The Making of St. Vincent’s Ernie Ball Music Man Guitar

This is pretty much the best thing ever, for so many reasons.

* It’s a beautiful guitar.
* St. Vincent is a great player who has something to say and the confidence and vision to say it.
* Ernie Ball Music Man makes incredible instruments
* This video reinforces the fact that the vast majority of the people working in the musical instrument industry have never lost sight of the excitement of hearing the ‘ka-klik’ of a cable being plugged in, the soft hum of an amp warming up, the feel of a guitar vibrating against your body at that first chord.

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Check Out Mick Mars’s Music Man Cutlass

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Check out this pic from Music Man’s Instagram yesterday: Motley Crue’s Mick Mars – or should that now be ‘Former Motley Crue guitarist Mick Mars’ – playing a new Music Man Cutlass guitar. Mick’s guitar has a Floyd Rose bridge and a humbucker in the bridge position but the regular Cutlass model is visible here, with three single coil pickups and a traditional non-locking vibrato.  Read More …

Ernie Ball Music Man St Vincent Signature

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St. Vincent is such a great guitarist and such a compelling artist overall, and very deserving of a signature guitar. She’s been playing Ernie Ball Music Man Albert Lee models recently and now Music Man and St. Vincent have teamed up for a bold new guitar design. There are a few little hints of existing models too: the bridge appears to be the one from the John Petrucci Majesty and the V carve of the top is reminiscent of the Armada. But the overall design is very original and it looks to be really functional too. It must be an utter blast to play and I can’t wait to check it out.

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SPONSORED POST: YourInstrument.com

As you guys know, I’m a huge guitar geek and my tastes range from pointy, neon-coloured shred axes with Floyd Roses to classic semi-hollowbodies with Bigbsy vibratos. So when the fine folks at YourInstrument.com asked me to write a sponsored post, I thought the perfect thing to do would be to have a look around at the wide variety of instruments for sale. Because a) it’d be a great way to show the diversity of instruments that folks like you and I are using the site to buy/sell, and b) because nothing is more fun than looking at electric guitars for sale, except for playing them. So let’s see what’s there this week. And you can always keep up with what’s online at this very moment by checking out the site.

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PRS SE Mikael Akerfeldt
This is the signature model for the Opeth frontman. It’s one of the first SE models to include old-school bird inlays, and it rocks 24 jumbo frets, PRS designed tremolo bridge, SE HFS and SE Vintage Bass pickups, volume and tone control with a 3-way toggle switch. You can see Mikael playing these on the road. Read More …

REVIEW: Ernie Ball Music Man Armada

armadaWhen it comes to guitar design, it’s kinda hard to do something new. Sure, there are brands out there doing something legitimately ‘out there’ – Strandberg comes to mind – but companies that have a well-established design style and a dedicated fanbase can often be locked into making the same guitar over and over again. Ernie Ball Music Man is a company who has often seemed to delight in pushing their designs just that little bit beyond what might be perceived as the limit of what their customer base will comfortably accept, with the groovily pointy Albert Lee signature, the Bongo bass, the Steve Morse model with its elaborate pickup setup and of course the Game Changer pickup selection system. But the Armada is possibly the boldest step yet by the company. Designed by Music Man’s Scott Ball and Dudley Gimple, it’s a neck-thru instrument with a single-cutaway design and a 24.75″ scale length. Read More …

REVIEW: Sterling By Music Man JP70

JP70Dream Theater guitarist John Petrucci’s Ernie Ball Music Man signature guitar is a real pro-level piece of kit, and one of those sig instruments that is even able to transcend its association with a particular artist and instead become adopted by players at large. Besides Petrucci you can often see them in the hands of Joe Bonamassa and Periphery’s Mark Holcomb, for instance. But the asking price – although well worth it – is out of the reach of many players. Sterling By Music Man to the rescue! After successfully offering six-string JP-60 for a few years, the brand has now released its first seven-string version, the JP70.

Wanna buy one? Click Here for Stealth Black or here for Transparent Green Burst.


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Gear Porn by Dave Leslie: Ernie Ball Music Man EVH

EVHI remember it as if it was yesterday. February 24 1992 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Baby Animals were out on tour as the support act for Van Halen on the last half of their F.U.C.K. tour. We had been on tour for about a month and were having a blast! We felt as if we were part of a travelling juggernaut, 10 semi-trailers, 8 tour buses, a production that almost needed its own postcode it seemed so huge… The venues were all arenas averaging about 10,000 people and because of the good airplay that Painless was getting on MTV, the audiences were very receptive. Our show consisted of 40 minutes of the rockin’-est stuff we had, played as hard as we could then run laughing offstage to do a Meet & Greet, get changed and then prepare to watch VH play… Read More …