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Ernie Ball Music Man, one of the world’s premier guitar, bass and amp manufacturers, announced today that its 40th Anniversary edition of the StingRay Bass, nicknamed “Old Smoothie,” is now available for pre-order
Watch legendary bassist Tony Levin (Peter Gabriel, King Crimson, Pink Floyd) perform and discuss the 30th Anniversary of the Ernie Ball Music Man StingRay5 bass.
The music man StingRay has been lauded continuously in these pages, most recently in 2016 when we reviewed the 40th-anniversary edition of the stalwart bass. Looking back on our many StingRay reviews, the details change with each iteration, but a few broad threads remain true:
Ernie Ball Music Man gives a preview of their diverse range of basses to come in 2017.
The StingRay 40th Anniversary Bass, affectionately known as "Old Smoothie" for its smooth, even tone that is reminiscent of the highly sought after vintage Music Man StingRay sound, is only available in the inaugural Chocolate-Burst finish for a limited time!
In 1976, 11 years after Leo Fender sold Fender Musical Instruments to CBS, Leo’s company Music Man—a partnership with former Fender employees Forrest White and Tom Walker—unleashed the StingRay, the first mass-produced electric bass with active electronics.
Ernie Ball Music Man has introduced two remarkable passive basses to their already celebrated collection of instruments.
he new anniversary edition sports a transparent buttercream finish with red tortoise-shell pickguard, and is highlighted by a roasted figured maple neck.