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    Is the Valentine not so popular for EBMM?

    Hey guys,

    I have had my Valentine for a little over a year. It's a gorgeous guitar and plays like a dream, but for some reason I just haven't connected with it the way I like to with guitars. I don't seem to notice too many posts here about the Valentine. Seems like you guys are way into the other models.

    I think I am going to unload mine soon too. Has anyone here had a Valentine and scooped up a different EBMM? Just trying to figure out what to do. I never want an amazing guitar to just sit in its case. Would much rather have it go to an amazing new home and be played daily.

    Thanks for the replies
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    1] As far as I can tell, the Valentine model is pretty popular
    2] Finding a make/model(s) of guitars that make YOU happy is a very personal thing. That's why there are a bazillion choices these days...
    3] I bought one of the SBMM Valentines when they first came out. It was a very nice instrument, but like you're saying, I just didn't bond with it and so I let it go. I have other models that I prefer...
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    Quote Originally Posted by xjbebop View Post
    1] As far as I can tell, the Valentine model is pretty popular
    2] Finding a make/model(s) of guitars that make YOU happy is a very personal thing. That's why there are a bazillion choices these days...
    3] I bought one of the SBMM Valentines when they first came out. It was a very nice instrument, but like you're saying, I just didn't bond with it and so I let it go. I have other models that I prefer...
    Thanks for the response. Yeah, I don't know what it is, but I just haven't bonded with it at all. My brother actually bought it for me a gift without me even knowing it was coming, so I'm blessed. Did you sell yours locally? I have mine on Craigslist and will try that first. What did you end up getting instead and are you happy? Thanks!
    "Time to Rock the World and do it again!"

    EBMM 2017 Valentine in Trans Buttermilk...his name is "Biscuits"

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    Only had mine a few week so can’t provide much insight. So far I pick it up every time I look at it - which is a good sign. Style wise it’s an outlier in my collection but I really like how easy it plays. Still trying to decide whether to stick with the 11s or drop down to 10s
    Right now tho I’m getting a real kick out of it
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    The only reason I sold my Valentine was to buy a BFR Valentine. It’s not going anywhere.

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    I’ve had my Valentine about a year and a half. The tones are amazing, but since getting my Cutlass, my Valentine and Axis sit in cases. The main reason is because our music just calls for single cool tones most of the time.

    I still believe the Valentine is an absolutely brilliant design and I wish all my EBMM guitars had the 20dB boost.



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    I don't have the impression that the Valentine has performed poorly in the market for EBMM. Based on the number of BFR models they've offered of the Valentine, I'd say it's among their better sellers. (It's clear that the JP-related models lead the way in sales for the company.)

    I own two Valentines, and have no intention of letting either one go. One of them is likely to wind up with a couple of PAF-like humbuckers in it because I want those kinds of tones, but I absolutely love both of those guitars, and they're the first I grab of all the guitars hanging on the wall easily 90% of the time.

    If you aren't drawn to playing yours (and your brother won't be hurt by you moving it) then by all means try to sell it and find something you like better.

    Good luck!
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    I have found that the Valentine is quite popular and there have been several limited production and BFR runs for it. I think it is a great guitar and incredibly versatile, every time I pick one up it puts a smile on my face. I'll be grabbing one for myself.
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    You gotta go with what feels right...
    This story still pains me to tell...but hat's why I ended up parting with my vintage Les Paul Junior. It was definitely a player, and no where near "collector" grade...but I loved that guitar...in theory.

    It turned out that I liked the look and idea of having a 40+ year old guitar...and it sounded pretty good...but I didn't love playing it. So I pocketed the extra cash, and bought a Luke 3...which I later traded for my Axis Sport...and that baby isn't going anywhere!

    Go with what feels and sounds right for what you play...and within this community, you really can base it completely on feel...because you KNOW there is a mod already out here to get whatever tone you are chasing!
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    Glad to hear you guys are actually digging yours. It really is a great guitar, just not the right one for me. Can you enlighten me to the term "bfr"? Also, is this forum a good place to list an EBMM for sale. Everyone on here is hard core for their guitars. lol.

    Keep on rocking those Valentines!!!
    "Time to Rock the World and do it again!"

    EBMM 2017 Valentine in Trans Buttermilk...his name is "Biscuits"

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    Hi elmore and welcome! As far as BFR goes - read this - Ball Family Reserve | Ernie Ball Music Man

    As for selling your Valentine here - yes, there is a place for selling on the forums. However, there are pretty strict rules for doing so as they don't want just anyone popping in to sell their EBMM guitars here. I believe there are rules in the for sale section - Music Man Guitars for Sale or Trade: NO COMMENTS PLEASE!
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    Quote Originally Posted by elmoreh13 View Post
    Also, is this forum a good place to list an EBMM for sale. Everyone on here is hard core for their guitars. lol.
    Yes, but I believe you have to have like 25 forum posts before you can sell check the forum rules out.

    If the Valentine isn't for you, there are other models that might rock your world. Locate em and try em out, you just never know. Might help to list where your from, might help you locate or try out some different models.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GWDavis28 View Post
    Yes, but I believe you have to have like 25 forum posts before you can sell check the forum rules out.

    If the Valentine isn't for you, there are other models that might rock your world. Locate em and try em out, you just never know. Might help to list where your from, might help you locate or try out some different models.

    Glenn |B)
    Right on guys! Thanks for the replies. I'm in Carlsbad, CA (North San Diego County) Will check out the forum rules for selling. Would be rad for the guitar to a hard core EBMM player. I'm really digging the vibe of the AL models. I think I read that the guitarist from Incubus used them during his times with problems in his hand. He raved about how good it goes.

    And thank you for enlightening me to the term BFR. lol.

    Rock on players!
    "Time to Rock the World and do it again!"

    EBMM 2017 Valentine in Trans Buttermilk...his name is "Biscuits"

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    I like AL's....



    AL family photo
    Balls are Best!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by xjbebop View Post
    I like AL's....



    AL family photo
    Wow! Those are sick! I really need to try one out. Lots of rad pickup configs too.
    "Time to Rock the World and do it again!"

    EBMM 2017 Valentine in Trans Buttermilk...his name is "Biscuits"

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