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    New Ball Family Reserve Models.

    I received an email today letting me know of some BFR Models offered in December. I then followed the link and apparently there has been BFR Models released every month since September but it appears you have 3 different guitars offered for each month and every guitar has something unique about it making it a BFR Model.

    First, If Iím understanding everything correctly, you can only order the specific models shown with the unique features on them. So for example, I canít take the Koa wood Majesty being offered and order a Bongo bass with the same set up.

    Next, is there only a 1 month ordering window for the BFR Models offered in their specific months? So for example, if I liked 1 of the BFR models offered in September, is it now to late to order 1 of the September BFR Models or can I still order from any months BFR Models while the BFR orders as a whole are going on.

    Last, I only see guitars being offered in the BFR Models. Where is the love for us bass players?

    Any help to these answers would be appreciated from anyone who is in the know.
    Thanks,
    Jay.
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    Good morning, Jay. I'm pretty sure that dealers ordered the BFRs at NAMM and now they are just waiting for their arrival.

    2015 Luke III - BFR - Blackburst
    2014 Luke - BFR - Koa
    2013 Albert Lee - BFR (Pinkbert) with Sustainiac and Gravity Storm
    2013 Luke III - emerald green sparkle with an all rosewood neck
    2012 Morse - BFR - Dark Lord
    2012 Axis - PDN - Honeyburst
    2011 Axis - BFR - Black Sugar Roasted
    2009 Axis - Pink Quilt (Oinky) with pink video game button kill switch
    2006 StingRay - 30th Anniversary fretless

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    My understanding (not based on any inside info, only what I've read) is that the specific BFR models can be ordered only in the particular month when they're offered, and only in the configuration or model shown. I believe that most if not all of these runs are also limited to a specific number of instruments. But I'm sure many EBMM dealers are ordering these without a particular buyer in mind, so they should be available if there's a particular instrument you want where you missed the ordering window.

    Agreed that it's completely guitar-oriented so far, but there should be some bass offerings next year.

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    I wouldn't say there is an ordering window like the PDN. They would make as many PDNs as ordered in the specified time frame. My understanding is the BFRs are limited to a certain quantity.

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    IIRC EBMM CS will guide you to the dealers who ordered them.
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    My understanding: Eligible dealers could order these BFR instruments at NAMM (Jan. 2017), and the quantity ordered at that time is the number that will be built of each model. At time of order, I don't think dealers knew when each model would be completed.

    As such, there's no "order window" for ultimate buyers, other than get them before the model is sold out from all dealers who ordered the one(s) you want. If there's one from prior months you are interested in, go to the bottom of this page and pick the month with the guitar you like. Then click the "ORDER NOW" button under the model, and the site will display the dealers who ordered that model, so you can then see if they have any available now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jones4tone View Post
    If there's one from prior months you are interested in, go to the bottom of this page and pick the month with the guitar you like. Then click the "ORDER NOW" button under the model, and the site will display the dealers who ordered that model, so you can then see if they have any available now.
    Thank you very much, Jones.

    2015 Luke III - BFR - Blackburst
    2014 Luke - BFR - Koa
    2013 Albert Lee - BFR (Pinkbert) with Sustainiac and Gravity Storm
    2013 Luke III - emerald green sparkle with an all rosewood neck
    2012 Morse - BFR - Dark Lord
    2012 Axis - PDN - Honeyburst
    2011 Axis - BFR - Black Sugar Roasted
    2009 Axis - Pink Quilt (Oinky) with pink video game button kill switch
    2006 StingRay - 30th Anniversary fretless

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    After I made my post I went back and saw the limited order numbers for each piece. Hopefully the basses will get some love soon.
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    Bongo 4H D.O.B. 12/28/10 Black Sugar BFR Roasted Neck
    Bongo 4H D.O.B. 03/26/14 Candy Apple Red All Rosewood Neck
    Stingray 5H D.O.B. 06/25/13 Black
    30th Anniversary Stingray 5H D.O.B. 02/28/17 Transparent Buttercream
    Bongo 5HH D.O.B. 03/16/17 Barolo Metallic Purple w/ Roasted Maple Neck

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    Jay... I am thinking we will see a bass offering in JAN. Your 30th Stingray may need a little brother. JOSH
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    There is an Old Smoothie in translucent cream with roasted, bound neck in the January BFRs. Looks pretty sweet.

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    1998 Sterling 4H honeyburst lined fretless
    2006 30th Anniversary Stingray
    2014 Bongo 4HSp neptune blue w/roasted maple neck
    2014 Big Al 4SSS inca silver w/full rosewood neck

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    I saw that today. I really like it too.
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    Bongo 4H D.O.B. 12/28/10 Black Sugar BFR Roasted Neck
    Bongo 4H D.O.B. 03/26/14 Candy Apple Red All Rosewood Neck
    Stingray 5H D.O.B. 06/25/13 Black
    30th Anniversary Stingray 5H D.O.B. 02/28/17 Transparent Buttercream
    Bongo 5HH D.O.B. 03/16/17 Barolo Metallic Purple w/ Roasted Maple Neck

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    Quote Originally Posted by muggsy View Post
    There is an Old Smoothie in translucent cream with roasted, bound neck in the January BFRs. Looks pretty sweet.

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    I got that email this morning. Been drooling over it ever since !! Only 86 in existence. Strange number but beautiful looking bass

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    Quote Originally Posted by danny-79 View Post
    Only 86 in existence. Strange number but beautiful looking bass
    I believe that number is simply the quantity ordered of that model by eligible dealers during NAMM ‘17.
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    2016 PDN Luke 3 HH Starry Night (DOB 12/29/2016)
    2016 Valentine in Trans Maroon (DOB 11/29/2016)
    2014 Axis SS Semi-Hollow MM90 with Piezo (DOB 9/11/2014)
    2012 Reflex Game Changer HSH with Piezo (DOB 5/22/2012)
    2006 20th Anniversary Silhouette Hardtail with Piezo (DOB 11/7/2006)

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    The 2017 BRFs were very special versions. I can't wait to see what 2018 NAMM instruments are for the upcoming year.

    2015 Luke III - BFR - Blackburst
    2014 Luke - BFR - Koa
    2013 Albert Lee - BFR (Pinkbert) with Sustainiac and Gravity Storm
    2013 Luke III - emerald green sparkle with an all rosewood neck
    2012 Morse - BFR - Dark Lord
    2012 Axis - PDN - Honeyburst
    2011 Axis - BFR - Black Sugar Roasted
    2009 Axis - Pink Quilt (Oinky) with pink video game button kill switch
    2006 StingRay - 30th Anniversary fretless

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tollie View Post
    I can't wait to see what 2018 NAMM instruments are for the upcoming year.
    I think it's going to be an exciting time for bassists! :-)

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