Ernie Ball Music Man Family Reserve welcomes three limited-edition models

Including a custom sparkle finish for St. Vincent’s HHH axe.

Ernie Ball Music Man Family Reserve April hero

Ernie Ball Music Man has lifted the lid on April’s Ball Family Reserve models. The line-up for this month features a sparkle finish for St. Vincent’s triple humbucker model and custom appointments for a pair of StingRay basses.

Similar to previous collections, these will only be available in limited runs. Here’s a closer look:

St. Vincent HHH

Ernie Ball Music Man Family Reserve April St Vincent HHH

This edition of the Masseduction singer’s guitar features some aesthetic upgrades, including a custom Turquoise Crush sparkle finish, pearl block inlays and white pearl Schaller tuners.

Otherwise, it doesn’t stray far from the regular St. Vincent signature model: African mahogany body, rosewood fingerboard, triple DiMarzio Mini humbucker and Music Man’s modern tremolo.

Limited to 87 pieces. Retails at $2,899.

StingRay Special 4 H

Ernie Ball Music Man Family Reserve April StingRay Special 4H

This double-cutaway bass strikes a menacing front with a custom Hades Black finish and blackout hardware.

Other highlights of this limited-edition model include pearloid block inlays, a figured roasted maple neck and a rosewood fretboard with hand-fitted white binding.

Elements that have been retained from the regular StingRay Special 4 H include an ash body, a single Music Man bridge humbucker with neodymium magnets, and master volume and three-band EQ controls.

Limited to 81 pieces. Retails at $2,799.

StingRay 5 HH

Ernie Ball Music Man Family Reserve April StingRay 5 HH

This five-string bass stands out with its arresting 5A quilt maple top that’s been hand-stained with a translucent Giants orange finish.

Like the model above, it has a figured roasted maple neck, a rosewood fretboard and hand-fitted white binding, but features pearl block inlays instead. Its black Schaller Music Man tuning pegs provide a nice visual contrast.

And there are no surprises where electronics are concerned: two beefy humbuckers work with a three-band EQ, five-way pickup selector and master volume knob for fat, punchy tones.

Limited to 91 pieces. Retails at $3,499.

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