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SINCE 2015

The Luke III Ball Family Reserve is the next evolution in the design process started with the original Luke model some 22 years prior. Addressing Steve's performance needs as a touring guitarist has been critical in the development of this new edition. The added mahogany tone block, on-board 12db adjustable boost, beautifully figured A++ maple top and roasted birdseye maple neck have refined this new signature edition into an instrument of superior tone and versatility. New for Spring 2017, the Luke3 BFR is now available in an exclusive Tumescent finish & African mahogany body . Each Tumescent guitar comes with a signed backplate from Lukather himself, along with a hand-signed, numbered certificate of authenticity.

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CUSTOM OPTIONS

Tumescent

Hazel Burst Quilt

Hazel Burst Flame

Blueberry Burst Flame

Blueberry Burst Quilt

Koa Island

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Watch Steve Lukather And His Luke 3 Bfr In Action

The prolific guitarist walks you through the Ernie Ball Music Man Luke 3 BFR

Daniel Donato

Daniel Donato demos the new Luke III Tumescent.

N Stuff Music Demos The Luke III BFR

Gavin at N Stuff Music Plays and Discusses the new Luke III BFR Tumescent.

MAKING A
MUSIC MAN

From concepts to final set-up,
learn how we craft your instrument

CONCEPT

What can the guitar be? Every new Ernie Ball Music Man concept represents our quest to answer to this question, guided by our design team's pursuit of perfection and molded by the demands for performance from our artists. Starting from the ground up is never easy, but we believe innovation means never being satisfied with the status quo.

Design

Every Ernie Ball Music Man guitar has been meticulously designed and crafted with the utmost attention to every detail. With each new model, our world-class team of designers and engineers delivers the best playing experience possible.

Millwork

Our wood mill employs the perfect balance of machine-driven precision and the personal touch of an experienced handcraftsmen. High-quality wood is sculpted into beautiful instruments.

Big Bird

Big Bird is a recently-added member of the Ernie Ball Music Man robot family, feeding the wood raw materials into the computer-controlled cutting and drilling machine with automated precision.

Fretting

All frets are hand-applied to exact specifications, ensuring each guitar or bass has the playability you'd expect from Ernie Ball Music Man.

Sanding

Ernie Ball Music Man necks and bodies are hand-sanded multiple times, creating flawless finishes and maximum playability.

Paint

Three layers of high-gloss polyurethane are applied to each color-coated instrument body, producing a luxurious state-of-the-art finish.

Buffing/Ursula

We use state-of-the-art technology like Ursula, our beloved buffing robot. Automation ensures a high-quality and cost-effective product, every time.

Electronics

Each instrument is hand-soldered using the latest technology in our San Luis Obispo factory.

Setup

When you purchase an Ernie Ball Music Man guitar or bass, it has already been personally tested and tuned by one of our experienced setup technicians, ensuring you can play right out of the box.

Specifications, Schematics & More

Specifications Luke III BFR
Model Luke III BFR
Size 12-1/2" wide, 1-3/4" thick, 36-15/16" long (31.75 cm wide, 4.5 cm thick, 93.8 cm long)
Weight 7 lbs, 15 oz (3.60 kg) - varies slightly
Body Wood Alder with bookmatched maple top and mahogany Tone Block; optional Koa top with completely mahogany body (Tumescent is completely African mahogany)
Body Finish High gloss polyester
Body Colors Choice of quilt or flame top Hazel Burst or Blue Berry Burst; optional Koa top or Tumescent
Bridge Standard - Music Man® floating vintage tremolo of chrome plated, hardened steel with bent steel saddles; Koa -Music Man® floating vintage tremolo of gold plated, hardened steel with bent steel saddles (Tumescent - Music Man® floating vintage tremolo of ma
Scale Length 25-1/2" (64.8 cm)
Neck Radius 12" (30.5 cm)
Headstock Size Only 5-7/8" (14.9 cm) long
Frets 22 - Low profile, wide (Tumescent: 22 - High profile, medium width)
Neck Width 1-5/8" (41.3 mm) at nut, 2-3/16" (55.6 mm) at last fret
Neck Wood Select roasted maple neck; Optional Koa top is glossy finished mahogany (Tumescent - satin mahogany)
Fingerboard Rosewood; Optional Koa top and Tumescent come with ebony fretboard
Fret Markers Mother of Pearl dots
Neck Finish Gunstock oil and hand-rubbed special wax blend
Tuning Machines Schaller M6-IND locking
Truss Rod Adjustable - no component or string removal
Neck Attachment 5 bolts - perfect alignment with no shifting; Sculpted neck joint allows smooth access to higher frets
Electronic Shielding Graphite acrylic resin coated body cavity and aluminum lined control cover
Controls Custom Music Man® active preamp; push/push volume for gain boost, 500kohm passive tone - .022µF tone capacitor
Switching 5-way lever pickup selector
Pickups Standard - HH with 2 DiMarzio Transition humbucking; Optional - HSS with 1 DiMarzio Transition humbucking; 2 DiMarzio custom single coil
Left Handed No
Strings 9p-11p-16p-24w-32w-42w (RPS 9 Slinkys #2239)

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Specifications Luke III BFR
Model Luke III BFR
Order 0
Size 12-1/2" wide, 1-3/4" thick, 36-15/16" long (31.75 cm wide, 4.5 cm thick, 93.8 cm long)
Weight 7 lbs, 15 oz (3.60 kg) - varies slightly
Body Wood Alder with bookmatched maple top and mahogany Tone Block; optional Koa top with completely mahogany body (Tumescent is completely African mahogany)
Body Finish High gloss polyester
Body Colors Choice of quilt or flame top Hazel Burst or Blue Berry Burst; optional Koa top or Tumescent
Body Bindings
Bridge Standard - Music Man® floating vintage tremolo of chrome plated, hardened steel with bent steel saddles; Koa -Music Man® floating vintage tremolo of gold plated, hardened steel with bent steel saddles (Tumescent - Music Man® floating vintage tremolo of ma
Pickguard
Scale Length 25-1/2" (64.8 cm)
Neck Radius 12" (30.5 cm)
Headstock Size Only 5-7/8" (14.9 cm) long
Frets 22 - Low profile, wide (Tumescent: 22 - High profile, medium width)
Neck Width 1-5/8" (41.3 mm) at nut, 2-3/16" (55.6 mm) at last fret
Neck Wood Select roasted maple neck; Optional Koa top is glossy finished mahogany (Tumescent - satin mahogany)
Fingerboard Rosewood; Optional Koa top and Tumescent come with ebony fretboard
Fret Markers Mother of Pearl dots
Neck Finish Gunstock oil and hand-rubbed special wax blend
Neck Colors
Neck Binding
Tuning Machines Schaller M6-IND locking
Truss Rod Adjustable - no component or string removal
Neck Attachment 5 bolts - perfect alignment with no shifting; Sculpted neck joint allows smooth access to higher frets
Electronic Shielding Graphite acrylic resin coated body cavity and aluminum lined control cover
Controls Custom Music Man® active preamp; push/push volume for gain boost, 500kohm passive tone - .022µF tone capacitor
Switching 5-way lever pickup selector
Pickups Standard - HH with 2 DiMarzio Transition humbucking; Optional - HSS with 1 DiMarzio Transition humbucking; 2 DiMarzio custom single coil
Left Handed No
Strings 9p-11p-16p-24w-32w-42w (RPS 9 Slinkys #2239)

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