Ernie Ball Music Man drops Ball Family Reserve models for February

The good news: Steve Morse and Steve Lukather are getting updated signature axes. The bad news: Ernie Ball’s only making 95 of them.

Ernie Ball Family Reserve February

From left to right: the StingRay, Steve Morse, and Luke 3

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Fresh out of the oven of the Ball Family Reserve come the upgraded versions of Steve Morse and Steve Lukather signature six-strings, along with a new StingRay. Like all Ball Family Reserve instruments, these are top-of-the-line guitars with exotic woods and finishes—and they come in extremely limited runs.

The Steve Morse Ball Family Reserve

Ernie Ball Family Reserve Steve Morse

The crafters at Ernie Ball spared no expense. A gorgeous AAAAA flame maple top with a hand-stained Caramel Burst finish graces the top of the Deep Purple member’s signature guitar. And roasted maple necks, which the company claims to improve stability, also features here.

Besides those, other upgrades from the production-line Steve Morse model include an African mahogany body (instead of poplar), and two custom Music Man humbuckers rather than DiMarzios. These axes also come with Morse’s nod of approval—you’ll find the rockstar’s autograph on the control cavity covers. Only 35 of these beauties have been made.

The Luke 3 Ball Family Reserve

Ernie Ball Family Reserve Luke 3 February

A striking Buckeye Burl finish is probably the first thing that catches your eye, but don’t overlook the other features of this stunner. This Luke 3 differs from the standard signature model in a few ways: It’s crafted out of African (we bless the rains) mahogany instead of an alder body, and it’s equipped with a roasted maple neck that’s complemented by white binding. Each guitar comes with a tremolo cover personally autographed by the Toto musician—and there are only 60 pieces worldwide.

The StingRay Ball Family Reserve

Ernie Ball Family Reserve StingRay February

A sophisticated Translucent Walnut finish sets this model apart from the flock of production-line StingRays, as do its other appointments. Like an African mahogany body, roasted flame maple neck, maple fretboard with black binding, custom Music Man humbuckers, and a Music Man tremolo system with vintage bent-steel saddles. There are only 35 of these available.

For more information, check out music-man.com.

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