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Ernie Ball

Ernie Ball Announces the New Cobalt Slinkys and the Everlast Acoustic Strings

January 26, 2012
Coachella, CA (Jan 26, 2012) -- Ernie Ball introduces 2 new guitar strings available January 2012. Ernie ball announced that they will unveil a new patent-pending line of electric
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Ernie Ball Announces the Music Man Luke III

January 26, 2012
Similar in style, the Luke III exhibits a broader, more defined tone while retaining the familiar shape and feel as the original Luke model.
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NAMM '11 - Ernie Ball Music Man Game Changer Demo

January 19, 2011
PG's Rebecca Dirks is On Location at the 2011 NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA, where she visits the Ernie Ball Music Man booth. In this segment, we get a thorough walk-through of their revolutionary new guitar--the Game Changer. The Game Changer fundamentally changes the guitar player's experience. Rather than relying on pre-set pickup configurations traditionally provided by instrument manufacturers, The Game Changer gives guitarists unrestricted access to a vast library of tones via a true analog pickup switching system. Available on select Music Man Reflex models, this patent-pending system electronically rewires a guitar or bass instantly, combining any order of pickup coils in series, parallel, and in or out of phase to create tones unique to the individual creating them. Imagine having complete tonal control of your instrument with more than 250,000 pickup configurations*, without rewiring anything. With The Game Changer, the audio signal is never digitized or modeled in any way, providing a transparent analog signal path for the absolute purist. In conjunction with The Game Changer website, musicians can also create, save and share their tonal selections with other players from around the world.
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Ernie Ball Music Man - From the Vault: Basses

December 31, 2010
PG's Joe Coffey is On Location in San Luis Obispo, CA, where he visits the Ernie Ball Music Man facilities (where they make the guitars and basses). In this video segment, Chief Gear Designer Dudley Gimpel opens the EBMM vault to show off some vintage basses. Here, Gimpel shows off a Leo Fender-built 1976 StingRay bass that preceded the EBMM company. In addition, we get to peek at the original EBMM StingRay bass, an original-run Sabre, a Classic Series StingRay 5 and an original Bongo 6-string.
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Ernie Ball Music Man - New 2011 Colors

December 31, 2010
PG's Joe Coffey is On Location at San Luis Obispo, CA, where he visits the Ernie Ball Music Man factory. In this segment, Scott Ball (grandson of Ernie Ball and son of Sterling) who specializes in sales and product development for EBMM, shows off new colors, configurations and pickguard options that EBMM are currently mulling over the 2011 production year.
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Ernie Ball Music Man-Original Reflex & Steve Morse

December 31, 2010
PG's Joe Coffey is On Location in San Luis Obispo, CA, where he visits the Ernie Ball Music Man facilities (where they make the guitars and basses). In this video segment, Chief Gear Designer Dudley Gimpel shows off two rare guitars--the #2 Steve Morse Signature guitar and the original Reflex prototype. While the Reflex is currently in EBMM's production line, the Reflex shown in this video is different from those you'd find on the shelves of your local guitar store--but it is the current guitar's namesake!
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Ernie Ball Music Man - From the Vault: Guitars

December 30, 2010
PG's Joe Coffey is On Location in San Luis Obispo, CA, where he tours the Ernie Ball Music Man factory. In San Luis Obispo, CA, EBMM designs and builds their guitars and basses, while their facility in Coachella, CA, handles manufacturing of strings and other guitar-related accessories.

In this segment, EBMM's Chief Designer Dudley Gimpel gives a personal tour of their historic guitar collection, including rare models and prototypes of the Eddie Van Halen guitar, Nigel Tufnel's (Spinal Tap) Signature Mr. Horsepower guitar, Steve Morse signature, one of the first Silhouettes, and a prototype of Albert Lee's signature guitar.
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How To Build Ernie Ball Music Man Guitars & Basses

December 30, 2010
PG's Joe Coffey is On Location in San Luis Obisbo, CA, where he gets a tour of the Ernie Ball Music Man facilities from EBMM's CEO Sterling Ball.

In this segment, Sterling takes us through the Ernie Ball Music Man factory that produces the company's guitars and basses. Here, we get to see specific processes on how the guitars are setup, how the necks are carved, shaped, and given EBMM's signature feel and playability, the patented chamber patterns of an Axis, how they do seamless binding, and Sterling talks about how it's hard being a CEO during these shaky economic times.
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Builder Profile: Ernie Ball Music Man

December 21, 2010
From its humble 1960s beginnings with Slinky strings to its paradigm-changing StingRay bass to its current stance as a respected manufacturer of guitars and basses that walk the fine line between tradition and innovation, Ernie Ball Music Man is a true American success story.
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Summer NAMM '10 - Ernie Ball Gigbag Amp Demo

June 21, 2010
PG's Shawn Hammond is On Location in Nashville, TN, for the 2010 NAMM Show where he visits the Ernie Ball Booth. In this segment, we get to check out Ernie Ball's newest product--the Gigbag Amp.

This new Ernie Ball accessory allows a guitarist to plug and play anywhere. It has a built-in custom two-channel Marshall amp that features three controls--Tone, Volume, and Gain. It also has a dedicated MP3 input so you can jam along to your favorite tracks and a headphone jack so you can practice privately. And to boot, the gigbag doubles as an amp stand because when it is empty the bottom of the bag and be clipped to the top, creating a triangular amp stand that can help project your tones.
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Ernie Ball Music Man Classic StingRay 4 Bass Review

May 18, 2010
Ernie Ball''s Classic Stingray 4, which blends modern features with its 1976 roots, is reviewed.
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NAMM '10 - Ernie Ball Limited Edition String Boxes

February 3, 2010
PG's Rebecca Dirks is On Location in Anaheim, CA, for the 2010 NAMM show where she visits the Ernie Ball booth. In this segment, we get to see the latest in Ernie Ball strings and accessories.
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NAMM '10 Ernie Ball Music Man John Petrucci JPX

February 3, 2010
PG's Rebecca Dirks is On Location in Anaheim, CA, where she visits the Ernie Ball Music Man booth. In this segment, we get to check out the JPX - John Petrucci's new signature axe.

To commemorate his 10th Anniversary with Music Man, they built the JPX which features a new body shape that has a slightly thinner upper horn and a more symmetric bridge end profile. The body is also chambered for added acoustic resonance. It features alder body, maple top and mahogany Tone Block. It has a mahogany neck, ebony fingerboard, custom John Petrucci Music Man? Piezo floating tremolo and 1 DiMarzio Liquifire - neck; 1 DiMarzio Crunch Lab bridge; Piezo bridge pickup.

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NAMM '10: Ernie Ball Music Man Big AL; AL-5 Basses

February 3, 2010
PG's Rebecca Dirks is On Location in Anaheim, CA, for the 2010 NAMM show where she visits the Ernie Ball Music Man booth. In this segment, we get to check out their newest bass, the Big AL.

The Big AL has an African mahogany body, maple neck with either a maple or rosewood fretboard. Its loaded with either a standard - single humbucker with ceramic magnets or with three singlecoils with neodymium magnets. The Big AL is also available as a 5-string, too.

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NAMM '10-Ernie Ball Music Man Albert Lee Signature

February 3, 2010
PG's Rebecca Dirks is On Location in Anaheim, CA, where she visits the Ernie Ball Music Man booth. In this segment, we get our first look at the new Albert Lee Signature.

The Albert Lee features Southern ash body, maple neck and fingerboard, standard Music Man string-thru bridge and high profile, medium frets. The guitar can either be loaded with Seymour Duncan singlecoils, Music Man vintage-style singlecoils, or various humbuckers in the HH model.

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Ernie Ball Music Man John Petrucci BFR 6 Review

April 24, 2009
Music Man''s verstatile Ball Family Reserve John Petrucci model is a fitting tribute to a great guitarist
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Ernie Ball Music Man 25th Anniversary Guitar Review

March 17, 2009
Ernie Ball celebrates the 25th anniversary of acquiring Music Man with an ultra-playable, articulate solidbody.
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