Ernie Ball Music Man StingRay 5 H 2010s Sparkle

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  • $890$1,530

The original Music Man company was founded in 1974 by a partnership between the founders of Tri-Sonix and Leo Fender. In 1984, the company was purchased by Ernie Ball and has been known since as Ernie Ball Music Man.

Introduced in 1987, the StingRay 5 bass was the first original model conceived and produced by Music Man after the company's acquisition by Ernie Ball. This five-string model bears the same features as the four-string such as the onboard three-band EQ and compensated nut with a more contoured body to account for the additional weight and size.

This is the single-humbucker model with a sparkle finish.

Years of production: 1987-present

Wood composition: ash body, select maple neck, maple/rosewood fretboard

Pickups: standard single Music Man humbucker with Alnico pole pieces and hum-canceling phantom coil

Other design elements: active onboard three-band EQ, 22 high-profile wide frets, 34" scale, Schaller GM tuning machines, standard Music Man chrome-plated bridge, 11" neck radius w/ gunstock oil/hand-rubbed special wax finish

Available colors: Silver Sparkle, Galaxy Black, Red Sparkle

Notable artists: Tony Levin, John Myung, Franz Lyons


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