Spring 2023

Introducing the Nitro Collection featuring the Dustin Kensrue Black Honey, the Cutlass Classic '58, the Axis Translucent Purple, and the StingRay Retro '76.

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Cutlass

Classic '58

The modern electric guitar has a rich history, rooted in the 20th century's "Golden Era" of instrument manufacturing. During this time, guitar manufacturing pioneers produced iconic solid body concepts, resulting in some of the world's most beloved designs. These techniques have garnered acclaim and appeal from guitar enthusiasts worldwide, paving the way for modern innovations. The Cutlass Classic Fifty-Eight celebrates this classic period with vintage-inspired specifications, including a 3-tone Sunburst finish, roasted alder body, and roasted maple neck. Nitrocellulose lacquer is thinly applied to protect the exquisite burst finish, while the electronics showcase three vintage single-coil pickups controlled by a 5-way switch with volume and separate tone controls. The Cutlass Classic 58 is a classic vintage-inspired instrument that offers a nostalgic vibe with modern touches for reliability and playability.

Ships within 4 months

$3,499
Financing Starting at $146/mo

Limitiert auf 100 Stück weltweit

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Cutlass Classic '58

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804-N71-22-SP

Model Cutlass Classic
Size 12-7/8" wide, 1-5/8" thick, 38-1/8" long (32.7 cm wide, 4.1 cm thick, 96.8 cm long)
Body Wood Roasted Alder
Body Finish Nitrocellulose (additional information below)
Body Colors '58 Burst
Body Bindings N/A
Bridge Music Man® Modern tremolo with vintage bent steel saddles
Pickguard Single Ply Parchment
Scale Length 25-1/2" (64.8 cm)
Neck Radius 10" (25.4 cm)
Headstock Size 6-3/8" (16.2 cm) long
Frets 22 - High profile, medium width, Nickel
Neck Width 1-5/8" (41.3 mm) at nut, 2-1/4" (56.9 mm) at last fret
Neck Wood Roasted Maple
Fingerboard Roasted Maple
Fret Markers 1/4" Black Face Dots
Neck Finish Nitrocellulose (additional information below)
Neck Colors Natural
Neck Binding N/A
Tuning Machines Schaller M6LA
Truss Rod Adjustable - no component or string removal
Neck Attachment 5 bolts - Sculpted neck joint allows smooth access to higher frets
Controls Passive 250kohm volume, tone and tone
Switching 5-way lever pickup selector
Pickups 50's style single coil wound with Heavy Formvar .42 AWG wire and Alnico V magnets.
Left Handed No
Strings 9p-11p-16p-24w-32w-42w (RPS 9 Slinkys #2239)
Additional Notes Nitrocellulose Lacquer, or simply “Nitro,” is a coveted paint finish in the guitar world due to its beautiful aging qualities, its effect on the tone of the instrument, and its period-correct properties for the golden age of guitars. In many ways, Nitro is a more organic substance than modern Polyester and Urethane paints, and the lacquer drying process results in a thinner coating. For these reasons, it is therefore believed by the vintage guitar community that the inherent resonance of the wood is allowed to shine through best with Nitro. The distinct properties of this finish are important to understand as a Nitro instrument owner for maintenance and care purposes.

Every material used on a guitar will expand and contract with temperature and humidity fluctuations, but the wood will have the most drastic rate of movement. When the change in temperature happens quickly, the Nitro paint can crack or “check” because it will not expand or contract as quickly as the wood. Over time wood loses its moisture and shrinks, which can also cause the Nitro to sink into the wood grain or glue seams.

Similar to every piece of wood, every Nitrocellulose Lacquer paint job has its own unique characteristics. The environment in which these instruments live and the attention by the owner will determine how they age.

Chemical reactions will occur if the Nitro is brought in contact with certain Silicone, Vinyl, Plastic, or Rubber products. Be very careful to use the correct type of wall hangers, guitar stands, and guitar polishes to avoid degradation of the finish. Nitro disclaimers will usually be attached to guitar products/accessories for this very reason.
Classic 58 Burst

3-Tone Sunburst finish with a roasted alder body

Vintage Single-ply pickguard

Single-ply pickguard, 5-way switch with separate volume and tone controls

Vintage style Maple Neck

Roasted maple neck with maple skunk stripe and headstock plug

Roasted Body and Neck

Roasting accelerates the drying process, allowing the instrument to breathe and vibrate for maximum resonance due to its low moisture content.

Nitrocellulose Lacquer

Thinly applied coats of nitrocellulose lacquer protect the finish, allowing maximum vibration while providing a brilliant “Wet” showroom shine.

Classic '50s-inspired Music Man pickups

The Cutlass 58 features three vintage wound classic single-coil pickups with Heavy Formvar .42 AWG gauge wire and Alnico V magnets. Several late-fifties pickups were tested and examined to reproduce that warm sparkle, robust low-end, and crystal clear highs.

One-Piece Maple Neck

Like most 50s-era bolt-on instruments, the Cutlass’s maple neck is constructed from one piece of maple, and the truss rod is installed from the back of the neck. A maple wood plug and “skunk stripe have been implemented, covering the routes left after the rod has been installed.

Classic Tweed Case

Quality G&G case with Orange plush lining

Dustin Kensrue

Black Honey

The BFR Dustin Kensrue "Black Honey" signature guitar features a stark black nitro-finished Okoume body beautifully adorned with all gold hardware. Electronics include a simplified humbucking-single coil layout with a stacked tone and volume pot, mono/stereo switch and a three-way pickup selector switch that elicits a variety of humbucking and single coils options. Other specifications include a hard rock maple neck with an ebony fretboard with white binding and white pearl block inlays. The neck also features 22 stainless steel frets, matching painted headstock, gold Music Man tremolo, gold Schaller locking tuners, and an asymmetric neck carve with a 10" radius. The neckplate is laser etched with a custom Kensrue logo to signify its Artist Series designation. Limited production of 50 pieces worldwide.

Ships within 4 months

$3,599
Financing Starting at $150/mo

Limitiert auf 50 Stück weltweit

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Dustin Kensrue Black Honey

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826-NBK-32-18

Model Dustin Kensrue StingRay Guitar
Size 14-1/16" wide, 1-5/8" thick, 39-1/4" long (35.7 cm wide, 4.1 cm thick, 99.7 cm long)
Body Wood Okoume
Body Finish Nitrocellulose (See additional note below)
Body Colors Gloss Black
Body Bindings N/A
Bridge Gold plated Music Man® Modern tremolo with vintage bent steel saddles
Pickguard 5 ply - Black/Cream/Black/Cream/Black
Scale Length 25-1/2" (64.8 cm)
Neck Radius 10" (25.4 cm)
Headstock Size 6-3/8" (16.2 cm) long
Frets 22 - High profile, medium width, Stainless Steel
Neck Width 1-5/8" (41.3 mm) at nut, 2-1/4" (56.9 mm) at last fret
Neck Wood Maple
Fingerboard Ebony
Fret Markers White Pearl Atlante Blocks
Neck Finish Nitrocellulose (additional note below)
Neck Colors Gloss Black
Neck Binding Cream
Tuning Machines Gold Schaller M6-IND locking
Truss Rod Adjustable - no component or string removal
Neck Attachment 5 bolt, sculpted neck joint
Electronic Shielding Graphite acrylic resin coated body cavity and aluminum control cover
Controls Passive Concentric 500kohm Volume/Tone POT - 0.022uf tone capacitor; 3-way pickup selector switch; mode switch to bypass controls (stereo)
Switching 3-way toggle, mono/stereo mode button
Pickups Gold covered StingRay RS bridge pickup & custom wound alnico neck single coil with gold pole pieces
Left Handed No
Strings 11p-14p-18p-32w-44w-58w (RPS Slinky), D Standard Tuning
Additional Notes Nitrocellulose Lacquer, or simply “Nitro,” is a coveted paint finish in the guitar world due to its beautiful aging qualities, its effect on the tone of the instrument, and its period-correct properties for the golden age of guitars. In many ways, Nitro is a more organic substance than modern Polyester and Urethane paints, and the lacquer drying process results in a thinner coating. For these reasons, it is therefore believed by the vintage guitar community that the inherent resonance of the wood is allowed to shine through best with Nitro. The distinct properties of this finish are important to understand as a Nitro instrument owner for maintenance and care purposes.

Every material used on a guitar will expand and contract with temperature and humidity fluctuations, but the wood will have the most drastic rate of movement. When the change in temperature happens quickly, the Nitro paint can crack or “check” because it will not expand or contract as quickly as the wood. Over time wood loses its moisture and shrinks, which can also cause the Nitro to sink into the wood grain or glue seams.

Similar to every piece of wood, every Nitrocellulose Lacquer paint job has its own unique characteristics. The environment in which these instruments live and the attention by the owner will determine how they age.

Chemical reactions will occur if the Nitro is brought in contact with certain Silicone, Vinyl, Plastic, or Rubber products. Be very careful to use the correct type of wall hangers, guitar stands, and guitar polishes to avoid degradation of the finish. Nitro disclaimers will usually be attached to guitar products/accessories for this very reason.
Black Honey Nitrocellulos Finish

Okoume body finished in black nitrocellulose

Proprietary Pickups

Custom wound humbucking/single coil pickups with unique gold pole pieces

MATCHING HEADSTOCK

Black matching headstock with gold Schaller locking tuners

Finished Maple Neck

Hard rock maple neck loaded with white pearlescent blocks inlays and white bound ebony fingerboard.

Custom Electronics

Stacked volume and tone control W/3-way pickup selector & optional stereo output.

Wide Bevel Pickguard

Custom 4-ply black/cream/black/cream pickguard.

Classic Black Tolex Case

Quality G&G case with black leather ends and plush lining

StingRay

Retro '76

The rich history of the modern electric bass guitar is rooted in the 20th-century "Golden Era" of instrument manufacturing. During this time, guitar and bass manufacturing pioneers produced legendary solid body concepts, crafting some of the world's most beloved Instrument designs. In celebration of these time-honored designs, we bring you the BFR Stingray Retro '76. The all-new Stingray Retro '76 is loaded with many vintage-inspired specifications celebrating Music Man's 70's era of American craftsmanship. This Stingray BFR edition features a beautiful nitro-finished 3-tone Sunburst ash body with vast black, yellow, and red swatches, capturing the look and feel of Music Man's flagship 4-string bass. A faithful reproduction, this retro edition bass reproduces the Stingray's original specifications, including an Alnico-loaded humbucking pickup, 2-band preamp, 21-fret 3-Bolt maple neck with micro-tilt adjustment, and a strings-thru-the-body-bridge with adjustable mute pads. Overall a classic feeling and sounding vintage-inspired instrument that offers the best of old-world craftsmanship with contemporary playability and reliability. The BFR Stingray Retro '76 bass comes with a period correct tolex case, certificate of authenticity and is limited to 100 pieces worldwide.

Limitiert auf 100 Stück weltweit

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StingRay Retro '76

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345-N71-22-02

Model StingRay Retro
Size 13-1/2" wide x 1-5/8" thick x 44-7/8" long (34.3 cm wide, 4.1 cm thick, 114.0 cm long)
Body Wood Ash
Body Finish Nitrocellulose (See additional notes below)
Body Colors 76 burst
Body Bindings N/A
Bridge Pre-EB Geometry Music Man® chrome plated, steel bridge plate with vintage stainless steel saddles
Pickguard 3 ply - White/Black/White
Scale Length 34" (86.4 cm)
Neck Radius 7.5" (19.1 cm)
Headstock Size 8-3/4" (22.2 cm) long
Frets 21 - Low profile, wide, nickel
Neck Width 1.686" (4.282 cm) at nut; 2.466" (6.264 cm) at last fret
Neck Wood Maple
Fingerboard Maple
Fret Markers 5/16" Dot
Neck Finish Nitrocellulose (See additional notes below)
Neck Colors Slight yellow tint
Neck Binding N/A
Tuning Machines Schaller Bass
Truss Rod Bullet truss rod adjustment at headstock
Neck Attachment 3 Bolt, Pre EB Music Man Design with Micro-Tilt Neck Shim Adjustment
Controls Custom 2-band active preamp; vol, treble, bass
Pickups Vintage style alnico humbucking pickup with long alnico 5 magnets and wound with original single poly-nylon wire.
Left Handed No
Strings 45w-65w-80w-100w (Super Slinky Bass #2834)
Additional Notes Nitrocellulose Lacquer, or simply “Nitro,” is a coveted paint finish in the guitar world due to its beautiful aging qualities, its effect on the tone of the instrument, and its period-correct properties for the golden age of guitars. In many ways, Nitro is a more organic substance than modern Polyester and Urethane paints, and the lacquer drying process results in a thinner coating. For these reasons, it is therefore believed by the vintage guitar community that the inherent resonance of the wood is allowed to shine through best with Nitro. The distinct properties of this finish are important to understand as a Nitro instrument owner for maintenance and care purposes.

Every material used on a guitar will expand and contract with temperature and humidity fluctuations, but the wood will have the most drastic rate of movement. When the change in temperature happens quickly, the Nitro paint can crack or “check” because it will not expand or contract as quickly as the wood. Over time wood loses its moisture and shrinks, which can also cause the Nitro to sink into the wood grain or glue seams.

Similar to every piece of wood, every Nitrocellulose Lacquer paint job has its own unique characteristics. The environment in which these instruments live and the attention by the owner will determine how they age.

Chemical reactions will occur if the Nitro is brought in contact with certain Silicone, Vinyl, Plastic, or Rubber products. Be very careful to use the correct type of wall hangers, guitar stands, and guitar polishes to avoid degradation of the finish. Nitro disclaimers will usually be attached to guitar products/accessories for this very reason.
Sunburst Nitrocellulose Finish

Ash body with vintage Sunburst finish featuring thinly applied coats of nitrocellulose lacquer to protect the finish, allowing maximum vibration while providing a brilliant “Wet” showroom shine

VINTAGE STYLE ALNICO PICKUP

Humbucking pickup with longer alnico 5 magnets wound with original single poly-nylon wire

Vintage Control Knobs

Classic Inspired 1976 “Radio” volume and tone knobs

BULLET TRUSS ROD

Original pre-EB StringRay bullet truss rod adjustment for proper neck action.

3-BOLT NECKPLATE WITH MICROTILT ADJUSTMENT

3-Bolt chrome plated neck attachment with Micro-Tilt provides neck angle adjustment without the need for shims. Firm neck and neck pocket tolerances ensure a tight fit with no shifting.

STRINGS THRU THE BODY BRIDGE

String-through body bridge with stainless steel saddles replicates the classic Stingray design. The original rubber mute pads have been added for a desired muted tone on demand.

MICROPOWERED PREAMP

The 2-EQ preamp is a hand-soldered circuit board constructed with high-quality components using vintage correct ceramic disc capacitors.

Classic Tolex Case

Quality Cream G&G case with Orange Plush lining

Nitro Axis

Translucent Purple

The all-new BFR nitro-finished Axis Purple harkens back to Ernie Ball Music Man’s initial production period celebrating one of Music Man’s earliest artist-inspired guitar designs. The BFR Axis features a beautiful nitro-finished hand-stained translucent purple figured maple top over a lightweight basswood body. Contrary to the original black back, a unique purple-shaded back and sides are beautifully accented with cream binding. The electronics package includes dual proprietary Dimarzio Zebra pickups, a 3-way toggle switch, and a single 500k volume knob. Each guitar has a numbered certificate of authenticity and a G&G hardshell salt and pepper case.

Ships within 4 months

$3,799
Financing Starting at $158/mo

Limitiert auf 100 Stück weltweit

Autorisierte Händler für:

Nitro Axis Translucent Purple

Telefonisch bestellen? Bitte Code nennen:

304-QTP-12-00

Model Axis
Size 12-5/8" wide, 1-3/4" thick, 36-1/4" long (32.1 cm wide, 4.5 cm thick, 92.0 cm long)
Body Wood Basswood
Body Finish Nitrocellulose (additional information below)
Body Colors Translucent Purple Top; Opaque Purple Back
Body Bindings Cream
Bridge Music Man® double locking tremolo with fine tuners; lowers pitch only
Pickguard N/A
Scale Length 25-1/2" (64.8 cm)
Neck Radius 10" (25.4 cm)
Headstock Size Only 5-7/8" (14.9 cm) long
Frets 22 - High profile, medium width stainless steel
Neck Width 1-5/8" (41.3 mm) at nut, 2-3/16" (55.6 mm) at last fret
Neck Wood Figured Maple
Fingerboard Figured Maple
Fret Markers 1/8" Black dot
Neck Finish Gunstock oil and hand-rubbed special wax blend; Nitrocellulose Headstock
Neck Colors Natural; Headstock matches body
Tuning Machines Schaller M6LA with pearl buttons
Truss Rod Adjustable - no component or string removal
Neck Attachment 5 bolts - Sculpted neck joint allows smooth access to higher frets
Electronic Shielding Graphite acrylic resin coated body cavity and aluminum lined control cover
Controls 500kohm volume pot
Switching 3-way toggle pickup selector
Pickups HH - 2 DiMarzio custom humbucking
Left Handed No
Strings 9p-11p-16p-24w-32w-42w (RPS 9 Slinkys #2239)
Additional Notes Nitrocellulose Lacquer, or simply “Nitro,” is a coveted paint finish in the guitar world due to its beautiful aging qualities, its effect on the tone of the instrument, and its period-correct properties for the golden age of guitars. In many ways, Nitro is a more organic substance than modern Polyester and Urethane paints, and the lacquer drying process results in a thinner coating. For these reasons, it is therefore believed by the vintage guitar community that the inherent resonance of the wood is allowed to shine through best with Nitro. The distinct properties of this finish are important to understand as a Nitro instrument owner for maintenance and care purposes.

Every material used on a guitar will expand and contract with temperature and humidity fluctuations, but the wood will have the most drastic rate of movement. When the change in temperature happens quickly, the Nitro paint can crack or “check” because it will not expand or contract as quickly as the wood. Over time wood loses its moisture and shrinks, which can also cause the Nitro to sink into the wood grain or glue seams.

Similar to every piece of wood, every Nitrocellulose Lacquer paint job has its own unique characteristics. The environment in which these instruments live and the attention by the owner will determine how they age.

Chemical reactions will occur if the Nitro is brought in contact with certain Silicone, Vinyl, Plastic, or Rubber products. Be very careful to use the correct type of wall hangers, guitar stands, and guitar polishes to avoid degradation of the finish. Nitro disclaimers will usually be attached to guitar products/accessories for this very reason.
Nitrocellulose Laquer Finish

Hand-stained Translucent Purple maple top

Zebra Humbucking pickups

Exclusive dual Dimarzio humbucking pickups

Music Man Floyd Rose

Floyd Rose style double locking tremolo with fine tuners

Figured Maple Top

Beautiful translucent purple maple veneer over lightweight basswood body

Figured Maple Neck

Rock solid maple neck with 22 stainless steel frets and Schaller non-locking tuners

Purple Finished Basswood Body

The basswood body back is finished in Purple, complementing the translucent maple top

CLASSIC SALT AND PEPPER CASE

Quality G&G case with purple leather ends and plush lining

Die Ball Family Reserve zelebriert unsere Tradition im Instrumentenbau und beinhaltet einige der schönsten gemaserten Tonhölzer und Lackierungen überhaupt. Diese Raritäten stellen wir in kleinen Stückzahlen her und können so diese Instrumente, die bisher der Familie und unseren treuen Künstlern vorbehalten waren, auch der Öffentlichkeit präsentieren.

Familienangelegenheit

Die Ball-Familie bildet die letzte einer aussterbenden Gattung: Ein Familienbetrieb, der seit 1984 Premium-Gitarren und -Bässe an der Küste Kaliforniens herstellt. Sterling Ball und seine beiden Söhne Brian und Scott kombinieren die lasergesteuerte Präzision von Robotern mit traditioneller Handwerkskunst für die Entwicklung innovativer Instrumente und erweitern so die Grenzen von Leistung und Bespielbarkeit.

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DIE WERKSFÜHRUNG

Seit 1984 baut Ernie Ball Music Man Instrumente im kalifornischen San Luis Obispo. Schau dir die Werksführung an und erfahre, was den Unterschied im Detail ausmacht.

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