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Ernie Ball Music Man BFR Valentine Guitar, Pine Green, Roasted Flame Maple Neck, Gold Hardware - G86781

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  • Music Man Ball Family Reserve Valentine
  • Pine Green Finish
  • Ash Body
  • Roasted Flame Maple Neck - satin finish
  • Rosewood Fretboard w/ White Binding and White Pearl Block Inlays
  • 22 High Profile Medium Width Stainless Steel Frets
  • 10" Fretboard Radius
  • 25.5" Scale Length
  • 1.62" Nut
  • Music Man Custom Wound Single-Coil (bridge) and Humbucker (neck) Pickups
  • 3-Way Pickup Selector Switch
  • Music Man Active Preamp - push/push volume for gain boost, push/push tone for split pickup configurations
  • Music Man Modern Hardtail Bridge w/ Vintage Bent Steel Saddles
  • Schaller M6-IND Locking Tuners with Pearl Buttons
  • Gold Hardware and Pickup Covers
  • Graphite Acrylic Resin Coated Body Cavity and Aluminum Lined Control Cover
  • 3-Ply White Pickguard
  • Autographed Control Cavity Cover
  • Molded Plastic Music Man Hardshell Case
  • Instrument Weight: 6.7 lbs
  • Serial Number: G86781

Player's Perspective

Music Store Live is proud to present this Music Man Ball Family Reserve Valentine! This is probably our favorite version of the Valentine guitar that we've ever come across. It may not have a flashy figured maple top, but it's got plenty of star-power still.

James Valentine's signature guitar is a simple one, on the surface, but has some really cool features hidden under the hood. For starters, if you quickly look at this guitar you'll think that it's a double-humbucker guitar. But you'd be wrong. That bridge pickup is actually a single-coil guitar. So you've got a humbucker in the neck position and a single-coil pickup in the bridge. The neck humbucker can be split to get a traditional T-style sound with a bit more edge. In full humbucking mode the neck pickup is rich, warm, full of harmonic content, and can deliver some really meaty and creamy lead tones as well as some fuller rhythm sounds.

Music Man managed to add some nice versatility to this guitar without overcomplicating the design. There is an on-board pre-amp and if you push on the volume knob, it'll give you about a 20 dB boost. When playing clean, this can be a nice way to kick your volume up for a solo section or something like that. But when playing with some distortion, you won't notice a volume boost so much as you'll notice a gain boost. The guitar will hit your pedals or your amp a bit harder and it's like you were able to turn up the gain knob on your amp without ever having to turn around! Then on the tone knob there's a push/push button that allows you to split the neck pickup.

Without giving you too many options that you don't need, and bells and whistles that you'll never use, Music Man has found a way to honor a traditional guitar and a traditional sound, while incorporating some cool new technology and modern playability and craftsmanship. And you know since it's a Music Man BFR guitar that this one will be a cut above the rest. Made by some of Music Man's finest luthiers, the BFR guitars are only available in very limited quantities and these are all autographed by Mr. Valentine, himself.

Manufacturer's Description

Limited to just 63 pieces worldwide, this BFR Valentine features an exclusive Pine Green finish. The 3-ply white/black/white pickguard matches the white neck binding and white pickup rings for a more uniformed look. White pearl block inlays adorn a rosewood fretboard atop a roasted and premium figured maple neck. This guitar is outfitted with gold hardware and a matching headstock, key features that are not offered on standard models. Each Pine Green Valentine is autographed by James Valentine, includes a numbered certificate of authenticity, and hardshell case.

The Ernie Ball Music Man James Valentine "Valentine" guitar features a slab ash body, two Ernie Ball Music Man designed pickups (1-humbucker/1-single coil), with 3-way custom wired lever switch, coil tap, modern hardtail bridge with vintage bent steel saddles, 25.5-inch scale, oil and wax rubbed roasted maple neck with 10-inch radius maple fingerboard, 22 stainless steel frets, oversized 4-over-2 headstock and compensated nut, designed for superior tuning stability.


Overall Condition

Music Store Live is proud to be an authorized Premier Dealer for Ernie Ball Music Man. This BFR Valentine is 100% brand new and is being sold with a full manufacturer's warranty. Photos are of the exact guitar you'll receive.

Our in-house guitar tech will inspect, test, set up, and clean all of our instruments on site prior to shipping. All of our instruments are guaranteed to be fully functional upon arrival.