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Ernie Ball Music Man


Guitar and Guitar Accessory Designer


Full Time: Monday - Thursday, 7AM to 5:30PM


As a member of the Product Design Team at Ernie Ball Music Man, you will help to conceive, design, and create quality guitar products for musicians around the world! You will collaborate with multiple other teams including, Sales, Marketing, Management, and Manufacturing to develop innovative guitar and instrument accessory designs. A focus on reliability, function, aesthetics, and quality, paired with intrinsic knowledge of guitars and related products will afford you the opportunity to contribute to a legacy almost 60 years in the making. Come join us and help to create the next cutting edge Ernie Ball product!

Design new guitars, basses, and accessory products from concept level through production release
Ideate and create concept sketches and models based on feedback from design team
Visualize concepts and effectively translate conceptual designs into functional prototypes
Create detailed 3D assembly and part models as well as 2D drawings of new and existing product designs
Evaluate prototype products and designs for possible refinement through assembly and test
Design and orchestrate tests to evaluate products physically, functionally, audibly, and aesthetically
Redesign existing parts for improved performance, quality and manufacturability
Devise and communicate solutions to technical problems that arise in development and production
Design and communicate product and industrial packaging concepts to outsourced manufacturers
Source and select the components needed for new and existing products
Work with Engineering and Manufacturing to develop accurate bills-of-materials
Communicate unique design features and functionality with Sales and Marketing teams
Provide clear and timely communication to the team regarding project goals and milestones
Successfully run multiple projects simultaneously from start to finish


Must be an experienced guitar and/or bass player, with expert knowledge and passion for guitars and related products
Expert knowledge of guitar functionality and design concepts, with an imaginative approach to new ideas
Professional experience in consumer-oriented guitar or guitar accessory design (3+ years required)
Mastery in creating 3D solid models and 2D technical drawings using Creo or equivalent CAD software
Comprehensive understanding of Design for Assembly (DFA) and Design for Manufacturability (DFM)


Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering or other related field
Familiarity with woodworking, metalworking, plastics manufacturing and associated techniques
Ability to read engineering drawings and interpret dimensions and tolerances
Experience working with domestic and overseas manufacturers, a big plus
Ability to work independently to provide solutions
Ability to effectively communicate with technical development teams, management, and production personnel
Hands-on approach with strong attention to detail
Ability to multi-task and establish priorities
Strong interpersonal skills that instill trust, respect, and high personal work standards


CAD: 3 years (Required)
Guitar or accessory design: 3 years (Required)
Creo or Equivalent CAD Software: 3 years (Required)

Ernie Ball Inc. is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.


Job Type: Full-time

Pay: From $100,000.00 per year


401(k) matching
Dental insurance
Employee discount
Flexible spending account
Health insurance
Health savings account
Life insurance
Located in San Luis Obispo, California - Relocation Assistance Available
Paid time off
Referral program
Vision insurance


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