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    Thumbs up A Special Thankyou to Sterling ..........

    Hi Guys,
    It's been a long while since I've dropped in here.
    It's been a long time coming.

    Some of you old timers may know that back in 2009, I started the Ernie Ball Music Man Facebook Page.
    Ernie Ball Music Man - Home | Facebook

    This was back at a time when FB pages etc were just taking off, and I decided to have a play with it.
    With a love for EBMM guitars, a pile of pics and resources at my fingertips, creating an EBMM page seemed to be a fun way to try it out.
    Next thing I know, it's looking pretty cool.
    I was a long time member, and always had a great rapport with "Big Poppa" on this forum, with some epic banter threads between he and I, so after a while I flicked Sterling a message and asked him if he'd like to adopt my FB page as the Company's official page.
    He OK'd the idea, I secured the Facebook web address and Sterling opened up pic and content resources for me to use and it took off very nicely.
    As the membership grew, some of the Ernie Ball crew came onboard.
    It grew steadily, and now stands at around 160k members.

    By 2015, social media presence was well & truly a business must-have, and the EBMM crew had ramped up personnel accordingly.
    It was then that Sterling wrote to me and advised that they'd like to take full control of the page.
    I was already playing a much smaller role in the administration, so my first reaction was one of humility that the big guy had even contacted me personally to ask.
    My second reaction was one of wonder and amazement.
    As I read further, Sterling offered a guitar of my choice in appreciation for my efforts.
    "Tell Derek what you'd like and he'll get it sorted"
    Just wow. What an amazing gesture.

    With my mind blown, I sat back and absorbed what I had just read.
    Right from the start, it was a labour of love and I had never expected anything in return.
    It was just cool to have an "official" role with such a great company.
    In the later years, my involvement was greatly reduced as the EBMM crew took more control, with staff dedicated to such tasks.
    So why the email and gesture from Sterling ?
    Because that's the sort of guy he is.
    There are many stories around of BP's caring nature and generosity.
    And mine is yet another one of them.

    This is in stark contrast to an article I read recently where a boating company had taken legal action against an enthusiast for using their company name in his fan page.
    Which is what brought me back here to tell the story...........

    Getting back to the guitar offer ;
    After a tongue-in-cheek request for a 30th Anniversary Silhouette, I sat back and absorbed Sterling's offer.

    Unfortunately life then took a few turns with news that my mum had been diagnosed with the big C, and all priorities changed.
    I kept in touch with Sterling to let him know I wasn't ignoring / being unappreciative.
    Of course, he just replied with best wishes for my mum, and words to the effect of "no rush, I'm not going anywhere !"
    Time flew by, and things eventually came good with full remission after intensive treatment.

    Things settled down and I started playing a bit more again.
    After a while, the thought of adding a JP15 to my collection was pretty attractive.
    I sent Derek and Sterling an email asking if that would be an OK request.
    Somewhere in that email was a line of "unfortunately I missed out on the Blueberry Burst limited run of 300" (or something like that).

    Derek's response was "well, there are actually 302 of them - and I have the last one in my office..... I've checked with Sterling, and it's yours if you'd like it".

    It turns out that 302 were made.
    300 for the limited run, and 2 for JP himself.
    JP had only taken 1 so far, which left 1 remaining........ all set up for JP.

    I graciously accepted this wonderful offer, and within a few days the guitar was delivered express to my door, with all duties etc all taken care of by EBMM.
    A few very appreciative emails were exchanged.

    Conscious of the limited 300 owners' acquisitions, I didn't feel it was appropriate to show off mine.
    Sterling already knew my deep appreciation.

    It was only after recently reading the boating article mentioned above, that people need to know stories like this - to know that there are still good people out there.
    I commented on the article accordingly of my story with EBMM, and it took off and got shared directly to the offending company's page as an example of how to treat people.

    So here I am again, back with my story about this awesome bloke and his wonderful company.
    Here's a few pics of JP15 Blueberry Burst "#000"

    Or as Sterling himself has dubbed it : "Number Juan"

    Thanks again BP.................... and Derek !







    Last edited by Dizzy; 07-24-2019 at 03:57 AM.
    EBMM's :
    2010 BFR JP6 - Bahama Blue (#4 of 50)
    2009 BFR JP6 - Dargie II
    2009 BFR JP6 - Cherry Burst (NAMM)
    2009 JP6 - Dargie II (NAMM)
    2009 BFR Rosewood Luke - White Pearl
    2007 BFR JP6 - Bahama Blue Burst (MHS)
    2007 20th Ann. Silhouette - Prem Quilt / Piezo / Hardtail
    2007 20th Ann. Silhouette - Prem Quilt / Hardtail
    2004 Silhouette Hardtail - White / Rosewood
    2002 JP6 - Silver Sparkle
    1995 EVH - Trans Blue Quilt (NOS)



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    Wow, this is super nice story. Lucky you! BP sometimes gets the stick from frustrated customers and this story shows he's a great dude indeed!
    I'm afraid there is something wrong with the pictures!
    AL SSS BFR Pinkburst
    AL SSS Neptune Blue
    AL HH Starry Night
    AL HH Candy Apple Red
    AL MM90 Sparkle Turquoise
    L3 HSS Olive Gold

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    I cant see the photos either but what an amazing story, I am constantly impressed with Sterling and the whole EBMM outfit, brilliant.
    "What is understood need not be discussed"

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    Whoops,
    Sorry - i’ll check it out and fix the links soon
    EBMM's :
    2010 BFR JP6 - Bahama Blue (#4 of 50)
    2009 BFR JP6 - Dargie II
    2009 BFR JP6 - Cherry Burst (NAMM)
    2009 JP6 - Dargie II (NAMM)
    2009 BFR Rosewood Luke - White Pearl
    2007 BFR JP6 - Bahama Blue Burst (MHS)
    2007 20th Ann. Silhouette - Prem Quilt / Piezo / Hardtail
    2007 20th Ann. Silhouette - Prem Quilt / Hardtail
    2004 Silhouette Hardtail - White / Rosewood
    2002 JP6 - Silver Sparkle
    1995 EVH - Trans Blue Quilt (NOS)



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    Hi Dizzy, welcome back - great story!
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    Great stuff indeed!! Congratulations on the very special instrument you've got there!!

    JPXI Cardinal Red G57082
    JP12 Cherry Sugar G59225
    JP12 7 Cardinal Red F29322
    MAJESTY Glacial Frost M08083
    MAJESTY Ferrari Rosso M07113
    ARTISAN MAJESTY 7 Rosso M04775
    NOMAC MAJESTY Timeworn Matte Silver M06246
    MAJESTY Charred Silver Sparkle M08237

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    Dizzy, great read man and awesome to hear things like this that's for sure.

    Congrats!!!!! Glenn |B)
    Silhouette Special SSS in Fuschia Sparkle (Hardtail) [1/01/2002] [1 of a kind from CLB]
    Silhouette Special HSS in Gold Sparkle (Hardtail) [7/12/2002] [Made for Matchbox 20]
    Albert Lee 3 MM90's in White Sparkle (Hardtail) [8/14/2001] [Just pure awesomeness]
    Albert Lee HH in Black Sugar (Hartail) [1/06/2011] [BFR]


    Like BP said in the Chapman video "You've got a room full of guitars, and no money!!"

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    Wow! Congrats and thanks so much for sharing. That just says it all right there. BP you da MAN!!! Even though I'm only a hobbyist this is just another reason why I'm proud to play EBMM.
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    EBMM BFR Morse Tahitian Blue S/N G79179 DOB 2/7/17
    SBMM SUB AX4 Trans Red Quilt DiMarzio AXIS 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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    That is a very cool story and outcome! Great company!!! Cheers!
    EBMM Axis Super Sport (Pacific Blue Burst)
    EBMM L3 HH (Olive Gold)
    EBMM L3 HSS Roasted (Bodhi Blue)
    EBMM Silo Special (Blue Dawn)
    EBMM Albert Lee SSS (Sky Blue)
    EBMM Majesty (Iced Crimson)
    EBMM Cutlass (Vintage Turquoise)
    EBMM L3 BFR (Blueberry Burst)
    EBMM Cutlass HSS (Firemist Silver)

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    Epic levels of cool in this thread!



    Axis Hardtail Transparent Purple #89749 (3/28/97)
    Axis Hardtail Transparent Amber #G03900 (10/21/98). FS on REVERB.
    Reflex Classic White #G71108 (7/14/14)
    Cutlass
    StarryNight #G79870 (12/14/16)
    Stingray BFR
    Natural#G59581 (10/3/17)



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    Thank you for posting / sharing that wonderful story!
    Balls are Best!!

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    Great story, great company!!


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    What an awesome story. Glad things have worked out for your mom. I lost my best friend (he was 43) last year to the big C, and it is a horrific thing to deal with.

    As the proud owner of #63 BB JP15, welcome to the club! Your story is better than mine!!! Saw it on Sweetwater, called my buddy, had it shipped.

    Oh, and I hate to throw this “forum rule” at you.... but pics or it don’t exist!!!

    Thanks for sharing.
    -Spike
    @blueavngr

    2017 Valentine- Starry Night
    2015 JP15 Blueberry (63/300)

    2019 Cutlass SSS Vintage Sunburst

    "I don't sell my guitars-- they are like ex-girlfriends. You get tired with them and toss them to the side... but then, every once in a while… Damn! You really want to play with them again."

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    So nice of you to share this great story. I am a firm believer that in life, you get back what you give.
    Carbon Blue Pearl JP6 w/piezo
    Vintage Burst Silhouette Special (SSS)
    Genz-Benz Black Pearl 1X12 Combo
    Allen Accomplice 1X12 Combo

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    Pic links fixed !!!
    EBMM's :
    2010 BFR JP6 - Bahama Blue (#4 of 50)
    2009 BFR JP6 - Dargie II
    2009 BFR JP6 - Cherry Burst (NAMM)
    2009 JP6 - Dargie II (NAMM)
    2009 BFR Rosewood Luke - White Pearl
    2007 BFR JP6 - Bahama Blue Burst (MHS)
    2007 20th Ann. Silhouette - Prem Quilt / Piezo / Hardtail
    2007 20th Ann. Silhouette - Prem Quilt / Hardtail
    2004 Silhouette Hardtail - White / Rosewood
    2002 JP6 - Silver Sparkle
    1995 EVH - Trans Blue Quilt (NOS)



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