NAMM 2024: “The aim was to be as tonally versatile as possible”: Rabea Massaad on the origins of his long-awaited Ernie Ball Music Man Sabre design – and the crucial refinement that took the most tweaking

Rabea Massaad with his new Ernie Ball Music Man Sabre
(Image credit: Future)

NAMM 2024: One of the biggest releases at this year’s NAMM show came from the Ernie Booth Music Man booth, where the long-awaited Rabea Massaad Sabre signature guitar was finally debuted after months of anticipation.

The guitar is intended to take the classic Strat-style Sabre template to new ergonomic and tonal heights and finally arrived after the Andertons alumni and Stormzy collaborator revealed a signature was in the works back in December.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer,

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.

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