Awesomely Amazing Left Handed Music Man Guitars & Basses 2020

Left Handed Music Man Guitars
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Last Updated on October 17, 2020 by Chris

Left Handed Music Man Guitars

Around a month and a half ago, one of my favorite guitar players, John Petrucci, released his new solo album Terminal Velocity; his first since 2005’s Suspended Animation. I’ve always been amazed by the skill and precision of his playing and naturally, if you like certain guitarists, you tend to look at which guitars they play.

Petrucci has played numerous guitars over the years and for a few years now he has had his own Music Man signature guitars. So I thought I’d see if there are any left handed Music Man guitars available.

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Ever since hearing Petrucci’s guitar playing on the album Train of Thought by his band Dream Theater, I’ve been into his music and have wanted to get a left handed Music Man guitar, but they’re very high-end hand-crafted instruments, so they’re way out of my price range for the moment!

Right now, the nearest I’ll get to owning a left handed Ernie Ball Music Man guitar, is if I buy some Ernie Ball guitar strings!

Also, there haven’t exactly been too many of them, but then as lefty guitarists, we’re kind of used to not having so much choice!

Left Handed Music Man Guitars - Omar Rodríguez-López playing a Mariposa

Other famous guitarists who use left handed Music Man guitars include Omar Rodríguez-López of The Mars Volta and At the Drive-In, and solo guitar instrumentalist Joe Gareri; famous bassists using left handed Music Man bass guitars include Ron DeChant of Starset.

To go straight to the Music Man guitar range, go here.
To see the Music Man bass guitar range, go here.

Anyway, let’s crack on…

Who Are Music Man Guitars?

Music Man is part of the Ernie Ball Corporation, and was founded in 1974, when they first produced the “Sixty Five” amplifier with the help of one Leo Fender.

It was during this time, during the ’70s, that Sterling Ball, son of Ernie Ball, played an important role in designing and developing the iconic StingRay bass guitar.

Left Handed Music Man GuitarsScott Ball, Sterling Ball and Brian Ball

Sterling purchased the company in 1984, and was later joined by his sons Scott and Brian, going on to build a team of dedicated professionals building the highest level of hand-crafted instruments.

They have since become one of the most highly regarded guitar manufacturers adhering to strict quality standards, innovative design and fine craftsmanship.

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What Do I Think of Music Man Guitars?

Since John Petrucci plays them, and the fact that they cost an arm and a leg, they are very desirable guitars. I love the look and sound of Petrucci’s Majesty guitars, as well as many of the others, and because of this I really want one!

That’s all there is to it!

Looking at Music Man’s other guitars, you can’t help but notice that some of their guitars are quite unusually shaped and I definitely think that’s a good thing.

Most other companies build guitars that look pretty similar to the classic shapes such as the Stratocaster or Les Paul, but Music Man have some unique looking guitars, such as the fretless Bongo bass, or the Mariposa guitar.

Different Types of Music Man Guitars

Music Man have several guitar ranges and models. Let’s take a look below:

Electric Guitars

Left Handed Music Man Mariposa guitars
  • John Petrucci Collection – Signature Series of the Dream Theater guitarist, each available in 6 or 7-string configurations.
  • Steve Lukather Collection – Signature Series of the Toto founding member and highly regarded session musician.
  • Cutlass RS Collection – Brand new premium versions of the original 1970s Music Man designs.
  • Sabre – Music Man’s cutting edge, ultra-modern electric guitar with a classic double-cutaway design.
  • Stingray RS – Premium versions of the original 1970s Music Man designs with vintage spec electronics.
  • Mariposa – Designed in collaboration with world-renowned Mars Volta and At the Drive-In composer & guitarist Omar Rodríguez-López.
  • St. Vincent Collection – Signature guitar range for the singer-songwriter and ex-Polyphonic Spree guitarist.
  • Dustin Kensrue – Artist Series guitar collaboration with acclaimed singer-songwriter and guitarist of Thrice.
  • Valentine Collection – Signature guitar series of James Valentine, guitarist with Maroon 5.
  • Hunter Hayes – Artist Series for Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter and guitarist Hunter Hayes.
  • Jason Richardson – 7-string model for the virtuoso guitarist with All That Remains.
  • Stephen Egerton – Artist Series guitar collaboration with guitarist of iconic punk rock band Descendents.
  • Steve Morse Collection – Signature Series of the Deep Purple and Dixie Dregs guitarist.
  • Albert Lee Collection – Signature Series of the Grammy Award-winning British guitarist.
  • Axis Collection – Music Man’s straightforward hard rocking electric series.
  • Silhouette Collection – Guitar Series for Ernie Ball Music Man’s first production guitar.
  • BFR – The Ball Family Reserve are examples of the highest craftsmanship from Music Man, using only the finest figured tone woods available. Usually offered in limited production runs and sometimes one-offs; these instruments are of the highest quality possible.

Bass Guitars

Left Handed Music Man Bass Guitars - Nathan Maxwell of Flogging Molly
  • StingRay Special Collection – First introduced in 1976, the StingRay is the flagship of the Music Man bass guitar line.
  • John Myung – Artist Series 6-string Bongo bass guitar designed in collaboration with the Dream Theater bassist.
  • Shortscale StingRay – The 30” scale StingRay allows for easier playability and known for its big, warm tone.
  • Bongo Collection – Music Man’s Bongo bass guitar is designed with super-modern tech and playability in mind.
  • Joe Dart – Artist Series Signature bass for the bassist with renowned funk band Vulfpeck.
  • Sterling Collection – Music Man’s Sterling basses are known for their smaller body and neck profile, while still providing its big sound.
  • Mike Herrera – The MXPX frontman and bassist’s custom designed StingRay bass.

If Music Man guitars are too expensive for you, they also have their more affordable Sterling line. The Sterling by Music Man line is still designed by the same dedicated guitar masters that make the American instruments, but are manufactured in the Far East.

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Left Handed Music Man Electric Guitars

Of all the electric guitar models available, there are four left handed Music Man guitars.

John Petrucci 6

Left Handed Music Man Guitars - Firemist Purple JP6 - John Petrucci 6-String

The JP6 is the original Music Man John Petrucci signature guitar.

  • NECK: Bolt-on Figured Maple with sculpted neck joint allowing smooth access to higher frets
  • BODY: Basswood
  • NECK RADIUS: 15″ (38.1 cm)
  • FINGERBOARD: Rosewood
  • FRETS: 24 High profile, wide, Stainless Steel
  • BRIDGE: Custom John Petrucci Music Man Piezo floating tremolo of matte black, hardened steel with solid steel saddles
  • NECK PICKUP: DiMarzio LiquiFire Humbucker
  • BRIDGE PICKUP: DiMarzio Crunch Lab Humbucker, Piezo
  • FINISH: High gloss Firemist Purple, Firemist Gold, Pearl Red Burst, Stealth Black, and Mystic Dream

John Petrucci 7

There doesn’t seem to be an image of a JP7 on the Music Man website, so here’s a picture of John Petrucci with a JP7 BFR model.

John Petrucci with a JP7 BFR

The JP7 is the 7-string version of the JP6, with almost identical specifications.

  • NECK: Bolt-on Figured Maple with sculpted neck joint allowing smooth access to higher frets
  • BODY: Basswood
  • NECK RADIUS: 15″ (38.1 cm)
  • FINGERBOARD: Standard – Rosewood, Stealth Black – Ebony
  • FRETS: 24 High profile, wide, Stainless Steel
  • BRIDGE: Custom John Petrucci Music Man Piezo floating tremolo of matte black, hardened steel with solid steel saddles
  • NECK PICKUP: DiMarzio LiquiFire Humbucker
  • BRIDGE PICKUP: DiMarzio Crunch Lab Humbucker, Piezo
  • FINISH: High gloss Firemist Purple, Firemist Gold, Pearl Red Burst, Stealth Black, and Mystic Dream

Mariposa

Left Handed Music Man Guitars - Imperial White Mariposa

Designed with Mars Volta and At the Drive-In lefty guitarist Omar Rodríguez-López.

  • NECK: Bolt-on roasted maple
  • BODY: Okoume
  • NECK RADIUS: 10″ (25.4 cm)
  • FINGERBOARD: Ebony
  • FRETS: 22 High profile, medium width
  • BRIDGE: Music Man Modern tremolo with chevron cover and vintage bent steel saddles
  • NECK PICKUP: Music Man custom wound humbucker with gold / chrome cover
  • BRIDGE PICKUP: Music Man custom wound humbucker with gold / chrome cover
  • FINISH: Dorado Green, Imperial Black, Imperial White and Pueblo Pink

Axis Super Sport

Left Handed Music Man Guitars - Axis Super Sport - Balboa Blue Burst Quilt

The Axis Super Sport is an upgraded version of the Axis guitar, which unfortunately is unavailable in lefty configuration.

  • NECK: Bolt-on Figured maple
  • BODY: Basswood with bookmatched figured maple top
  • NECK RADIUS: 10″ (25.4 cm)
  • FINGERBOARD: Select maple or rosewood
  • FRETS: 22 High profile, medium width
  • BRIDGE: Standard – Chrome plated Music Man strings-thru-the-body bridge, hardened steel with solid steel saddles; Optional – Music Man vintage tremolo
  • NECK PICKUP: DiMarzio custom humbucker
  • BRIDGE PICKUP: DiMarzio custom humbucker
  • FINISH: Trans Gold Flame, Trans Gold Quilt, Natural Flame, Natural Quilt, Balboa Blue Burst Flame and Balboa Blue Burst Quilt

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Left Handed Music Man Acoustic Guitars

Since Music Man don’t make acoustic guitars, there are no left handed Music Man acoustic guitars available.

Left Handed Music Man Basses

Of all the bass guitar models available, there are currently two left handed Music Man bass guitars.

Sterling 4 Bass

Left Handed Music Man Bass Guitars - Scarlet Red Sterling 4

The Sterling 4 basses are known for their slightly smaller body and neck profile, while still providing a nice big sound.

  • NECK: Bolt-on Select roasted maple
  • BODY: Select Hardwoods
  • NECK RADIUS: 11″ (27.9 cm)
  • FINGERBOARD: Rosewood
  • FRETS: 22 High profile, wide Stainless Steel
  • BRIDGE: Music Man chrome plated, hardened steel bridge plate with stainless steel saddles
  • PICKUPS: Standard – Music Man humbucking with ceramic magnets and hum canceling phantom coil; Optional – Dual Humbucking with ceramic magnets
  • FINISH: Scarlet Red and Vintage Blue Pearl.

StingRay Special

Left Handed Music Man Bass Guitars - StingRay Special - Firemist Silver

Left handed version of Music Man’s flagship bass guitar line, first introduced in 1976.

  • NECK: Bolt-on Select roasted maple
  • BODY: Select Hardwoods
  • NECK RADIUS: 11″ (27.9 cm)
  • FINGERBOARD: Maple, Rosewood, or Ebony (dependent on body color)
  • FRETS: 22 High profile, wide Stainless Steel
  • BRIDGE: Vintage Music Man top loaded chrome plated, steel bridge plate with vintage nickel plated steel saddles
  • PICKUPS: Single Humbucking with Neodymium magnets; Optional – Dual Humbucking with Neodymium magnets
  • FINISH: Firemist Silver, Tectonic Blue Sparkle, Ghost Pepper, Ghostwood, Maroon Mist, Burnt Amber, Chopper Blue, Ivory White, Black, Jet Black, Vintage Tobacco, Cruz Teal, Aqua Sparkle, Charging Green, Burnt Apple, Charcoal Sparkle, Dropped Copper, and HD Yellow.

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Final Thoughts

After excitedly looking for left handed Music Man guitars, specifically the Majesty (once I knew that was John Petrucci’s signature model), I was disappointed to find that no left handed versions existed. I think it’s a beautiful looking guitar with plenty of features, but alas, not available to lefties!

Music Man Majesty Guitars

Once I’d gotten over the lack of left handed Music Man Majesty guitars, I was surprised to find that Music Man provided more left handed versions of their guitars than I had expected.

At the time of writing, there are four different left handed Music Man guitars and three different left handed Music Man basses. I was also pleasantly surprised to find that they are offered in more colors than I’d expected too! That’s much better than a lot of guitar companies who only offer one or two different colors.

What are your thoughts on left handed Music Man guitars? Do you have one? Or have you played one? Are they worth the thousands of dollars that they cost? Let me know below!

Image credits: music-man.com

Awesomely Amazing Left Handed Music Man Guitars & Basses 2020

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