Ernie Ball Music Man Mariposa review

Ernie Ball Music Man and Omar Rodríguez-López create a stunning signature model that stands out from the crowd

Ernie Ball Music Man Mariposa review
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Guitar World Verdict

An eye-catching silhouette, immaculate finish and great feel make Omar Rodríquez-López's signature model easy to love


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    Exemplary build and original vision.

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    Superb feel, especially the neck.

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    Strong voices with a control setup that’s far from daft.


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    As much as we love it, it’s expensive and sonically it might just be too simple for some.

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While Omar Rodríquez-López is known for his Ibanez ORM signature electric, the new Music Man Mariposa vision appears to be a more complete and innovative design - and that’s just the shape. 

Whether or not it looks cool to you (we must say that we immediately fell for its charms), there’s no doubt this is one very sharply dressed guitar.

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Dave Burrluck
Gear Reviews Editor, Guitarist

Dave Burrluck is one of the world’s most experienced guitar journalists, who started writing back in the '80s for International Musician and Recording World, co-founded The Guitar Magazine and has been the Gear Reviews Editor of Guitarist magazine for the past two decades. Along the way, Dave has been the sole author of The PRS Guitar Book and The Player's Guide to Guitar Maintenance as well as contributing to numerous other books on the electric guitar. Dave is an active gigging and recording musician and still finds time to make, repair and mod guitars, not least for Guitarist’s The Mod Squad.