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.

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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 from Cardiff University, and over a decade's experience writing and editing for guitar publications including MusicRadar, Total Guitar and Guitarist, as well as 20 years of recording and live experience in original and function bands. During his career, he has interviewed the likes of John Frusciante, Chris Cornell, Tom Morello, Matt Bellamy, Kirk Hammett, Jerry Cantrell, Joe Satriani, Tom DeLonge, Ed O'Brien, Polyphia, Tosin Abasi, Yvette Young and many more. In his free time, you'll find him making progressive instrumental rock under the nom de plume Maebe.