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Ernie Ball Music Man Luke III HSS Electric Guitar Roasted Neck Blue

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Guitarist Steve Lukather has been an endorser of Ernie Ball Music Man guitars for years with his own signature models that are no different than the ...Click To Read More About This Product

Available 11-27-2017

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A broader, more defined tone with upgraded electronics and a roasted maple neck.

Guitarist Steve Lukather has been an endorser of Ernie Ball Music Man guitars for years with his own signature models that are no different than the ones he plays on stage. The Music Man Luke III HSS Electric Guitar represents Steve's further evolution towards the perfect performance guitar.

This run of the LIII features an alder body, a 22-fret full-roasted maple neck and new passive DiMarzio pickups with custom Music Man active preamp. Electronics include a 500kOhm passive tone control and a Volume control with a Push/Push switch for an adjustable Volume boost.

Similar in style, the Luke III exhibits a broader, more defined tone while retaining the familiar shape and feel as the original Luke model. Other standard features include a Music Man Vintage tremolo and 5-way pickup selector switch. Includes case.

  • Alder body
  • 22-fret roasted maple neck
  • DiMarzio pickups with custom Music Man active preamp
  • 5-way pickup selector switch, master Volume and Tone controls
  • Push/Push switch on Volume control for an adjustable Gain Boost Level
  • Music Man Vintage tremolo
  • Includes case

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  • Model: LukeIII
  • Size: 12-3/16" wide, 1-3/4" thick, 36-7/16" long (31.0cm wide, 4.5cm thick, 92.6cm long)
  • Weight: 7lb., 8oz (3.40kg) - varies slightly
  • Body Wood: Alder
  • Body Finish: High-gloss polyester
  • Bridge: Standard - Music Man floating vintage tremolo of chrome plated, hardened steel with bent steel saddles
  • Scale Length: 25-1/2" (64.8cm)
  • Neck Radius: 12" (30.5cm)
  • Headstock Size: Only 5-7/8" (14.9cm) long
  • Frets: 22 - Low profile, wide
  • Neck Width: 1-5/8" (41.3mm) at nut, 2-3/16" (55.6mm) at last fret
  • Neck Wood: Select roasted maple neck
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Neck Finish: Gunstock oil and hand-rubbed special wax blend
  • Neck Colors: Standard - Natural with finished headstock
  • Tuning Machines: Schaller M6-IND locking
  • Truss Rod: Adjustable - no component or string removal
  • Neck Attachment: 5 bolts - perfect alignment with no shifting; Sculpted neck joint allows smooth access to higher frets
  • Electronic Shielding: Graphite acrylic resin coated body cavity and aluminum lined control cover
  • Controls: Custom Music Man active preamp; push/push volume for gain boost, 500kOhm passive tone - .022F tone capacitor
  • Switching:5-way lever pickup selector
  • Pickups: HSS with 1 DiMarzio Transition humbucking; 2 DiMarzio custom single coil
  • Strings:9p-11p-16p-24w-32w-42w (RPS 9 Slinkys #2239)

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Ernie Ball Music ManLuke III HSS Electric Guitar

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


Can play anything

By JMH5150

from Long Island, NY

About Me Professional Musician


  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics
  • Versatile


    Best Uses

    • Gigging
    • Recording

    Comments about Ernie Ball Music Man Luke III HSS Electric Guitar:

    After over 20 years, I think I finally found the perfect all around guitar for me...I was able to cheat a little because I purchased a Luke III HH about a month ago and love that guitar dearly. The HSS model is even better. Now I am able to get the true single coil strat tone when I want and the heavy shred metal tone as well. It's just a phenomenal instrument. Music man really out-did themselves this time. I've had other Music Man guitars in the past so I'm familiar with their quality but the specs (both technical and physical) are amazing. It's as if Steve Lukather and my hands are the same exact size. Nevertheless, everything about this guitar from the wood combination to the playability and of course the tone are a perfect 10. I've owned Suhrs and Andersons at twice the price and they didn't feel nearly as good as this guitar.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


    Fantastic Instrument

    By JIJoe

    from Dallas

    About Me Experienced


    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics


    • A bit of adjustment between instruments required

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Ernie Ball Music Man Luke III HSS Electric Guitar:

    This is a tremendous instrument. Exceptionally well thought out in terms of versatility and practicalities. It's the easiest guitar to play I've every owned in 35 years of playing. Tuning and intonation are close to perfection. Fretwork is perfect. Roasted maple neck is smooth - disappears in your hands and you can focus on the music your trying to make. Sounds incredibly rich and warm in all positions with a nice quack in position 2 and some mid-range push in 4 with the bridge HB and middle SC. Everything from funk and blues to modern rock sounds.

    The only negative is this. When you swap between guitars there is a short adjustment period while you get used to the Luke III. I've seen people talk about small hands. I don't have particularly small hands but I would not say the fretboard is cramped at all. You soon forget that there is a slightly different feel. I would suggest that it's just more relaxed in terms of reaching everything you want to reach. Very comfortable to play - which I guess could be a negative if you like a little bit of a fight with your instrument.

    (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


    A bit of a disapointment

    By Mark

    from undisclosed

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    Comments about Ernie Ball Music Man Luke III HSS Electric Guitar:

    I purchased a Sterling version of this model (Luk lll) guitar about a year and a half ago with 2 Dimarzio humbuckers that had a body/neck that sounded noticably better (fuller/fatter/smoother) sounding than this model especially in the bridge position with moderate overdrive. Just a better sounding piece of body and/or neck wood I suppose. Also the strings weren't centered on the neck fingerboard. This one didn't have a full/warm tone. I cant really recommend this model. Your probably better off with a custom shop fender or a PRS; or try the the Ernie ball/music man (or Sterling) John P. model.

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