Ernie Ball Music Man StingRay 5 H 1990s Burst

Reverb Estimated Price Range

  • $900$1,300

Founded in 1974, Music Man evolved out of a company named Tri-Sonix when Leo Fender joined the outfit as a partner and design consultant. Music Man began producing amplifiers and introduced its first guitars and basses in 1976. In 1984. the company was purchased by Ernie Ball and is now known as "Ernie Ball Music Man."

Introduced in 1976 as the first bass produced, the StingRay is the company's most famous instrument. Built on a completely original design by Leo Fender and Tom Walker with R&D testing conducted by Sterling Ball, the StingRay introduced now iconic design elements such as a low-placed large humbucking pickup, round pickguard, and ergonomic body design. Most notable in the StingRay is the active onboard three-band EQ, though it should also be noted the pickups are passive.

This is the five-string single-humbucker model with a burst finish.

Years of production: 1976-present

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

Pickups: standard single Music Man humbucking pickup with Alnico magnets

Other design elements: active onboard three-band EQ, 21 high-profile wide frets, standard Music Man chrome-plated bridge, 11" neck radius w/ gunstock oil/hand-rubbed special wax finish

Available colors: Honey Burst, Tobacco Burst, Cherry Burst, Pacific Blue Burst

Notable artists: Flea, Rex Brown, Pino Palladino


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