Ball Family Reserve is a celebration of our heritage in instrument craftsmanship which features some of the finest figured tone woods and finishes available. These rare pieces are offered in limited production runs and allow us to present instruments to the public that were previously reserved for family and our loyal artists.

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Family Matters

The Ball family is the last of a dying breed, a family business making premium guitars and basses on the California central coast since 1984. Sterling Ball, alongside his sons Brian and Scott, combine the laser precision of robotics and old-world hand craftsmanship to develop innovative instrument designs that push the boundaries of performance and playability.

February 18

This month features the Steve Morse in Caramel Burst, the StingRay guitar in Translucent Walnut, and the Luke 3 in Buckeye Burl

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Steve Morse

Caramel Burst

Limited to 35 pieces

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Steve Morse Caramel Burst

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909-CM-C2-16

Caramel burst finish

Stunning figured 5A flame maple top, hand stained with a translucent Caramel burst finish

Roasted Maple Neck

Reverse headstock figured maple neck with bound rosewood fingerboard

African Mahogany Body

Dual humbucking African mahogany body is hand fitted with matching white binding

Luke 3

Buckeye Burl

Limited to 60 pieces

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Luke 3 Buckeye Burl

Ordering by phone? Mention build code:

908-BR-C2-00

Buckeye Burl Top

Special edition Luke 3 HH features an African mahogany body with exotic Buckeye Burl top

Roasted Maple Neck

The neck is roasted for added stability and features Schaller locking tuners

White binding

The rosewood fretboard is accented with white position markers and hand fitted white binding

Stingray Guitar

Translucent Walnut

Limited to 35 pieces

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Stingray Guitar Translucent Walnut

Ordering by phone? Mention build code:

825-62-C3-01

Trans Walnut Finish

Lightweight African mahogany body finished in limited Translucent Walnut

Roasted Maple Neck

Roasted maple neck with matching roasted maple fingerboard

Black binding

Roasted maple fingerboard is accented with black position markers and matching black binding

The 2017-2018 Collection

New instruments premiering monthly

MAR 18
APR 18

THE FACTORY TOUR

Since 1984, Ernie Ball Music Man has been crafting instruments in San Luis Obispo, California. Watch the factory tour and see how the difference is in the details.

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