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    Finally discovered my "perfect" guitar: EBMM Steve Morse

    Hello everybody. I'm new to the forum AND new to Ernie Ball Music Man guitars. Shortly after the new year I discovered a guitar that is as close to perfect as I've ever seen: the Steve Morse model. Although I've been listening to the Dixie Dregs since a boy in the 70s, wore out several cassettes of Steve Morse Band "High Tension Wires" as a young adult in the late 90s, I never paid attention to his gear. In fact, when younger I never cared much about what guitar/amps my favorite artists were using. Similar to many here on the forum, I never even knew what most band members looked like unless there was photo on the cover or the inner sleeve.

    Most of my life I've primarily played Fenders with a few PRS and Gibsons here and there over the years. None of the Gibsons lasted cause I couldn't bond with the shorter scale length. As time went on, I dreamed of being able to have just ONE GUITAR that could meet ALL of my needs (traditional C&W, funk, mid-70s style country-rock, blues, jazz fusion, classic rock). A couple times over the years I attempted, unsuccessfully, to build a parts-guitar with two humbuckers and two single coils but couldn't figure out how to wire that fourth pickup to allow the various pickup combinations I desired.

    Less than two weeks ago, I set up a 5:1 sound system to listen to the new White Album mix that several friends have raved about. Being so impressed with the 5:1 surround sound, I went online to buy some 5:1 music dvds/blu rays. While browsing amazon I found some Steve Morse related dvds and the blue guitar on a couple of covers looked VERY interesting and learned that it was his Ernie Ball signature guitar. Holy cow! I couldn't believe it, this is the guitar of my dreams. Other than the tall frets, the Steve Morse model is 100% perfect for my needs (c-shape neck shape, vintage telecaster scale and nut width, locking tuners, not needing a string tree: exactly what I would order from a custom builder. When it arrives on Tuesday I'll give the frets a chance but will probably have them lowered (I'm used to feeling the wood under my fingers with Fender vintage frets). Discovering a guitar capable of covering everything I play is very exiting.

    Many thanks to Steve and Ernie Ball Music Man for offering such an instrument!
    Last edited by Raj Don Yasser; 01-16-2019 at 09:58 AM.
    EBMM Steve Morse
    Victoria 5112
    "I came from eternity, clothed myself with skin and bones, and called myself Raj Don"

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    Great post! Welcome to the Morse club. You'll find some loyal players here.

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    Welcome aboard and congrats! There's no better feeling than finding the guitar that's right for you.

    For me, it's the LIII, and I've never been happier with a guitar. Enjoy!
    Starry Night LIII HH
    Bali Burst LIII HH
    some other LIIIs
    25th Anniversary

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    welcome to the Morse Club and this forum!
    Have fun!
    Did someone already tell you? Without pics, your guitar doesn´t exist, which means, that we would like to see it
    My Morse would be my #1 if I had to pick just one, but in real life I play all my EBMMs and love other guitars too... just because I enjoy it!
    blueburst Steve Morse Standard, Jan 03, 2005 pix
    pinkburst Albert Lee, Jul 13, 1994 pix
    cinnamon SUB1, Mar 08, 2004 pix
    vintage gold reflex, June 22, 2011 pix

    My Bands: The BlueScream, Shelter50

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    Quote Originally Posted by banjoplayer View Post
    welcome to the Morse Club and this forum!
    Have fun!
    Did someone already tell you? Without pics, your guitar doesn´t exist, which means, that we would like to see it
    My Morse would be my #1 if I had to pick just one, but in real life I play all my EBMMs and love other guitars too... just because I enjoy it!
    Yup.... we needs pics before we can show you the secret handshake
    Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they're not after you.

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    My EBBM Steve Morse guitar arrived yesterday morning as scheduled. After letting the box, inner box, then case acclimatize step-by-step for fourteen hours I opened the case and was immediately amazed by this stunning guitar. Easily the most comfortable neck of any guitar I've owned. Now I need to take time to memorize the eleven pickup configurations. Best of all, I was pleasantly surprised to find that the tall frets are very easy to play so I won't need to take the time to lower them.
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    EBMM Steve Morse
    Victoria 5112
    "I came from eternity, clothed myself with skin and bones, and called myself Raj Don"

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    Welcome and congrats! Very nice!
    EBMM Stingray G73157 DOB 1/7/2016
    SBMM SUB AX4 Duncan JB/Jazz pups SD pots GOTOH GE1996T Trem
    EBMM - a guitar like no other.
    Even we mancave noodlers can appreciate the perfection that is an EBMM guitar.
    "one likes to believe in the freedom of music..."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raj Don Yasser View Post
    My EBBM Steve Morse guitar arrived yesterday morning as scheduled. After letting the box, inner box, then case acclimatize step-by-step for fourteen hours I opened the case and was immediately amazed by this stunning guitar. Easily the most comfortable neck of any guitar I've owned. Now I need to take time to memorize the eleven pickup configurations. Best of all, I was pleasantly surprised to find that the tall frets are very easy to play so I won't need to take the time to lower them.
    Finally discovered my "perfect" guitar: EBMM Steve Morse-img_4171-jpgFinally discovered my "perfect" guitar: EBMM Steve Morse-img_4170-jpgFinally discovered my "perfect" guitar: EBMM Steve Morse-img_4175-jpg
    That looks nice. I think you'll adjust the the switches and pickups with no problem. I typically require a little extra time with new stuff but I got used to mine in a hurry. When/if you get experimental, there are lots of neat things that guys on here have done to their Morse models. You can learn a lot on this site. Plenty of super nice and helpful people on here (cough...couch..."beej" cough ..cough)Enjoy!
    Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they're not after you.

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    Gorgeous - congrats!
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