Every bass bloke (& girl) knows there’s nothing like a real 70s vintage Music Man Stingray bass. And this one is a great example of a legendary instrument.
The Stingray bass was introduced in 1976 and has since become Music Man’s most iconic instrument. As a result of a 10 year non-complete clause signed by Leo Fender when he sold Fender to CBS in 1965, Leo did not start building new instruments in earnest until the mid-’70s. The Stringray is an absolutely key example of Leo Fender’s initial reemergence via his new company Music Man. It features a hard maple fingerboard as well as innovative active electronics. Production changes began in 1980, making 1979 the last year of the original Stringray era.
Model: Classic Stingray 4
Size: 13-1/2″ wide, 1-5/8″ thick, 44-7/8″ long (34.3 cm wide, 4.1 cm thick, 114.0 cm long)
Body Wood: Ash
Body Finish: High gloss polyester
Body Colour: Black
Bridge: String through body Music Man® chrome plated, hardened steel bridge plate with stainless steel saddles and mute kit
Scale Length: 34″ (86.4 cm)
Neck Radius: 7.5″ (19.1 cm)
Frets: 21 high profile, narrow width
Neck Width: 1-5/8″ (41.3 mm) at nut 2-1/2″ (63.5 mm) at last fret
Neck Wood: maple
Neck Finish: High gloss polyester
Neck Colour: Natural aged yellow finish
Tuning Machines: Schaller BM, with tapered string posts
Truss Rod: Adjustable – no component or string removal
Electronic Shielding: Chrome plated brass control cover
Controls: Single Pickup, 2-band active preamp; vol, treble, bass
Pickups: Standard – Music Man® humbucking with Alnico magnets
Weight: 10.2 lbs
This one is a great player, having been set up by a respected local guitar technician. The neck is on the medium side and plays silky smooth. It has a nice low action and plays easily all the way up the neck. Some years ago it had a brilliant refret and new nut installed by well known Sydney luthier Frank Grubisa.
Tonally this thing is a monster. The active humbucker pickup sounds huge, with beautiful low end and punchy midrange. The active circuitry allows you to dial up lots of sounds, from fat and clean, to funky quack, to balls-to-the-wall. This Stingray is in extremely good condition. It is mighty versatile and could be used for any style of music. You see the Ernie Ball reissues everywhere, but once you’ve heard the original there’s no better option.
Comes in non original hard case.