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Ernie Ball Music Man BFR Luke III HH Flame Maple Top Electric Guitar Hazel Burst

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Behold the Luke II BFR. This is a beautifully crafted alder body with mahogany tone block and figured maple top. The tops are laboriously selected fr...Click To Read More About This Product

Available 01-19-2018

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Masterfully finished, plays beautifully.

Behold the Luke II BFR. This is a beautifully crafted alder body with mahogany tone block and figured maple top. The tops are laboriously selected from the finest available maple with the most dramatic figuring on the top that the Ball family could find! The roasted and figured maple neck is adorned with pearl fret markers and finished with gunstock oil and wax. It is a beauty to behold and a pleasure to play. It is offered here with DiMarzio pickups in HH configurations and a 15 dB gain boost comes standard.

  • Body shape: Double cutaway
  • Body type: Solid body
  • Body material: Solid wood
  • Top wood: Maple
  • Body wood: Alder with mahogany tone block
  • Body finish: High gloss polyester
  • Orientation: Right handed
  • Neck shape: Not specified
  • Neck wood: Maple
  • Joint: Bolt-on
  • Scale length: 25.5"
  • Truss rod: Standard
  • Neck finish: Hand-rubbed
  • Material: Rosewood
  • Radius: 12"
  • Fret size: Low-profile, wide
  • Number of frets: 22
  • Inlays: Dot
  • Nut width: 1.62" (41.3mm)
  • Configuration: HH
  • Neck: Custom humbucking
  • Middle: Not applicable
  • Bridge: Custom humbucking
  • Brand: DiMarzio
  • Active or passive: Passive
  • Series or parallel: Series
  • Piezo: No
  • Active EQ: Yes
  • Special electronics: Push/push volume boost
  • Control layout: Separate volume, tone
  • Pickup switch: 5-way
  • Coil tap or split: No
  • Kill switch: No
  • Bridge type: Tremolo/Vibrato
  • Bridge design: Floating vintage tremolo
  • Tailpiece: Not applicable
  • Tuning machines: Schaller locking
  • Color: Nickel/chrome
  • Number of strings: 6-string
  • Special features: Versatile electronics
  • Case: Hardshell case
  • Accessories: None
  • Country of origin: United States

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Ernie Ball Music ManBFR Luke III HH Flame Maple Top Electric Guitar

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(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)


Beautiful guitar that falls short in a few areas.

By Nick

from CT

About Me Professional Musician


  • Good Feel
  • Solid Electronics


  • Flat Sound
  • Poor Pick Up

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording
  • Rock Concerts
  • School Bands
  • Small Venues

Comments about Ernie Ball Music Man BFR Luke III HH Flame Maple Top Electric Guitar:

Pros: Beautiful looking guitar that is made very well. The top and finish are gorgeous. The woods and hardware used are top notch like all Music Man BFR offerings.
The locking tuners work well, the trem is smooth and stays in tune.
Neck feels smooth and fret work is very good.
While I am a huge Music Man and Steve Lukather fan, I was let down by the tone of this guitar. The pickups are fairly low output with no real oomph to them. They are very flat sounding. They sound like Gibson 57 classics with less highs, more bass and lower output. Single coil tones are thin, bright and harsh. I played this through both my Fender Twin and a Friedman BE100. I just could not get an inspiring tone with it. It almost sounded like a semi hollow body. The sound was always just bland, hollow and flat which was strange because it had nice harmonics. The on board boost while good, helps with sustain and loudness but did not really add any balls to the actual base tone, it just made everything louder. So the tone fell short for me. The other two things i did not like were the neck shape and the frets. The neck is a medium soft v that you either love or hate, and while smooth and comfortable at first, it can cramp your hand after a while.The frets are VERY small. The neck is very narrow in the first few positions but gets wider as you get up to the 12th fret and beyond. It sort of makes the neck feel odd with how the sting spacing changes along the fretboard in that regard. These are personal opinions. Others might love this guitar. I found it to be beautiful, but flat sounding and funky feeling to play.
My two big issues are: The setup was terrible. The strings were over a half inch off the fret board! That is not acceptable! That and the EBMM case was cheap plastic and smelled like urine! This is no joke, the whole guitar smelled because of it. I returned it. EBMM decided to be cheap with the cases. My other BFR's came with G&G cases that did not smell like a cat peed in it

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