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Music Man

Old Dog, New Tricks

January 17, 2011
Over the past few months, I’ve discovered quite a few things, thus proving the old adage that you’re never too old to learn
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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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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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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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1976 Music Man StingRay Prototype "Old Smoothie"

November 16, 2010
One of the first Music Man instruments ever built after the CBS no-compete restriction expired
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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 - Music Man Classic Collection StingRay

January 20, 2010
PG's Rebecca Dirks is On Location in Anaheim, CA, for NAMM 2010 where she visits the Ernie Ball Music Man booth. In this segment, we get to check out Music Man's Classic Collection 4-string StingRay Bass.

This StingRay features several appointments on the original basses from the 70s, including the mute pads, old Music Man logo, 2-band EQ and single humbucker. The bass comes with either a maple or rosewood fingerboard and will come in a variation of colors.

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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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