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SINCE 1995

The Silhouette Special features a stylish contoured alder body in a compact H-S-S pickup configuration. DiMarzio virtual PAF in the bridge and custom wound DiMarzio single coil pickups in the neck and middle deliver a wide pallet of tonal options ranging from hard edge crunch to bright shimmering highs. The Silhouette Special also features a comfortable "C' shape maple neck with 22 frets, and is equipped with Music Man's patented Silent Circuit for a hum free single coil experience.

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CUSTOM OPTIONS

Black

White

Your Custom Options:

Black
Color
Black 3-Ply (B/W/B)
Pickguard
Silhouette Special HSS Trem
Model
Rosewood fretboard
Neck

Build Code
540-01-20-01

STREET PRICE

$1,699.00

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Dimarzio pickups
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Silent Circuit eliminates hum
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5 way lever vol & tone controls

Watch Sweetwater Sound's Silhouette Special Guitar Demo

Billy Imperial from Ernie Ball Music Man demonstrates the Silhouette Special electric guitar for Sweetwater Sound.

MAKING A
MUSIC MAN

From concepts to final set-up,
learn how we craft your instrument

CONCEPT

What can the guitar be? Every new Ernie Ball Music Man concept represents our quest to answer to this question, guided by our design team's pursuit of perfection and molded by the demands for performance from our artists. Starting from the ground up is never easy, but we believe innovation means never being satisfied with the status quo.

Design

Every Ernie Ball Music Man guitar has been meticulously designed and crafted with the utmost attention to every detail. With each new model, our world-class team of designers and engineers delivers the best playing experience possible.

Millwork

Our wood mill employs the perfect balance of machine-driven precision and the personal touch of an experienced handcraftsmen. High-quality wood is sculpted into beautiful instruments.

Big Bird

Big Bird is a recently-added member of the Ernie Ball Music Man robot family, feeding the wood raw materials into the computer-controlled cutting and drilling machine with automated precision.

Fretting

All frets are hand-applied to exact specifications, ensuring each guitar or bass has the playability you'd expect from Ernie Ball Music Man.

Sanding

Ernie Ball Music Man necks and bodies are hand-sanded multiple times, creating flawless finishes and maximum playability.

Paint

Three layers of high-gloss polyurethane are applied to each color-coated instrument body, producing a luxurious state-of-the-art finish.

Buffing/Ursula

We use state-of-the-art technology like Ursula, our beloved buffing robot. Automation ensures a high-quality and cost-effective product, every time.

Electronics

Each instrument is hand-soldered using the latest technology in our San Luis Obispo factory.

Setup

When you purchase an Ernie Ball Music Man guitar or bass, it has already been personally tested and tuned by one of our experienced setup technicians, ensuring you can play right out of the box.

Specifications, Schematics & More

Specifications Silhouette Special
Model Silhouette Special
Size 12-1/4" wide, 1-3/4" thick, 36-1/2" long (31.2 cm wide, 4.5 cm thick, 92.7 cm long)
Weight 6 lbs, 12 oz (3.06 kg)
Body Wood Alder
Body Finish High gloss polyester
Bridge Music Man® vintage tremolo of chrome plated, hardened steel with bent steel saddles
Scale Length 25-1/2" (64.8 cm)
Neck Radius 10" (25.4 cm)
Headstock Size Only 5-7/8" (14.9 cm) long
Frets 22 - High profile, medium width
Neck Width 1-5/8" (41.3 mm) at nut, 2-1/4" (56.9 mm) at last fret
Neck Wood Select maple neck
Fingerboard Select maple or rosewood
Neck Finish Gunstock oil and hand-rubbed special wax blend
Neck Colors Standard - Natural; Optional - Matching painted headstock
Tuning Machines Schaller M6-IND locking
Truss Rod Adjustable - no component or string removal
Neck Attachment 5 bolts - perfect alignment with no shifting; Sculpted neck joint allows smooth access to higher frets
Electronic Shielding Graphite acrylic resin coated body cavity and aluminum lined pickguard
Controls 250kohm volume and tone - .047µF tone capacitor
Switching 5-way lever pickup selector
Pickups HSS - 1 DiMarzio custom humbucking; 2 DiMarzio custom single coils
Strings 9p-11p-16p-24w-32w-42w (RPS 9 Slinkys #2239)

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Specifications Silhouette Special
Model Silhouette Special
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Size 12-1/4" wide, 1-3/4" thick, 36-1/2" long (31.2 cm wide, 4.5 cm thick, 92.7 cm long)
Weight 6 lbs, 12 oz (3.06 kg)
Body Wood Alder
Body Finish High gloss polyester
Body Colors
Body Bindings
Bridge Music Man® vintage tremolo of chrome plated, hardened steel with bent steel saddles
Pickguard
Scale Length 25-1/2" (64.8 cm)
Neck Radius 10" (25.4 cm)
Headstock Size Only 5-7/8" (14.9 cm) long
Frets 22 - High profile, medium width
Neck Width 1-5/8" (41.3 mm) at nut, 2-1/4" (56.9 mm) at last fret
Neck Wood Select maple neck
Fingerboard Select maple or rosewood
Fret Markers
Neck Finish Gunstock oil and hand-rubbed special wax blend
Neck Colors Standard - Natural; Optional - Matching painted headstock
Neck Binding
Tuning Machines Schaller M6-IND locking
Truss Rod Adjustable - no component or string removal
Neck Attachment 5 bolts - perfect alignment with no shifting; Sculpted neck joint allows smooth access to higher frets
Electronic Shielding Graphite acrylic resin coated body cavity and aluminum lined pickguard
Controls 250kohm volume and tone - .047µF tone capacitor
Switching 5-way lever pickup selector
Pickups HSS - 1 DiMarzio custom humbucking; 2 DiMarzio custom single coils
Left Handed
Strings 9p-11p-16p-24w-32w-42w (RPS 9 Slinkys #2239)

Register your Instrument

Why register?

Thanks for choosing Ernie Ball Music Man. By registering your instrument within the initial 12 month warranty period you are entitled to an additional 3 months of warranty coverage. That is 15 total months of factory warranty protection from the initial purchase date.


Registering your instrument, whether or not it is covered under warranty, also provides a record that you owned that particular instrument. In the unfortunate instance that the instrument is lost, stolen or destroyed we can provide you with the serial number if needed.

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