Ernie Ball Music Man has launched limited run high-end versions of some of its most popular models. The company says they represent a chance for customers to buy instruments: ‘that were previously reserved for family and their loyal artists’. This month the Family Reserve models on offer will include the Valentine in ivory white, the Majesty in claro walnut, and the Axis Super Sport in trans light black.
The ivory white Valentine features a figured, roasted maple neck with a hand-fitted white binding. The locking tuners, knobs, bridge, truss rod adjustment, and pickup covers are accented with gold plating and the guitar also features a gold anodised pickguard and white pickup rings. Each Valentine comes with a signed back plate from James Valentine and a numbered certificate. It’s limited to 89 pieces worldwide.
The claro walnut Majesty features an oversized flame claro walnut shield. The back sports a matte finish while the glossy finish highlights the richness of the highly figured claro walnut wood grain. Each Majesty comes with a signed back plate from John Petrucci and a numbered certificate. It’s limited to 39 pieces worldwide.
Finally, the trans black Axis Super Sport features a hand-applied white binding on both body and neck. A wenge neck includes an ebony fretboard with stainless steel frets. This highly figured quilted maple top adorns a contrasting mahogany body with trans light black finish. This model is Limited to 26 pieces worldwide.
Music Man says new Family Reserve models will be announced each month.