Ernie Ball Music Man Axis Guitar BFR – Nitro Translucent Purple – D00865


Photos shown are of the actual guitar being sold. Serial D00865, date of manufacture Oct 20, 2023.

#94/100 worldwide.

Nitro-finish Translucent Purple.

Quilted maple top.

Opaque purple back and sides.

Stainless steel frets.

Deluxe G and G hard-shell case.

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SKU: D00865 Categories: , UPC: 749699117315


Photos shown are of the actual guitar being sold. Serial D00865, date of manufacture October 20, 2023.

The all-new BFR nitro-finished Axis Purple hearkens back to Ernie Ball Music Man’s initial production period celebrating one of Music Man’s earliest artist-inspired guitar designs. The BFR Axis features a beautiful nitro-finished hand-stained translucent purple figured maple top over a lightweight basswood body. Contrary to the original black back, a unique purple-shaded back and sides are beautifully accented with cream binding. The electronics package includes dual proprietary Dimarzio Zebra pickups, a 3-way toggle switch, and a single 500k volume knob. Each guitar has a numbered certificate of authenticity and a G&G hardshell salt and pepper case.

Limited to 100 pieces worldwide, this is #94.

This guitar is brand new and in factory fresh condition, with no dings, dents, fretwear, or shop wear. It has not been put on display in our retail location. The guitar will come with the deluxe G&G hard-shell case, and will ship in the factory packaging, with Certificate of Authenticity. Yes, the legendary DuBaldo Music Center case candy is also included.

Please contact us for various payment and layaway options. If you have any questions about this item you can contact us through messaging, email, or by phone.

Free shipping in the 48 states by UPS. Sorry, no international sales or shipping are available for this item.

Additional photos will be uploaded on 11/17/23

Special Note:

Nitrocellulose Lacquer, or simply “Nitro,” is a coveted paint finish in the guitar world due to its beautiful aging qualities, its effect on the tone of the instrument, and its period-correct properties for the golden age of guitars. In many ways, Nitro is a more organic substance than modern Polyester and Urethane paints, and the lacquer drying process results in a thinner coating. For these reasons, it is therefore believed by the vintage guitar community that the inherent resonance of the wood is allowed to shine through best with Nitro. The distinct properties of this finish are important to understand as a Nitro instrument owner for maintenance and care purposes.

Every material used on a guitar will expand and contract with temperature and humidity fluctuations, but the wood will have the most drastic rate of movement. When the change in temperature happens quickly, the Nitro paint can crack or “check” because it will not expand or contract as quickly as the wood. Over time wood loses its moisture and shrinks, which can also cause the Nitro to sink into the wood grain or glue seams.

Similar to every piece of wood, every Nitrocellulose Lacquer paint job has its own unique characteristics. The environment in which these instruments live and the attention by the owner will determine how they age.

Chemical reactions will occur if the Nitro is brought in contact with certain Silicone, Vinyl, Plastic, or Rubber products. Be very careful to use the correct type of wall hangers, guitar stands, and guitar polishes to avoid degradation of the finish. Use care while handling this instrument, as the finish is very delicate and will easily display “play wear”.  Nitro disclaimers will usually be attached to guitar products/accessories for this very reason.


Full Specs:

Body Construction Solid
Top Material Quilt Maple
Top Color Translucent Purple
Body Material Basswood
Body Color Opaque Purple
Body Binding Cream
Body Finish Nitrocellulose

Material Figured Maple
Color Natural
Joint 5 bolt, sculpted neck joint
Profile Assymetrical C
Thickness at 1st Fret 0.827″
Thickness at 12th Fret 0.946″
Finish Gunstock oil and hand-rubbed special wax blend

Color/Finish Translucent Purple, matches body

Material Figured Maple
Radius 10
Inlays 1/8″ Black dot
Side Markers Black Dot
Binding N/A
Fret Count, Size, Material 22, .095 x .047, Stainless Steel
Scale Length 25.5
Nut Material, Width Metal Locking, 1.616″, Floyd style

Hardware Color Chrome
Bridge/Tailpiece Music Man Double Locking Tremolo
Knob Type Ribbed skirt knob, cream with black numbers
Pickguard Material N/A
Tuning Machines Schaller Non Locking

Electronics Type (active/passive) Passive
Bridge Pickup DiMarzio custom wound humbucker (normal Axis humbucker)
Neck Pickup DiMarzio custom wound humbucker (normal Axis humbucker)
Controls Volume knob and 3 way pick up toggle switch
Output Type (mono/stereo) Mono


Additional information

Weight20 lbs
Dimensions40 × 17 × 6 in

Ernie Ball Music Man

Guitar attributes

Axis Guitars, Ball Family Reserve


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