Watch: Ernie Ball Music Man’s all-new Sabre, plus John Petrucci and Steve Lukather signature guitars

The new guitar is billed to sound and play as modern as it looks.

NAMM 2020: Ernie Ball Music Man has revealed an all-new guitar: the Sabre. Also presented at the brand’s NAMM 2020 booth are updated signature instruments for John Petrucci and Steve Lukather.

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From left to right: Luke III in Ocean Sparkle, Majesty in Ember Glow, Sabre in Honey Suckle, Luke III maple top in Luscious Green, and JP15 in Cerulean Paradise. Image: Ernie Ball Music Man

Here are the details:

Ernie Ball Music Man Sabre

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Touted as “truly the player’s guitar”, the Sabre manages to combine playability with consummate aesthetics. It has an okoume body on which a carved maple top sits – with elegant natural binding to bring out the figured maple wood grain. The guitar’s slim, heavily contoured body combines with a wider neck (1 11/16 inches at the nut) to give players a comfortable playing experience.

Other specs include two custom Ernie Ball Music Man humbuckers, roasted figured maple neck, and the brand’s modern trem system. The Sabre 2020 is available in three fretboard options – rosewood, ebony and maple – as well as four finishes: Cobra, Boujee Burst, Honey Suckle and Blue Moonstone.

Lists for $3,199.

John Petrucci Majesty

For 2020, the Dream Theater man’s signature Majesty gets a cosmetic revamp, with a flamed maple shield adorning an okoume body. The Majesty also now comes in four new finishes: Pink Sand, Red Phoenix, Smoked Pearl and Ember Glow.

Petrucci’s signature DiMarzio Dreamcatcher and Rainmaker pickups are loaded onto the bridge and neck positions, respectively, and are hooked up to an onboard piezo bridge system.

Lists for $2,999.

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For 2020, Music Man also launched a limited-edition Majesty in Purple Nebula, which you can find out more about in our video here:

 

John Petrucci JP15

This model from Petrucci’s signature collection gets a new finish in Cerulean Paradise, and is available in six- and seven-string configurations. Its other features include two custom DiMarzio Illuminator pickups, an onboard 20dB gain boost, a piezo bridge system, and a custom Music Man JP tremolo. Tonewoods include an okoume body with figured maple top, and a figured roasted maple neck and fingerboard.

Lists for $3,249.

Steve Lukather Luke III

Brand-new custom Ernie Ball Music Man electronics are the biggest change in the Toto guitarist’s 2020 signature model. These include: high-output humbuckers for both the HH and HSS versions. The latter is otherwise outfitted with a pair of Cutlass single-coils. Both versions come with a five-way switch and a 20dB boost that can be engaged via a push/pull volume knob. It’s available in Ocean Sparkle, Fuchsia Sparkle, Olive Pearl, and Bodhi Blue finishes.

Additionally, the 2020 Luke III comes as a premium figured maple top option. Pick between Cherry Burst and Luscious Green finishes for this edition.

The 2020 Luke III maple top lists for $3,199.

More info at music-man.com.

Check out all NAMM 2020 news here.

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