Music Man StingRay

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An Ernie Ball Music Man StingRay
ManufacturerErnie Ball Music Man
Period1976 — present
Body typeSolid
Neck jointBolt-on, Neck-through (as of 2015)
BodyAsh, alder, basswood
FretboardFretted: maple, rosewood, ebony
Fretless: pao ferro (lined and unlined options available)
Louis Johnson, who played bass on Michael Jackson's Thriller album, was known to use a StingRay bass.

Music Man StingRay is an electric bass by Music Man, introduced in 1976.


Designed by Leo Fender, Tom Walker, and Sterling Ball, the StingRay[1] bass appeared in 1976 and, though somewhat similar to a Fender Precision Bass, had a number of distinctive features.

It employed Humbucking pickups both placed near the bridge for a tighter sound, [2] and an active pre-amp powered by a 9-volt battery. Early iterations of this preamp came with a 2-band EQ (bass and treble), later augmented by an optional third band (midrange), and Piezo pickups located in the bridge saddles.

The Stingray also had the distinctive "3+1" headstock (on which three tuning machines are situated on the top and one on the bottom).

The typical Stingray line has traditionally featured an Ash body construction along with a maple neck with either a Maple or Rosewood fingerboard. In recent years, the 'Natural Roasted Maple' finish has become popular, due to the wood's beautiful aesthetics and more satisfying and natural feel to the player due to there being no hard lacquer coat over the top. Alongside this, a fretless Pau Ferro fingerboard has become increasingly popular.

Notable StingRay Bass players[edit]

Pierce the Veil bassist Jaime Preciado with one of his many StingRay Basses
Linkin Park bassist Dave 'Phoenix' Farrell with a StingRay bass


  1. ^ "StingRay". Ernie Ball Music Man basses. Retrieved 2023-03-15.
  2. ^ Goetz, Adam (2021-08-19). "The History of the Music Man Stingray Bass Pickup, 1976-2021". Guitar Pickups, Bass Pickups, Pedals. Retrieved 2023-03-15.
  3. ^ Duxson, Eli (2023-08-09). "The 10 most iconic StingRay bass players of all time". Mixdown Magazine. Retrieved 2024-03-27.
  4. ^ Duxson, Eli (2023-08-09). "The 10 most iconic StingRay bass players of all time". Mixdown Magazine. Retrieved 2024-03-27.

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