Introducing the debut of Ernie Ball Music Man’s Inspired By with Tim Commerford (Prophets of Rage), titled “Weapon of Low End”.  Inspired By is a brand new web series that delves into the inspirations, motivations, and history of today’s top guitar and bass players. Take a listen as Tim Commerford discusses his early days, being inspired by Louis Johnson, using music as a voice and vehicle for protest, and his lifelong relationship with his StingRay bass.

My bass is definitely my weapon. I want to destroy people with my instrument…in a good way. It’s my tool but not as much as it’s a weapon of low end.

Tim tells us about the very beginning, when he first start playing with Rage Against the Machine for small shows and gigs in Orange Country…

There were times at the very beginning of feeling insecure and the one thing that I had was my Ernie Ball Music Man StingRay. The StingRay was the instrument that I grew up with, that’s what I had, that’s the instrument I was using, and it really grounded me.


The flagship of the Music Man line, today’s StingRay bass 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. It’s no wonder that since it’s introduction in 1976, the StingRay has been revered as one of the most iconic bass guitars in history. Learn more about the StingRay on our website.

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