Ernie Ball Music Man James Valentine - Trans Buttermilk

Solidbody Electric Guitar with Ash Body, Roasted Maple Neck, Roasted Maple Fingerboard, 1 Single-coil Pickup, 1 Humbucking Pickup, and Active Push/Push Boost - Trans Buttermilk
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A Quality Blend of Old and New Features

As lead guitarist for the band Maroon 5, James Valentine has to cover a lot of tonal ground. His Music Man James Valentine signature model is constructed from an ash and roasted maple combination to get plenty of attack and snap for the band's brand of funky pop. The custom-wound humbucker and single-coil pickups give the Valentine an impressively wide tonal range, and hidden features like an active gain boost, coil splitting, and the neck heel located truss rod adjustment make the Music Man Valentine a powerful instrument with plenty of vintage appeal.

Music Man James Valentine Signature Electric Guitar at a Glance:
  • Vintage tonewoods with a twist
  • Custom-wound humbucker and single-coil
  • Coil splitting, boost, and more
Vintage tonewoods with a twist

The ash body of the Music Man Valentine solidbody electric guitar offers a clear attack, strong note definition, and a warm low end. This is a wonderful wood for funky chord stabs and rhythms. Matched with the roasted maple neck and fretboard, it exudes plenty of sustain. And they can really make the bridge pickup growl for modern country or even hard rock tones. The neck's roasting process also makes it very stable in a variety of climate situations.

Custom-wound humbucker and single-coil

The pickups in the Valentine were designed in collaboration between James and Music Man. The bridge pickup is a vintage-sounding single-coil, though it's housed in a humbucker-type cover. And the neck humbucker is voiced very clearly to handle everything from jazz to hard rock tones. When you switch to the middle pickup selector position, you'll enjoy a cutting and still full-sounding tone that excels at sparkling arpeggios and tight picking-hand rhythm work. Sweetwater players agree that this is a deceptively versatile electric guitar.

Coil splitting, boost, and more

The power of the Music Man Valentine solidbody electric guitar is much more than meets the eye. Giving one of the pots a push engages an active boost, which is great when you need to get above a band for a solo, or when you need a little extra grit and sustain from your dirty tone. Pushing the other pot splits the neck humbucker, making the Valentine sound very similar to a classic guitar with two single-coils. And the body's revolutionary wedge shape causes the instrument to be very comfortable while helping to reduce weight.

Music Man James Valentine Signature Electric Guitar Features:
  • Maroon 5 guitarist James Valentine's signature guitar
  • Ash body is classic for spanky tones
  • The roasted maple neck is very stable
  • Custom-wound single-coil and humbucking pickups
  • Neck humbucker can be split for single-coil tones
  • Push/push controls access a powerful gain boost
  • The wedge-shaped body is comfortable and keeps the weight down
  • Locking tuners ensure tuning stability
The Valentine from Music Man effortlessly merges old and new-school design and playability.

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Tech Specs

Body Type Solidbody
Body Shape Double Cutaway
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 6
Body Material Ash
Body Finish High Gloss Polyester
Color Trans Buttermilk
Neck Material Roasted maple
Radius 10"
Fingerboard Material Roasted maple
Fingerboard Inlay Black dots
Number of Frets 22, medium stainless steel
Scale Length 25.5"
Nut Width 1.625"
Nut Material Black Melamine compensated
Bridge/Tailpiece Music Man modern hardtail
Tuners Schaller M6-IND locking
Number of Pickups 2
Neck Pickup SH Custom wound humbucker
Bridge Pickup SH Custom wound single-coil
Controls 1 x vol (push/push boost), 1 x tone (push/push coil split), 3-way blade pickup switch
Strings RPS Slinky (.011-.048)
Case Included Hardshell case
Manufacturer Part Number 570-TU-R1-03

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I'm 66. Started playing in 1963. THIS is the guitar I've been looking for all that time... I have many ("TOO many" -Wife..) guitars and this one smokes them all: Tone and playability are nonpareil. It has an active preamp which scares a lot of people away feeling that "pure tone suffers". BS. Bass players have been enjoying the benefits of built-in preamps for decades. My usual MO on guitars is: Get a new one play it for a couple of weeks and I get tired of some aspect of it and go back to my guitar woodpile and go back to one of the other quasi-disappointments. I have an Eastman Ray Benson (GREAT guitar), Godin Summit Classic with Seymour P-90's, PRS Mira, Jazzmaster, Reverend Jetstream 390 and a few others. Since I got the Valentine a month and a half ago, I've played nothing else. (Well, I did get out the Benson for a few days, but...)The Valentine has a push/push coil split on the tone control. On all previous guitars "coil tap" meant "crappy, thin tone on the split." Well, this guitar's preamp boosts the single coil so that the volumes are equal. It has trim pots inside that you can use to adjust the output level of the single coil. At first, I turned it up, but the volume drop on the humbucker didn't make it, so I put it back. There is another trim pot for the gain boost that is controlled by the push/push volume pot. As shipped from the factory, the boost was way too much for me, so I turned it down. Note: If you do any adjustments, mark the pots with a Sharpie so you can go back to factory settings. The flamed tiger maple neck is the most stunning piece of wood that I've ever seen. Mine is more "stripey" than the ones I've seen online. The ONLY thing that sucks about this guitar is that the side marker dots appear to be made of wood, too, and are VERY hard to see in a dark, dingy cellar or club, especially the ones that fall on a dark tiger stripe!. I fixed that by spending 30 bucks at Home Depot on their finest clip on work lights and some colored LED bulbs. The day I bought this I had absolutely NO intention of buying a guitar... I don't even remember why I stopped at the music store. In a serendipitous coincidence, I'd just watched Mr. Valentine's demo video on the Music Man site. Casually looking at the wall, I saw the guitar in Buttermilk: "Oh! You have a Valentine!". Tried it out and whipped out the plastic.
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