Ernie Ball Music Man’s 2021 collection has officially landed

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Ernie Ball Music Man’s 2021 collection has officially landed

Words by Will Brewster

Feast your eyes on all the latest models.

With the year now officially in full swing, Ernie Ball Music Man have unleashed their range of guitars and basses for 2021, shipping a wonderful assortment of instruments with new finishes and designs to stores around the globe.


  • Ernie Ball Music Man’s 2021 musical instrument range has received an official release today.
  • New finishes such as Powder Blue, Vintage Tobacco and Burnt Amber are being offered on StingRay and Cutlass guitars.
  • Meanwhile, the StingRay bass range has been fleshed out with eight new finishes, with the Bongo bass also receiving a fresh makeover for 2021.

Read all the latest in Product News here.

This year’s collection leads out with the razor-sharp Sabre, a fresh take on one of the SoCal instrument manufacturer’s oldest six-string models.

It’s adorned with a figured maple top over an okoume body, while a roasted maple neck and twin custom humbuckers with black finishings are also on offer. Check it out in the brand new Gator Burst finish at a store near you.

Also new for 2021 is the Cutlass RS, available in both HSS or SSS pickup variants. These models feature roasted and figured maple necks with alder bodies, as well as modern tremolo systems, five-way pickup selector switches and controls for master volume and tone.

These models are available in a choice of Powder Blue and Vintage Tobacco finishes, with a rosewood fretboard being assigned to the former and a roasted maple board affixed to the latter.

Similarly, the StingRay RS electric models have also received a slight makeover for 2021, sharing identical specs to the Cutlass RS models except for a top-horn toggle switch and two custom humbuckers found in the neck and bridge position.

Finish and fretboard options include Powder Blue with a rosewood fretboard, while players seeking a roasted maple fretboard can pick up a StingRay RS in the ’70s-inspired Burnt Amber finish.

Bassists will be delighted to discover that Ernie Ball’s new finishes also extend to both four and five-string StingRay basses in 2021, with a number of different colour schemes being available for varying single and double-humbucker models.

The 2021 single-pickup StingRays are complemented with Amethyst Sparkle, Snowy Night, Smoked Chrome and Burnt Ends finishes, while the 2021 HH models can be purchased in Black, Raspberry Burst, Speed Blue and Forest Green.

Meanwhile, the five-string models are available in Snowy White, Raspberry Burst, Smoked Chrome and Speed Blue finishes, with HH models being finished in Amethyst Sparkle, Burnt Ends, Black and Frost Green Pearl.

Finally, the Ernie Ball Music Man Bongo has also received a brand new finish in the form of Harvest Orange, which we recently reviewed in Mixdown Magazine #314 – read our thoughts on it here.

On top of revealing their new finishes for 2021, Ernie Ball Music Man are also gearing up to release a new take on their acclaimed St. Vincent Signature model.

Dubbed Goldie, the guitar boasts three gold-foil humbuckers and a reverse headstock, as well as a redesigned pickguard and a choice of either a rosewood or ebony fretboard.

In addition, Ernie Ball Music Man’s subsidiary brand Sterling are also looking down the barrel of a mammoth year, with 2021 bringing an affordable take on the Omar Rodriguez-Lopez Mariposa signature guitar as well as updated John Petrucci, Jason Richards and Cutlass models.

Check out all the latest models at Ernie Ball Music Man, and contact CMC Music for local distribution enquiries.