Ernie Ball Music Man is reviving its much loved StingRay bass, the company announced today. First introduced in 1976, the Stringray has maintained its status as one of the most popular basses the Californian company has made and is to be seen in the hands of influential players such as Tony Levin, Rage Against The Machine’s Tim Commerford, Dave Matthews Band’s Stefan Lessard and MxPx’s Mike Herrera.
The new StingRay Special features some significant changes, not least of which is that it is ‘significantly’ lighter in weight. Both the StingRay 4 and StingRay 5 also feature re-engineered aluminium hardware, refined body contours, 5-bolt sculpted neck joint, new and improved electronics and a newly designed 18-volt 3-band preamp: ‘…providing a new level of playing comfort while retaining that legendary StingRay sound. In short, the StingRay’s been reborn as the new StingRay Special’.
‘To me, there’s no better piece of art than a beautifully designed and built musical instrument,’ says Ernie Ball CEO Sterling Ball. ‘That’s what we’ve done with the new StingRay – it’s tailor-made for the most discerning players, a blend of stunning craftsmanship and well-executed technology.’
Featured revisions include an enhanced contour that is rounded for more comfort in any playing position, a sculpted neck joint for uninhibited upper fret access to all 22 stainless steel frets, and lightweight aluminium hardware providing a lighter, more balanced instrument. The new and improved StingRay electronics feature powerful neodymium magnets for higher output and a new 18-volt 3-band preamp for extra clean headroom without clipping. ‘Solid roadworthy construction, elegant oval pickguard, 3+1 tuning key configuration (SR4) / 4+1 tuning key configuration (SR5), and the ever popular Music Man humbucker, all together produce a look, feel and sound that is remarkably unmistakable,’ the company says.