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Ernie Ball Music Man StingRay 4-String Electric Bass Guitar  

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Few basses are as flat-out cool or have as much powerful tone as the Music Man StingRay 4-String Electric Bass Guitar. When it was introduced in 1976, it was the first bass to feature active electroni... Click To Read More About This Product

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Few basses are as flat-out cool or have as much powerful tone as the Music Man StingRay 4-String Electric Bass Guitar. When it was introduced in 1976, it was the first bass to feature active electronics and advances such as a 6-bolt neck joint, contoured body, superior neck truss rod system, and rock-solid bridge to keep it on top of the pack. Constructed with a select hardwood body, maple neck, Schaller BM tuners, 3-band active EQ, and MusicMan humbucking pickup.

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  • Massive humbucking pickup with 3-band active preamp
  • Select hardwood body
  • Maple neck
  • Schaller BM tapered-post tuners
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Ernie Ball Music ManStingRay 4-String Electric Bass Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 204 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (179)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (18)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (6)
  • Good tone (6)
  • Fun to play (4)
  • Good pick up (3)
  • Solid electronics (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (5)
  • Practicing (5)
  • Small venues (5)
  • Recording (4)
  • Rock concerts (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (6), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Music Man Sting Ray

I've had one of these for years, and I just wanted to add a couple of comments that I hadn't seen in other reviews. 1) The ash body is heavy. Don't be...Read complete review

I've had one of these for years, and I just wanted to add a couple of comments that I hadn't seen in other reviews. 1) The ash body is heavy. Don't be fooled, I have a Fender with an alder body and there is a difference. 2) The neck. It's different than anything from Fender. String spacing is very wide which is a neat feeling, you never end up on another string by accident. But you have to get used to it. If you're a "J" player, it's a different world. But the neck shape is shallow so it feels super comfy. 3) The pick up placement. (For finger players) If you're used to placing your thumb on a "P" pick up or the front pick up of a "J", be ready for a change. With that one pickup down at the bridge you will be needing to make an adjustment. Not a bad feeling, just different. 4) Although you have the 3 band EQ, this (in my opinion) is a one trick pony. Everything at full blast is what this bass likes best. All other settings are a compromise. Buy it and enjoy it, it's a great machine.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

No Love for the finger player

I have read all of these great reviews on this bass and I'm curious if this is the bass people are actually talking about. When I recieved my mm I must say that I...Read complete review

I have read all of these great reviews on this bass and I'm curious if this is the bass people are actually talking about. When I recieved my mm I must say that I was very impressed with its look and feel. However, as soon as I plugged it in I found that there was no high end on this bass what so ever. The E and A string are 100 times louder than the D and G. I contacted musicians friend on this issue and they said that the pickup probably needed to be adjusted so I adjusted it and it still had the same problem. Another thing I didn't like about this bass was the position of the humbucker and the screws that hold it in place. There really isn't enough space to put your thumb. After all of these problems I decided to try playing the bass with a pick and I must say that there was much better tone and you could hear all of the strings. I think this bass was designed for the picking bass player in mind. I don't play with a pick so I sent the bass back. I have to give it up to musicians friend return policy. I had no problems with the return at all and they even paid to have it shipped back.

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5.0

killer new version of a clasic

By T C

from okc

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • easy to use e.q. very nice neck
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts
    • School Bands
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Ernie Ball Music Man StingRay 4-String Electric Bass Guitar:

    it was instantly recognizable in a loud club , and cuts through on any stage

    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Music Man Sting Ray

    By Big Bri

    from New Milford, CT

    About Me Professional Musician

    Comments about Ernie Ball Music Man StingRay 4-String Electric Bass Guitar:

    I've had one of these for years, and I just wanted to add a couple of comments that I hadn't seen in other reviews. 1) The ash body is heavy. Don't be fooled, I have a Fender with an alder body and there is a difference. 2) The neck. It's different than anything from Fender. String spacing is very wide which is a neat feeling, you never end up on another string by accident. But you have to get used to it. If you're a "J" player, it's a different world. But the neck shape is shallow so it feels super comfy. 3) The pick up placement. (For finger players) If you're used to placing your thumb on a "P" pick up or the front pick up of a "J", be ready for a change. With that one pickup down at the bridge you will be needing to make an adjustment. Not a bad feeling, just different. 4) Although you have the 3 band EQ, this (in my opinion) is a one trick pony. Everything at full blast is what this bass likes best. All other settings are a compromise. Buy it and enjoy it, it's a great machine.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Dream Bass

    By Greg

    from Los Angeles

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Tone

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Ernie Ball Music Man StingRay 4-String Electric Bass Guitar:

        This bass is just rocks. Extremely playable, perfect tone, excellent craftsmanship, the whole nine yards. Highly recommend for experienced bassists.

        (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Only bass you may ever need

        By Marine57

        from Valley Forge

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Ernie Ball Music Man StingRay 4-String Electric Bass Guitar:

          After playing Fender Jazz Basses for years I decided to try Music Man. I tried a lot of Stingrays and Sterlings. Music Man basses can be as individual as Fenders, it might take some trial and error to find the right Music Man for you. The Stingray is a power house of Jazz Bass type tone. You can get the sound of both pickups in one humbucker. The HS models are good, the HH I haven't played one I like. The 3 band EQ may take some getting used to and time to find your sound but it's worth it. I think your standard SR will give you P and Jazz Bass sounds so a SR could be the only bass you ever need. Solid construction and ash body. Get a painted headstock! I can't suggest maple fretboards. They are not finished like a Fender and after playing it will get filthy. But that could be your thing. I was dubious of the 11" radius neck but out of the box my SR felt like one of the best necks I have.

           
          5.0

          If you have the funds DO NOT HESITATE FURTHER!!!

          By JOSEPH REICHERT

          from Orlando Florida

          Comments about Ernie Ball Music Man StingRay 4-String Electric Bass Guitar:

          I have played bass for about 11 years now and have had my hands on quite a few name basses. I'm not really sure what took me so long to realize this bass's amazing potential but none the less I have found MY bass. The single humbucker might not seem appealing or versatile to some but do not judge that beast until you have actually had one in your hand to spend more than 2 seconds actually tweaking the 3 band active eq. I bought the simple black base model with one humbucker, that's all you really need. Slapping is no longer a challenge with that neck pickup out of the way and it is soo comfortable.

           
          5.0

          AMAZING!

          By Christian Pace

          from Long Island, New York

          Comments about Ernie Ball Music Man StingRay 4-String Electric Bass Guitar:

          I got this bass in White Rosewood Fretboard, and it is AMAZING!!!!!!!!!

          (2 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Awesome, classy, love it!!

          By Bobbby B

          from Central PA

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Tone
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

          • Poor Pick Up

          Best Uses

          • Practicing
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Ernie Ball Music Man StingRay 4-String Electric Bass Guitar:

          I love everything about the guitar except the pickups cause the magnets in the pickups are not even across.

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Amazing Instrument!

          By ALEX457

          from Lake Charles, LA

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Rock Concerts
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Ernie Ball Music Man StingRay 4-String Electric Bass Guitar:

            I just got my MM in and I must say , I was completely blown away. Amazing tone and low end, with crisp highs and just the right amount of mids with all knobs at full. Three band active EQ is really solid. The flame on the neck and the fast and low action make this my definite new favorite bass. I use fingers and picks for our band and this bass suits any style you are going to throw at it. Put this thing through an SVT rig and really watch it shine. For sure my favorite bass that I own. Worth the money!!

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            it sounds like a Music man

            By Lemur Maki

            from Oviedo Florida

            Comments about Ernie Ball Music Man StingRay 4-String Electric Bass Guitar:

            Seeing nothing but rave reviews for this bass, I figured I would at least make mention of a few things anyone interested in buying this bass may find useful. I have owned, and played many, many basses over the years, and I will say that this bass in particular is a very good at it's job. The action out of the box is usually okay (that is saying quite a bit in Florida heat, and humidity). The finish is always very good. The hardware looks good, and overall, the bass plays fairly well. From time to time you do come across one that sounds, plays and looks better than the rest, but that could be said about almost every guitar ever made. so, the real issue with the Music Man Bass is the sound. Well, not an issue. More of a consideration. it tends to sound great for some things, but it can really ruin a mix in some styles of music. The low mids on this bass can be unruly. The sound is very modern, and punchy. Once again, not a bad thing, but with only one pickup, and a fairly "meh" EQ, you will find tonal versatility is something this beast of a bass lacks. It has a sort of Maverick "my way, or the highway" feel in it's sound. You will love this bass if you want the sound it makes, as it has plenty of that sound. however, if you are looking for something with more of range, or simply are looking for a single bass rig, you may find that this basses range is a tad to myopic for your needs.

            (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great bass

            By doslape

            from miami, fl

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Good Feel
            • Good Tone
            • Great craftmanship

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Slapping

              Comments about Ernie Ball Music Man StingRay 4-String Electric Bass Guitar:

              Its a excelent bass, with a great tone, active pickups, Its not a heavy bass, its very light.

              totally worth the money, im crazy about it.

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