Ernie Ball Music Man Luke III BFR, HH, Quilt Maple Top - Blueberry Burst

Solidbody Electric Guitar with Alder Body, Figured Maple Top, Mahogany Tone Block, Maple Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard, 2 Humbuckers, Vibrato, and Hardshell Case - Blueberry Burst
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It's the Luke III BFR!

If you're looking for the best of the best Ernie Ball Music Man has to offer, this Luke Ball Family Reserve solidbody electric guitar is one to keep your eye on. Built to Steve Lukather's exacting specifications, this superb axe was made to rock - and look good doing it. A gorgeous figured-maple top crowns an alder body with a mahogany tone block. Add a duo of DiMarzio custom humbuckers, and you've got the recipe for immense tone and prodigious sustain that'll let you ace any gig or session. Ask any Sweetwater guitarist - the Ernie Ball Music Man Luke III BRF is a high-performance instrument that'll take your playing to new heights.

Ernie Ball Music Man Luke III BFR HH Solidbody Electric Guitar at a Glance:
  • A Ball Family Reserve instrument
  • Floating vibrato and Schaller locking tuners for perfect pitch
  • Ernie Ball Music Man - the pro's choice
A Ball Family Reserve instrument

A Ball Family Reserve (BFR) instrument that celebrates Ernie Ball Music Man's heritage in guitar craftsmanship with some of the finest figured tonewoods and finishes available, the Luke III BFR is a supreme expression of the luthier's art. It's a superbly balanced instrument, and thanks to its sculpted alder body with mahogany tone block and figured maple top, it's supremely comfortable and lightweight - perfect for marathon gigs and sessions. This axe gives you the ultimate in playability, while a duo of DiMarzio custom humbuckers serves up a massive tone arsenal suitable for any live or studio gig. Add to that the Luke III BFR's premium maple neck, rosewood fingerboard, and 22 low-profile frets, and you've got a high-speed, low-drag shredding machine.

Floating vibrato and Schaller locking tuners for perfect pitch

With the Ernie Ball Music Man floating vintage vibrato, you'll get in tune and stay there. The Ernie Ball Music Man Luke III BFR vintage vibrato is constructed of chrome-plated hardened steel with bent steel saddles. The headstock is adorned with Schaller M6 locking tuners that make string changing a cinch. Just insert the string, tighten the clamp screw, and tune it up to pitch. Strings won't be wound around the shaft so your tuning will be reliable, no matter how hard you play.

Ernie Ball Music Man - the pro's choice

Ernie Ball Music Man guitars and basses have been staples in the music scene since their introduction in the '70s. In fact, some of the world's best-known guitar players have their own signature Ernie Ball Music Man models. Always striving for a better instrument, Ernie Ball Music Man introduced the first production active EQ in basses and guitars, unique tuner placement, and much more. Musicians across a wide range of musical genres have played Ernie Ball Music Man guitars and basses over the years including Steve Morse, Albert Lee, Tony Levin, John Petrucci, Steve Lukather, Flea, Dave LaRue, John Myung, and countless others. Join the pros and play a world-class Ernie Ball Music Man instrument today!

Ernie Ball Music Man Luke III BFR HH Solidbody Electric Guitar Features:
  • Contoured alder body with mahogany Tone Block and premium BFR figured maple top
  • Select roasted maple neck and rosewood fingerboard play like a dream
  • MM chrome-plated, hardened-steel vintage floating vibrato with bent steel saddles
  • 22 low profile, wide frets
  • Two DiMarzio custom humbucking pickups
  • Extensive electronic shielding eliminates pickup noise
  • Hardshell case included
Play a high-end workhorse: the Ernie Ball Music Man Luke III BFR!

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Tech Specs

Body Type Solidbody
Body Shape Luke3
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 6
Body Material Alder
Top Material Quilt Maple
Body Finish High Gloss Polyester
Color Blueberry Burst
Neck Material Roasted Maple
Fingerboard Material Rosewood
Fingerboard Inlay MOP Dots
Number of Frets 22
Scale Length 25.5"
Nut Width 1.625"
Nut Material Black Melamine
Bridge/Tailpiece Standard Music Man Floating Vintage Tremolo
Tuners Schaller M6-IND Locking
Number of Pickups 2
Neck Pickup DiMarzio Custom Humbucker
Bridge Pickup DiMarzio Custom Humbucker
Controls Custom Music Man Active Preamp, 5-way Lever Pickup Selector
Strings 9p, 11p, 16p, 24w, 32w, 42w (RPS 9 Slinkys #2239)
Case Included Hardshell
Manufacturer Part Number 908-B2-RD-00

Customer Reviews

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Superb quality, very nice and attractive goods, fit and finish 2nd to none. The tone is a little richer than the tone on my standard L3 HH in olive gold (my #1 since 2012). Couldn't be happier with this guitar and great service I get from Sweetwater and Karl Long. Cheers!

Best neck in the business.

I have had this guitar now for a few months, and wanted to play it for awhile before giving it a review. I played a luke model 3 years ago at a music store, and i knew had to own one. First off the looks are incredible. The quilted top is absolutely beautiful. The unfinished flamed neck looks amazing, and the smooth feel makes it the best i have felt. The neck on this guitar is amazing. The narrow width makes everything faster with your playing, as there is less distance to move between strings. I love the low profile frets, as there is less friction when doing slides, and scaling up and down the fret board. I play mostly metal and this guitar although not marketed as a metal guitar, is a shred machine. This is a very versatile guitar. You can get everything from warm jazz tones, all the way up super high gain metal with the gain boost engaged. The tone on this guitar is well balanced, with almost vocal like characteristics. I would say the pickups are a little on the base side, which sounds great with an over driven amp. The string clarity is very detailed. It reminds of a duncan jb, except with more gain and low end. The tone is beautiful played through a clean amp, although i have to turn the low end down so it doesn't get muddy. The vintage tremolo has a really nice feel. If you use it a lot though, you usually have to re tune before playing again. The volume knob i wish were set back a little further as my picking hand makes contact with it quite a lot. This guitar in my opinion is near perfect. Set the volume knob a little further back, give it a floyd rose tremolo and 24 frets. That would be perfection!

Nice neck, beautiful finish, very poor manufacturing.

I bought this guitar in last May and received it in July, when I opened the case the volume knob had come off and dinged the guitar up. Also, the bridge pickup was very loose and rattling around. My sales rep, Jon at Sweewater, was terrific in handling the problem and sent me the next one they got from Ernie Ball, which arrived in November. When I A/B'ed the two guitars, the new one sounded distinctly different from the first one. Very thin and trebly, so much so that it made my Mesa Boogie Mark IV break up. Also, the trem bar would not adjust which made it difficult to use. Being very disappointed, because I love the way it looks and plays, I had to return both guitars because the manufacturing by EB is so inconsisent and poorly done, the level of workmanship is way below what the quality should be for this guitar. I could wait for another four months to get another from Sweetwater, but it's not worth waiting for. I found that defective is the norm for these guitars and if you actually get one that's solidly constructed it's an aberration. Too bad, I was really looking forward to using this guitar in my recordings and gigs.
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