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.