Ernie Ball Music Man Sterling 4 HS 2010s Vintage Sunburst or Natural Gloss

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  • $905$1,335

Music Man was originally founded by Leo Fender and the owners of '70s electronics company Tri-Sonix in 1976 in Fender's first business venture after selling his eponymous company. The company was sold to Ernie Ball in 1984; Sterling Ball, son of Ernie, worked in Research & Development for Music Man prior to its acquisition.

The Sterling bass was introduced in 1993 as a more streamlined rendition of its active preamp basses. As opposed to the StingRay or the Bongo, the Sterling features a smaller body, three-way pickup selector for the single humbucker, and 9V three-band equalizer as opposed the 18V model.

This is the humbucker/single coil pickup model.

Years of production: 1993-present

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

Pickups: one standard Music Man humbucker and one standard Music Man single coil pickup, both with ceramic magnets and hum-canceling phantom coils

Other design elements: active onboard three-band EQ, 22 high-profile wide frets, standard Music Man chrome-plated bridge, 11" neck radius, 34" scale length, Schaller BM tuning machines, five-way pickup selector

Available colors: Vintage Sunburst, Natural Gloss

Notable artists: Cliff Williams, Rob "Blasko" Wilkinson, Todd Kerns


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