Monday, October 24, 2011

Ernie Ball MusicMan Copperhead Bronze Limited Edition

Good day!

Today I thought we’d take a look at one of my favorite guitar colors of all time: the Copperhead Bronze that was offered by Ernie Ball on their MusicMan instruments. These were made exclusively for Guitar Center in 2004, and are gorgeous in person (photos cannot do them justice).

As far as I can tell, this color only came on MusicMan basses (Stingray 4, Stingray 5 and Sterling), as I have never seen one of their electric guitars in this color.

The poly finish is a rusty gold color with a hint of metallic in it, but it is not really a sparkle. I have not seen any of these instruments that have a matching headstock.

They all originally had multi-hued anodized aluminum pickguards, which are a polarizing feature of these basses. People either love them or hate them, and by now the haters have changed them out for something more conventional.

Other than the color and pickguard, there are no other differences from the standard Musicman models. When new, Copperhead Bronze was a poor seller for Guitar Center, and was sandwiched between the better selling Radiance Red and Buttercream limited editions.

If you do have the opportunity to pick one up, go for it; this color combination with the metallic flaor and the unique pickguard is to die for.


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