Ernie Ball Music Man

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The Ernie Ball Music Man StingRay Special H electric bass gets a sonic overhaul with a redesigned neodymium pickup and an upgraded 18V preamp, while also receiving a facelift in sculpture and construction for greater comfort. Originally debuting in 1976, the legendary bass is one of Leo Fender's own designs, and it still sports the iconic 3+1 tuning machine layout and signature oval pickguard. The StingRay Special H features a roasted maple neck and your choice of maple, rosewood or ebony fretboard (based on the body finish you choose), meeting select hardwood bodies at a contoured 5-bolt joint for robust, yet sleek, construction. With an expanded tonal palette and ergonomic updates, the EBMM StingRay Special H brings enhanced performance to the stage and studio.

Ernie Ball Music Man StingRay Special H Neodymium Humbucker

Redesigned Neodymium Humbucker

The StingRay Special H comes equipped with a newly designed neodymium bridge pickup that significantly widens its tonal range. The powerful neodymium magnet provides stronger output across the frequency spectrum, for thumping lows and notably prominent mids that have defined the classic StingRay sound. Whether you want a deep, growling rock tone or a punchy, percussive funk vibe, the improved EBMM pickup delivers the goods. This finely engineered transducer also pairs nicely with effects, giving you a plethora of rich tones at your fingertips.

Ernie Ball Music Man StingRay Special H Preamp

Upgraded 18V Preamp

An 18V preamp gives the Music Man StingRay Special H more clean headroom, making it a remarkably versatile bass. With higher voltage, you can push the volume without distorting the signal, and onboard EQ lets you combine the best of a passive pickup with the flexibility of active electronics. This combination achieves anything from a clean, round tone to an overdriven crunch, whether you want to throw it back to ’70s disco or punish with prog metal riffs. The 18V preamp significantly expands the tonal palette, letting you craft sounds ideal for any genre. Dial in that perfect balance of lows, mids and highs to find your voice on the EBMM StingRay Special H.

Ernie Ball Music Man StingRay Special H Neck

Contoured Body and Neck Joint

The Ernie Ball Music Man StingRay Special H features an ergonomic body carve and sculpted neck joint designed for playing comfort. The smoothly contoured edges nestle nicely against your body, making it easy to hold the bass for extended periods, seated or standing. Its sculpted neck joint also allows smooth, unimpeded access to the upper registers, so you can let the bass do the talking all the way to the 22nd fret, should the song call for it. The freshly streamlined design helps reduce fatigue, allowing you to maintain peak performance.

Ernie Ball Music Man StingRay Special H Lightweight Body

Lightweight Build for Extended Comfort

By trimming unnecessary mass—specifically in the body and tuning machines—the StingRay Special H weighs significantly less than previous versions. Your shoulders, back and hands will thank you after a lengthy performance or studio session, as the slender build makes the bass noticeably more comfortable to play. Enhanced playability also shines through in your technique, making faster runs and intricate fingerwork feel effortless. Between ergonomic contours and lower mass, the Music Man StingRay Special H stays out of the way, letting you lay down grooves with minimal impediment.

For bassists wanting enhanced ergonomics, expanded tonal flexibility and streamlined design, the EBMM StingRay Special H delivers. Reimagined modern features complement classic Music Man style for a powerful, versatile instrument that inspires bassists to take their tone and technique to unreached heights. The Ernie Ball Music Man StingRay Special H is at your nearest Guitar Center, waiting for a test jam today.

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  • Select hardwood body with a high-gloss polyester finish
  • Bolt-on select roasted maple neck
  • Maple, rosewood or ebony fingerboard with 22 stainless steel frets
  • Single Music Man humbucker with neodymium magnets

WARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm

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  • Wood: Select roasted maple
  • Neck joint: Bolt-on
  • Scale length: 34"
  • Truss rod: Adjustable
  • Finish: Gunstock oil and hand-rubbed special wax blend
  • Pickup configuration: H
  • Bridge: Proprietary humbucker
  • Control layout: Volume, Treble, Bass, Mid
  • Special electronics: 3-band active preamp with 18V of headroom
  • Material: Maple (Black, Frost Green Pearl, Snowy Night); Rosewood (Amethyst Sparkle, Speed Blue, Burnt Ends); Ebony (Raspberry Burst, Smoke Chrome)
  • Radius: 11"
  • Fret size: High-profile, wide
  • Number of frets: 22
  • Nut material/width: 1.687 in. (42.8 mm)
  • Body Type: Double-cutaway
  • Body wood: Select hardwoods
  • Body finish: High-gloss polyester
  • Bridge/Tailpiece: Vintage Music Man top-loaded chrome-plated steel bridge plate with vintage nickel-plated steel saddles
  • Tuning machines: Custom Music Man, lightweight with tapered string posts and ergonomic clover design
  • Color: Matte Black; Gold (Amethyst Sparkle, Jackpot, Ocean Sparkle); Chrome (Frost Green Pearl, Burnt Ends, Snowy Night)
  • Number of strings: 4 string
  • Orientation: Right-handed