Ernie Ball Music Man Announces Their 2017 Spring Line of Basses

Ernie Ball Music Man gives a preview of their diverse range of basses to come in 2017.
By BP Staff ,

After launching eight new instruments in 2016, Ernie Ball Music Man is excited to announce its 2017 product line. See the full list of instrument highlights below.

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. 

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.

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. 

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. 

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 its 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. 

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