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Music Man Sterling Stingray RAY34 Black Roasted (2019)

Music Man Sterling Stingray RAY34 Black Roasted (2019)

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Music Man Sterling Sub Series Ray4 Vintage Sunburst Satin (2019)

Music Man Sterling Sub Series Ray4 Vintage Sunburst Satin (2019)

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Music Man Sterling Stingray HH Ray34 Daphne Blue Roasted Maple Fingerboard

Music Man Sterling Stingray HH Ray34 Daphne Blue Roasted Maple Fingerboard

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Music Man Sterling Ray 4 Walnut Satin Maple Fingerboard

Music Man Sterling Ray 4 Walnut Satin Maple Fingerboard

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Music Man Sterling Stingray Short Scale Bass Olympic White

Music Man Sterling Stingray Short Scale Bass Olympic White

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Music Man Sterling Stingray Short Scale Bass Daphne Blue

Music Man Sterling Stingray Short Scale Bass Daphne Blue

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Music Man Sterling Sub Series Ray 4 Trans Blue Satin

Music Man Sterling Sub Series Ray 4 Trans Blue Satin

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Music Man Sterling Sub Series Ray 4 Vintage Cream

Music Man Sterling Sub Series Ray 4 Vintage Cream

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Music Man Sterling Ray4 HH Pacific Blue Burst Satin

Music Man Sterling Ray4 HH Pacific Blue Burst Satin

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Music Man Sterling Stingray Ray34 Poplar Burl Neptune Blue Satin

Music Man Sterling Stingray Ray34 Poplar Burl Neptune Blue Satin

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Music Man Sub Series Ray5 Black Maple Fingerboard (2019)

Music Man Sub Series Ray5 Black Maple Fingerboard (2019)

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Music Man Sterling Ray4 Ruby Red Burst Satin

Music Man Sterling Ray4 Ruby Red Burst Satin

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Music Man Sterling Stingray Ray34 Poplar Burl Trans Black Satin (2019)

Music Man Sterling Stingray Ray34 Poplar Burl Trans Black Satin (2019)

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Music Man Sterling Stingray Ray34 HH Spalted Maple Natural Burst Satin Maple Fingerboard

Music Man Sterling Stingray Ray34 HH Spalted Maple Natural Burst Satin Maple Fingerboard

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Music Man Sterling Sub Series Ray5 Vintage Sunburst Satin (2019)

Music Man Sterling Sub Series Ray5 Vintage Sunburst Satin (2019)

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Music Man Sterling Sub Series Ray5 Ruby Red Burst Satin (2019)

Music Man Sterling Sub Series Ray5 Ruby Red Burst Satin (2019)

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Music Man Sterling Stingray Short Scale Bass Dropped Copper Maple Fingerboard

Music Man Sterling Stingray Short Scale Bass Dropped Copper Maple Fingerboard

£679.00
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Music Man Sterling Sub Series Ray5 Mint Green (2019)

Music Man Sterling Sub Series Ray5 Mint Green (2019)

£399.00
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Music Man Sterling Stingray Ray34 Vintage Sunburst Maple Fingerboard

Music Man Sterling Stingray Ray34 Vintage Sunburst Maple Fingerboard

£999.00
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Music Man Sterling Stingray Ray24 Classic Butterscotch (2019)

Music Man Sterling Stingray Ray24 Classic Butterscotch (2019)

£569.00 £599.00
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Music Man Sterling Sub Series Ray5 Trans Blue Satin (2019)

Music Man Sterling Sub Series Ray5 Trans Blue Satin (2019)

£399.00
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Music Man Sterling Stingray Ray35 HH Spalted Maple Natural Burst Satin Maple Fingerboard

Music Man Sterling Stingray Ray35 HH Spalted Maple Natural Burst Satin Maple Fingerboard

£1,329.00
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Music Man Sterling Stingray HH Ray34 Stealth Black

Music Man Sterling Stingray HH Ray34 Stealth Black

£999.00 £1,129.99
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Music Man Sterling Stingray 5 Ray35 Poplar Burl Trans Black Satin Rosewood Fingerboard

Music Man Sterling Stingray 5 Ray35 Poplar Burl Trans Black Satin Rosewood Fingerboard

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Music Man Sterling Sub Series Ray 4 Mint Green (Pre-Owned)

Music Man Sterling Sub Series Ray 4 Mint Green (Pre-Owned)

£329.00
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Music Man Sterling Jared Dines StingRay Guitar Black

Music Man Sterling Jared Dines StingRay Guitar Black

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Music Man Stingray 5 Special Charcoal Sparkle Ebony Fingerboard

Music Man Stingray 5 Special Charcoal Sparkle Ebony Fingerboard

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About Music Man Stingray

The Music Man Stingray bass is one of the truly iconic pillars of bass style. First released in 1976 and developed by Sterling Ball (son of Ernie Ball), Tom Walker (former Fender employee) and Leo Fender (pretty sure you've heard of this guy), the Music Man Stingray represents something a bit different from the other iconic electric basses of its day.

While ostensibly similar in appearance to certain other basses coming out of California, the Music Man Stingray introduced an alternative look and feel from its contemporaries, such as the oval scratchplate, wider neck, and 3+1 tuner placement on the smaller headstock.

Where the Stingray really stands apart though is the pickup and preamp. The Stingray's humbucker pickup gives a distinctly different starting tone from the classic paired singlecoils or individual split singlecoil seen in other basses. This was paired with a standard master volume control, and an innovative 2 band EQ in place of a master tone, powered with a 9v battery. This is what truly sets the Stingray apart, giving it a fantastic punchy, present tone with tons of low end and a crisp treble that helps cut through any mix.

The Stingray quickly found a home with a range of players, but particularly Rock, where that powerful, often aggressive tone drives the groove forward, and Funk players who found the big bottom and zingy top end lend themselves perfectly to slap style playing.

The Stingray has gone on to find a range of modern developments over the years including its equally famous 5 string version, paired humbuckers and a 3-band EQ, the newer Stingray Special with its 18v 3-Band EQ for even more headroom and tone shaping, and the fretless Stingray made famous by Pino Palladino on his tracks with artists like Paul Young and Gary Numan.

Other stand out Stingray players include Prog and session legend Tony Levin, Tim Commerford of Rage Against The Machine, Rory MacDonald of Runrig, Flea, Bernard Edwards of Chic and session and funk icon (and accidental hip hop bass icon) Louis Johnson.

Why Should I Choose Music Man Stingray?

  • Dependable build quality
  • Superbly comfortable playability
  • Has that iconic humbucker/active eq tone that's completely unlike other electric bass sounds
  • Available in a range of build levels, price ranges, with features like fretless fingerboards or the 5 string models

Frequently Asked Questions about Music Man Stingray

Question: Which Artists Play the Music Man Stingray?
A range of artists across the musical spectrum rock the Stingray; Rex brown of Pantera, Steffan Lessard from Dave Matthews Band, Jeff Caxide from Tears and ISIS and Jonathan Gallant of Billy Talent. Long time David Bowie bass icon Gail Ann Dorsey has been known to rock the Stingray for decades, MxPx frontman Mike Herrera has his own signature model in a stunning Seafoam Green with signature artwork. The unique snarl of the Stingrays humbucker can also be heard right across At The Drive In's Relationship of Command album, thanks to bassist Paul Hinojos.
Question: Are Music Man Stingray good basses?
Of course! The recording history and artist roster speaks for itself, but above that the Stingray is a reliably rock solid built bass with a fantastic sound. Available at a range of price points and feature levels with a host of options, all built tough with a fantastic sound without ever compromising on quality.
Question: What type of pickup is used in Music Man Stingray basses?
Music Man Stingray pickups play a large part in this bass' famously punchy sound. They are humbuckers but not in the standard sense: these pickups are wired in parallel (most humbuckers are wired in series) and also have large magnetic polepieces to give increased sensitivity. These pickups are designed and made by Music Man themselves.
Question: Where are Music Man Stingray basses made?
Music Man's American made instruments are built at the Music Man factory in San Luis Obispo, California, while the more affordable Sterling By Music man range are produced in Indonesia, with Music Man's highest standards in mind.
Question: What's the neck relief on a Music Man Stingray?
This is a really subjective question that's very dependent on the player and their style. A good, vague, ballpark figure for a Stingray would be around 2.5 - 3.5mm at the 12th fret, but that could be too much or too little depending on your playing style, posture etc. If you're unsure, give one of our knowledgeable staff a call or chat to discuss what you need and get some great advice.