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why doesn't Ernie Ball do signature basses

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by j.kernodle, Feb 3, 2013.

  1. j.kernodle


    Nov 23, 2008
    Charleston, SC
    They do plenty of signature guitars, John Petrucci, Albert King, Steve Morse. I was just thinking about this. Not sure why.

    I don't even know that I'd necessarily want one, but you never know.
  2. GM60466


    May 20, 2006
    Land of Lakland
    They don't need to, beside, where would they start?
  3. jlepre

    jlepre Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2007
    Parsippany, NJ
  4. Dluxe

    Dluxe Supporting Member

    Jan 9, 2011
    Austin, TX
    I had no idea they did an Albert King sig. :) (I know, he meant Albert Lee)
  5. j.kernodle


    Nov 23, 2008
    Charleston, SC
    Whoops, yes, Albert Lee.

    I thought about the Ernie ball forum. But I was here. :)
  6. j.kernodle


    Nov 23, 2008
    Charleston, SC
    The list of Music Man players is quite extensive. perhaps with one of their famous endorsers. ;)
  7. king_biscuit

    king_biscuit Supporting Member

    May 21, 2006
  8. Epitaph04

    Epitaph04 Bajo Supporting Member

    Jul 5, 2010
    They dont need to. Their bass guitars speak for themselves.
  9. NicJimBass

    NicJimBass Is this thing on!? Supporting Member

    Nov 22, 2004
    Lancaster, OH
    64 Audio · DR Strings · Source Audio · Hipshot
    I believe the answer given on their forum relates to Flea asking that the StingRay become his signature line. Sterling felt it would be unfair to other SR players who came before Flea (Tony Levin, Louis Johnson, Bernard Edwards, John Deacon, etc.) to do that, and since that was their only bass line at the time, they may have decided to simply do away with sig basses. Lately though, there has been talk about a John Myung sig Bongo, but not sure where that's at now.
  10. king_biscuit

    king_biscuit Supporting Member

    May 21, 2006
    I'm not sure that is the real answer -- it's not like Fender needs signature models to sell Ps and Js, after all. For EB, I think the only bass it would make sense to offer in a signature would be some type of Stingray (none of the other models would sell well enough), but EB got into a swivit with Flea years ago and drew a line in the sand about a Stingray signature.
  11. droskobass


    Oct 8, 2007
    Montreal, Canada
    Former Part-Time, Non-Commission Employee MOOG Audio
    Today they have the "Sledge" stingray. which is essentially a Tony Levin model to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Album "SO".
  12. Epitaph04

    Epitaph04 Bajo Supporting Member

    Jul 5, 2010
    Well the reason they have so many signature guitars is because there wasnt much awareness about them.
  13. king_biscuit

    king_biscuit Supporting Member

    May 21, 2006
    Maybe, but aside from Petrucci, The other guys had been friends with Sterling Ball a long time, and probably aren't really selling that many guitars. Out of the guitar signature models, I have only ever seen one Steve Morse and one Petrucci in the wild. The best two names (from a marketing standpoint) EB ever had were Eddie Van Halen and Flea. I'll bet Flea sold more Stingrays (and continues to do so), without even having a signature model, than all of the other signature guys combined).
  14. Phalex

    Phalex Semper Gumby Supporting Member

    Oct 3, 2006
    G.R. MI
    Uhhhhh..... Isn't there an actual guy named Ernie Ball?

    I would submit that they are all EB signature basses.
  15. How many people mod their EBMM basses? I think this is part of it. Most of the Fender sig models are slightly different than stock, or something otherwise currently not available.
  16. king_biscuit

    king_biscuit Supporting Member

    May 21, 2006
    Lol, good point. Actually the egomaniac that owns the company today has the only signature bass -- the Sterling model. :)
  17. j.kernodle


    Nov 23, 2008
    Charleston, SC
    that's funny right there. ^

    The flea situation is interesting, wasn't aware of that.

    I've lurked and posted over at the EB forum for years, I'm not necessarily afraid to post this question there, just figured I'd pose to the mass audience here and see what I could learn.
  18. jim777

    jim777 Tarantula Lobbyist

    Aug 7, 2006
    South Jersey
    A John Myung Bongo6 would be interesting, except with the knobs not sunken into the body ;)
  19. superblues

    superblues Supporting Member

    Oct 5, 2006
    St. Louis, MO
    He's got a whole signature import line too. :smug:
  20. Jeff Bonny

    Jeff Bonny

    Nov 20, 2000
    Vancouver, BC
    What bassist who uses MM's has modded one that it would warrant being a different model from a stock one?