The original Music Man StingRay electric bass guitar was nothing short of iconic. Flea, Pino Palladino, Tony Levin, and Cliff Williams are just some of the world-class bassists who’ve used the StingRay as their weapon of choice.

Since the release of the Music Man StingRay bass in 1976, we’ve added many other fantastic-sounding electric basses to the family. This May, we will release the 40th Anniversary “Old Smoothie” StingRay bass, which is modeled after an original StingRay prototype.

If you’re interested in purchasing an Ernie Ball Music Man bass, but are unsure of where to start, read through this guide to get a better idea of the differences between our electric basses.

Ernie Ball Music Man Electric Basses

New For 2017

30th Anniversary StingRay 5

Since its introduction in 1986, the StingRay5 has been embraced as one of the world’s most innovative bass designs. To celebrate, Ernie Ball Music Man is proud to introduce the 30th Anniversary StingRay5. The ash body sports a transparent buttercream finish and each neck features roasted figured maple. Your choice of maple or rosewood fretboard is accented with a white binding, white face dots and stainless steel frets. The preamp and pickup are exclusive to this anniversary model, providing both ample punch and articulation. Each instrument ships with a red tortoise shell pickguard and a certificate of authenticity. Pre-sales begin March 3.

 

Old Smoothie (New Finishes)

Named for its smooth even tone that is reminiscent of the highly sought after vintage Music Man StingRay sound, “Old Smoothie” has been precisely reproduced including the one-of-a-kind custom made 10 pole piece Alnico pickup design, alder body, headstock and pickguard shape, 34-inch scale maple neck and fingerboard, high profile narrow frets, 2-band active electronics, and hardware. Available in two new color options, Mint Green and Butterscotch. Pre-sales begin March 3.

StingRay 4 Bass (New Finishes)

First introduced in 1976, the StingRay has been revered as one of the most iconic bass guitars in history. The StingRay was the first production four string bass to feature on-board active equalization. The flagship of the Music Man line, today’s StingRay is the same as it was some forty years ago featuring a solid roadworthy construction, massive hardened steel bridge, elegant oval pickguard, 3+1 tuning key configuration, and the ever popular Music Man humbucker. All of which combined produce a look, feel and sound that are remarkably unmistakable. Available in Firemist Gold and Firemist Purple with black hardware, and reissued Powder Blue finishes. Pre-sales begin March 3.

StingRay 5 Bass (New Finishes)

The first bass designed by Ernie Ball Music Man, the Stingray 5 was unveiled in 1987 and has been an industry standard for extended range basses ever since. With its powerful punchy sound, the added flexibility of additional pickups and a comfortably contoured body the StingRay5 satisfies even the most demanding of players. Available in Firemist Purple and Firemist Gold with black hardware, and reissued Powder Blue finishes. Pre-sales begin March 3.

Bongo Bass

The Bongo represents everything a modern bass should be: well balanced, comfortable, resonant and expressive with effortless playability. The double cutaway basswood body design is of superior construction and along with a 24 fret finished neck offers unimpeded access for high register two octave fretwork. Available in single humbucking, double humbucking and humbucking single configurations the Bongo along with it’s 4 band eq, neodymium pickups and 18V active preamp deliver a powerful combination of unparalleled tonal diversity. Available in Firemist Gold and Firemist Purple finishes, both with black hardware. Pre-sales begin March 3.

StingRay Electric Bass

StingRay 4

Today’s StingRay shares many of the same features as the original Stingray and has a few added refinements. The solid roadworthy construction, massive hardened steel bridge, elegant oval pickguard, 3+1 tuning key configuration, and ever popular Music Man humbucker are unchanged. The addition of a 3-band EQ system with added mid control, a 6-bolt neck fastening system, and a truss rod wheel make this bass a welcomed modern edition of the original 1976 Stingray design.

Buy this if you want the popular StingRay bass design, the unmistakably punchy and classic sound with modern updates and refinements, and the flexibility of multiple pickup options.

StingRay

Classic StingRay 4

The Classic Stingray pays tribute to the original Music Man design with a string through body bridge, mute kit, small profile nickel frets, and a rounder 7.5″ radius fretboard. A modern six bolt neck attachment and an easy access truss rod adjustment wheel ensure solid construction with no-hassle adjustments. The classic tone remains true to the original with a slab ash body, 2-band EQ and a standard Music Man Alnico pickup.

Buy this if you want the classic 2-EQ StingRay tone with a slab ash body, smaller vintage frets, and finished neck. Classic StingRay

StingRay 40th Anniversary

The 40th Anniversary “Old Smoothie” StingRay is a faithful reproduction of StingRay prototype #26. It has a custom made 10 pole piece pickup design, body headstock and pickguard shape, 34-inch scale maple neck and fingerboard, high profile narrow frets, active electronics, hardware, and exclusive chocolate-burst finish.

Buy this if you want the StingRay 4 design with a slightly mellower and smoother tone but want to retain all the original StingRay vintage features.

StingRay 40th

StingRay 4 Neckthrough

The StingRay 4 Neckthrough features an updated low noise preamp that provides a full and robust tonality while retaining excellent clarity and crisp attack. It features a 3 piece maple neck through ash body with a rosewood fretboard for plenty of sustain and a smooth, solid feel.

Buy this if you want the iconic StingRay tone with the superior high register fret access and more resonant construction that you get with a neckthrough bass design.

Stingray neck

StingRay 5

The Stingray 5 was unveiled in 1987 and has been the industry standard 5 string ever since. It features a powerful punchy sound, the added flexibility of a 3-way switch, optional neck pickups and a comfortably contoured body.

Buy this if you want a powerful bolt-on 5-string electric bass guitar with modern design elements and the flexibility of multiple pickup options.StingRay 5

Classic StingRay 5

The StingRay 5 classic has the slab body shape of the StingRay 4, but a rounder 7.5” fretboard radius. It offers a 2-band EQ with a tone that remains true to the original StingRay, thanks to an Alnico pickup and ash body.

Buy this if you want a 5-string bass with classic vintage tone and original StingRay 4 body styling.

Classic StingRay 5

StingRay 5 Neckthrough

The StingRay 5 Neckthrough features an updated low noise preamp that provides a full and robust tonality while retaining excellent clarity and crisp attack.

Buy this if you want the features of the StingRay 5 plus the superior high register fret access and the added resonance you get with a neckthrough design.

StingRay 5 neck

Sterling Electric Bass

Sterling 4

The Sterling shares the StingRay’s 11” radius fingerboard profile, but comes stock with ceramic pickups and utilizes a slightly smaller body and narrow neck width. The ceramic pickups provide a more aggressive sound with an inherently stronger midrange presence that will help you cut through mix. A 3 way switch and optional pickups in the neck position add to the versatility.

Buy this if you want a more aggressive sound with stronger midrange presence, and smaller body and neck profile vs. the StingRay models.

Sterling

Sterling 5

As with its 4 string counterpart, the Sterling 5 boasts a big sound in a smaller, more ergonomic design. 9 volt active 3 band EQ, 3 position pickup selector switch and a ceramic humbucker with hum canceling phantom coil come standard.

Buy this if you want a 5-string bass guitar with ceramic pickups and the slimmer Sterling design.

Sterling 5

Cutlass Electric Bass

Our Cutlass bass is a passive bass, and has a 7.5” neck radius like the Classic StingRay (vs 11” for the Sterling and original StingRay 4). It features rich, vintage tone surrounded by streamlined, modern appointments for ultimate comfort and playability. It also has an old school split-coil humbucking design for a big round bottom end tone. The top-loading bridge is made from hardened steel and complemented by a newly designed oversized headstock with the familiar 3+1 tuner arrangement.

Buy this if you want the rich vintage tones classically associated with passive basses.

Cutlass

Caprice Electric Bass

The Caprice bass is passive and shares the Cutlass’ 7.5” neck radius, but has an extra pickup. The extra pickup closer to the bridge allows you to blend two distinct voicings offering a variety of tones.

Buy this if you want a passive bass with an extra pickup that provides a wider variety of tones.

Captrice

Bongo Electric Bass

Bongo 4, 5, 6

The Bongo represents everything we think a modern bass guitar should be. Its shape may be unconventional, but it is one of the most balanced basses you’ll find. The double cutaway basswood body design and 24 fret finished neck offer unimpeded access for two octave fretwork. Available in single humbucking, double humbucking and humbucking single configurations, the Bongo along with its 4 band eq, powerful neodymium pickups and 18V active preamp deliver a powerful combination of unparalleled tonal diversity. Available in 4, 5, and 6 string models.

Buy this if you want unmatched balance, modern styling, and powerful neodymium pickups with a 18v low noise pre-amp.

Bongo

Technical Specifications

ModelSpecs
Size
StingRay13-1/2" wide, 1-5/8" thick, 44-7/8" long (34.3 cm wide, 4.1 cm thick, 114.0 cm long)
Classic StingRay 413-1/2" wide, 1-5/8" thick, 44-7/8" long (34.3 cm wide, 4.1 cm thick, 114.0 cm long)
StingRay 40th (Old Smoothie)13-1/2" wide x 1-5/8" thick x 44-7/8" long (34.3 cm wide, 4.1 cm thick, 114.0 cm long)
StingRay Through Neck13-1/2" wide, 1-5/8" thick, 44-7/8" long (34.3 cm wide, 4.1 cm thick, 114.0 cm long)
StingRay 513-3/8" wide, 1-3/4" thick, 45-3/4" long (34.0 cm wide, 4.5 cm thick, 116.2 cm long)
Classic StingRay 513-1/2" wide, 1-5/8" thick, 45-1/2" long (34.3 cm wide, 4.1 cm thick, 115.6 cm long)
StingRay 5 Through Neck13-3/8" wide, 1-3/4" thick, 45-3/4" long (34.0 cm wide, 4.5 cm thick, 116.2 cm long)
Sterling12-1/2" wide, 1-5/8" thick, 43-7/8" long (31.8 cm wide, 4.1 cm thick, 111.4 cm long)
Sterling 512-1/2" wide, 1-5/8" thick, 45-1/4" long (31.8 cm wide, 4.1 cm thick, 114.9 cm long)
Bongo 412-3/4" wide, 1-5/8" thick, 46" long (32.4 cm wide, 4.1 cm thick, 116.9 cm long)
Bongo 512-3/4" wide, 1-5/8" thick, 47-5/8" long (32.4 cm wide, 4.1 cm thick, 121.0 cm long)
Bongo 613-1/2” wide, 1-5/8” thick, 47-3/4” long (34.3cm wide, 4.1cm thick, 121.1cm long)
Weight
StingRay9 lbs, 5 oz (4.22 kg) - varies slightly
Classic StingRay 410lbs, 4 oz (4.65 kg) - varies slightly
StingRay 40th (Old Smoothie)9 lbs, 8 oz. (4.31 kg) - varies slightly
StingRay Through Neck10 lbs, 0 oz (4.54 kg) - varies slightly
StingRay 510 lbs, 0 oz (4.54 kg) - varies slightly
Classic StingRay 510lbs, 12 oz (4.87kg) - varies slightly
StingRay 5 Through Neck10 lbs, 10 oz (4.82 kg) - varies slightly
Sterling9 lbs, 0 oz (4.08 kg) - varies slightly
Sterling 59 lbs, 11oz (4.39 kg) - varies slightly
Bongo 48 lbs, 4 oz (3.74 kg) - varies slightly
Bongo 59 lbs, 4 oz (4.20 kg) - varies slightly
Bongo 611 lbs, 0 oz (4.98 kg) - varies slightly
Body Wood
StingRayAsh
Classic StingRay 4Ash
StingRay 40th (Old Smoothie)Alder
StingRay Through NeckAsh with maple through neck
StingRay 5Ash
Classic StingRay 5Ash
StingRay 5 Through NeckAsh with maple through neck
SterlingAsh
Sterling 5Ash
Bongo 4Basswood
Bongo 5Basswood
Bongo 6Basswood
Bridge
StingRayStandard - Music Man® chrome plated, hardened steel bridge plate with stainless steel saddles
Classic StingRay 4Music Man® chrome plated, hardened steel bridge plate with "Classic" stainless steel saddles and adjustable mute pads
StingRay 40th (Old Smoothie)Music Man® chrome plated, hardened steel bridge plate with vintage stainless steel saddles and adjustable mute pads
StingRay Through NeckStandard - Music Man® chrome plated, hardened steel bridge plate with stainless steel saddles
StingRay 5Standard - Music Man® chrome plated, hardened steel bridge plate with stainless steel saddles
Classic StingRay 5Music Man® chrome plated, hardened steel bridge plate with "Classic" stainless steel saddles and adjustable mute pads
StingRay 5 Through NeckStandard - Music Man® chrome plated, hardened steel bridge plate with stainless steel saddles
SterlingStandard - Music Man® chrome plated, hardened steel bridge plate with stainless steel saddles with nickel plated brass saddles
Sterling 5Standard - Music Man® chrome plated, hardened steel bridge plate with stainless steel saddles
Bongo 4Standard - Music Man® chrome plated, hardened steel bridge plate with stainless steel saddles
Bongo 5Standard - Music Man® chrome plated, hardened steel bridge plate with stainless steel saddles
Bongo 6Standard - Music Man® chrome plated, hardened steel bridge plate with stainless steel saddles
Neck Radius
StingRay11" (27.9 cm)
Classic StingRay 47.5" (19.1 cm)
StingRay 40th (Old Smoothie)7.5" (19.1 cm)
StingRay Through Neck11" (27.9 cm)
StingRay 511" (27.9 cm)
Classic StingRay 57.5" (19.1 cm)
StingRay 5 Through Neck11" (27.9 cm)
Sterling11" (27.9 cm)
Sterling 511" (27.9 cm)
Bongo 411" (27.9 cm)
Bongo 511" (27.9 cm)
Bongo 611" (27.9 cm)
Headstock Size
StingRayOnly 8-3/4" (22.2 cm) long
Classic StingRay 4Only 8-1/4" (21.0 cm) long
StingRay 40th (Old Smoothie)Only 8-3/4" (22.2 cm) long
StingRay Through NeckOnly 8-3/4" (22.2 cm) long
StingRay 5Only 9" (22.9 cm) long
Classic StingRay 5Only 9" (22.9 cm) long
StingRay 5 Through NeckOnly 9" (22.9 cm) long
SterlingOnly 7-5/8" (19.4 cm) long
Sterling 5Only 9" (22.9 cm) long
Bongo 4Only 8-1/8" (20.6 cm) long
Bongo 5Only 9-3/4" (24.8 cm) long
Bongo 6Only 9-3/4" (24.8 cm) long
Frets
StingRay21 - High profile, wide
Classic StingRay 421 - High profile, narrow width
StingRay 40th (Old Smoothie)21 - Low profile, narrow width
StingRay Through Neck21 - High profile, wide
StingRay 522 - High profile, wide
Classic StingRay 521 - High profile, narrow width
StingRay 5 Through Neck22 - High profile, wide
Sterling22 - High profile, wide
Sterling 522 - High profile, wide
Bongo 424 - High profile, wide
Bongo 524 - High profile, wide
Bongo 624 - High profile, wide
Neck Width
StingRay1-5/8" (41.3 mm) at nut 2-1/2" (63.5 mm) at last fret
Classic StingRay 41-5/8" (41.3 mm) at nut 2-1/2" (63.5 mm) at last fret
StingRay 40th (Old Smoothie)1-5/8" (41.3 mm) at nut 2-1/2" (63.5 mm) at last fret
StingRay Through Neck1-5/8" (41.3 mm) at nut 2-1/2" (63.5 mm) at last fret
StingRay 51-3/4" (44.5 mm) at nut 2-3/4"" (69.9 mm) at last fret
Classic StingRay 51-3/4" (44.5 mm) at nut 2-11/16" (68.3 mm) at last fret
StingRay 5 Through Neck1-3/4" (44.5 mm) at nut 2-3/4"" (69.9 mm) at last fret
Sterling1-1/2" (38.1 mm) at nut, 2-1/2" (63.5 mm) at last fret
Sterling 51-3/4" (44.5 mm) at nut 2-3/4"" (69.9 mm) at last fret
Bongo 41-5/8" (41.3 mm) at nut 2-9/16" (65.1 mm) at last fret
Bongo 51-3/4" (44.5 mm) at nut 2-13/16" (71.4 mm) at last fret
Bongo 62-1/4" (57.15mm) at nut 3-1/2” (88.9mm) at last fret
Neck Wood
StingRaySelect maple neck
Classic StingRay 4Figured maple
StingRay 40th (Old Smoothie)Select maple neck
StingRay Through NeckSelect maple neck
StingRay 5Select maple neck
Classic StingRay 5Figured maple
StingRay 5 Through NeckSelect maple neck
SterlingSelect maple neck
Sterling 5Select maple neck
Bongo 4Select maple neck
Bongo 5Select maple neck
Bongo 6Select maple neck
Fingerboard
StingRayFretted - maple or rosewood; Fretless - Pau Ferro with or without inlaid fretlines
Classic StingRay 4Fretted - maple or rosewood
StingRay 40th (Old Smoothie)Select maple
StingRay Through Neck
StingRay 5Fretted - maple or rosewood; Fretless - Pau Ferro with or without inlaid fretlines
Classic StingRay 5Fretted - maple or rosewood
StingRay 5 Through NeckFretted - maple or rosewood; Fretless - Pau Ferro with or without inlaid fretlines
SterlingFretted - maple or rosewood; Fretless - Pau Ferro with or without inlaid fretlines
Sterling 5Fretted - maple or rosewood; Fretless - Pau Ferro with or without inlaid fretlines
Bongo 4Fretted - Rosewood; Fretless - Pau Ferro with or without inlaid fretlines
Bongo 5Fretted - Rosewood; Fretless - Pau Ferro with or without inlaid fretlines
Bongo 6Fretted - Rosewood; Fretless - Pau Ferro with or without inlaid fretlines
Neck Finish
StingRayGunstock oil and hand-rubbed special wax blend
Classic StingRay 4High-gloss finish
StingRay 40th (Old Smoothie)High gloss polyester
StingRay Through NeckHigh gloss polyester
StingRay 5Gunstock oil and hand-rubbed special wax blend
Classic StingRay 5High-gloss finish
StingRay 5 Through NeckHigh gloss polyester
SterlingGunstock oil and hand-rubbed special wax blend
Sterling 5Gunstock oil and hand-rubbed special wax blend
Bongo 4Opaque satin
Bongo 5Opaque satin
Bongo 6Opaque satin
Tuning Machine
StingRaySchaller BM, with tapered string posts
Classic StingRay 4Schaller BM, with tapered string posts
StingRay 40th (Old Smoothie)Schaller BM, with tapered string posts
StingRay Through NeckSchaller BM, with tapered string posts
StingRay 5Schaller BM, with tapered string posts
Classic StingRay 5Schaller BM, with tapered string posts
StingRay 5 Through NeckSchaller BM, with tapered string posts
SterlingSchaller BM, with tapered string posts
Sterling 5Schaller BM, with tapered string posts
Bongo 4Custom Music Man, lightweight with tapered string posts and ergonomic design
Bongo 5Custom Music Man, lightweight with tapered string posts and ergonomic design
Bongo 6Custom Music Man, lightweight with tapered string posts and ergonomic design
Truss Rod
StingRayAdjustable - no component or string removal
Classic StingRay 4Adjustable - no component or string removal
StingRay 40th (Old Smoothie)Rear mounted adjustable - no component or string removal
StingRay Through NeckAdjustable - no component or string removal
StingRay 5Adjustable - no component or string removal
Classic StingRay 5Adjustable - no component or string removal
StingRay 5 Through NeckAdjustable - no component or string removal
SterlingAdjustable - no component or string removal
Sterling 5Adjustable - no component or string removal
Bongo 4Adjustable - no component or string removal
Bongo 5Adjustable - no component or string removal
Bongo 6Adjustable - no component or string removal
Neck Attachment
StingRay6 bolts - perfect alignment with no shifting
Classic StingRay 46 bolts - perfect alignment with no shifting
StingRay 40th (Old Smoothie)6 bolts - perfect alignment with no shifting
StingRay Through NeckThrough neck design
StingRay 56 bolts - perfect alignment with no shifting
Classic StingRay 56 bolts - perfect alignment with no shifting
StingRay 5 Through NeckThrough neck design
Sterling5 bolts - perfect alignment with no shifting; Sculpted neck joint allows smooth access to higher frets
Sterling 55 bolts - perfect alignment with no shifting; Sculpted neck joint allows smooth access to higher frets
Bongo 45 bolts - perfect alignment with no shifting; Sculpted neck joint allows smooth access to higher frets
Bongo 55 bolts - perfect alignment with no shifting; Sculpted neck joint allows smooth access to higher frets
Bongo 65 bolts - perfect alignment with no shifting; Sculpted neck joint allows smooth access to higher frets
Controls
StingRaySingle Pickup, 2-band active preamp; vol, treble, bass; Dual Pickup, 3-band active preamp; vol, treble, mid, bass
Classic StingRay 4Single Pickup, 2-band active preamp; vol, treble, bass
StingRay 40th (Old Smoothie)Custom "Old Smoothie" 2-band active preamp; vol, treble, bass
StingRay Through NeckSingle Pickup, 2-band active preamp; vol, treble, bass; Dual Pickup, 3-band active preamp; vol, treble, mid, bass
StingRay 5Single Pickup, 3-band active preamp; vol, treble, mid, bass; Dual Pickup, 3-band active preamp; vol, treble, mid, bass
Classic StingRay 5Single Pickup, 2-band active preamp; vol, treble, bass
StingRay 5 Through NeckSingle Pickup, 3-band active preamp; vol, treble, mid, bass; Dual Pickup, 3-band active preamp; vol, treble, mid, bass
SterlingSingle Pickup, 3-band active preamp; vol, treble, mid, bass; Dual Pickup, 3-band active preamp; vol, treble, mid, bass; Piezo, 3-band active preamp; vol, treble, mid, bass
Sterling 5Single Pickup, 3-band active preamp; vol, treble, mid, bass; Dual Pickup, 3-band active preamp; vol, treble, mid, bass
Bongo 4Single Pickup, 3-band active preamp; vol, treble, mid, bass; Dual Pickup, 4-band active preamp; vol, bridge/neck pickup balance, treble, high-mid, low-mid, bass, 4-band active preamp; vol, bridge/neck pickup balance, magnetic
Bongo 5Single Pickup, 3-band active preamp; vol, treble, mid, bass; Dual Pickup, 4-band active preamp; vol, bridge/neck pickup balance, treble, high-mid, low-mid, bass, 4-band active preamp; vol, bridge/neck pickup balance, magnetic
Bongo 6Single Pickup, 3-band active preamp; vol, treble, mid, bass; Dual Pickup, 4-band active preamp; vol, bridge/neck pickup balance, treble, high-mid, low-mid, bass
Pickups
StingRayStandard - Music Man® humbucking with Alnico magnets; Optional - Dual Humbucking with Alnico magnets; Optional - Humbucking/Single coil with Alnico magnets
Classic StingRay 4Standard - Music Man® humbucking with Alnico magnets
StingRay 40th (Old Smoothie)Custom "Old Smoothie" humbucking with 10 elongated Alnico magnets and split cover
StingRay Through NeckStandard - Music Man® humbucking with Alnico magnets; Optional - Dual Humbucking with Alnico magnets; Optional - Humbucking/Single coil with Alnico magnets
StingRay 5Standard - Music Man® humbucking with Alnico pole pieces and hum canceling phantom coil; Optional - Dual Humbucking with Alnico pole pieces; Optional - Humbucking/Single coil with Alnico pole pieces
Classic StingRay 5Standard - Music Man® humbucking with Alnico magnets
StingRay 5 Through NeckStandard - Music Man® humbucking with Alnico pole pieces and hum canceling phantom coil; Optional - Dual Humbucking with Alnico pole pieces; Optional - Humbucking/Single coil with Alnico pole pieces
SterlingStandard - Music Man® humbucking with ceramic magnets and hum canceling phantom coil; Optional - Dual Humbucking with ceramic magnets; Optional - Humbucking/Single coil with ceramic magnets
Sterling 5Standard - Music Man® humbucking with ceramic magnets and hum canceling phantom coil; Optional - Dual Humbucking with ceramic magnets; Optional - Humbucking/Single coil with ceramic magnets
Bongo 4Standard - Single Humbucking with Neodymium magnets; Optional - Dual Humbucking with Neodymium magnets; Optional - Humbucking/Single coil with Neodymium magnets
Bongo 5Standard - Single Humbucking with Neodymium magnets; Optional - Dual Humbucking with Neodymium magnets; Optional - Humbucking/Single coil with Neodymium magnets
Bongo 6Standard - Single Humbucking with Neodymium magnets; Optional - Dual Humbucking with Neodymium magnets; Optional - Humbucking/Single coil with Neodymium magnets
Left-Handed
StingRayYes
Classic StingRay 4No
StingRay 40th (Old Smoothie)No
StingRay Through NeckNo
StingRay 5Yes
Classic StingRay 5No
StingRay 5 Through NeckNo
SterlingYes
Sterling 5No
Bongo 4No
Bongo 5No
Bongo 6No
Switching
StingRaySingle Pickup - N/A; Dual Pickup - 5-way lever pickup selector
Classic StingRay 4-
StingRay 40th (Old Smoothie)
StingRay Through NeckSingle Pickup - N/A; Dual Pickup - 5-way lever pickup selector
StingRay 5Single Pickup - 3-way lever pickup selector; Dual Pickup - 5-way lever pickup selector
Classic StingRay 5-
StingRay 5 Through NeckSingle Pickup - 3-way lever pickup selector; Dual Pickup - 5-way lever pickup selector
SterlingSingle Pickup - 3-way lever pickup selector; Dual Pickup - 5-way lever pickup selector
Sterling 5Single Pickup - 3-way lever pickup selector; Dual Pickup - 5-way lever pickup selector
Bongo 4
Bongo 5
Bongo 6

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6 Comments

  1. Kill The Egg:

    I have an Music Man guitar, JPX6, and absolutely love this guitar. However, your bass guitars with the Egg-Shaped pick guard in the center are the UGLIEST THINGS I’VE EVER SEEN.

    First, bassists don’t use plastic picks, if any pick at all, so scratching the surface is not an issue. Secondly, Egg-Shaped? Come on man. That is just plain Ugly!!!!!

    Please consider making your basses with No pick guard and show off the wood and not the plastic.

    1. You know you can just take off the pick guard right?

    2. The StingRay bass body and pickguard are the iconic look that bass players know and love. It’s similar to the body and pickguard on a LP; very iconic and cool.

      Your statement about pickguards and a bass player’s use of a plastic pick is among the most ignorant I’ve seen. When you leave your mom’s basement, you should re-evaluate your statement and re-post.

      Cheers!

  2. And FINALLY…the Best Bass in history….beyond the Bongo Bass:
    -The GAME CHANGER Bass.

    It is exactly what it is called.
    It’s almost every bass You’ve ever played
    in ONE bass guitar.

    I’m a Precision man. Super classic sound.
    I’m a Bongo man. Super modern & classic sound.
    -But The Game Changer Bass is all of them.
    Analog and flexible in a second.
    If You try it You will want it. It’s a fact.
    On stage: the pickup-sound You desire, flex in a moment.
    In studio: choose from hundreds of pickup-setups.
    It’s both all classic history, and all hi tech.

  3. After playing another brand of bass for 40 years, I tried a Stingray 5 and I just fell in love with it. The tone and power it had was amazing and it played perfectly. That was 11 years ago. I now have the Stingray 5 HH which has more tonal options. The Stingray has the easiest truss rod to adjust by simply turning the wheel. I can remember having to take the neck off my other bass to adjust it and the neck will never have to come off my bass. My bass has been in lots of bar gigs and has held up perfectly. Thanks for making an outstanding product.

  4. We need more left handed models !! why not the Classic Stingray ???? I have been trying to buy a left handed for a long time but it seems impossible !!
    and other thing – in the site, we cant see the final configuration for the chosen instument !!!! you make the configurations for the colour and the wood, etc, and … you cant see the final look for the instrument … i think this is not too difficult !!!

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