Ernie Ball Music Man freshens up its electric guitar and bass finishes for 2021

Ernie Ball new for 2021
(Image credit: Ernie Ball)

NAMM 2021 isn't taking place in the physical realm this year, but you'll find all the hottest January gear launches in our guide to the biggest guitar, amp and pedal releases of 2021 so far.

Ernie Ball has unveiled a slew of eye-catching new finishes for some of its most popular electric guitar and bass models, including the Sabre, Stingray, Cutlass and Bongo.

The Sabre, which boasts an okoume body, maple top and custom Music Man humbuckers, is now offered in a Gator Burst finish. The Cutlass RS, meanwhile, adds in Powder Blue and Vintage Tobacco offerings for both the SSS and HSS models, while the StingRay RS now comes in Powder Blue and Burnt Amber.

On the low end, the StingRay Special and StingRay-5 Special bass present eight fresh finishes – Amethyst Sparkle, Black, Snowy Night, Raspberry Burst, Smoked Chrome, Speed Blue, Burnt Ends and Forest Green – while the Bongo 4 bass debuts a new Harvest Orange finish.

For more information on all the new colors, head to Music Man.

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Richard Bienstock

Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.