The Music Man Valentine is the exquisite signature model guitar designed alongside James Valentine of Maroon 5. Valentine put his suggestions to Music Man and the result is truly one-of-a-kind. According to Valentine, this signature design takes the best features of a Telecaster and an ES-335, which gives you a unique sound and playing feel.
The Valentine guitar body has been ergonomically designed for enhanced comfort, hence its "wedge"-shaped slab body. This aligns neatly against your body as you play standing or sitting thanks to its unique dimensions.
The solidbody is constructed entirely from ash and is available in a Satin Natural high gloss polyester finish. This allows you to see the natural patterns of the wood for a cool visual aesthetic. The shape and dimensions of the body reduce the overall weight of the guitar, thus reducing fatigue when performing live. However, despite all this, the sound produced by the ash tonewood is still sublimely rhythmic.
A select roasted maple neck is firmly joined to the body via a 5-bolt sculpted neck joint, facilitating access to the upper registers of the neck. The neck is topped with a roasted maple fingerboard which is treated with gunstock oil and a hand-rubbed special wax blend. The 10 inch radius fingerboard offers 22 high profile medium width stainless steel frets, built to withstand plenty of use for every performance. Black dot inlays decorate the frets, complementing the vintage-style roasted maple surface.
The Valentine signature guitar plays host to two pickups; a Music Man custom wound staggered pole piece single coil in the bridge, and a humbucker with chrome covers in the neck. James Valentine describes his personal sound as "spanky", having found a sweet spot between the single coil and humbucker pickups, so employing this pair of pickups was fundamental in achieving that Valentine sound.
The controls for Volume and Tone are ergonomically placed to make it feel more comfortable to change your desired settings while playing. The Valentine model features the custom Music Man active preamp with Volume and Tone controls to take your sound up a notch... The Volume pot has a push/push boost which offers between 5dB - 20dB extra gain, ideal for fat riffs. The Tone control has a 500kohm push/push coil tap for custom spilt pickup configurations. A 3-way lever pickup switch allows you to go between the pickups to find the sound you're looking for.
The lower bout of the body is fitted with a Music Man Modern hardtail bridge with vintage bent steel saddles. At the opposite end is a 4-over-2 headstock kitted out with the dependable Schaller M6-IND Locking tuners. This selection of hardware works relentlessly to maintain tuning accuracy at all times.
The beautiful Satin Natural finish is complemented by a protective shell pickguard and chrome hardware.
The Music Man James Valentine Signature Guitar has been designed with attention to detail at its very core. With a versatile and wide-ranging sound output thanks to select tonewoods and fantastic onboard electronics, this is a limited edition model of incredible quality.
Manufacturer Music Man Model James Valentine Electric Guitar Body Material Ash Neck Material Select Roasted Maple Scale Length 25 1/2 inches Fingerboard Material Select Roasted Maple No. of Frets 22 Position Inlays Black Dot Bridge Music Man Modern hardtail with vintage bent steel saddles Pickup Configuration SH Pickups Music Man custom wound staggered pole piece single coil (bridge) and humbucker with chrome covers (neck) Electronic Shielding Graphite acrylic resin coated body cavity and aluminum control cover Controls Custom Music Man active preamp; push/push volume for gain boost, 500kohm push/push passive tone for custom spilt pickup configurations - .022µF tone capacitor Switching 3-way lever pickup selector Active/Passive Passive Tuners Schaller M6-IND Locking Finish Satin Natural
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