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Ernie Ball

  • Original Name Roland Sherwood
  • Birth 30 Aug 1930 Santa Monica, Los Angeles County, California, USA
  • Death 9 Sep 2004 San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo County, California, USA
  • Burial San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo County, California, USA
  • Plot B Row 9
  • Memorial ID 9452531

Music Pioneer. He was a pioneer maker of rock 'n' roll guitar strings used by legions of artists from the Rolling Stones to Merle Travis. His strings and instruments were used by music stars over the past four decades. Beginning with a small music shop in the San Fernando Valley, he built a business with annual sales of $40 million and a worldwide reputation. In 1958, Ball opened a shop in Tarzana that, uniquely, sold only guitars. In 1962, complaints from customers that they couldn't find lighter-gauge, flexible strings for their rock 'n' roll instruments prompted Ball to create and sell sets of strings he called "Slinkys." They were a hit. He later branched out into instruments and accessories, buying the Music Man electric guitar company in 1985. Today, Ernie Ball items are sold in more than 5,000 music stores in the United States and exported to more than 70 countries.

Bio by: Ron Moody

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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: Ron Moody
  • Added: 12 Sep 2004
  • Find A Grave Memorial 9452531
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Ernie Ball (30 Aug 1930–9 Sep 2004), Find A Grave Memorial no. 9452531, citing San Luis Cemetery, San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .