Ernie Ball Music Man are celebrating the 30th anniversary of their classic Stingray 5-string bass this year. This almost iconic instrument took Leo Fender’s classic bass guitar designs and evolved them into something more modern with a greater range.
30 years of 5-String
I love the Stingray 5-string design. A very good pro musician friend of mine, who has been gigging one for many years, has played one with many big name acts all over the world. Every time I see him on stage with his Stingray I know it’ll sound great. He told me the reason he chose it originally was its versatility and build quality. Launched back in 1987 and based upon Leo’s design for his 4-string bass guitars (read: Fender Precision), the Stingray has an extended bottom end and with some tweaks that make it a tour de force and very, very versatile. These bass guitars are – in my opinion – a ‘modern classic’.
This anniversary model for 2017 comes in a translucent buttercream finish matched with a red tortoise shell pickguard. The neck is loaded with 22 stainless steel bands and a roasted, birds eye figured maple neck with either a maple or a rosewood fingerboard with a white binding.
It looks really nice to my eye, without getting too gaudy or over-the-top. Each one comes with a certificate of authenticity and a quality hard case. Check out the video below for a preview of the Stingray 5 30th Anniversary model from NAMM earlier this year.
RRP $2,399.99 available to pre-order from 3rd March