The Ernie Ball Music Man James Valentine Signature is impressively dynamic, with a great vintage vibe.
James Valentine, lead guitarist of Maroon 5 teamed up with Ernie Ball Music Man to create what we think is one exceptional instrument. The Music Man James Valentine signature model is constructed from an ash and roasted which offers players a wealth of attack and snap. The guitar is impressively dynamic, thanks to features like gain boost, coil splitting, and the neck-heel-located truss rod adjustment. Scroll below to read our full review on the Ernie Ball Music Man James Valentine Signature!
Ernie Ball Music Man James Valentine Signature Specs
- 7 lbs. 13 oz.
- Ash Body
- Select Roasted Flame Maple Neck with Gunstock Oil and Hand-Rubbed Special Wax Blend Finish
- 25.5" Scale Length
- 10" Fretboard Radius
- 22 High Profile Medium Width Stainless Steel Frets
- .810” Neck Measurement at 1st Fret
- .900” Neck Measurement at 12th Fret
- Music Man® Custom Wound Stagged Pole Piece Single Coil and Humbucker Pickups
- 3-Way Toggle Switch, Master Volume (Push/Push for Gain Boost) and Tone Controls (Push/Push for Custom Split Pickup
- Schaller M6-IND Locking Tuners
- Music Man Modern Tremolo with Vintage Bent Steel Saddles
- Chrome Hardware
Ernie Ball Music Man James Valentine Signature Tone
Two Ernie Ball Music Man designed pickups boast a load of character. With the 3-way custom wired lever switch and coil tap, you'll have complete control over your sound. The master volume features a push/push for gain boost while the tone controls have a push/push for splitting the pickups. Lastly, the ash body of the Music Man Valentine offers a offers clarity and note definition with a warm low end that we like.
Ernie Ball Music Man James Valentine Signature Feel
The 25.5-inch scale, oil and wax rubbed roasted maple neck, and 10-inch radius maple fingerboard all culminate to bring you excellent playability, and a comfortable overall feel. Everything is stable on this guitar, which is most likely attributed to it's seemingly minimalist design and construction, creating a no-frills workhorse that is equally suited for the gig or studio session.
Why We Like It
The Ernie Ball Music Man James Valentine Signature has everything the modern player needs, and it presents it in a fashion that makes playing easy and unintimidating. We are especially fond of the guitar's fairly thin body shape, which is certainly a plus for those long gigs. Additionally, the guitar simply feels rock-solid and stays in tune incredibly well, due in part to the brilliant design of the Ernie Ball Hardtail bridge and Schaller M6-IND locking tuners.
You Might Also Consider
Looking for a similar feel with single coils? Try out the Ernie Ball Music Man RS Hunter Hayes Signature. This model features three custom-wound Music Man single-coils, with a master volume control, piezo volume control for the brass piezo saddles, and a neck pickup blend - for warming up the sound in any other position. However, much like the Valentine, it sports a 25.5" scale length and a Music Man hardtail bridge.
Ernie Ball Music Man James Valentine Signature Price
$2999.99 Retail at the time of this post. Pricing subject to change.
Ernie Ball Music Man James Valentine Signature Colors
The Ernie Ball Music Man James Valentine Signature is available in Trans Buttermilk Satin, Natural Toluca, Lake Blue, Saturn Gold, Husker Red, Baby Blue (BFR), and Target Burst (BFR).
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