There are very few players who can boast as many performing credits as Toto's 6 string bandit, Steve Lukather. With a career spanning over 40 years he has featured on over 1500 albums and been the recipient of an impressive 5 Grammy Awards.
It's no wonder that Music Man were keen to recruit him to their roster. After several hugely successful versions of his signature Luke guitar, Music Man have delivered the absolute pinnacle of the Luke III, the BFR model. Ball Family Reserve models are the deliciously spec'd designs that maybe don't fit with style of production models, think of it as the private stock of Music Man.
Based on the Music Man LIII, the BFR features an Alder body with a bookmatched Maple top and Mahogany tone block, finished in Blueberry Burst Flame it looks a million dollars. The select roasted Maple neck benefits from a Rosewood fingerboard, with a 12" radius, 25.5" scale length and 22 low profile frets, it's a super easy player. Perfectly comfortable at both ends of the neck, the BFR LIII is a real dream to play.
Loaded with USA made DiMarzio Luke signature Transition pickups, the very same as on Lukathers own guitar, this beaut can dial in all those lush tones that a player as versatile as Lukather requires. With a push/push volume control, you get upto 20dB of additional boost, perfect for leading into a monster solo.
Another key feature of Lukathers LIII is the Floating Vintage Tremolo. Set to Luke's personal spec, the Vintage Trem allows for a massive 1 ½ step pull. Perfect for the flutter effect or full dives and with locking tuners the tuning remains accurate and stable.
The Ernie Ball Music Man LIII BFR is a real testament to the high-quality craftsmanship from Music Man, it's more than just a collectors piece, it's a serious players guitar.