Ball in the Family
Wildwoodians, we are downright giddy to announce that we have welcomed Ernie Ball Music Man into the Wildwood family. So, we thought it was appropriate to kick things off with a selection 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 welcome Ernie Ball Music Man to the Wildwood Family.
After spending a few minutes going nuts through a Bogner amp with this beautiful blue Axis from the Ball Family Reserve, I think I have fallen head over heels in love! Guitars with locking tremolo systems have an undeserved reputation for sterility, and this Axis presents a compelling argument to the contrary with its lush, organic, three-dimensional sound. It's remarkably touch-sensitive, and it has a delightful singing top end that begs for expressive leads. The neck pickup is woody, warm and clear, while the bridge pickup is punchy and muscular with a chiming top end. Anyone searching for a shred-tastic guitar with lots of soul will love this Axis, 'cause it's bold as love!