While Music Man dates back to 1971, it wasn't until about 5 years into their musical journey that they began producing guitars and basses under the Music Man moniker. The StingRay bass was first introduced to the public in 1976, and it didn't take long before discerning musicians around the world were showcasing their hard-earned talents with one. In fact, the Music Man StingRay is used by many influential bass players, including Flea of Red Hot Chili Peppers, Cliff Williams of AC/DC and Mike Herrera of MxPx.
As you look through this selection of StingRays, you can clearly see just how many variations it went through since its incarnation. Of course, we couldn't mention this legendary bass model without taking a closer look at the classic StingRay 4-String Electric Bass Guitar. Made with a select hardwood body and maple neck, sporting Schaller BM tuners and active electronics, the 4-String StingRay is an excellent combination of meticulous craftsmanship and cutting-edge technology.
Now for those who are in the market for a 5-string, go with the StingRay 5 HH 5 String Electric Bass. Instead of the traditional humbucker, this model is loaded with two massive Music Man pickups with hum-cancelling phantom coils. Additionally, the 3-band preamp and 5-way switch give you access to a wide array of tones. While you're at it, check out the StingRay Unlined Fretless Bass in Sunburst. Featuring a rosewood fingerboard, superior neck trust-rod system, 2-band active EQ and a MusicMan humbucking pickup, this bass plays smoothly, and its powerful tone will keep your band firmly locked into groove.
Now that you know what to expect from this section, try to take some time to browse the entire StingRay catalog. When this bass first hit the music scene, it was quickly recognized as a benchmark for modern bass construction. Today, it continues to be one of the most popular bass designs, and whether you're after a 4-string, 5-string or a fretless model, the perfect StingRay for you is just a click or two away.
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