At the time, there wasn’t even much of a signature guitar market sterling musicman 7 string to speak of. Music Man’s first artist collaboration, with Dixie Dregs (and now Deep Purple) guitarist Steve Morse, was the result of a friendly relationship more than a business proposition. “We were not a very corporate place back then,” Ball says. “We still aren’t. Steve used Ernie Ball strings, and he was also a friend. At the time he had his FrankenTele [Morse’s famous homemade mongrel guitar, built from a Stratocaster neck and Telecaster body], and it was kind of shot. So we offered to make Steve a guitar.”
For Music Man, this concept has deep and literal meaning. Since sterling jp 7 string the late Eighties, the company, based in San Luis Obispo, California, has produced some of the industry’s most renowned signature-model instruments, designed in conjunction with virtuoso guitarists like Steve Morse, Steve Lukather, Eddie Van Halen, Albert Lee, and John Petrucci. When Music Man builds tools for these artists, it’s with the intention of creating a dream guitar that meets their individual needs. That the instruments have also resonated with the greater guitar-buying public is merely a happy byproduct.