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Mysterious new Ernie Ball Music Man guitar, the Mariposa, spotted at UK Guitar Show

Ernie Ball Music Man Mariposa electric guitar
(Image credit: UK Guitar Show)

This past weekend, the UK Guitar Show not only played host to star performances and the Guitarist of the Year finals, but also some of the world’s finest gear manufacturers - and it appears Ernie Ball took the opportunity to offer a sneak peak at a mysterious new Music Man electric guitar, the Mariposa.

Internet lore dictates that this will be the new signature model for At The Drive-In/Mars Volta guitarist Omar Rodríguez-López, which would make sense given his current preference for the company’s St Vincent and Albert Lee HH models.

Ernie Ball Music Man Mariposa electric guitar

(Image credit: UK Guitar Show)

A recent Ernie Ball Music Man Instagram story adds fuel to the fire, with a shot of a left-handed version of the very same model - Rodríguez-López being a leftie himself.

Early specs indicate the guitar will feature a mahogany body, roasted maple neck, ebony fingerboard, a pair of humbuckers and a Music Man tremolo system.

Ernie Ball Music Man Mariposa electric guitar

(Image credit: Ernie Ball Music Man/Instagram)

From what we know, available finishes will include the blue and chrome you see up top, as well as white with gold hardware, and black. But more importantly, how gorgeous is that etched scratchplate?

We’ll have more on this one very soon indeed...

That’s not the only scoop from this year’s UK Guitar Show, of course: Eric Gales also used his performance at the event to announce a new Joe Bonamassa-produced album and joint tour.

Michael Astley-Brown

Mike is Editor-in-Chief of, in addition to being an offset fiend and recovering pedal addict. He has a master's degree in journalism, and has spent the past decade writing and editing for guitar publications including MusicRadar, Total Guitar and Guitarist, as well as a decade-and-a-half performing in bands of variable genre (and quality). In his free time, you'll find him making progressive instrumental rock under the nom de plume Maebe.