Ernie Ball Music Man Ball Family Reserve Cutlass - #36 of 56
Ball in the Family
Wildwoodians, we are downright giddy to announce that we have received the latest offerings from the Ball Family Reserve. For those who are unfamiliar, the Ball Family Reserve is a line of limited-production guitars that showcase exceptional tonewoods, drool-inducing finishes, and extra-elegant designs. Previously, these fine instruments were only available to members of the Ball family and Ernie Ball Music Man's roster of artists, but Sterling Ball and his sons, Brian and Scott, have graciously offered them to the public.
Each piece in the Ball Family Reserve is lovingly crafted using a combination of precise, state-of-the-art modern manufacturing techniques and time-consuming old-world methods that involve lots of good 'ol-fashioned elbow grease. Each piece is also VERY limited, and once they're gone, they're gone. We are privileged to showcase such rare, exquisite instruments, and we are proud to have Ernie Ball Music Man as part of the Wildwood Family.
Sonic EvaluationThe Blue Magic finish on this HSS Cutlass is appropriate, because this guitar certainly is enchanting (it definitely made my last half-hour disappear!). The bridge humbucker is gloriously brawny, with snarling midrange, sizzling highs, and robust low-end. The middle single-coil has a lovely bell-like clang in the highs above focused, biting midrange and bold, round lows. The neck pickup has open, sonorous bass response along with throaty mids and sweet, glassy highs. The in-between positions have more of a scooped, quack-y sound. The bridge and middle pickup together sound quite sweet and chime-y, while the middle and neck together sound warm and vocal. Anyone looking for a versatile HSS guitar with a perfectly-sculpted voice will love this BFR beauty!
|Brand||Ernie Ball Music Man|
|Model||Ball Family Reserve Cutlass HSS|
|Limited Series||#36 of 56 Pieces|
|Finish Color||Blue Magic|
|Finish Type||Satin Polyester|
|Neck Wood||Figured Maple|
|Neck Finish||Ultra-Light Satin Polyester|
|Neck Dimensions||.800 1st-.900 12th|
|Fingerboard Inlays||Black Dots|
|Width at Nut||1 5/8"|
|Frets||22 High Profile Medium Width Stainless Steel|
|Pickups||2 Custom Music Man Wide-Range Single-Coils w/wide-spectrum Music Man "Silent Circuit" to Reduce Unwanted Noise, 1 Music Man Custom Humbucker|
|Controls||1 Volume, 1 Tone, 5-Way Switch|
|Bridge||Modern Music Man w/Vintage-Style Bent Steel Saddles|
|Tuners||Schaller M6-IND Locking|
|Case||Molded Plastic Hardshell|
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