than a standard guitar. People thought, How dare you?”

Ball says this with a hint of bemusement, but he’s never let market trends dictate the look and sound of his instruments. Rather, he has remained primarily concerned, as he says, with making tools for artists. For Music Man, this concept has deep and literal meaning. Since the late Eighties, the company, based in San Luis Obispo, California, has produced some of the industry’s most renowned signature-model instruments, designed in conjunction with virtuoso guitarists like Steve Morse, Steve Lukather, Eddie Van Halen, Albert Lee, and John Petrucci. When Music Man builds tools for these artists, it’s with the intention of creating a dream guitar that meets their individual needs. That the instruments have also resonated with the greater guitar-buying public is merely a happy byproduct.

“We don’t consider the public at all when we make a signature guitar,” Ball says, and he means it. But it’s a point that he occasionally has to drive home with his customers. “We get people all the time that say, ‘I want a John Petrucci guitar, but I want it with this modification or that modification. I don’t think it’s fair that you don’t make that.’ And my answer is always, ‘I’m sorry. [Music Man] exists because you buy this product, but we don’t design this product with you in mind. If we make a change that John Petrucci himself didn’t ask for, what you’re buying is no longer a John Petrucci signature guitar.’ ”

Of course, when Petrucci or any Music Man–affiliated artist does ask for a functional or aesthetic change, Ball and his team—headed by longtime designer and director of research and development Dudley Gimpel and lead engineer Drew Montell—do whatever it takes to make it a reality. “The great thing about Music Man is that they will stop at nothing in pursuit of fulfilling an artist’s vision,” says Petrucci, who has been a Music Man signature artist since the late Nineties and has an extensive line of JP model guitars to his name. “Sterling and his guys use all of their expertise and resources and experience to get there.”

By way of example, he points to the Majesty, his newest signature model. “I wanted the top to look like carbon fiber, but I didn’t want it to actually be carbon fiber,” Petrucci explains. “I still wanted to retain the tonal qualities of maple. So we figured out a way to laser-etch a piece of maple with a carbon-fiber pattern, and stain it and sand it down to the point where it looks like carbon fiber. Sterling’s done stuff like that on numerous occasions in order to make an artistic request a reality. Music Man never says no. And the result is the best guitars on the planet.”

Interestingly, back when Music Man was producing only Silhouettes and StingRays, the company had no intention of diving into the signature guitar market. At the time, there wasn’t even much of a signature guitar market to speak of. Music Man’s first artist collaboration, with Dixie Dregs (and now Deep Purple) guitarist Steve Morse, was the result of a friendly relationship more than a business proposition. “We were not a very corporate place back then,” Ball says. “We still aren’t. Steve used Ernie Ball strings, and he was also a friend. At the time he had his FrankenTele [Morse’s famous homemade mongrel guitar, built from a Stratocaster neck and Telecaster body], and it was kind of shot. So we offered to make Steve a guitar.”

This is an excerpt from the all-new July/August 2014 issue of Guitar Aficionado magazine. For the rest of this story, plus features on Mike Campbell of Tome Petty and the Heartbreakers, Wilco guitarist Nels Cline, travel and guitar shopping in Tokyo, new gear and more, head to the Guitar Aficionado Online Store.


 
   

 

 
 

Tony Levin In Australia

Tony Levin visits Australia with the Crimson ProjeCKt in June July and thanks to Ernie Ball Music Man has graciously offerred to meet fellow bassists while he's here. Drop in to Bass Centre in Melbourne on June 26 around 11:30 for a chance to chat with 'Stick Man'.

 If you miss this opportunity, click on the image for a list of the gigs they're doing around Australia.

 

John Petrucci and the Music Man Majesty Guitar
John Petrucci breaks down what went into creating his latest masterpiece, the Majesty guitar. From the paint to the wood, every detail was collaborated with John and the Music Man team to create the ultimate playing machine.
 Read more about the Majesty here, or contact your nearest Music Man dealer for a demo here!
 

 

 

Check out this incredible Albert Lee in Cardinal Red Sparkle!

Peter Hodgeson of I Heart Guitar recently ran up this quick video demo of the Albert Lee HH guitar in limited edition Cardinal red Sparkle. Check it out to see how versatile this axe is!

Like what you hear? Click here to find a Music Man guitar dealer near you!
 

 

   

Hold On To Your Seats...

Those of you who recognize the badge to the left will be knocked out to know that Sterling Ball has decided to bring back one of the world's most beloved of amp brands.

For an insight into how this came about, click on the badge to read Sterling's blog.

Want to know which models are coming and where you can play them? We all do!

Bear with us and all will be revealed - soon!

   

 

 

Music Mans in Cardinal Red Sparkle Hit WA

Instruments from Music Man's most recent PDN release - the triple flake Cardinal Red Sparkle finish have started arriving in Australia and above you can see (Clockwise from top left) Jason from Mega Music, Dave from Kosmic Sound, Daniel from Joondalup and Clint from Kosmic Sound. From all reports, the Luke III plays as wicked as it looks!

Want to try one? Click on the picture to find a Music Man Premier Dealer near you!

 

 

Music Man's Gamechanger - front and centre on tour with Aerosmith's Brad Whitford

Check out Premier Guitar magazine's rig rundown with Brad Whitford during Aerosmith's recent tour. First up is the Gamechanger that he asked his mate Steve Lukather to chase up for him.

Here are a few of his comments on the guitar:

"I absoutely love it","Amazing pickup combinations", "Every chord is spot on up and down the neck", "Brilliant vibrato","Totally outrageous"

"It's an awesome guitar"

Like what Brad has to say? Click here and try a Gamechanger at your favourite Music Man dealer.

 

 
Music Man unveils John Petrucci's Majesty - Developer test

Music Man has teased us with sneak previews of a new John Petrucci guitar for months and they finally unveiled it at NAMM 2014. With new body shape, a through neck and tilt back headstock, the Majesty looks and sounds different to anything Music Man has done with John in the past.

 

Watch the video for more information from Music Man's Nate Stiff, then click here to find your nearest Music Man dealer and get the latest on this striking instrument!

 

 

   

Mahogany PDNs Have Arrived in Australia!

 

Congratulations to Muso's Corner customer Alex Belcastro, first guitarist in Australia to take delivery of Music Man's stunning new Premier Dealer Network Mahogany Luke III in Honeyburst finish with roasted neck and pau ferro fretboard - a stunningly beautiful instrument, which we're sure will play as well as it looks!

 

Click on the image to find out more about the latest Music Man Premier Dealer Network release, or click here to find a Music Man Premier Dealer near you!

 
         
   

Music Man at Music Park!

 

We love to see Music Man represented well at our favourite music stores, and WA's Music Park is no exception. If you're looking for a top of the line limited edition Dargie Stingray, a Premier Dealer Network Gilded Stingray, or even one of the incredible new $395 S.U.B. series Silhouettes - it's all there at Music Park.

 

Click on the picture to find a Music Man dealer near you!

 

 
         
   

May 2012 - The First Music Man Gamechanger Guitar touches down at Music Workshop Geelong!

Congratulations to Greg, Deniel and the crew at Music Workshop on taking delivery of the very first Music Man Gamechanger to arrive in Australia. This incredible instrument has to be heard and played to be believed.

Click on the image for more information on the Game Changer, but you can now finally try one yourself at Music Workshop!

 
         
   

PDN Mahogany Body/Roasted Neck Package Ordering Window Now Open!

BE QUICK - ORDERS CLOSE APRIL 27!! 

One of the brightest points of Frankfurt Music Messe 2012 was the sneak preview of the first Premier Dealer Network release of 2012 - Mahogany body basses and guitars with figured roasted necks, honeyburst finish, matching headstock, Pau Ferro fretboard with stainless steel frets and mother of pearl inlay - all for only a $500 upcharge on the price of a standard instrument!

Premier Music Man Dealer Network stores are waiting to take your order between now and Friday 27th of April. Find your local dealer here.

 
         
   

PDN Gilded White Classic Stingray IN STORE February 2012!

 

 

Hot News from NAMM 2012 is that the Music Man Premier Dealer Network's second release - the Gilded White Classic Stingray - is now being finished and readied to ship.

Premier Music Man dealers will be receiving their first instruments in February.

 

Visit the Premier Dealer Networkwebsite for more details on this unique instrument or speak to your Music Man Premier Dealer to secure one of these rare instruments now.

 
         
   

Premier Dealer Network's Second release

The Music Man Premier Dealer Network's Second Release Has Been Announced

The Guilded Bass

4 & 5 string. Active & Passive. Passive Tone Knob. 2 band Eq. Matching finished Neck. Gold hardware.

200 for the World.... and one of 15 will be coming to a Music Man dealer near you!

Speak to your Music Man Premier Dealer secure one of these rare instruments now.

 
   
   

Incubus' Mike Einziger on his Music Man HH Albert Lee...

"The Nicest Sort of Feel In My Hands"

Ernie Ball Music Man get more and more artists calling them everyday to ask about the HH Albert Lee Model! From Bruno Mars guitarist Kenji Chan to Incubus's Mike Einziger to The Devil Wears Prada's Mike Hranica and Nick Diener of The Swellers!!

 Check out Mikey's Gear Tour

Get one of these in your hands today at your local Music Man dealer and see what all the fuss is about!!!

 
   
   
   
New for 2011 - Music Man Introduces The Premier Dealer Network
Music Man has announced the addition of a new tier to their dealer network - The Premier Dealer Network. Members of the Premier Dealer Network will have exclusive access to extremely limited release premium quality Music Man instruments that showcase the highest level of quality and workmanship inherent to all Ernie Ball/Music Man instruments 
Click on the image to locate a Music Man Premier Dealer near you!
 
   
   

New for 2011 - The Premier Dealer Network True Gold Luke 

 
 
 
 
A unique 'ten out of ten' instrument, the True Gold Luke is the first exclusive offering through the Music Man Premier Dealer Network. 200 of these instruments exist in the world, with 17 having been allocated to Music Man's Premier Australian Dealers. Each True Gold Luke is signed by Steve Lukather, showcases the highest level of quality and workmanship inherent to Ernie Ball/Music Man instruments and features a full rosewood neck and new model EMG-X pickups.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Click on the image to locate a Music Man Premier Dealer near you!
 
   
     

Guitar has been changed for ever - thanks Ernie Ball/Music Man

We are happy to announce that - for the second time in three years - an Ernie Ball Music Man instrument has won "Best In Show' at NAMM 2011 - the world's premier music trades show.The Game Changer took out the prize, and we are very proud of the innovation and hard work that is going in to making the Game Changer the industry-changing product that it i

Click on the image and find out how the Music Man Game Changer will unleash the full potential of an instrument and change guitarists and bass players search for tone - forever!

 

 
   

Click on the image to view specs for the Game Changer

 
    Click on the image to check out the Game Changer for Bass players.