March '18

This month features the Axis in Trans Light Purple, the Cutlass guitar in Natural Gloss, and the Majesty in Gold Sparkle

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Axis Super Sport

Trans Light Purple

Limited to 27 pieces worldwide

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Axis Super Sport Trans Light Purple

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Distinctive Guitar

(414) 877-1666

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Drum City Guitarland

(303) 421-4515

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Willcutt Guitars

(859) 276-4070

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Translucent Purple Finish

Stunning figured 5A quilt maple top hand-stained with a translucent purple finish

Bound Neck

Bound Honduran mahogany neck with rosewood fingerboard and stainless steel frets

Bound Body

Dual humbucking mahogany body is also fitted with exquisite white binding


Natural Gloss

Limited to 47 pieces worldwide

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Cutlass Natural Gloss

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Natural Gloss Finish

Natural ash body finished in a polyester clear coat highlights the beautiful grain pattern.

Bound Neck

Smooth satin finish all-rosewood neck is accented with white position markers and hand fitted white binding

Black Pickguard

Black pickguard with all black parts completes the overall aesthetic package


Gold Sparkle

Limited to 77 pieces worldwide

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Majesty Gold Sparkle

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Gold Sparkle Finish

Unique all-basswood body with striking deep gold sparkle finish exhibits a slightly warmer tonality.

Finished Neck

Neck-through design with high gloss polyester finish, ebony fretboard, and Schaller locking tuners.

All Black Hardware

The overall aesthetic package is enhanced by a Music Man John Petrucci tremolo with all black hardware

Ball Family Reserve is a celebration of our heritage in instrument craftsmanship which features some of the finest figured tone woods and finishes available. These rare pieces are offered in limited production runs and allow us to present instruments to the public that were previously reserved for family and our loyal artists.

Family Matters

The Ball family is the last of a dying breed, a family business making premium guitars and basses on the California central coast since 1984. Sterling Ball, alongside his sons Brian and Scott, combine the laser precision of robotics and old-world hand craftsmanship to develop innovative instrument designs that push the boundaries of performance and playability.

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Since 1984, Ernie Ball Music Man has been crafting instruments in San Luis Obispo, California. Watch the factory tour and see how the difference is in the details.

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