Sterling by Music Man Unveils New Mariposa Guitar
Alongside a cheaper version of Omar Rodríguez-López's signature model, updates to the company's Cutlass and John Petrucci signatures were also announced.
Sterling by Music Man has unveiled a more affordable version of Omar Rodríguez López's signature guitar, the Mariposa.
Additionally for 2021, the company announced updates to its Cutlass and two of its John Petrucci signature models, the JP150DSM and Majesty MAJ200XQM.
You can learn more about what's new for the company this year below.
First unveiled with Ernie Ball Music Man in 2019, the new version of the Mars Volta and At the Drive-In guitarist's signature model features a Nyatoh body, roasted maple neck, and a rosewood fretboard with 22 frets and a 25.5" scale length.
The guitar's two custom artist humbuckers are controlled by individual volume controls and a 3-way toggle pickup selector. Other hardware includes a vintage-style tremolo and locking tuners.
The Sterling by Music Man Mariposa is available now – in Dorado Green and Imperial White finishes – for $549.
For 2021, the Cutlass CT50 has been armed with a roasted maple neck and locking tuners to go along with its poplar body and roasted maple or rosewood fretboard with a 25.5" scale length.
Sonically, the guitar is outfitted with Sterling by Music Man-designed pickups – in either HSS or SSS configurations – controlled by a five-way switch.
The Sterling by Music Man Cutlass CT50 is available now, for under $500, in six new finishes: Toluca Lake Blue, Vintage Sunburst, Vintage Cream, Dropped Copper, Rose Gold, and Firemist Silver.
For 2021, the John Petrucci signature JP150DSM has been outfitted with a spalted maple top and Blood Orange Burst finish.
Elsewhere, the guitar features a roasted maple neck and an ebony fretboard with stainless steel frets and custom JP inlays, locking tuners, a modern tremolo, and DiMarzio LiquidFire & Crunch Lab pickups, controlled by a three-way toggle switch.
Another Petrucci signature model, the Majesty MAJ200XQM has been given a new Cerulean Paradise finish for 2021.
The new finish goes with the guitar's mahogany body, ebony fretboard – with stainless-steel frets and a 25.5" inch scale length – modern tremolo, locking tuners, and DiMarzio LiquiFire and Crunch Lab pickups.
For more info on all of Sterling by Music Man's new offerings, stop by sterlingbymusicman.com (opens in new tab).
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