The latest signature guitar model from Ernie Ball Music Man is a new Artist Series StingRay for Thrice’s Dustin Kensrue. And there’s one or two features that makes this one stand out from the crowd.
Ernie Ball Music Man has added a new guitar to its Artist Series, creating a StingRay for Dustin Kensrue of Thrice. The interesting feature here is the control bypass switch on the lower horn, which is combined with a TRS stereo output jack on the guitar.
This allows you to go straight past all the tone controls (a bit like a blower switch), with less getting in the way of the guitar’s tone. The stereo out then allows you to run the pickups to separate outputs! You can switch to sending each pickup to a different input on your amp, then blend them together or switch between them by using a TRS stereo cable to two mono jacks.
“For me, I do two separate inputs into the Line 6 Helix, and that allows me to control what pickup is used or a blend of the pickups with the settings on my Helix.” – Dustin Kensrue
Dark Satin Tobacco Burst
The guitar comes in a Dark Satin Tobacco Burst finish applied to an African Mahogany body. That’s paired with a vintage tint maple neck loaded with 22 high profile, medium width, stainless steel frets. The neck has a 10″ neck radius and is finished in an ultra-light satin polyurethane finish, so it should be a pretty smooth player.
The pickups are a custom wound humbucker and a single coil wired via a three-way switch combined Volume/Tone control with a dual concentric pot. It also has a Music Man Modern tremolo, Schaller M6-IND locking tuners and a five-bolt sculpted heel joint.
A really interesting guitar, this one, with unique features that could make for some interesting setups for your live guitar rig. Certainly one to watch for those that want a bit more control of their guitar’s output signal path.
RRP – USD 2499