Left Handed Music Man Guitars

Awesomely Amazing Left Handed Music Man Guitars & Basses 2022

by Chris

May 29, 2022

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Last Updated on July 12, 2022 by Chris

Left Handed Music Man Guitars

One of my favorite guitar players, John Petrucci, is known for playing Music Man guitars. 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.

If you’d like, you can go straight to the Music Man guitar range.
Or go to the Music Man bass guitar range.

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 classic shapes such as the Fender Stratocaster or Gibson Les Paul, but Music Man has some unique-looking guitars, such as the fretless Bongo bass, or the Mariposa guitar.

Different Types of Music Man Guitars

Music Man has 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.
  • Jason Richardson – 6 & 7-string models for the virtuoso guitarist with All That Remains.
  • Stephen Egerton – Artist Series guitar collaboration with the 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 tonewoods 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.
  • DarkRay – Designed in collaboration with Darkglass Electronics, these basses include specially designed 2-band EQ preamps, unlocking a wide range of sonic capabilities.
  • 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 is 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 a big sound.
  • Mike Herrera – The MXPX frontman and bassist’s custom-designed StingRay bass.
  • Cliff Williams – The Cliff Williams Icon Series StingRay Bass is very limited edition of only 26 available worldwide!

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.

Left Handed Music Man Electric Guitars

Of all the electric guitar models available, there is just one left handed Music Man guitar.

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

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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.

  • BODY: Select Hardwoods
  • SCALE: 34″ (86.4 cm)
  • NECK: Bolt-on Select roasted maple with sculpted neck joint
  • NECK FINISH: Gunstock oil and hand-rubbed special wax blend
  • 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
  • CONTROLS: 3-band active preamp; vol, treble, mid, bass
  • PICKUPS: Standard – Music Man humbucking with ceramic magnets and hum canceling phantom coil; Optional – Dual Humbucking with ceramic magnets
  • TUNERS: Schaller BM, with tapered string posts
  • FINISH: Scarlet Red and Vintage Blue Pearl.

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StingRay Special H Bass

Left Handed Music Man Basses - StingRay Special H Bass

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

  • BODY: Select Hardwoods
  • SCALE: 34″ (86.4 cm)
  • NECK: Bolt-on Select roasted maple with sculpted neck joint
  • NECK FINISH: Gunstock oil and hand-rubbed special wax blend
  • NECK RADIUS: 11″ (27.9 cm)
  • FINGERBOARD: Roasted maple
  • FRETS: 22 High profile, wide Stainless Steel
  • BRIDGE: Vintage Music Man top loaded chrome plated, steel bridge plate with vintage nickel plated steel saddles
  • CONTROLS: 3-band active preamp with 18 volts of headroom; Vol, treble, mid, and bass controls
  • PICKUPS: Single Humbucking with Neodymium magnets
  • TUNERS: Custom Music Man, lightweight with tapered string posts and ergonomic clover design
  • HARDWARE: Chrome
  • FINISH: High Gloss Polyester, Burnt Amber

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StingRay Special HH Bass

Left Handed Music Man Basses - StingRay Special HH Bass

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

  • BODY: Select Hardwoods
  • SCALE: 34″ (86.4 cm)
  • NECK: Bolt-on Select roasted maple with sculpted neck joint
  • NECK FINISH: Gunstock oil and hand-rubbed special wax blend
  • NECK RADIUS: 11″ (27.9 cm)
  • FINGERBOARD: Rosewood
  • FRETS: 22 High profile, wide Stainless Steel
  • BRIDGE: Vintage Music Man top loaded chrome plated, steel bridge plate with vintage nickel plated steel saddles
  • CONTROLS: 3-band active preamp with 18 volts of headroom; Vol, treble, mid, and bass controls, 5-way selector
  • PICKUPS: Dual Humbucking with Neodymium magnets
  • TUNERS: Custom Music Man, lightweight with tapered string posts and ergonomic clover design
  • HARDWARE: Chrome
  • FINISH: High Gloss Polyester, Burnt Amber

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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 had once provided more left handed versions of their guitars than I had expected. At the time of writing though, sadly there is only one model available; the Mariposa.

Also at the time of writing, there are three different left handed Music Man basses; I was pleasantly surprised to find this, as that’s more than the number of electric guitar models.

What are your thoughts on 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

  • Dears,
    just searching a Luke 3 left or similiar.
    Any chance to get one and ship to Germany (Duisburg, NRW)?

    Kind regards,
    Rolf

    • Hi Rolli,
      Ernie Ball Music Man does not make the Luke III in a left handed version, so unfortunately I don’t think you can get one shipped to Germany for the time being.
      I will update this page periodically. If Ernie Ball Music Man ever makes a left handed version, you can find out on this page.

      Thanks for your comment, and I hope you get your wish in the future!

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