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 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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