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Music Man

ARTICLES

Rig Rundown: Johnny Hiland

April 27, 2016
One of Nashville’s hottest pickers demonstrates how he moves from snappy twang licks to ’80s rock and more.
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Ernie Ball/Music Man St. Vincent Review

February 4, 2016
A light, ultra-ergonomic solidbody with bold looks and tones.
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NAMM '16 - Music Man Modern Classic Cutlass & Stingray Demos

January 22, 2016
See and hear the Ball's newest pair of six-string beauties.
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Rig Rundown: Deep Purple’s Steve Morse

August 12, 2015
The guitarist details the signature Ernie Ball Music Man guitars, Engl amps, and specialized effects he uses on the road.
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On Bass: Developing Your Solo Voice

June 16, 2015
How can you make your solos sing?
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NAMM '15 - Music Man StingRay Neck Through Bass & Slinky Flatwound Cobalt Bass Strings Demos

February 16, 2015
The San Luis Obispo-based company unveils their first-ever neck-through 4-string model.
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NAMM '15 - John Petrucci Majesty Artisan Demo

January 24, 2015
The Dream Theater guitarist and SLO-based company collaborate on a classier rendition of his revered signature instrument.
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Musikmesse '14 - Music Man HD 130 Combo and CLB-2 Overdrive/Boost Demos

April 7, 2014
Markbass' Marco De Virgiliis and Music Man's Sterling Ball collaborated and relaunched the amp line with a handful of new heads and combos.
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John Petrucci: The Ultimate Evolved Guitarist

September 24, 2013
The beloved shredder reveals how his band Dream Theater stays the course: by practicing always and playing from the heart. He also tells us why his 13th Music Man signature model guitar is his most cutting-edge collaboration to date.
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Music Man Classic Sabre Review

September 15, 2013
The new Sabre is an excellent all-around workhorse for bassists with a taste for zing and slap.
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5 Basses Under a Grand: Fender, G&L, Ibanez, Schecter, Sterling by Music Man

December 10, 2012
Whether you’re an intermediate player who’s recently outgrown your first instrument, a weekend warrior looking for an inspiring new bass, a gigging pro looking for a dependable backup—or even if you’re primarily a guitarist who needs a solid 4-string for home-studio work—this group of quality instruments will satisfy on many, many accounts.
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Ernie Ball/Music Man Game Changer Review

September 4, 2012
Ernie Ball embraces digital technology not as a means of generating tones, but for better harnessing the possibilities of electromagnetic pickups.
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Music Man 112RD-50 Combo

August 10, 2012
I have an old Music Man amp and I’ve always wondered about the connection between Music Man and Fender amps.
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NAMM '12 - Ernie Ball Music Man Cobalt Strings, JP12, and Luke III Demos

January 31, 2012
PG's Shawn Hammond is On Location in Anaheim, CA, for the 2012 NAMM Show where he visits the Ernie Ball Music Man booth. In this segment, we get to see and hear demos of several new guitar offerings, including EBMM's Cobalt strings, John Petrucci JP12 Signature Model, and Steve Lukather's Luke III Signature Model.
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The Low End: Milestones in Vintage Bass Evolution

February 15, 2011
Kevin''s personal top items that influenced the evolution of today’s vintage bass, in no particular order of preference.
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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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