Best known as the lead guitarist for GRAMMY Award-winning group, Maroon 5. Hailing from Lincoln, Nebraska, James Valentine first connected with band members Adam Levine and Mickey Madden upon relocating from Lincoln to Los Angeles to pursue a career in music. Since then, Maroon 5 has gone on to have massive critical and commercial success worldwide. Capturing their first of three Grammy Awards as “Best New Artist” in 2005 and going on to sell more than 20 million albums worldwide, Maroon 5 won over fans and critics alike with the hybrid rock/R&B sound they introduced on their debut album Songs About Jane. They followed up with It Won’t Be Soon Before Long, Hands All Over, Overexposed, and the band’s most recent release, V.
That buzz that you get playing in front of an audience, it’s addictive, and that’s what sent me on this course. I just wanted to feel that excitement.
Catch the exclusive documentary, Ernie Ball: The Pursuit of Tone, featuring Valentine in its entirety premiering September 16th at 8pm et/pt exclusively on Audience Music (Directv ch.239 and U-Verse ch.1114).
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The Valentine Guitar
James recently debuted a guitar series with Ernie Ball Music Man, one of the world’s premier guitar manufacturers. The guitars were designed with extensive input from James and manufactured to his exact specifications. The Ernie Ball Music Man James Valentine “Valentine” guitar features a slab ash body, two Ernie Ball Music Man designed pickups (1-humbucker/1-single coil) with 3-way custom wired lever switch, coil tap, modern hardtail bridge with vintage bent steel saddles, 25.5-inch scale, tinted ultra-light satin polyurethane finish neck with 10-inch radius rosewood or maple fingerboard, 22 stainless steel frets, oversized 4-over-2 headstock and compensated nut, designed for superior tuning stability.
Ernie Ball Strings
James Valentine plays Ernie Ball guitar strings. Do you? Try a set.