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Ernie Ball Music Man July 2021 Ball Family Reserve

Ernie Ball Music Man July 2021 Ball Family Reserve  ·  Source: Ernie Ball Music Man

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Ernie Ball Music Man’s ongoing monthly series of Family Reserve models is always good for some nice bits of guitar candy. The 2021 July edition consists of four limited-run models: the StingRay RS in Governor Silver Burst, the Cutlass in Bullhead Blue Sparkle, a Bongo 5 HH and StingRay Specials. Let’s dive in!

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BFR July 2021 Cutlass

This BFR July 2021 Cutlass model comes in a Bullhead Blue Sparkle finish and has a Silent Circuit to kill any potential hum. It comes fitted with a Music Man Floyd Rose double-locking tremolo and locking Schaller M6LA tuners. Nice.

This Cutlass has an alder body and highly-figured maple neck that’s loaded with 22 stainless steel frets. EBMM has opted for an HSS pickup configuration here, with a DiMarzio Custom Zebra humbucker at the bridge position, and two vintage-voiced Music Man custom-wound single-coils that are kept quiet by that Silent Circuit. Only 65 instruments will be available worldwide.

RRP – USD 2999

EBMM BFR July 2021 Cutlass

EBMM BFR July 2021 Cutlass

BFR July 2021 StingRay RS

Next up is the BFR July 2021 StingRay RS, finished in a Governor Silver Burst over a lightweight Okoume body. This guitar has a bolt-on figured maple neck loaded with an ebony fingerboard and White Pearl Atlante block inlays.

The bridge features a Music Man Modern Tremolo with vintage bent steel saddles, paired with Schaller locking tuners. The pickups consist of two custom-wound Music Man humbuckers. This model is limited to 75 pieces worldwide.

RRP – USD 2799

EBMM BFR July 2021 StingRay RS

EBMM BFR July 2021 StingRay RS

EBMM BFR July 2021 StingRay Special

Now for two basses. The EBMM BFR July 2021 StingRay Special comes in a Kingpin Matte Black finish with gold hardware. This model is fitted with two humbuckers and has an ash body, a bolt-on maple neck, plus a figured maple fingerboard.

You’re also getting 22 high-profile stainless steel frets, along with a sculpted neck joint. Plus, those humbucking pickups are paired with an 18V preamp and an active 3-band EQ. This black and gold bass is limited to 106 pieces worldwide.

RRP – USD 2799

EBMM BFR July 2021 StingRay Special

EBMM BFR July 2021 StingRay Special

EBMM BFR July 2021 Bongo 5 HH

The final model is the EBMM BFR July 2021 Bongo 5 HH. This is another humbucker-equipped bass model, but this one sports a Crescendo White Sparkle gloss finish with gold hardware.

The basswood body combines with a roasted maple neck and fingerboard, with a 34″ scale length; the fretboard has an 11″ radius. This model has active electronics, with controls for master volume, blend, plus a 4-band stacked EQ. EBMM says only 66 units of this bass are being produced.

RRP – USD 2999

EBMM BFR July 2021 Bongo 5 HH

EBMM BFR July 2021 Bongo 5 HH

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