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.

December 2018

This month features the John Petrucci 15 7 string in Eminence, the Axis in Butterscotch, the Cutlass Guitar in Chrome Sparkle, and The Majesty in Blue Marine.

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Axis

Butterscotch

Limited to 48 pieces worldwide

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Axis Butterscotch

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300-TE-RB-00-CS-C2

EXCLUSIVE Butterscotch FINISH

Flame figured maple top in a hand-stained custom Butterscotch finish is accented with gold pole pieces on the humbuckers.

Cream NECK BINDING

The ebony fingerboard features white pearl block inlays and a hand-fitted cream binding.

FIGURED ROASTED NECK

Beautifully figured roasted maple neck with white pearloid Schaller tuners.

Cutlass HSS

Smoked Chrome

Limited to 56 pieces worldwide

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Cutlass HSS Smoked Chrome

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806-SD-C5-01-CS-C1

Smoked Chrome Sparkle finish

Lightweight Alder body in an exclusive Smoked Chrome Burst Sparkle finish.

WHITE NECK BINDING

The ebony fingerboard features white pearl block inlays and a hand-fitted white binding.

MATCHING HEADSTOCK

The figured maple neck is accented by a matching painted headstock and Schaller locking tuners.

JP15 7 String

Eminence Purple

Limited to 98 pieces worldwide

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JP15 7 String Eminence Purple

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671-FZ-RE-00-CS-CR

Eminence Purple Burst Finish

Flame figured maple top in a hand-stained custom Eminence Purple Burst finish, with translucent black finish on the back.

Non inlay ebony fingerboard

The 24 fret ebony fingerboard does not feature fret markers for a streamlined unique appearance.

Figured Roasted Neck

Beautifully figured, roasted maple neck with ebony fingerboard and hand fitted white binding.

Majesty

Marine Blue Sparkle

Limited to 118 pieces worldwide

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Majesty Marine Blue Sparkle

Ordering by phone? Mention build code:

600-DE-50-00-CS-CR

Marine Blue Finish

Striking Marine Blue Sparkle finish covering the entire body, headstock, and back of the neck.

RUNWAY EBONY FINGERBOARD

Streamlined fretboard with two strips of pearl inlays replaces the traditional Majesty shield position markers.

AUTOGRAPHED BY JOHN PETRUCCI

Each guitar is hand signed by John Petrucci.

The 2017-2018 Collection

New instruments premiering monthly

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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