Music Man & James Valentine signature guitar collaboration


James Valentine, a member of the band Maroon 5, got his signature guitar from Ernie Ball Music Man in 2015. The guitar has features similar to a Gibson 335 and a Fender Telecaster, both instruments played by Valentine on stage and at the studio. The instrument features a slab body, coil-split pickup, hardtail bridge, and roasted maple neck, improving its playability and paired with a timeless classic vintage look.

The challenge: We were asked to design the guitar logo, representing the artist and his vision for the instrument. The logo would be silkscreened to the instrument’s headstock and used on promotional materials, from social media and print ads to video work.

The solution: Based on our research, we quickly recognized the script format used on the guitar logos that served as inspiration for the Valentine guitar. We then asked James to provide us with different samples of his handwritten name. As you can see in the comparison example below, the selected signature required minimal intervention, just enough to ensure its legibility. The design work resulted in a personal touch from the artist, matching the vintage-inspired look of the instrument. Today the Valentine guitar is one of Music Man’s best hits; with sold-out models and new finishes being introduced, it appeals to players looking for versatility in sound and sophistication in design.

Music Man & James Valentine signature guitar collaboration


James Valentine, a member of the band Maroon 5, got his signature guitar from Ernie Ball Music Man in 2015. The guitar has features similar to a Gibson 335 and a Fender Telecaster, both instruments played by Valentine on stage and at the studio. The instrument features a slab body, coil-split pickup, hardtail bridge, and roasted maple neck, improving its playability and paired with a timeless classic vintage look.

The challenge: We were asked to design the guitar logo, representing the artist and his vision for the instrument. The logo would be silkscreened to the instrument’s headstock and used on promotional materials, from social media and print ads to video work.

The solution: Based on our research, we quickly recognized the script format used on the guitar logos that served as inspiration for the Valentine guitar. We then asked James to provide us with different samples of his handwritten name. As you can see in the comparison example below, the selected signature required minimal intervention, just enough to ensure its legibility. The design work resulted in a personal touch from the artist, matching the vintage-inspired look of the instrument. Today the Valentine guitar is one of Music Man’s best hits; with sold-out models and new finishes being introduced, it appeals to players looking for versatility in sound and sophistication in design.

Ernie Ball Music Man Valentine Guitar Logo James Valentine Signature
Ernie Ball Music Man James Valentine guitar poster
Ernie Ball Music Man James Valentine guitar poster
Ernie Ball Music Man Valentine Guitar