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1975-1976 Sterling Ball is a tester for Leo Fender's new StingRay Bass 1996 20th Anniversary StingRay Bass introduced. Approx. 1250 were made

Sterling Ball becomes heavily involved with Music Man R&D and

artist relations

1997 Axis Super Sport introduced at Winter NAMM - SSS, HH, HSS versions

Music Man's trademark designs were purchased from Tom Walker

by Ernie Ball

1998 Ernie Ball Music Man unveils new 40,000 square foot manufacturing facility
1984 Ernie Ball hires Dudley Gimpel to work on instrument designs 1999 Axis Super Sport introduced at Winter NAMM

Sterling Ball, Dan Norton, and Dudley Gimpel produce the first

Music Man StingRay. It features a 4 bolt neck and 2 band EQ

2001 Introduced John Petrucci guitar at Anaheim NAMM show
1985 Silhouette guitar designed and unveiled at Summer NAMM New Orleans 2003 Bongo and SUB basses introduced at Winter NAMM
1987 Steve Morse guitar begins production 2004 Benji Madden Signature Model introduced at Summer NAMM
1987 StingRay 5 string is introduced 2005 Steve Morse Y2D with mapple and premium tops introduced at Winter NAMM

Edward Van Halen signature model is introduced at Winter NAMM,

production starts later that year

2005 Two-Pickup StingRays, StingRay 5s and Sterlings introduced at Summer NAMM 
1993 Albert Lee signature guitar is introduced in a Pinkburt color 2007 Petrucci and Lukather BFR models introduced at Winter NAMM

Sterling Bass is introduced and named most innovative bass of '93

by Musician Magazine


Luke guitar introduced - features active EMG pickups and Floyd Rose


1995 Silhouette Special introduced at Winter NAMM