We first saw these new Ernie Ball Music Man Sabre models at Winter NAMM, but the full specifications weren’t available. Until now! Let’s look at the details on these impressive new guitars.
Ernie Ball Music Man Sabre
Immediately, it becomes obvious that these are some fine-looking instruments. The book-matched flame maple tops look very impressive in the colours on offer, especially with that natural binding. They come with a lovely roasted maple figured maple neck, with what the company describes as a comfortable slim C profile, with a 1 11⁄16” nut width. They come with either maple or ebony fretboards, depending on which colour option you choose, both loaded with 22 stainless steel frets.
Each Sabre guitar is built around a lightweight Okoume body, applied with a stunning maple figured top. You have choice of either Cobra, Boujee Burst, Honeysuckle and Blue Moonstone finishes. Hardware is chrome, unless you opt for the Cobra finish, which comes with black hardware instead.
Pickups are Ernie Ball Music Man’s own humbucker design, wired via a 5-way switch and a single Volume and Tone control. You also get Schaller locking tuners and Ernie Ball Music Man’s modern tremolo system.
I can imagine that tuning will be rock solid. I have owned a few of their guitars over the years with this setup and it feels great and holds tuning well – but that’s just personal experience.
If you are looking for a premium USA-built guitar, then you should seriously consider these new models, as they look very well made. And I like those finishes a lot! Normally, I am not really a figured maple top guy, however this design really works. Good work!
RRP – USD 3199 / GBP 3199