You’ve always been a Very Important Player to us, but thanks to Ernie Ball Music Man’s Ball Family Reserve Guitars, you can purchase a VIP-style instrument, too. Each month the company releases three models of high-end guitars that were previously only available to friends and artists within their network.
BFR guitars are produced in super-small quantities (think dozens, not hundreds or thousands) using carefully selected tone woods and finishes that add to their sound and overall appeal. The models and looks change each month to fit a variety of personalities and playing styles (last fall they even produced two limited-run St. Vincent guitars).
All three of April’s instruments—the Axis Super Sport in Buckeye Burl, the Majesty in Sahara Burst, and the Valentine in 3-tone Sunburst—embrace the eye-catching qualities of natural woods and vintage-style finishes, and come with a number of unique features:
Buckeye burl is native to Ernie Ball’s home state of California, where its wood is known for its swirling patterns, eyes, and naturally varied coloring—so you know that each of the 85 guitars in the BFR collection will have a one-of-a-kind look. This Axis Super Sport features a buckeye burl top over an African mahogany body, a roasted maple neck and the roasted maple fretboard, hand fitted with black binding, black hardware, and dual humbucking pickups.
Majesty – Sahara Burst
This BFR John Petrucci Majesty has a translucent burst finish that sets off the look of its roasted top and roasted flame maple shield. The 41 guitars in this style are made from deep-hued African mahogany and feature ebony fingerboards with Majesty inlays and stainless steel frets, as well as all-chrome hardware.
Valentine in 3-tone Sunburst