Day One of NAMM 2018 is underway, and Ernie Ball are joining the party with their announcement of shiny new updates for thirteen guitars as part of their 2018 collection.
Set to launch over the next few months, the latest Ernie Ball models feature upgraded appointments and alternative finishes for thirteen guitars. Scroll through the collection below and let us know what you think:
2018 STINGRAY GUITAR
Now featuring a roasted figured maple neck with fingerboard options of ebony, rosewood, or maple (depending on the body), the Stingray combines vintage aesthetics with modern playability, with custom pickups to provide everything from bold sound to smooth tones as desired.
The 2018 Cutlass also features a new roasted figured maple neck, plus fingerboard options of maple or rosewood (depending on the body), while still retaining all original specifications.
2018 CUTLASS HSS
Generating a vintage sound that still allows for biting lead tones, the 2018 Cutlass HSS has also received the maple neck update and fingerboard options dependent on body colour.
2018 LUKE III
The Luke III is now offered in Firemist Purple and Buttercream with black hardware.
2018 LUKE III BFR
The BFR model of Ernie Ball's Luke III has been given a fresh take in an exclusive Boysenberry finish.
Three quality finishes have been introduced for the 2018 Valentine: Saturn Gold, Husker Red, and Toluca Lake Blue.
The six-string and seven-string JP15 is now offering a translucent matte black finish.
2018 JP 6 & 7
Four exclusive new colours have been announced for the JP 6 & 7: Stealth Black, Pearl Redburst, Firemist Purple, and Mystic Dream.
2018 ALBERT LEE HH
An updated version of the original Albert Lee Model, the 2018 Albert Lee HH will now feature options of a Powder Blue or Charcoal Frost finish.
2018 ST. VINCENT HH
The popular St. Vincent model has been modified to now feature Ernie Ball Music Man's dual humbucking pickup figuration. It's also set to be available in four finishes: Charcoal Sparkle, Blue Dawn, Stealth Black, and Sea Breeze.
2018 ST. VINCENT HHH
New roasted figured maple necks with ebony or rosewood fretboards are in store for the St. Vincent HHH, alongside four colour options of Stealth Black, Polaris White, Tobacco Burst, and St. Vincent Blue.
2018 STINGRAY 5 BASS
Reimagined for 2018, the Stingray 5 Bass now features a rounded contour for enhanced comfort, a sculpted neck joint for easy access to the upper frets, and increased balance of the instrument with lightweight aluminium hardware.
2018 STINGRAY 4 BASS
Also updated with new features and appointments for 2018, the Stingray 4 bass includes updated electronics with neodymium magnets for higher output and an 18-volt, three-band preamp for extra clean headroom.
Ernie Ball Music Man are available in Australia through CMC Music.
(Images courtesy of Ernie Ball Music Man)