SMG Review: Ernie Ball Music Man 25th Anniversary Electric Guitar

The Ernie Ball Music Man 25th Anniversary Electric Guitar is a stunner!


Sometime in 1957 or 1958, Ball opened what was arguably the first music store in the United States to sell guitars exclusively, in Tarzana, California. When music sales reps criticized him for refusing to sell drumsticks and other instruments equipment, Ball replied, “I just want to sell guitars.” He was repeatedly told that a guitar store would never be a success, but the words rang hollow as people began to come from miles around to visit the shop. Eventually, the products spawned from his company would sell in more than 5,500 stores and be exported to more than 70 countries of the world.


If you are a regular reader of my weekly SMG Reviews, you probably know that Ernie Ball Guitars are on the top of my list. So anytime I have a chance to jam on a new model, I jump at the chance. The Ernie Ball Music Man 25th Anniversary Electric Guitar is of supreme quality in every way.
The first thing I noticed about this axe was the bird’s eye maple neck. It has just a hint of the bird’s eye in the wood, just beautiful. This is good to see because if there are too many deep eyes in the wood, it makes the wood weaker and less stable. The tone of the two custom DiMarzio pickups is killer! They resemble a hotter version of the Evolution pickups. With the 5-way selector switch and the series/parallel toggle switch, you can get ten amazing tones. Not to mention that by utilizing the volume and tone knobs, your possibilities are vast. Like all Music Man guitars, they are on the heavy side, but it is necessary for tonal reasons. The harmonics are incredible as is the sustain, “You can go and have a bite….Ynaaaaaaaaa! Still be hearing that one!” This is one bad-ass-axe.


  • Body Colors: Venetian Red burst
  • Body Bindings: Binding – Cream
  • Scale Length: 25-1/2″ (64.8 cm)
  • Neck Radius: 12″ (30.5 cm)
  • Headstock Size: Only 5-7/8″ (14.9 cm) long
  • Frets: 22 High profile, wide
  • Fingerboard: maple or Rosewood
  • Fret Markers: Mother of Pearl dots
  • Switching: 5-way lever pickup selector; 2-way toggle series/parallel selector
  • Pickups: 2 DiMarzio custom humbuckers with chrome cover and Music Man pickup rings


If you haven’t had a chance to play an Ernie Ball Music Man Guitar then you are seriously missing out. They are superior guitars made from the highest quality materials. The action on the 25th Anniversary model is perfect as are the custom electronics. The tone is monstrous and warm yet with its series/parallel selector, you can attain brighter tones with just a flick of a switch. The clean tone is brilliant and crisp on all setting of the pickups. When over driven, you will get that raw rock and roll tone, sure to blow the top off of your amp….think Van Halen II. This would make an ideal guitar for any style and player looking for the perfect set up out of the box. The Bridge is well balanced and always stays in tune. Try one out for yourself and see if this is the right guitar for you.


Pros: Longer scale neck, DiMarzio pickups, Series/parallel switch, Fast neck, Great tone and sustain. Well balanced guitar. Flame top.

Cons: N/A

Price Range – $1,564.96 – $2,274.99

Till next week, thanks for reading and keep on shredding!


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