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.

January 18

This month features the Axis in Aqua Blue Quilt, the Cutlass in Malibu Gold, and the Old Smoothie in Translucent Cream

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Axis

Aqua Blue Quilt

Limited to 35 pieces

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Axis Aqua Blue Quilt

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320 AB M1 00 CS C1

Premium Select Maple Top

The stunning figured 5A quilt maple top is hand stained with an Aqua translucent blue finish to bring out the exotic figuring

Roasted Mahogany Neck

The roasted Honduran mahogany neck with rosewood is sealed with an ultra light satin polyurethane finish, featuring stainless steel frets

Bound Neck and Body

Both neck and body are handsomely appointed with hand shaped white binding

Cutlass

Malibu Gold

Limited to 49 pieces

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Cutlass Malibu Gold

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805 MG C2 06 CS GD

Gold Hardware

Locking tuners, tremolo, truss rod adjustment, and input jack are accented with beautiful gold plating

Roasted Maple Neck with White binding

Figured, roasted maple neck with rosewood is accented with white position markers and matching white binding

Exclusive Gold Metallic Finish

Lightweight alder body is finished with an exclusive Malibu Gold finish

Old Smoothie

Translucent Cream

Limited to 90 pieces

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Old Smoothie Translucent Cream

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117 83 C2 13 CS CR

HI Gloss Figured Neck

Roasted maple neck and headstock finished in hi gloss polyurethane finish

Translucent Cream Finish

Translucent cream finish shows off the beautiful alder body grain pattern

Rosewood neck with White Binding

Figured, roasted maple neck with rosewood is accented with white binding and maple truss rod headstock plug

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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