Music Man Stingray

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About Music Man Stingray

The Music Man Stingray is the best known and most popular Music Man bass. In fact, it is probably their most famous creation of all, such is the popularity and status of it among players.

The Music Man Stingray was the first production model bass guitar to feature active electronics. This, more than anything else, has put the instrument on the map. The Stingray has attracted a score of pro players looking to get a fresh sound that differs from that of the passive basses that are available. Pro gigging players and session bassists love the clean, powerful sound of a Music Man Stingray.

The Stingray is also a guitar model, however the majority of references to 'Music Man Stingray' apply to the game-changing bass with its distinctive body shape and unusual headstock tuner layout. Stingrays are available in four and five string iterations with a wide range of finishes and fingerboard options. The most popular Stingrays have bolt-on necks but through neck options are available too.

Outside of P and J basses, Music Man Stingrays are among the most popular pro level basses around. We fully recognize this and so make sure we always have a large stock of Stingray basses throughout our UK guitarguitar locations.

Frequently Asked Questions about Music Man Stingray

A great many top players have taken advantage of the great Stingray sound and feel over the years. Here are a few of them: Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Adam Clayton (U2), Tony Levin (King Crimson, Peter Gabriel), Mark Hoppus (Blink 182), Bernard Edwards (Chic), Justin Chancellor (Tool), Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails), Gail Ann Dorsey (David Bowie), Colin Greenwood (Radiohead) and a great many more.
The Stingray Special is like a modern rethink of the Stingray. It has been made considerably lighter in weight without sacrificing that famous tone. Also, the onboard preamp now operates at 18V instead of 9V, allowing greater headroom for cleaner sounds with even more power than before. There is also an extra fret on the fingerboard due to the 5 bolt neck joint.
You can actually choose from both! Most Stingray basses are bolt-on but there is an option for a neck-through model. The neck-through model is a little heavier but has a more resonant sound with slightly easier upper fret access.
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.
Well, we wouldn't necessarily say it IS better! It's different and has a lot of benefits but not everybody needs it. An Active EQ requires power from a 9V battery in order to function. Active EQ allows you to both boost and cut frequencies such as bass and treble. Passive EQ allows only the cutting of frequencies meaning you have much more potential tonal control and power with an active EQ.