“Strat connoisseurs should find that the pickups deliver the tonal qualities of their dreams”: Ernie Ball Music Man Luke 4 SSS review

The EBMM x Steve Lukather collab celebrates a landmark anniversary with a triple-single coil model that is ridiculously effective and well put together

Ernie Ball Music Man Luke 4 SSS
(Image: © Ernie Ball Music Man)

Guitar World Verdict

The Music Man Luke 4 SSS is truly a “Superbstrat” that’s packed with innovations and refinements of every detail to provide a wealth of first-class tones and true pro performance.


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    HT single-coil pickups deliver highly desirable classic tones.

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    Adjustable Silent Circuit ensures noise-free performance.

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    Preamp boost output is adjustable up to +20dB.


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    Tremolo arm may feel light to players used to heavier arms. Plus it’s expensive.

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Music Man released its first Steve Lukather signature guitar – the Luke – back in 1994, and over the years the Luke model has evolved with various Luke II and Luke III models. 

To celebrate the Luke’s 30th anniversary, Music Man has introduced the Luke 4 30th anniversary model with an HSS pickup configuration similar to the original, plus new Luke 4 HH and SSS models.

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Chris Gill

Chris is the co-author of Eruption - Conversations with Eddie Van Halen. He is a 40-year music industry veteran who started at Boardwalk Entertainment (Joan Jett, Night Ranger) and Roland US before becoming a guitar journalist in 1991. He has interviewed more than 600 artists, written more than 1,400 product reviews and contributed to Jeff Beck’s Beck 01: Hot Rods and Rock & Roll and Eric Clapton’s Six String Stories.