Originally Posted by Chris
The QC is great unless Sterling Ball notices your case.
There's threads of some guy who bought a $5k Majesty pointy out that the stupid looking trem has a massive gouge, and Sterling Ball points out that since he is overseas and technically the distributor deal is distributors can only sell to people in their territory for post sale support to continue it's technically a "bootleg grey market deal".
My Old Band had a sick as fuck Stingray as band gear I absolutely loved. But the shop it was bought from, who has great relations with PRS and Mesa and clinics with higher ups and endorsers made it pretty clear that Sterling Ball is one of the few industry dudes they don't like dealing with. The dude has a reputation as a petulant bully.
Also, EBMM is a higher tier than most smaller brands, because they were associated with Fender, so they are viewed as more prestigious. The fact that the CEO somehow managed to get himself banned from the largest bass nexus on the web, which is way bigger than any guitar forum and has heavy traffic and is highly centralized, tells you all you need to know. This isn't Kiesel or BRJ we are talking about, those poor mods and admins looked for every excuse to not ban the CEO of EBMM.
I went on there to get some info about the wiring on the more deluxe stingrays, and immediately got a warning about having a non EBMM guitar in the shot.
Which was just a tobacco burst themed shot meant to convey my enthusiasm for appreciating their instruments, but instead was regarded as a sinister conspiracy against Sterling Ball. Had to wade through a bunch of ridiculous shit to find the info after being functionally excommunicated.
He runs that place like Waco. Some dude posted that he was nominated for the Grammys for some minor category no one cared about, and Sterling Ball immediately pointed out that technically that counts as soliciting votes and is against Grammy rules and could potentially disqualify him while pointing out that he is running in the same category.
And Sterling Ball, a highly respected gourmand and legend in the brisket world who regularly tries to use his forum to get fans of guitars to unfairly sway votes in online BBQ contests, would never do something like that.