Ernie Ball Music Man unveil the Ball Family Reserve collection for December

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Ernie Ball Music Man unveil the Ball Family Reserve collection for December

Words by Will Brewster

Just in time for Christmas!

Ernie Ball Music Man are ending 2020 on a high with the release of the December run of Ball Family Reserve models, a range that represents the brand’s commitment to craftsmanship and finesse.

The brand’s December run spotlights five fancy models, including two bespoke StingRays, a slick semi-hollow Axis and two editions of the John Petrucci Majesty signature model.

For Dream Theater purists, the December BFR range offers an eye-catching JP Majesty model in a translucent Bali Blue Burst finish, which covers the entire body, back of neck and headstock.

Limited to 95 six-string units and only 45 seven-string models worldwide, these BFR models also feature premium roasted maple necks and fretboards – the first ever Majesty models to do so – with each instrument also featuring Petrucci’s own signature on the tremolo cavity cover.

In the bass department, the December Ball Family Reserve range presents players with two unique options: a StingRay Special finished in Natural Okoume, and a quirky StingRay Special 5 with a Kinetic Blue finish.

With only 80 models being made, the four-string StingRay Special in the December BFR range is loaded with passive electronics, including a push/pull volume boost and three-way rotary pickup switch, as well as a figured flame maple neck and 22 frets. Its lightweight Okuome body is wrapped in a slight satin finish to give it a distinctive ’70s aesthetic, making this one perfect for slappers and poppers the world over.

Limited to 85 pieces around the world, the StingRay Special 5 from this month’s BFR run is a bit of an oddity, with a Kinetic Blue finish adorning the body, headstock and neck of the instrument. The bass features a sleek, streamlined design with rear-mounted electronics, as well as an ebony fretboard, three-band EQ and blade switch to tap into a range of tones.

Finally, the December BFR range is rounded out by a wildly unique Axis semi-hollow model with a figured flame maple top, restricted to an uber-rare 30 pieces worldwide. It packs an M-shaped f-hole on the front and a single custom-wound humbucker in the middle position of the body, with lone volume and tone knobs being used to control the sound of the guitar.

Other appointments include a bound flame maple neck and ebony fretboard with three-piece split-block fret inlays made from Mother of Pearl and abalone, making for a totally bizarre guitar that might just be one of our favourite BFR models to date.

For more details about the December BFR collection, head to Ernie Ball Music Man today. For all local inquiries, get in touch with CMC Music today.